State and federal food-labeling reforms impose unappreciated complexities and compliance challenges

Food product labels are under intense scrutiny from consumers, regulators, class action lawyers, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Demands for more information, as well as changes to or prohibitions on labels' use of certain terminology, are on the rise. But do label-reform advocates fully appreciate the legal and regulatory complexities and burdens food-labeling revisions impose on the industry, especially when those changes involve state-specific rules? This Legal Backgrounder focuses on these complexities and burdens and advocates for alternative, less burdensome solutions that harness technology to inform consumers.

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