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Class Will Teach Federal Food Labeling Laws

ALBUQUERQUE - Food processors, distributors and inspectors can learn about federal food labeling laws in a hands-on workshop Aug. 1-2 in Espaņola.

New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service and the Food and Drug Administration are jointly sponsoring the workshop, which will help businesses comply with labeling regulations that often confuse food processors.

"Given the huge number of inquiries by food processors and distributors, the FDA is offering food labeling workshops in select states, and this is one of them," said Nancy Flores, an Extension food technology specialist.

The workshop will be taught by John B. Foret, former senior specialist with the FDA's Centers for Food Safety and Nutrition, and David Arvelo, the FDA's Southwest regional small business representative.

The instructors will discuss labeling regulations for product ingredients and nutrients, regulations on health and nutrition claims and how to report allergen information on labels. They will cover special labeling issues such as including required product information on very small packages and using hang tags for bottles. They will also show how to design labels that comply with the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act and teach how to navigate the FDA Web site to find labeling policies and related information. The workshop includes hands-on exercises to design labels for products in a variety of shapes and sizes.

The workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It will be held at the Johnson Controls Commercial Kitchen at 1027 N. Railroad Ave. in Espaņola. Registration is $89. Seating is limited to 30. Registration at the door will depend on space available.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, call Gloria Hernandez at (505) 646-2198 or e-mail her at glorhern@nmsu.edu.