Recorded Symposium Session: The RD as Food Labeling Advisor for Food Companies

While food and nutrition labeling regulations compliance work is within a dietitian's scope of practice, it is not necessarily a current core competency for registered dietitians. So how can an educational foundation in dietetics lead to food labeling regulations advisory work or careers?

From a dietitian with a long-term career in regulatory labeling compliance, Lauren Swann, MS, RD, LDN will discuss insights on how a dietetics-oriented nutrition background can lead to roles in regulatory affairs.  

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Identify core competencies that relate to applied food labeling regulations.
  2. Recognize education and work experiences that can lead to careers in labeling compliance. 
  3. Explain what an employer or client expects from a food labeling specialist. 

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 
1010, 1080, 4030, 8070
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
1.2.1, 1.2.2, 3.2.2, 8.3.4
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CPE Level: 
Course summary
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Creatively combining the dynamics of marketing communications and regulatory affairs -- seasoned with a passion for cultural foodways -- Lauren Swann, MS, RD, LDN, specializes in strategies to effectively deliver accurate nutrition messages for industry, media and public health through food labeling advisory and nutrient analyses services, freelance writing and ethnic dietary practices insights. Whether it’s technical food science details, government regulations, trends evaluation, campaign planning or targeting consumer, trade or professional audiences, she manages issues “where food policy, marketing trends and public health meet, intersect … or collide”.  Her keen vision is sought for expert advisory teams and thought-leader panels and she’s developed customized presentations, short courses and continuing education for food companies, trade associations and professional organizations and guest lectured at major universities.

Lauren pioneered a uniquely unprecedented series of industry publicized labeling-sub-topic webinars with perspectives addressing relevant ingredient issues and nutrition variables for product development, marketing and quality control applications. Highly experienced in applied food labeling regulations, she advises emerging, growing and established client companies worldwide utilizing her extensive and thorough working knowledge of government compliance as well as competitive marketplace positioning from progressively responsible corporate staff positions at Kraft Foods and Vlasic Foods International world headquarters, a Campbell Soup spin-off company.

Elected 2009-10 Chair of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) she’s also an Outstanding Entrepreneur Award recipient and member of Les Dames D’Escoffier. A Registered Dietitian also Licensed in the State of Pennsylvania, Lauren has AND’s Certificate of Training in Restaurant Menu Labeling, a Master of Science in Nutrition Communications from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Dietetics from Howard University.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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