FDA Extended Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Label Final Rules to 2020 and 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size final rule from July 26, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would receive an extra year to comply—until Jan. 1, 2021.

The FDA is not proposing any other changes to the Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Size final rules.

Written or electronic comments on the extension of the compliance dates are being accepted for 30 days, beginning on October 2, 2017. The FDA is only accepting comments on the extension of the compliance dates and not on the content of the Final Rules published in 2016.

Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov

The decision was cheered by the industry associations (GMA, Grocery Manufacturer Association), but not so appreciated by consumer’s groups and the CSPI (Center For Science in the Public Interest) which consider the move a danger for public health (added sugars won’t be visible until 2020…) and fear a lack of clarity on the market.

The new Nutrition Facts schemes can be already used on the labels and – in my daily experience – they are requested by many US retailers and importers to foreign clients: therefore, on this last issue, I am totally agree with the CSPI. A co-existence of two different Nutrition Facts schemes on the shelves for 3-4 years cannot help already confused consumers to clear their mind about nutrition information. It is an odd situation also for me that I am used to the convoluted EU legislation making process!

On the other hand, FDA guidance documents on the new labeling schemes will be most welcome in the meantime.

For Additional Information:

UK – Global food law challenges and opportunities seminar (19th September 2017)

On 19th September 2017 I have been invited as speaker to a very interesting one-day-seminar that will touch several key topics of the UK/EU food law, including food fraud prevention.

The seminar is organised by Campden BRI and will be held in their HQ in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

Here you can see the full program and the speaker’s list, including Klaudyna Terlicka, Noelia Rodrigo and Jonathan Coleman from Campden BRI and Andrew Iveson (Amivet Ltd Veterinary Exports).

Summary

Maintaining an awareness of current food and drink legislation, understanding its implications and remaining alert to changes is increasingly challenging. Although progress has been made to harmonize legislation and enforcement and many food–related matters are regulated at the level of the European Union, Eurasian Economic Union, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) or Codex Alimentarius, national disparities can still be seen. A ‘one size fits all’ approach for the creation of products that comply with each market is not possible.

A further challenge is the UK’s movement towards independence from the European Union and what this might mean for the UK’s food industry.

For this seminar, Campden BRI assembled an expert team to give us their perspectives and cover emerging international food regulatory topics as they may well become more important as the regulatory landscape changes. This seminar will also provide a unique opportunity to discuss the most recent regulatory updates and trends from global perspective.

Key areas to be covered

  • Global food law trends.
  • Key export challenges, including case studies.
  • Food fraud: international perspective.
  • Global labelling differences, with particular focus on allergens, country of origin, nutrition labelling and claims.
  • Brexit and potential implications for international trade.

Key benefits of attending

  • A unique opportunity to discuss most recent updates and trends from global perspective.
  • Global regulatory awareness might become increasingly important as the UK moves on and it would be instructive to hear what is going on outside of the EU.
  • Case studies, practical applications and tools to understand and overcome export challenges.
  • Interactive discussions and great networking opportunities.

I will travel around UK for few days, so if you will participate to the seminar or would like to meet for a coffee, please drop me a not at foodlawlatest@gmail.com