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Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2018 Likely Reveals Consumer Groups’ Priorities for FDA Nutrition Innovation Strategy – May Spur More Class Action Lawsuits

The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5425) was introduced on April 4, 2018, by Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  A joint press statement announcing the bill was released by R…

Relocation of U.S. Codex Office Makes Sense

Food companies and industry trade associations have overwhelmingly supported a decision by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to move the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of the Undersecretary…

Which Food Labeling Claims Put You Most at Risk of a Class Action Lawsuit?

Food labeling class actions — which food labeling claims put you most at risk of a lawsuit?  Popular claims regarding ingredient content or processing methods are often the most common targets for class actions.  Read the views of OFW Law, as…

Analysis of FDA’s Nutrition Policy Priorities for 2018

The FDA recently released a “2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap” outlining (among other things) its nutrition-related policy priorities for the coming year.  In the Roadmap, FDA lists nutrition as one of its four top issues for this year. The Agency…

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…

FDA’s Guidance on Added Sugars is as Thick as Molasses

FDA released a draft Guidance statement on how food companies should calculate the added sugar content in their products for the purposes of nutrition labeling.  Comments are due on March 6. Guidance documents are supposed to help simplify FDA regul…

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…

“Voluntary” FDA Sodium Targets May Bind Food Companies

FDA yesterday released so-called “voluntary” targets for sodium reduction for 150 categories of foods.  A spreadsheet issued by the agency details baseline sodium content for each of the categories and lists short-term and long-term targets.  I…

FDA Issues Final Regulations for Nutrition Facts Labeling and Serving Size Changes

FDA has issued final regulations changing the requirements for the Nutrition Facts label required on almost all foods since 1994. A picture tells a thousand words, or in this case, more than 1000 pages of typewritten text detailing the new regulation…

Expect More Food Labeling Changes Even After FDA Finalizes its New “Nutrition Facts” Regulations

FDA is scheduled to issue regulations finalizing its proposed Nutrition Facts label soon according to the US Regulatory Agenda. Many food companies and trade associations are eagerly awaiting the final rules to see how the agency will handle the most…

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