OFW Law has joined with the United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA) to provide members access to a legal review of product labels. UFPA brings together companies across every segment of the fresh produce supply chain, including growers, shippers, fresh cut processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, foodservice operators, industry suppliers and allied associations.
This new service was initiated by the United Fresh Finance & Business Management Council in response to an increase in member requests for assistance with product label reviews. “The number of regulations related to food labeling can be complex for produce companies to navigate,” said Jason Pounds, Secretary-Treasurer of Hardies Fresh Foods and Chairman of the Finance & Business Management Council. “As more produce companies are adding packaged products to their offerings, the more important it is to ensure that your product labels comply with applicable federal and state laws.”
United Fresh members can contact United Fresh’s Member Services Department to submit their proposed final label to OFW Law for review. OFW Law will then review the label for compliance with the Fair Label & Packaging Act, the Food & Drug Cosmetic Act, and provide citation to applicable state labeling laws, and will then make recommendations on any revisions needed for compliance. The cost for label review is $600 per label. Substantially similar labels, such as different SKUs/counts of the same product with similar labeling claims, may be considered under one label review.
“United Fresh delivers resources and expertise companies need to succeed in managing complex business and technical issues,” said Miriam Wolk, Vice President of Member Services. “We’re pleased to partner with OFW Law, a recognized expert on food labeling laws, to provide this resource to our member companies.”