FDA – Sodium Reduction – Comment Period Extension for Draft Guidance to Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium

The FDA is extending the two comment periods for the Draft Guidance to Industry for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium.

  • The comment period for issues primarily related to the draft short-term (2-year) sodium reduction targets will end on October 17, 2016.
  • The comment period for issues primarily related to the draft long-term (10-year) sodium reduction targets will end on December 2, 2016.

The comment period for the draft sodium guidance opened on June 2, 2016. That notice originally provided a 90-day comment period requesting comments on Issues 1 to 4 (or issues mainly related to the 2-year draft targets) by August 31, 2016 and a 150-day comment period for Issues 5 to 8 (mainly on the 10-year targets) by October 31, 2016.

The FDA received eight requests from industry trade associations to extend both comment periods to provide a total of 180 days for comment on the short- and long-term targets and three requests from consumer and public health organizations for the comment period regarding the short-term targets to remain unchanged.

For more information:

Federal Register Notice: Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals: Target Mean and Upper Bound Concentrations for Sodium in Commercially Processed, Packaged, and Prepared Foods; Draft Guidance for Industry; Extension of Comment Periods

(Source: FDA website)

FVO report – Denmark – Pesticides illegal import

This report describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office audit in Denmark, carried out between 17 to 24 June 2014, under the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official food and feed controls and Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. The objective of the audit was to evaluate the controls on pesticides.

Denmark has a history of promoting alternatives to, and reduction in, pesticide use, and therefore is well placed to fully implement Directive 2009/128/EC. A variable rate pesticide tax, resulting in price increases of several hundred per cent in the case of some products, is the key policy initiative to achieve a substantial reduction in risk associated with pesticide use. Progress towards achieving this ambitious target could be compromised due to difficulties in preventing the illegal import of pesticides from other Member States.

While there are well documented procedures for PPP authorisation, due to national specific requirements it is difficult to gain authorisation through mutual recognition. Despite this, emergency authorisations are granted in cases where other measures are possible. The scope and frequency of inspections is not sufficient to determine that only authorised PPPs are marketed. Weaknesses in controls on retailers and in the PPP formulation analysis programme means the system for detection of illegal or counterfeit PPPs is not satisfactory. There is an excellent system of controls on PPP users.

The report makes a number of recommendations to the Competent Authorities, aimed at rectifying the shortcomings identified and enhancing the implementation of control measures.

(Source: FVO website)