Tag Archives: GUIDANCE

FDA Highlights Best Practices to Prevent Tampering and Intentional Adulteration of Food and Cosmetics

FDA issued a Constituent Update, entitled “FDA Reminds Industry of Best Practices to Prevent Tampering and Intentional Adulteration of Food and Cosmetic Products” on August 28 in response to media reports of tampering of products at grocery stores.  The Constituent update directs retailers to take the following actions: Inspect returned products for signs of tampering … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Guidance on Conversion Factors for Various Nutrients

FDA has issued Guidance for Industry (“Converting Units of Measure for Folate, Niacin, and Vitamins A, D, and E on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels”) on how to declare certain vitamins and minerals whose recommended daily intakes (RDIs) changed when FDA issued its revisions to 21 CFR 101.9 in 2016. While some changes to … Continue Reading

California’s Proposition 65 Website Posts Styrene Fact Sheet

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has posted a fact sheet regarding styrene on its Proposition 65 warning website, also known as the Lead Agency Website. OEHHA listed styrene as a carcinogen under Proposition 65 on April 22, 2016, and on May 4, 2017, the state adopted a No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for styrene of … Continue Reading

USDA Posts FAQ regarding BE Labeling and Promises Future Guidance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued an FAQ for manufacturers concerning its bioengineered (BE) food labeling rule (formally known as the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS)).  The final rule was issued in December 2018 and does not come into effect for several years, but questions are being raised by industry regarding … Continue Reading

FDA Encourages Participation in Voluntary Plant Biotechnology Consultation Program and Revises Guidance on Voluntary Labeling of Foods Derived Plant Biotechnology

Given the increased prevalence of plant biotechnology to develop innovative foods, FDA is reminding industry of its voluntary consultation program to ensure the safety of and public confidence in plant biotechnology-derived foods.  FDA describes “plant biotechnology” as “certain methods scientists can use to introduce new traits or characteristics to a plant.” FDA has assisted in … Continue Reading

FDA Announces New Policies on e-Cigarettes and Cigars to Stem Surge in Youth Smoking

On March 13, 2019, FDA proposed to end the Agency’s current compliance policy on flavored e-cigarettes (other than tobacco-, mint-, and menthol-flavored products), as well as its policy on flavored cigars, in an effort to curb youth smoking rates.  The compliance policy permits “deemed” tobacco products on the market when FDA’s Deeming Rule went into effect on August 8, 2016 to remain … Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Draft Guidance to Industry for Responding to Consumer Complaints

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is concerned with an increase in recent years in the number of recalls of meat and poultry products contaminated with foreign materials.  Notably, in many cases, the recalling establishments had received multiple customer complaints before these recalls.  Customer complaints for meat and poultry … Continue Reading

FDA Publishes Q&A Guidance on Mandatory Food Recalls

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) added Section 423 to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to order a responsible party to recall food if there is a reasonable probability that the food is adulterated or misbranded, and that use or exposure to … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Produce Safety Requirements under FSMA

FDA has published two draft guidance documents to assist processors and farmers in complying with product safety requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FSMA final rule on Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP), Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) for Human Food (the Preventive Controls Rule) was published on September 17, 2015 (80 … Continue Reading

FDA Releases Q&A for Preventive Controls for Animal Foods

In light of the approaching September 17, 2018 compliance date for small animal food businesses (i.e., those with less than 500 full-time equivalent employees) to comply with Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) rules, FDA has released a Q&A document concerning what to expect in the near term regarding FDA enforcement and inspections. The … Continue Reading

FDA Announces Upcoming Efforts to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals

In a July 31, 2018 press release, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced upcoming efforts by FDA to implement “good antimicrobial stewardship practices.”  FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has already taken steps to support judicious use in animals of antimicrobials important for treating human disease. FDA will soon publish a five-year blueprint to further address … Continue Reading

FDA to Issue a Guidance Document Limiting Use of Milk in Plant-Based Beverages

In the 2018 POLITICO Pro Summit, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb signaled that FDA will begin collecting comments regarding enforcement of standard of identity for “milk”.  As noted in our June 27 blog, FDA is holding a public meeting on July 26, 2018 to discuss its Nutrition Innovation Strategy, including standards of identity.  FDA indicated in … Continue Reading

Groups Petition FSIS to Change “Product of the USA” Policy

The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and American Grassfed Association (AGA) have petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to change its standard for making a “Product of the USA” claim on meat and meat products. Currently, FSIS allows the statement “Product of USA” if either (1) the country to which the product is … Continue Reading

FDA Releases Guidance on Dietary Fiber

Today, June 15, 2018, FDA published in the Federal Register a notice that it has issued “Guidance for Industry: The Declaration of Certain Isolated or Synthetic Non-Digestible Carbohydrates as Dietary Fiber on Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels”.  This direct-to-final guidance provides additional clarity on which isolated and synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates (NDCs) will be recognized by … Continue Reading

USDA Issues Guidelines Regarding Livestock Slaughter and Processing Inspection Exemptions

On May 24, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a guideline: FSIS Guideline for Determining Whether a Livestock Slaughter or Processing Firm is Exempt from the Inspection Requirements of the Federal Meat Inspection Act.  Absent an exemption, all establishments where cattle, goat, swine, or sheep are slaughtered … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Food Facility Registration Small Entity Compliance Guide

FDA has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) to help food facilities comply with the registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).  Section 415 of the FD&C Act requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. to … Continue Reading

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Comments on Intentional Adulteration

In the March 28, 2018 FDA Voice blog  Dr. Gottlieb provided background and insight on the Intentional Adulteration rule. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) charges FDA with addressing the burden of foodborne illness by requiring that producers, importers and distributors of food take systematic steps to prevent contamination. Congress passed FSMA with a … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on “Small Business” under FSMA Preventive Controls Regulations

As previously reported on this blog, FDA published final rules to implement the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control (HARPC) provisions for human and animal food under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on September 17, 2015. Small businesses may be eligible for certain exemptions and have later compliance dates than larger businesses covered … Continue Reading

FSMA Update: More Clarification on FSVP from FDA

As previously reported on this blog (see here, here and here), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance documents, fact sheets, and a Q&A document on how to comply with the foreign supplier verification program (FSVP) final rule, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FSVP regulation establishes requirements relating to: the … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Guidance to Allow “Co-Manufacturers” Additional Time to Implement Certain Supply-Chain Program Requirements

As our readership is well aware, three of the rules created to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – Preventive Controls for Human Foods, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, and the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs – have requirements for a supply-chain program for certain raw materials and other ingredients. FDA has designed the … Continue Reading

FDA Releases Guidance Documents Concerning Animal Food CGMPs and the FSMA “Solely Engaged” Exemptions

As previously covered on this blog, the Final Rule for Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals, 80 Fed. Reg. 56170 (Sept. 17, 2015) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became effective on November 16, 2015.  Covered large and small businesses are now required to be in compliance … Continue Reading

FDA Issues Compliance Guide for Small Businesses under FSMA Produce Safety Rule

FDA’s Produce Safety Rule, implemented under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce, meaning fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.  Our detailed summary of the rule is available here. On September 5, 2017, FDA announced the availability of a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG) … Continue Reading

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
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