On November 6, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a Constituent Update that it will continue to exercise enforcement discretion with respect to certain supply-chain program requirements applicable to contract manufacturers (“co-manufacturers). The agency is taking this action to address situations where brand owners perform certain supply-chain program requirements on behalf of

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently issued a proposed rule entitled “Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods” (“Proposed Rule”), which was mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Proposed Rule establishes a new program whereby certain food testing must be performed by laboratories accredited by an FDA-recognized accreditation

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule to revise the type size requirements for front-of-pack (FOP) calorie declarations that are used to comply with the vending machine calorie labeling requirements. The final rule requires such calorie declarations to be at least 150 percent the size of the net quantity of contents statement

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its “Industry Resources on the Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label” webpage questions and answers,1 stating that the agency does not intend to take enforcement actions related to the new nutrition labeling requirements for the first six months following the January 1, 2020 compliance date

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently released Chapter 14 of its Draft Guidance for Industry, “Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” (“Draft Guidance”). Entitled “Recall Plans,” the chapter explains how food facilities subject to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (“PCHF

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the launch of an updated version of the Food Defense Plan Builder Version 2.0 (FDPB) to help companies meet the requirements of the final rule “Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration” (IA Rule) under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FDPB is a

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it will hold a full-day public meeting on October 21, 2019, regarding “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” As explained in more detail in this memorandum, as part of FDA’s ongoing implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the agency is exploring new and

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it will be holding a full-day public meeting on September 27, 2019, to address “Horizontal Approaches to Food Standards of Identity Modernization.” As explained in more detail below, FDA’s “horizontal” approach to standards reform would look at amending wide groups of standards rather than evaluating standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an updated Fourth Edition of its Guidance for Industry entitled, “Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Control Guidance, Fourth Edition – August 2019” (“the Seafood HACCP Guide”).1 The Seafood HACCP Guide is intended to assist processors of fish and fishery products in developing their Hazard Analysis