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July 15, 2016, Covington Alert
Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives passed Bill S.764 (“Joint Bill”), which will amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to add Subtitle E: “National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard,” and Subtitle F: “Labeling of Certain Food.” The United States Senate passed the same bill last week on July 7, 2016. The Joint Bill, if signed into law by President Obama,3 will immediately preempt most provisions of Vermont’s Act 120, “An Act Relating to the Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering” (Vermont Law), which requires that certain foods offered for retail sale in Vermont be labeled, “produced with genetic engineering” or with similar alternative statements depending on the specific circumstances.4 The Vermont Law went into effect on July 1, 2016.
July 18, 2016, Covington Alert
On July 14, 2016, FDA published its amended final regulations for registration of domestic and foreign food facilities under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Registration is required for such facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption. The final rule codifies a number of provisions that were mandated by FSMA ...
May 31, 2016, Covington Alert
On May 27, 2016, FDA finalized its seventh and final food safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which will become new 21 C.F.R. Part 121. The Intentional Adulteration rule establishes requirements to help protect food against adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism. For the ...
May 23, 2016, Covington Alert
On Friday, May 20, 2016, FDA issued two final rules to revise the nutrition labeling requirements for conventional foods and dietary supplements—the first major revisions to the nutrition labels since they were originally required over 20 years ago. Recognizing a shift in the average American’s consumption habits and understanding of the Nutrition Facts label, ...