The Tri-State Food Expo, scheduled for October 1–2, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, will offer several educational sessions, the first of which addresses packaged food labeling.
This session will look at food labeling issues in the news, such as the European horsemeat scandal, that help to emphasize the need for clear, honest food labeling. The presentation will describe the basics of the packaged food labeling requirements of the FDA, USDA, and on the local health department level using practical examples. In addition, a discussion of the NJDOH’s 3-page labeling guide, which is available in several languages, will be included.
The presentation will also include labeling “Hot Topics” and trends that retail food establishments should be aware of, as well as liability and enforcement. Richard Ritota, program manager, Food & Drug Safety Program, New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services and Virginia M. Wheatley, Research Scientist, Registered Environmental Health inspector, Food & Safety Program, New Jersey Department of Health, will speak at the session on Tuesday, October 1, 2:30–3:15 p.m.