On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule to modernize the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The FDA set compliance dates of July 26, 2017 for large companies to meet the new requirements, and an extra year for smaller companies to comply. Then-First Lady Michelle Obama lauded the announcement as a way to help families make healthier choices and reduce their risk of heart disease and obesity.
With this post, we’d like to say that we're not trying to make a political statement for or against anyone. We're simply trying to assess the new dynamics unfolding in Washington and how that might affect the companies we serve. We consistently see a lot of interaction from various government agencies with TraceGains content, and we appreciate the work that you've done and continue to do to implement FSMA. It's important work and we know your jobs aren't easy. With that said, we invited Marc Sanchez, FDA and regulatory attorney, to help us sort out the likely and unlikely.
When it comes to FDA inspections, it’s rules, and the new rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act's (FSMA) inspections, what are the core rights and responsibilities of your facility?
From the announcement of Dole's criminal investigation, to the final guidance release for the menu labeling law, below are some interesting reads from this week:
From the final rule on sanitary transportation being submitted, to even more big companies labeling their GMOs, below are a few interesting reads from this week:
From the split vote via the Senate on GMO labeling to General Mills' announcement on labeling its product's GMO ingredients, below are a few interesting reads from this week:
From the announcement of Michael Taylor’s departure from the FDA, to a handful of West Virginia lawmakers falling ill after consuming raw milk, below are a few interesting reads from this week：
This week’s Friday Food News is all about FSMA and the finalization of the latest three rules.
The first ever FDA Food Safety Challenge will be heating up on July 7 as the finalists, selected in early May, head toe to toe—or should we say beaker to beaker—on Demo Day. The finalists will present their refined concepts before the selected Challenge judges and a live audience of stakeholders in food and food safety. The Challenge winner/ winners (there could be more than one) will then be announced publicly in late July.
As a result of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), food inspections are on the rise. Under FSMA, all high-risk facilities must be inspected by January 2016, repeating every three years; all other facilities must be inspected by January 2018, repeating every five years.