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NFPA ASKS MEMBERS FOR DATA ON IMPACT OF FOOD LABEL CHANGEOVER

 NFPA ASKS MEMBERS FOR DATA ON IMPACT OF FOOD LABEL CHANGEOVER
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- An extensive survey of the impact of proposed food labeling regulations has been undertaken by the National Food Processors Association to determine if some segments of the food industry will face undue economic hardship in meeting the deadline for the label changes.
 Two NFPA surveys are being carried out, one for companies whose products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and another for meat and poultry products regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 The survey is designed to collect the following information:
 -- The number of products which will undergo the eight different laboratory analyses for the proposed required nutrients.
 -- The earliest date after final rules are announced by which companies can complete redesign of labels and packages.
 -- The estimated cost and amount of discarded label and package inventories.
 -- Increased administrative and capital costs, including any new label application machinery, and plant modifications.
 -- Estimated size and cost of initial label printing orders to comply with the labeling rules.
 -- Any special compliance problems.
 The survey forms are to be returned by Jan. 2, 1992. NFPA will use results of the survey as the basis for comments to FDA and USDA regarding possible extension of the May 8, 1993, effective date for FDA's final labeling rules.
 Questions about the survey should be directed to Regina Hildwine, NFPA industry analyst, at 202-639-5997.
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. The association operates three research laboratories, and its 500 member companies produce the nation's packaged-processed fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood and specialty products.
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 /CONTACT: Roger Coleman of the National Food Processors Association, 202-639-5935/ CO: National Food Processors Association ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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