FDA finalizes the extension of the compliance dates for new Nutrition Facts

On 3rd May 2018 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a final rule to extend the compliance dates for updating Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels, from July 26, 2018, to January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will receive an extra year to comply – until January 1, 2021. The agency published a proposed rule to extend the compliance date in September 2017, and this rule finalizes that extension.

After considering a range of stakeholder comments, the FDA recognizes the need for manufacturers to have additional time to make required changes. The approximately 18-month extension accomplishes this goal and will provide sufficient time to transition to the new version of the Nutrition Facts label.

The FDA is also committed to ensuring that all manufacturers have guidance to help implement the required label changes by the upcoming compliance dates. A full list of Nutrition Facts-related guidance documents is available on the FDA website.

(Source: CFSAN)

FDA improvements to food recall system – Learn from SCORE team

Very interesting developments from USA Food & Drug Administration webpage:

“Six months ago, the FDA moved to speed its response when there are foods on the market that present a real or potential danger to consumers’ health.

The agency created a team of key senior leaders to get involved with the most challenging recall situations, those complicated by such issues as the nature of the product, the scope of available evidence, and the company’s response. This team is called SCORE (Strategic Coordinated Oversight of Recall Execution).

SCORE is already making a difference, helping to overcome obstacles and streamlining processes to get potentially harmful foods off the market as soon as possible to reduce further consumer exposure.

William Correll, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), and Douglas Stearn, director of the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), are the SCORE co-chairs. They talk about what SCORE has achieved in its first six months, the challenges it has faced, and the road ahead.

And in an FDA Voice blog, Stephen Ostroff, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, and Howard Sklamberg, Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, talk about SCORE’s role in complex recalls.”