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Delay of FDA Menu Labeling Regulation Provides Blueprint for Modification of Nutrition Labeling Rules

The restaurant industry was bracing for FDA’s menu labeling regulation, requiring mandatory calorie disclosure on menus at chains that have 20 or more locations.  The final compliance date was coming up next week on May 5, 2017.  However, in a la… Read More
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Egg Carton Labeling Petitions Fail to Hatch

Egg cartons in the United States are not required by federal regulations to bear labels which identify the living conditions of the hens.  Two animal rights non-profit organizations and six individuals sought to change that by filing petitions with… Read More
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Organic Reform

By Marshall Matz and Peter Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The House of Representatives’ Freedom Caucus lists the USDA National Organic Program as one that should be a high priority for reform under President-elect Donald Trump. We agree. T… Read More
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FDA Expands Authorized Health Claims for Raw Fruits and Vegetables

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has promulgated an interim final rule, effective December 19, 2016, amending the regulation authorizing a health claim on the relationship between dietary saturated fat and cholesterol, and risk of coronary… Read More
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Uniform Compliance Date for Upcoming Food Labeling Regulations

FDA has set January 1, 2020, as the uniform compliance date for new or amended food labeling regulations that are issued between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2018. Use of a uniform compliance date provides for an orderly and economical industry… Read More
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What Is “Dietary Fiber”(for Purposes of Nutrition Labeling)?

FDA has issued two notices for publication in the Federal Register: A Request for Scientific Data, Information, and Comments (comments due within 45-days of publication); and A notice of availability about a draft guidance (comments due within 60-da… Read More
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FDA Considering Amendments to New "Reference Amount Customarily Consumed" Regulation, Used to Set Serving Sizes on Nutrition Facts Label

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is showing a willingness to modify its recently finalized rule establishing Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs) used to set serving sizes on the Nutrition Facts label.  The agency announced two reque… Read More
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CDRH Proposes Submission Requirements of Labeling for Certain Home-Use Devices

Today, FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health published a proposed rule that would require manufacturers to electronically submit the device label and package insert for Class II and Class III devices labeled for “home-use.” The propo… Read More
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John Block: GMOs Are Safe

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Hopefully, we are beginning to set the record straight. We have heard so much misleading information criticizing biotechnology that we could go down the European road. In Europe, GE food is not on the plate. Th… Read More
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FDA Nixes “Evaporated Cane Juice” as Ingredient Name

Pursuant to consideration of public comments submitted on its October 2009 draft guidance document (see our prior article here), FDA today announced (81 Fed. Reg. 33,538) the availability of its finalized guidance document, Guidance for Industry: Ing… Read More
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