Continuing the pattern of delays in the implementation of a compliance date for the menu labeling final rule requirements (previously covered in our posts, FDA Delaying Enforcement (Again) for Menu Labeling Final Rule (March 2016) and LawFlash: FDA Issues Menu Labeling Final Guidance (May 2016)), FDA has issued an interim final rule (to be published on May 4, 2017) again extending the compliance date for menu labeling requirements by one year—from May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2018.
YOUR SOURCE ON FOOD LITIGATION AND REGULATION
On March 31, FDA published a final guidance document on acceptable unique facility identifiers (UFIs) for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVPs). FDA states in the guidance that it now formally recognizes the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number as an acceptable UFI for FSVP.
Recent public controversy surrounding an issue many readers would probably rather not hear about—whether it is acceptable to use heart meat in products labeled as “ground beef”—has raised a series of questions involving not simply what might wind up on your grill this summer, but also how USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) goes about developing, changing, and publicly announcing policy developments and changes in the labelling of the meat and poultry products it regulates.
On December 1, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a proposed rule to amend the nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products (Proposed Rule). The revisions in the Proposed Rule are meant to parallel, to the extent possible, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) two similar final rules concerning nutrition fact labels (Nutrition Labeling Rules).
The Final Rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) issued over the last several years contain numerous requirements, compliance dates, definitions, applicability guidelines, extensions, and related guidance.
On August 17, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Final Rule on the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notification program, a voluntary premarket notification program for products used in food substances.
On October 5, the US Department of Agriculture’s FSIS released an updated version of its Labeling Guideline on Documentation Needed to Substantiate Animal Raising Claims for Label Submission.
Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plan to redefine the implied nutrient content claim “healthy” by issuing a new guidance document — Use of the Term “Healthy” in the Labeling of Human Food Products 1 (Guidance).
On September 19, the FDA Foods and Veterinary Programs held a webinar to discuss FDA’s recent issuance of the preventive controls hazard analysis and risk-based draft guidance (Draft Guidance), which became available for public comment on August 24, 2016.
FDA recently released an updated version of its draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs), Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues.