Updated nutritional guidelines emphasize holistic eating patterns over the course of a lifespan.
On December 1, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Board of Health (Board of Health) Sodium Warning Label Rule went into effect . 1 The Rule requires food service establishments in New York City with 15 or more locations nationwide to provide a warning for menu items that contain 2,300 mg or more of sodium.
On November 17, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release announcing that it and other federal agencies have slapped more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements with civil and criminal cases over the last year.
In late October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state and local officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to food served at a major fast-casual restaurant chain.
On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the public availability of three new rules that will help prevent the contamination of foods: the Standards for Growing , Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption ( Produce Safety rule ), the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals ( FSVP rule ), and the Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications ( Accredited Third-Party Certification rule ). The rules, which will be published on November 27, implement several important sections of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
On November 6, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued long-awaited guidance on its fortification policy for adding nutrients to foods in the form of a Questions and Answers Guidance for Industry.
Reuters reports that California is considering adding processed meats (such as hot dogs, ham, and sausages) to its list of cancer-causing products.
In April 2015, the US Right to Know (US RTK), a non-profit organization that reports on food industry issues on behalf of consumers, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a citizen petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with requests to investigate diet soda manufacturers for misbranding and deceptive advertising on the grounds that the “diet” products contain artificial sweeteners that US RTK alleges actually contribute to weight gain.
The FDA has issued two important final rules that will implement requirements of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA): Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Animal Food Both rules will require manufacturers and other elements of the food chain to evaluate, implement, and document the effectiveness of science-based preventive food safety programs.