• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Foods Program has posted a new website listing regulations it plans to publish by October 2024 and long-term regulations it is prioritizing for publication at a later date. Additionally, FDA has updated the list of guidance topics it is considering and expects to publish by the end of 2024.
• Regulations are officially announced in the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions published each spring and fall. Some of the regulations FDA has listed on its website include use of the “healthy” nutrient content claim, the use of ultrafiltered milk in cheese and cheese related products, and front-of-package nutrition labeling, among others.
• The following five topics have been added to the list of guidance documents the FDA expects to publish by the end of December 2024:
o Notifying FDA of a Permanent Discontinuance in the Manufacture or an Interruption of the Manufacture of an Infant Formula; Draft Guidance for Industry;
o Action Levels for Lead in Food Intended for Babies and Young Children: Guidance for Industry;
o The Food Traceability Rule: Questions and Answers; Draft Guidance for Industry;
o Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food; Chapter 12: Preventive Controls for Chemical Hazards: Draft Guidance for Industry; and
o Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals: Target Mean and Upper Bound Concentrations for Sodium in Commercially Processed, Packaged, and Prepared Foods (Edition 2): Draft Guidance for Industry
• Public comments on the list of guidance topics can be submitted to www.regulations.gov using Docket ID FDA-2022-D-2088.