2017 Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published its 2017 Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda for each agency.
We’ve gone through the report and listings and highlight impacts to food labeling.
Background: January 30th, 2017, Trump signed an executive order requiring that for every one new regulation, two must be revoked.
The impact of this executive order can be seen in the recently published 2017 Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda which is posted on Reginfo.gov by the OMB.
You can find current, long-term and inactive regulations.
Current Labeling Regulations
Proposed Rule Stage Food Labeling: Health Claims; Soy Protein and Coronary Heart Disease –
Expected October 2017
FDA is proposing to amend its regulation authorizing the use of health claims regarding the relationship between soy protein and coronary heart disease on the label or in the labeling of foods. Under the FD&C Act “health claims,” which characterize the relationship of a food to a disease or health-related condition, must be authorized by FDA before they can be used. The science supporting this claim is not sufficient to meet the statutory standard for FDA authorization, but there is some evidence supporting a soy protein benefit on coronary heart disease that FDA would allow as discussed in its guidance documents: 1) FDA’s Implementation of Qualified Health Claims; Questions; and Answers and 2) Evidence-Based Review System for the Scientific Evaluation of Health Claims. Ref: 0910-AH43
Final Rule Stage Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented, Hydrolyzed, or Distilled Foods –
Expected October 2018
This proposed rule would establish requirements concerning compliance for using a “gluten-free” labeling claim for those foods for which there is no scientifically valid analytical method available that can reliably detect and accurately quantify the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten in the food 0910-AH00
Long Term Labeling Regulations
Updated Standards for Labeling of Pet Food
FDA is proposing updated standards for the labeling of pet food that include nutritional and ingredient information, as well as style and formatting standards. FDA is taking this action to provide pet owners and animal health professionals more complete and consistent information about the nutrient content and ingredient composition of pet food products. 0910-AG09
New Animal Drugs: Updating Tolerances for Residues in New Animal Drugs in Food
Expected October 2018
FDA is proposing to revise the animal drug regulations regarding tolerances for residues of approved and conditionally approved applications for conditional approval of new animal drugs in food by standardizing, simplifying, and clarifying the determination standards and codification style. In addition, the Agency is proposing to add definitions for key terms. The purpose of the revision is to enhance understanding of tolerance determination and improve the readability of the regulations. 0910-AG17
Major Food Allergen Labeling for Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages
Pursuant to the House Committee Report accompanying the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-282), TTB will consider how to appropriately apply allergen labeling to beverage alcohol products. We will consider how allergen labeling for these products will operate within our existing labeling regulations and with FDA regulations. 1513-AB08
Inactive Labeling Regulations
- National Organic Program, Organic Pet Food Standards 0581-AD20
- National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard 0581-AD54
- Product Labeling: Use of the Voluntary Claim “Natural” on the Labeling of Meat and Poultry Products 0583-AD30
- Revision of the Nutrition Facts Panels for Meat and Poultry Products and Updating Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed 0583-AD56
- Labeling of Meat Food Products Derived From Calves 0583-AD63
- FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packing, Labeling, or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements 0910-AB88
- FDA Food Standards: General Principles and Food Standards Modernization 0910-AC54
- FDA Label Requirement for Food That Has Been Refused Admission Into the United States 0910-AF61
- FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practice for Outsourcing Facilities 0910-AH09
- FDA Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Food 0910-AH31