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June 2, 2016, Covington Alert
On June 1, 2016, the FDA announced draft guidance on voluntary sodium reduction targets that could have a substantial effect on food manufacturers and restaurants. The Draft Guidance proposes short-term and long-term targets for various categories of commercially processed, packaged, and prepared foods, as well as recommended upper bounds for sodium in each food category. Although voluntary for industry participants, the new sodium targets may have a significant impact on food product formulations.
November 14, 2016, Covington Alert
On November 10, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final guidance for industry on the voluntary qualified importer program (VQIP). The final guidance builds upon draft guidance issued in June 2015, as part of FDA’s implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) mandate to establish a voluntary, fee-based program to ...
July 14, 2016, Bloomberg BNA
Miriam Guggenheim is quoted in a BNA article regarding legislation passed by Congress creating a national standard for food makers to disclose genetically-modified ingredients. According to Guggenheim, while there is considerable will in the administration to resolve the GMO labeling issue, agency resources would also play a role in the rulemaking timeline. ...
May 25, 2016, Law360
Miriam Guggenheim is quoted in a Law360 article regarding the FDA’s new rule requiring companies to include information about added sugars on nutrition labels. According to Guggenheim, "There will be those who assert that FDA has not met its First Amendment burden to justify the compelled commercial speech." She continues, "A number of recent cases have ...