June 5, 2017

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Prop 65 Hearing on Lead in Candy – Rescheduled to July 6th

Hearing on Petition Requesting Adoption of Regulations Setting a “Naturally Occurring” Lead Level in Candy Containing Chili and Tamarind

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has decided to hold a public hearing in response to a petition from the Center for Environmental Health requesting that OEHHA “commence the regulatory process to issue regulations pursuant to Health & Safety Code §110552 setting a ‘naturally occurring’ lead level in candy containing chili and tamarind.”  Pursuant to requests from interested parties, the hearing has been rescheduled for July 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Sierra Hearing Room at the CalEPA Headquarters building at 1001 I Street in Sacramento.  The hearing will be webcast at https://video.calepa.ca.gov/(link is external) (not active until the day and time of the hearing).  Notice and background documents are provided below.

June 5, 2017

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Menu-Labeling Regulations – Congressional Subcommittee June 9th

HEARING: #SubHealth to Examine Common Sense Solution to Menu-Labeling Regulations

Jun 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), announced a hearing for Friday, June 9, 2017, at 9 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Examining H.R. 772, The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017.”

#SubHealth will examine committee member and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ (R-WA), H.R. 772, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017, legislation to provide clarity and flexibility for small businesses from costly and burdensome regulations.

“The Trump administration’s announcement last month to delay the rule and reopen the FDA’s comment period was an important step for small businesses that have felt the burdens of the mandate. It also gives us an opportunity to reexamine how we best empower consumers with information,” said Chairman Burgess. “Next week’s hearing is an important opportunity to further discuss Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ bill and the FDA’s efforts in moving toward a more reasonable standard that works for both consumers and small businesses.”

The Majority Memorandum, witness list, and witness testimony for the hearing will be available here as they are posted.


November 3, 2016

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Prop 65 Prioritization 2016: Chemicals for Consultation by the Carcinogen Identification Committee

On Nov 15th, the Prop 65, committee will discuss the following chemicals for consideration:


  • Aspartame
  • Asphalt and Asphalt Emissions Associated with Road Paving and Asphalt and Asphalt Emissions Associated with Roofing
  • Methyl Chloride
  • Type I Pyrethroids
  • Vinyl Acetate

Comments are available for public review on a 45-day public comment period on five chemicals or chemical groups to be discussed at the November 2016 meeting of the Proposition 65 Carcinogen Identification Committee (CIC).

Source: Prioritization 2016: Chemicals for Consultation by the Carcinogen Identification Committee

June 12, 2016

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Workshop: Nutrition Panel Reformation & Lean Label Transformation

4-hour workshop presents the new USA regulations for food and supplement nutrition panels along with strategies for a cost efficient approach to the full package re-labeling. Back-of-pack text changes in this regulatory workshop will be at the front of customer inquiries, FDA enforcement, and potential litigation for millions of USA products.



  • WHAT text must appear starting July 26, 2016
  • HOW to mitigate financial pressure from these changes utilizing case studies and strategic planning
  • WHO will be watching that you get it right


Find answers regarding new serving sizes, how Vitamin D and Potassium have replaced Vitamin(s) A and C as well as how much more label real estate is given over to the new formats. FDA expects this nutrient panel change to cost the industry a mere $2.7 billion and involve 1-2 hours of edits before lab assays and full package reprint costs are considered.  Put your label re-print projects on a budgetary diet. Once you learn about the regulations, explore a variety of full label printing solutions with experts from Ideal Print Solutions who can help you trim your printing and label production costs. Learn through hands-on demos and relevant case studies ahead of the other 31,000 food and supplement manufacturers in the same pinch. This workshop will help you find leaner ways to stream-line and print new labels with the required white-boxed panels.  Visit www.knowledge-bank.net for information and registration details.


Click here for complete details and registration

February 8, 2016

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Free – Suppliers’ Night Expo – March 10th

Join the So Cal IFT section at the annual Supplier’s Night Expo featuring 450+ exhibitors.  This March 10th event is free (except for parking) and precedes the Natural Products Show (which is NOT free).   The flyer describes the educational conference with lunch—a great day of learning from 8am-3pm.


Your attendance helps the vendors reach a broader audience.  The Vendors’ table top exhibit fees contribute to our yearly scholarship and university grant program. 


Each year we give back nearly $60,000 to support the future food science and technology programs of Southern California.

Click here to download the 2016 Exhibitor Packet

Click here register and pay online.

September 18, 2014

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5th Annual Chapman University Food Entrepreneur Workshop

This program is excellent for anyone wanting to bring a food product to market:     ‘From Recipe to Retail”

Please share the information below with your network….$250 for TWO days of presentations by consultants and experts.

Chapman University Food Entrepreneur Workshop