June 28, 2018

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Want healthier foods? Let the FDA Know


FDA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Nutrition Innovation Strategy Implementation

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June 26, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today a public meeting to discuss the agency’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy. In a statement released today, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., emphasized that the public meeting will begin an important dialogue on various aspects of the strategy with a variety of stakeholders. In his March 29 speech to the National Food Policy Conference, the Commissioner recognized the critical role the FDA plays in protecting public health through improvements to the nutritional profile of foods that compose the American diet. He stated that developing strategies to improve nutrition can be a transformative step toward reducing the burden of many chronic diseases, ranging from diabetes to certain cancers to heart disease. As such, the FDA is hosting a public meeting to give interested parties an opportunity to discuss various features of the FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy, which promotes public health through efforts to empower consumers to make better and more informed decisions about their diets and health, foster the development of healthier food options, and expand the opportunities to use nutrition to reduce morbidity and mortality due to chronic disease.

Since announcing the Strategy earlier this year, the FDA has identified several areas where it believes there are opportunities to improve FDA’s approach to nutrition policy, by encouraging industry innovation to improve the nutrition and healthfulness of food and by providing consumers with informative food labeling to make healthy food choices. These tactics include developing a standard icon or symbol for the claim “healthy;” a more efficient review strategy for the FDA to employ when evaluating qualified health claims; allowing for labeling statements or claims on food products that could facilitate innovation to promote healthful eating patterns; approaches for modernizing standards of identity; possible changes that could make ingredient information more consumer friendly; and implementing the FDA’s educational campaign for consumers about the updated Nutrition Facts Label that consumers will be seeing in the marketplace.

The meeting will be held on July 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 and include introductory presentations, panels, oral presentations by participants as well as breakout sessions. Public meeting attendees are encouraged to register online to attend the meeting in person and via live webcast.

June 12, 2018

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Label Training – Cal Poly Pomona

In case you missed it, we thought we’d share some photos…. contact us at ‘debra at knowledge-bank.net’ if you’d like training on-site at your business.

For the full press release see: http://www.cpp.edu/~agri/news/2018-food-labeling-workshop.shtml


Bare Bones of Food Label Regulations

Food Label Training

Scheduled for April 26, 2018 AND HOSTED BY the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona (California)


  • How to make an ingredient declaration and allergen statement
  • What is a product name and characterizing flavor on the front-of-pack
  • When can a claim be made for “free from” or “packed with” for nutrients like calcium or fiber
  • The graphic differences and nutrient definitions for “old” and “new” nutrition facts formats
  • How a daily value and rounding rules work for Vitamins, Minerals, Fiber and Protein
  • When to “count” an ingredient as an added sugar or dietary fiber for labeling purposes
  • What makes a serving size and how this affects servings per container or the new dual column formats
  • Regulatory agency involvement in labeling enforcement
  • Why bragging about a good nutrient requires disclosure about other nutrients

Click here to download the Poster.

To register visit: www.cpplabel.eventbrite.com

Too many food companies find out there IS a labeling regulation when they are first threatened by a lawsuit or notified of regulatory agency action.  Get the bare bones of USA food label regulations in this 7-hour workshop hosted by Cal Poly Pomona.  This beginning workshop is for those new to what must appear on a food label.  The workshop is intended for food industry professionals, agri-business faculty, entrepreneurs, registered dietitians, food science & food-related business students.

The practical tools and examples will help attendees create a skeleton of the 7-basic label elements. Take the fright out of how to declare “added sugars”, “additives”, and “dietary fibers” when transforming labels before the new nutrition facts deadline of July 2018. The workshop will demonstrate where to find the rules, calculations, and disclosures for the basic “packed with” or “free from” nutrient claims.

Save the date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Agriscapes at Cal Poly Pomona.  Visit www.cpplabel.eventbrite.com for upcoming information and registration details.   Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours have been applied for through the International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC) for certified food scientists and Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.


Debra KW Topham, MS, CNS, CFS, Director of knowledge bank

Debra is director at Knowledge Bank. Her boutique consulting firm provides “health checkups” for USA food and supplement labels as well as substantiation reports for ingredient claims. The Huntington Beach, CA consulting service checks that USA product labels & sell sheets including nutrient and health claims are in compliance with FDA, USDA, and FTC regulations.  Debra is a 35-year veteran of the food industry with experience reviewing more than 3,000 product labels for her clients and Fresh&Easy Neighborhood Market and soon the software launch of ReviewQ®.  She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Food Scientist and adjunct lecturer for local universities.

August 23, 2017

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FDA Food Label Training

Two Interactive Food Label Training Choices


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Debra Topham, Knowledge Bank director and 30-year veteran shares her knowledge on food label regulations:



  • Food Label Training Overview
  • Nutrition Facts Reformation & Transformation

Basic Food Label Training Thursday Sept 21, 2017 9am—4:30pm

A 1-day overview of the US FDA regulations for adult foods with nutrition facts panels. Get an introduction to nutrient content claims regarding “good source” or “packed with” along with guidance in choosing the properly labeled serving sizes. Activities will show how to create basic ingredient lists, select a product. $850 per person

NFP 2016 Update Friday Sept 22, 2017 9am –12noon

Back-of-pack nutrient changes will be at the front of customer inquiries, enforcement, and potential litigation for millions of USA products. In this 1⁄2-day session, learn through relevant case studies, what lies ahead of you to meet the 2016 Federal Register announced labeling regulations. See what changes to nutrient definitions will affect label claims when switching to the new regulations. Course covers the FDA 2016 Nutrition Facts updates & requires prior regulatory training. $385 per person


Food Microbiological Laboratories,10653 Progress Way, Cypress, CA 90630




B&W handouts of presentation slides with worksheets & reference materials. Parking Pass and boxed lunch for pre-registered attendees.
Ask about professional contact hours for Certified Food Scientists!

Register at: www.knowledge-bank.net/training
P: 657.464.3834 E: clientservices@knowledge-bank.net

Presented by Debra KW Topham, MS, CNS, CFS

Knowledge Bank provides “health checkups” for food and supplement labels to comply with FDA, USDA, and FTC regulations. Debra is the Director and 30-year veteran with Fresh&Easy Neighborhood Market, Nutrilite, and now the upcoming software launch of ReviewQ.

Knowledge Bank reserves the right to cancel the programs and refund registration fees if enrollment is low. Attendees may cancel up to 7 calendar days before the event less a $50 processing fee or send a professional replacement from the same company.


February 6, 2017

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Nutrition, Food, and Science: The Future Is Now – SCIFIC 2018 Conference March 7th, Anaheim, CA


SCIFTS (Southern California Institute of Food Technologists’ Section) will be hosting, SCFIC 2018 (Southern California Food Industry Conference).

This years theme:

Nutrition, Food, and Science: The Future Is Now

The 31st Southern California Food Industry Conference is SCIFTS premier annual event in the food science and nutrition segments.  It will be a platform for presentations from nationally/internationally reputed industry experts featuring hot topics in nutrition, consumer trends, food processing, pesticides, and food waste.


When:  March 7, 2018, 8:30a.m. – 3:30p.m (registration opens 8:00 am)

Where:  Disneyland Hotel Exhibition Hall – Anaheim, CA

Registration:  Now open at www.scifts.net

Before March 1st 2018:

Professional (Full Day $100/Half Day $55)    Full Time Student (Full Day $45/Half Day $25)

March 1st 2018 & At the Door:  

Professional (Full Day $120/Half Day $70)    Full Time Student (Full Day $55/Half Day $35)


Dr. Steve Witherly, President,  Technical Products Inc“Everything You Know About Nutrition Is Wrong”  Dr. Carl Winter, Extension Food Toxicologist, California State University, Davis“MythBusters: Pesticide Residue Edition”Dr. Gregory Ziegler, Professor of Food Science, Penn State University“Is Food Processing Natural?”   Dr. Mary Wagner, President, MK Wagner & Associates“What Everyone Ought to Know about Food Trends Influencing Future Food and Beverage Products?”Dr. Tara McHugh, Research Leader – USDA“STOP! Food Waste”

8:00 a.m. _ 8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION
8:30 a.m. _ 8:45 a.m. WELCOME
Susan Butris, MS, CFS, SCFIC 2018 Chair
Mary Wagner, Ph.D., President, MK Wagner & Associates
9:45 a.m. _ 10:40 a.m. IS FOOD PROCESSING NATURAL?
Dr. Gregory R Ziegler, Professor of Food Science and Director of Graduate Studies,
Department of Food Science, Penn State University
10:40 a.m. _ 10:55 a.m. BREAK
10:55 a.m. _ 11:50 a.m. STOP!  FOOD WASTE
Dr. Tara McHugh, Research Leader, USDA
11:50 a.m. _ 1:00 p.m. LUNCH
View Student Posters, Student Product Development Competition
Dr. Carl Winter, Extension Food Toxicologist and Vice Chair
Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis
Dr. Steve Witherly, President, Technical Products Inc.
2:50 p.m. _ 3:20 p.m. STUDENT COMPETITION AWARDS
Christy Kadharmestan, Senior Formulator, International R&D, Pharmavite LLC  
Efran Tash, Associate Scientist 1, Product Development, Beachbody LLC
3:20 p.m. _ 3:30 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS
Ana Gumabon, 2018 SCIFTS Chair-Elect
Director of R&D, California Custom Fruits & Flavors