U.S. Food Labeling Under the FDA Training - October -

In-Person, Virtual Learning10 hours

Course Overview

This virtual, instructor-led training program provides a comprehensive overview of human food labeling requirements under the authority of the U.S. FDA and compliance considerations. Topics of focus also include the new nutrition facts panel. This training course is delivered in two sessions (listed as the start & end date), with a day(s) in between with no class for self work. The schedule is as follows:

Day One:

  • Training Session 1A - Knowledge Exchange Webinar: 3 hours (8:45 am - 12:00 am)
  • Training Session 1B - Knowledge Exchange Webinar: 3 hours (1:00 pm - 4 pm)

Day Two:

  • Practicum Webinar: 3 hours (12:45 pm - 4 pm)

The Legal Suites’ Mini U.S. Nutrition Labeling Guide is provided as part of the course materials.

* Attendees will need to complete the U.S. FOOD LABELING PRACTICUM 2020 assignment on their own time prior to the live online practicum review session.

What this course covers

  • Day One (Sessions 1A and 1B) focuses on knowledge exchange, where attendees are introduced to and walked through U.S. food labeling requirements and can ask questions.
  • Day Two is a live online practicum where, as a group, we review the assignments introduced in part one (completed individually). The practicum focuses on the knowledge and skills of managing food labeling requirements.

An email address is required for registration and to receive the login instructions.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training course through NSF’s eLearning portal. Any additional information pertaining to the course will be sent in your confirmation email.

You will find your course material and homework/exam on the eLearning portal. You will need to access the portal in order to successfully complete the course and print your certificate. Upon successful course completion, you will gain access to print your official NSF Certificate.

Who should Attend

Operational, Quality, Technical Staff and Food Safety personnel working in manufacturing or retail with food safety plans and programs. Also suitable for professionals new to the industry.

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Course Objective

At the end of the program, learners will be able to 

  • Have more confidence in managing allergen labeling and better understand:   

  • The role of various federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Custom and Border Protection (CBP), with emphasis on the FDA 

  • How to organize mandatory label features, like the common name, net content, ingredient list, allergen information, nutrition facts and domicile statement 

  • Other labeling features such as country of origin, warning statements, storage and handling statements, etc.   

  • The changes finalized related to mandatory nutrition labeling 

  • U.S. nutrient content and health claims 

  • Additional label claims and statements such as natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, etc. 

 

Partners 

Legal Suites Inc. goal is to help professionals better manage regulatory compliance through education, information resources and hands on guidance. 

 

Computer and Internet Connection: 

You will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is recommended. 

Compatible Web Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE Edge and higher 

 

Accommodations 

NSF is committed to accommodating the learning requirements of all our stakeholders. If you require special assistance for any reason, please contact your regional office one week prior to your class. 

Additional Recommended Courses

Understanding Canadian Food Regulations

This two-part virtual, instructor-led training program covers Canadian food regulations and compliance considerations. It focuses on introducing the food laws and the authorities that govern food. New proposed regulations and regulatory modernization are also discussed, including what is currently final (nutrition and ingredient labelling) and what is still being worked on (front of package nutrition information, CFIA’s food labelling modernization and everything else). We also discuss and speculate on how future modernization might unfold to provide a better working context of the changes coming, and how and when they might fit together.

Part 1 – Knowledge Exchange Session Part I – Virtual: 2.5 hours

Part 2 – Knowledge Exchange Session Part II – Virtual: 2.5 hours

This program helps build awareness and confidence in managing food compliance. It is an ideal program to take prior to more advanced and specific courses, such as Canadian Food Labelling, Canadian Ingredient Labelling and Canadian Nutrition Labelling.

What this course covers

Knowledge Exchange Session 1: Agenda and Training Topics

  • The Authorities (Federal vs. Provincial):

  • Federal vs. provincial

  • Roles and responsibilities of CFIA and Health Canada

  • Federal government food regulatory structure

  • A bit about enforcement and compliance risk assessments

  • The Legislation (Acts and Regulations, with focus on Federal legislation):

  • Provincial: Contrasting between federal and provincial legislations, exploring language, composition standards and other compliance influences

  • SFCA and SFCR (Federal): An overview of the SFCA as well SFCR:

  • What it governs

  • Licensing, preventative control and preventive control plans overview

  • Food standards of identity and composition

  • Food labelling requirements

  • The role of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act and Regulations in enforcing the SFCR

  • FDA & FDR (Federal): An overview of the FDA as well FDR:

  • What it governs

  • Food standards of identity and composition

  • Food labelling requirements

  • Role in governing food additive and novel foods

  • How the FDR and SFCR work in governing foods

  • Food adulteration

  • Compliance Resources

  • Introduction to compliance resources such as access points to legislation

  • Helpful resources and tips on finding information

Knowledge Exchange Session 2: Agenda and Training Topics

  • Mechanics of Legislation:

  • Acts versus regulations

  • Understanding key definitions and scope of regulations

  • Trade and commerce considerations

  • Intraprovincial, interprovincial, importing and exporting foods in view of legislation

  • How acts and regulations are made

  • How marketing authorizations and incorporation by reference are and will be used in governing ambulatory regulatory matters like food additives, reference amounts, etc.

  • The role of Canada Gazette in compliance

  • Notices of proposals and modifications for food additives incorporated by reference and other documents incorporated by reference

  • What are TMAs, IMAs, MAs, test markets, ministerial exemptions, and when and how they are employed

  • What foods need prior approval

  • Commodity Specific:

  • Federal versus provincial authority (e.g. yogurt, bottled water, maple products, etc.)

  • How meat, fish, dairy, processed fruit and vegetable products are classified in view of applicable regulations

  • The impact of classification on labelling, standards and container sizes

  • What novel foods are and how they are regulated

  • Legislative Perspectives:

  • Discussion of various regulatory topics and how they relate to the overall picture of compliance (e.g. organic labelling, product of Canada, non-GMO claims, etc.)

Through the use of specific case examples, we aim to demonstrate how regulations, guidelines and policies influence compliance.

  • Modernization:

  • A big picture overview of what else CFIA and Health Canada have in mind, and the general timing of when this might be moved to proposed and then final regulations

Topics include front of package nutrition information, sweetener statement repeals, Canada’s Food Guide and CFIA proposed modernization of almost all other elements on a food label, such as the name of the food, dealer name address, country of origin, best before dates, etc.

Excluded topics:

  • Natural health products

  • Infant formula

  • Medical foods

An email address is required for registration and to receive the login instructions.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training course through NSF’s eLearning portal. Any additional information pertaining to the course will be sent in your confirmation email.

You will find your course material and homework/exam on the eLearning portal. You will need to access the portal in order to successfully complete the course and print your certificate. Upon successful course completion, you will gain access to print your official NSF Certificate.

Who should Attend

Operational, Quality, Technical Staff and Food Safety personnel working in manufacturing or retail with food safety plans and programs. Also suitable for professionals new to the industry.

Canadian Nutrition Labelling Workshop - November -

This training course is delivered in two sessions (listed as the start & end date), with a day in between with no class for self work. The schedule is as follows:

Day 1 - Training Session Part 1 - Knowledge Exchange Webinar: 2.5 hours

Day 2 - No Class for Self Work

Day 3 - Training Session Part 2 - Practicum Webinar: 2.5 hours

This two-part virtual, instructor-led training program on Canadian nutrition labelling under the authority of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) covers regulatory modernizations affecting the future of nutrition labelling included:

  • The first part focuses on knowledge exchange, where attendees are introduced to and walked through nutrition labelling requirements and may ask questions.

  • The second part is a live online practicum where, as a group, we review the assignments introduced in part one (completed individually). The practicum focuses on knowledge and skills in setting up a compliant Nutrition Facts table (NFt) and includes an open Q&A session.

This program covers fundamental nutrition labelling requirements. The content is framed around the new nutrition labelling rules that are currently set to come into full force on December 14, 2021.

The training provides a better appreciation of Canadian nutrition labelling compliance considerations from principally a federal viewpoint, with focus on the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. The discussion includes new nutrition formats, daily values, serving sizes, etc.

Nutrition labelling has a lot of moving parts that can amplify errors. Small technical errors are not uncommon. We want to avoid all errors, especially those that pose a more significant compliance concern. At the end of the program attendees should feel more comfortable and competent in how to approach nutrition labelling challenges.

What this course covers

Part 1 – Knowledge Exchange Webinar: 2.5 hours

  • Authorities (Federal vs. Provincial)

  • Compliance Resources

  • What, where and how to label

Part 2 – Practicum Webinar*: 2.5 hours

* Attendees will need to complete the NEW CANADIAN NUTRITION LABELLING PRACTICUM 2020 assignment on their own time prior to the live online practicum review session.

An email address is required for registration and to receive the login instructions.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training course through NSF’s eLearning portal. Any additional information pertaining to the course will be sent in your confirmation email.

You will find your course material and homework/exam on the eLearning portal. You will need to access the portal in order to successfully complete the course and print your certificate. Upon successful course completion, you will gain access to print your official NSF Certificate.

Who should Attend

This course is an ideal introduction to Canadian nutrition labelling.

Operational, Quality, Technical Staff and Food Safety personnel working in manufacturing or retail with food safety plans and programs. Also suitable for professionals new to the industry.

Canadian Front of Package Nutrition Labelling - November -

This training course is delivered in two sessions (listed as the start & end date), with a day in between with no class for self work. The schedule is as follows:

Day 1 - Part 1 - Knowledge Exchange Webinar: 3 hours

Day 2 - Part 2 - Knowledge Exchange Webinar: 3 hours

This two-part virtual, instructor-led training program covers the Canadian front of package (FOP) nutrition labelling under the authority of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). FOP rules were finalized on July 20, 2022. A transition period ends December 31, 2025.

  • The purpose of this training course is to gain a solid understanding of Canadian front of package nutrition labelling, (FOP). These are new Federal food labelling regulations that apply to all consumer prepackaged foods that exceed the applicable threshold levels of sodium, sugar and/or saturated fat, unless an exception applies.

  • The focus is on the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. This course explores the new rules in detail. Get a better appreciation of what foods are and are not subject to FOP labelling. Learn how to properly select and display an FOP symbol on the principal display panel of a food package.

  • Avoiding FOP labelling may mean formulated or reformulating foods below triggering threshold levels of sodium, sugars and/or saturated fat, (including trans fat). Learn what those threshold levels for various food commodities. Appreciation threshold levels also requires a thorough understanding of reference amounts and nutrition information serving size rules.

  • Prepackaged foods subject to FOP labelling are also subject to restrictions in regard to nutrient content claims as well as the manner in which nutrient content and health claims may be presented on a label. This course explores the peripheral influences of FOP labelling.

Note: A 30 minute after-class session (voluntary) is offered after the Knowledge exchange session and after the Practicum. It is suggested that attendees take this opportunity to get even further acquainted with Canadian FOP labelling. In the after-class session we explore questions from attendees that were not addressed in the knowledge exchange session or questions that just need a bit more explanation. This is similar to an in-class session where the instructor hangs around after-class to address more questions.

An email address is required for registration and to receive the login instructions.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training course through NSF’s eLearning portal. Any additional information pertaining to the course will be sent in your confirmation email.

You will find your course material and homework/exam on the eLearning portal. You will need to access the portal in order to successfully complete the course and print your certificate. Upon successful course completion, you will gain access to print your official NSF Certificate.

Who should Attend

Operational, Quality, Technical Staff and Food Safety personnel working in manufacturing or retail with food safety plans and programs. Also suitable for professionals new to the industry.