Tag Archives: CONGRESS

FDA Commissioner Issues Statement Touting Menu Labeling Rule, Announces Additional Guidance is Forthcoming

Over the past several years, FDA has been in the process of implementing menu labeling provisions added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by the Affordable Care Act. Under the new requirements, restaurants or similar retail food establishments (in chains of 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and selling substantially similar … Continue Reading

House Committee Advances Changes to Menu Labeling Law

Over the past several years, FDA has been in the process of implementing menu labeling provisions added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by the Affordable Care Act. Under the new requirements, restaurants or similar retail food establishments (in chains of 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and selling substantially similar … Continue Reading

Four Senators Ask Trump to Implement GAO Food Safety Recommendations

Four democratic senators wrote President Donald J. Trump on February 13, the same day that the General Accounting Office (GAO) released a report on federal oversight of food safety, asking that the Administration work with Congress to implement the recommendations in the report. The report is titled, Food Safety A National Strategy Is Needed to … Continue Reading

Menu Labeling Legislation Would Ease Some of FDA’s Upcoming Requirements

Three months before new FDA regulations take effect that require restaurants and similar retail food establishments (in chains of 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and selling substantially similar menu items) to provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items, Congress is again considering legislation to modify the requirements. … Continue Reading

Proposed ‘Dairy Pride Act’ Creates Controversy

The Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, milk, and cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act (DAIRY PRIDE Act), introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), would require non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants, and algae to no longer be mislabeled with dairy terms such as milk, yogurt, or cheese. (A January … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Finish Line in Sight

Federal GM labeling compromise awaits presidential signature. In an update on a topic frequently covered in recent weeks on this blog, the Senate compromise bill to establish a federal standard for the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods gained bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and passed with a 306-117 vote on July 14, … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Hold Hurdled

GMO labeling bill moves forward in the Senate. As previously covered on this blog, on June 23, the Senate Agriculture Committee announced a bipartisan deal that would create a national labeling standard for genetically modified (GM) foods while pre-empting conflicting state laws, such as Vermont’s requirements (which took effect on July 1).  Sen. Bernie Sanders … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Sanders’ Stance

Sen. Bernie Sanders stands in opposition to GM labeling deal. As reported earlier this week, the Senate Agriculture Committee announced a bipartisan deal that would create a national labeling standard for genetically modified (GM) foods while pre-empting conflicting state laws, such as Vermont’s requirements (which take effect this Friday). In an unsurprising move, Sen. Bernie … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: The Deal

Senate reaches bipartisan deal on federal GM labeling standard. As the food industry is well aware, many eyes have been on Congress to determine whether federal legislation addressing the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods could be enacted before the July 1 effective date of Vermont’s GM labeling requirements. On June 23, the Senate Agriculture … Continue Reading

Fish Flakes

Congress considers ending USDA catfish inspection program. As previously covered on this blog, in the 2008 Farm Bill, Congress required FDA to divest its authority over the inspection of Siluriformes fish (including catfish) to USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).  FSIS issued a final rule to establish the inspection program in November 2015 and FDA announced … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Congressional Confidence

Sen. Roberts expresses confidence that Congress will pass GM labeling bill in June. As previously covered on this blog, Congress has repeatedly failed to agree on legislation to establish a federal standard for the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.  In March, many thought a “hybrid” bill modeled on Senator Roberts’ (R-Kansas) voluntary GM labeling bill represented … Continue Reading

Food Waste: Date Update

Congress introduces bills to create a national standard for date marking of food. As previously covered on this blog, food waste is a major issue in the United States.  Government estimates indicate that Americans waste between 30 and 40% of the overall food supply on an annual basis.  According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Compromise Crushed

Senate rejects Roberts’ amended GM labeling bill. Eyes were on the Senate yesterday as the food industry and consumers anticipated a Senate vote on an amended bill to establish a federal standard for the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.  The amended bill took a “hybrid” approach compared to previous measures, proposing a voluntary labeling standard … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Congressional Compromise?

Senate expected to vote as early as today on amended GM labeling law. As our readership knows, all eyes are on Congress this week as it prepares to act on proposed legislation to block state laws that would impose labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods. Following up on yesterday’s GM update, the Senate is … Continue Reading

GM Updates: Chipotle & Congress

Chipotle non-GM claims challenged again in court. As previously covered on this blog, a plaintiffs’ class action lawsuit was filed against Chipotle in connection with its nationwide advertising campaign premised on a pledge to serve only “non-GMO” foods.  In February, the lawsuit was dismissed based on the lead plaintiff’s failure to specify that she had … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Competing Federal Proposals

New mandatory GM labeling bill introduced in Senate. We have seen significant activity on the Hill this week related to the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.  On March 1, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill that would establish a voluntary, USDA-administered GM labeling regime and preempt state requirements in this area (including those slated … Continue Reading

GM Labeling Bill Clears Committee

GM labeling bill clears Senate Agriculture Committee. As the July 1 deadline for compliance with Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods draws nearer, many continue to hope for a federal legislative fix.  In February, Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) introduced legislation to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for GM foods.  Significantly, this bill … Continue Reading

Menu Labeling in the House

House passes bill to increase flexibility in FDA’s menu labeling requirements. As previously covered on this blog, FDA has issued a final rule to implement the menu labeling provisions added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) by the Affordable Care Act.  Under the new requirements, restaurants or similar retail food establishments … Continue Reading

Nicotine News

CPSC likely to gain new authority over packaging of some nicotine-containing e-liquid products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) currently implements the Poison Packaging Prevention Act of 1970 (PPPA), which requires certain household substances to have packaging that makes it significantly difficult for children under five years old to open within a reasonable amount of … Continue Reading

Oversight on Outbreak

GAO report critical of USDA’s response to disease outbreaks USDA has the authority to implement response measures to animal disease outbreaks to limit economic, animal health, and food security consequences. On January 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the independent investigative arm of Congress, publically released a report critical of the USDA’s response to … Continue Reading

Microbead Mortality

Federal government bans microbeads. Microbeads are tiny beads of plastic added to cosmetics and personal care products to serve an abrasive or exfoliating function.  For years, environmental groups have expressed concerns that microbeads pollute waterways and pose harm to aquatic life because their small size allows them to pass through wastewater treatment systems in significant quantities.  In … Continue Reading

Omnibus Edition

Omnibus bill does not include federal GM labeling fix. For months, the food industry has been hopeful that Congress would act to develop a legislative solution to establish federal regulatory control over the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.  The industry-supported bill would block inconsistent state requirements, such as the mandatory GM labeling law set to take effect in … Continue Reading

Federal Food Waste Foray

Federal legislation proposed to curb food waste. As previously covered on this blog, food waste is a major issue in the United States.  Government estimates indicate that Americans waste between 30 and 40% of the overall food supply on an annual basis. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has introduced a bill that proposes a sweeping and … Continue Reading

Congress Critiques Calorie Counts

House panel approves bill to loosen FDA’s menu labeling requirements for food retail establishments. As previously covered on this blog, starting on December 1, 2016, FDA will require restaurants or similar retail food establishments (in chains of 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and selling substantially similar menu items) to provide calorie … Continue Reading
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