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Food Labeling: Opening the Doors to the United States Market

- Released on Mar 27, 2010

The Texas A&M University Center in Mexico and the Office for Latin American Programs co-hosted an international conference with the support of Walmart. This timely conference, titled Food Labeling: Opening the Doors to the United States Market, took place March 25-26 in Mexico City and addressed the need for greater awareness of food labeling compliance to help Mexican food manufacturers and suppliers meet USDA and FDA standards for products exported to the United States. Technical presentations and real life examples as well as policy perspectives were presented in a format open for dialogue and interaction with experts in the field. Companies that provide U.S .label review consultation and services were also present at the event. The conference featured speakers from the FDA, the food safety industry, Texas A&M University, as well as the Mexican government. Mr. Pedro Adalberto González Hernández, Undersecretary of Agribusiness in the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA) spoke on the importance of food trade between the United States and Mexico. Dr. Joanne Lupton, Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M and holder of the William W. Allen Endowed Chair in Human Nutrition, spoke on front-of-pack labeling involving health claims, nutrient content claims and nutrient profiling. Dr. Alejandro Castillo, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M served as the conference facilitator and also presented a talk on behalf of Dr. Elsa Murano, Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and President Emerita of Texas A&M, on policy perspectives for meat exports to the United States.
This conference is part of a broader effort of Texas A&M in the area of food hygiene and safety standards in Latin America.