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As our readers are aware, in May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition labeling and serving size regulation. The final rules regarding nutrition labeling established a definition for the term “dietary fiber.” In March 2018, FDA published final guidance on dietary fiber that communicated the Agency’s revised standard of review of the scientific evidence that shows non-digestible carbohydrates (NDCs) have a beneficial physiological effect on human health. Then, as previously…
The effectiveness of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce the amount of sugar consumed has been the subject of debate for several years. As we’ve previously reported on this blog, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report in 2016 that concluded that taxing sugary drinks (and foods) reduces their consumption. However, an independent panel advising WHO did not recommend taxing sugary drinks in the 2018 report, “A Time to Deliver” (see our June 5,
As previously reported on this blog, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) introduction of the Dairy Pride Act  in 2017 was met with controversy. On March 14, 2019, Sen. Baldwin, along with Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), reintroduced The Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, milk, and cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act (DAIRY PRIDE Act). The legislation is cosponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Debbie…
U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced on March 8, that the Agency was deactivating a 2016 import alert that prevented genetically engineered (GE) salmon from entering the U.S. By way of background, in 2015, FDA approved a New Animal Drug Application (NADA) related to AquAdvantage Salmon after determining that it met the statutory requirements for safety and effectiveness under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. AquaAdvantage Salmon contains intentional genomic alterations…
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced several new steps it is taking to combat youth access to tobacco products and e-cigarettes. In a March 4 statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., pointed out that retailers are on the frontlines of these efforts to reduce the health consequences of tobacco use and nicotine dependence and outlined the actions that the Agency is taking, beginning with ones directed at retailers. First, FDA sent a…
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discusses how the Agency is integrating new tools, that are a result of the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA),  with existing ones to improve the safety of imported foods in a newly released publication, “Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food.” (For background information on these new tools, see our previous blogs on the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), the Accredited Third-Party Certification
House Bill 1204 and Senate Bill 5397 would prohibit producers that do not participate in a plastic packaging stewardship organization from selling packaging made wholly or in part from plastic in Washington State, beginning in 2022. Plastic food service products, including utensils, and other specified plastic items associated with food or beverage service are included in the definition of plastic packaging. A “producer of plastic packaging” is defined as a person that meets one of…
On February 11, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced a new plan for modernizing and strengthening dietary supplement regulation and oversight. In making the announcement, Dr. Gottlieb pointed out that supplement use is increasing with three out of every four American consumers taking a dietary supplement on a regular basis. Also, since Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) 25 years ago, the dietary supplement market has grown significantly—from a $4…
Recently introduced Kids’ Meal Bills in Connecticut and Rhode Island would prohibit restaurants from including soft drink beverages on children’s menus and in children’s meals. More specifically, Connecticut House Bill 7006 would limit beverages listed on children’s menus to “water, sparkling water, flavored water with no added sweeteners, unflavored milk or a nondairy milk alternative,” effective January 1, 2020. It was referred to the Joint Committee on Children on January 31, 2019, and is one…
As previously reported in September on this blog, FDA requested comments on the use of dairy terms—such as milk, yogurt, and cheese—in the labeling of plant-based products. FDA’s Standards of Identity define milk in part as the “lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” The original deadline for comments was November 27. However, on October 21, 2018, FDA announced that the comment period would be extended…