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Canadian Food Label Regulations: How to Comply with CFIA Requirements?

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

Canadian Food Label Regulations: How to Comply with CFIA Requirements?

The central responsibility to set the standards for Canadian food label is shared among two departments, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). While Health Canada is responsible for developing the policies and standards related to the health, safety, and nutritional quality of foods, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) holds the accountability for the administration of food labeling policies related to misrepresentation and fraud.

Food Labeling Guide

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

Food Labeling Guide

Under the FDA's jurisdiction, the FD&C Act (Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act govern regulations for food products. To ensure that the food sold in the US is wholesome, safe and adequately labelled with nutritional information, the FDA seeks to offer insight to industry participants through this guidance.

While the guidance does not cover the entire gamut of questions that may arise with relation to food labelling, it does address the key issues and questions that constantly surface in the industry.

FDA Guidance on Infant Formula Labeling

  • Industry: All FDA Regulated Industry

FDA Guidance on Infant Formula Labeling

The US FDA oversees manufacturers and distributors of infant formulas and helps ensure that these products are safe for infants who consume them. In line with this mission, FDA has released its final guidance on labeling requirements for infant formula products.

The guidance aids manufacturers and distributors of infant formula products to comply with labeling requirements including requirements related to the statements of identity, exempt infant formula and nutrient content claims.

How to Comply with FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program?

  • Industry: All FDA Regulated Industry

How to Comply with FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program?

FDA's Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), one of the key requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is aimed to expedite the reviewing and importing process of foods from certified facilities. In November 2016, FDA published its final guidance that details how the VQIP will work.

Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products

The FDA has established recommendations and regulations to ensure sanitary and safe processing of seafood (fish and fishery products), which includes imported seafood. These regulations mandate applying the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) principles for seafood processing. A preventive system of hazard control, the HACCP principles can be used by food processors to establish the safety of their products for consumers.

Section 402 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), P.L. 111-353 - Whistleblower Provi ....

  • Industry: All FDA Regulated Industry

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 not only formulated regulations to protect consumers by ensuring safety in the manufacture and production of food, but also includes statutes to protect employees who turn whistleblowers.

Final Regulatory Reform Plan - Department of Agriculture - 2011

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

The White House has announced plans for an ambitious regulatory reform across federal departments and agencies. This is the final regulatory reform plan of the Department of Agriculture.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4th, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it.


Uniform Compliance Date for Food Labeling Regulations

  • Industry: Packaging and Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is establishing January 1, 2014, as the uniform compliance date for food labeling regulations that are issued between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2012. FDA periodically announces uniform compliance dates for new food labeling requirements to minimize the economic impact of label changes. On December 8, 2008, FDA established January 2, 2012, as the uniform compliance date for food labeling regulations issued between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2010 (January 1, 2012 fell on a Sunday; therefore the uniform compliance date was January 2, 2012).

DATES: This rule is effective December 15, 2010. Submit either electronic or written comments by February 14, 2011. 

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

On August 2, 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, Title II of Senate Bill S.741.

On January 1, 2006, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) became effective. This law requires manufacturers to clearly identify on their food labels if a food product has any ingredients that contain protein derived from any of the eight major allergenic foods and food groups: milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, or soybeans. These eight foods and food groups account for 90 percent of all food allergies. Other allergenic foods (e.g., sesame) are not required to be
declared in accordance with FALCPA.

RETAIL FOOD STORE ADVERTISING AND MARKETING PRACTICES

  • Industry: Trade and Logistics Compliance

Unfair or deceptive acts or practices.

In connection with the sale of offering for sale by retail food stores of food, grocery products or other merchandise to consumers in or
affecting commerce as ``commerce'' is defined in section 4 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 44, it is an unfair or deceptive act or practice in violation of section 5(a)(1) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 45(a)(1), to offer any such products for sale at a stated price, by means of an advertisement disseminated in an area served by any stores which are covered by the advertisement, if those stores do not have the advertised products in stock and readily available to customers during the effective period of the advertisement, unless the advertisement clearly and adequately discloses that supplies of the advertised products are limited or the advertised products are available only at some outlets.
 

No violation of Sec. 424.1 shall be found if:
    (a) The advertised products were ordered in adequate time for delivery in quantities sufficient to meet reasonably anticipated demand;
    (b) The food retailer offers a ``raincheck'' for the advertised products;
    (c) The food retailer offers at the advertised price or at a comparable price reduction a similar product that is at least comparable
in value to the advertised product; or
    (d) The food retailer offers other compensation at least equal to the advertised value.
 

Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling, or Holding Operation ....

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a final rule regarding current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) for dietary supplements. The final rule establishes the minimum CGMPs necessary for activities related to manufacturing, packaging, labeling, or holding dietary supplements to ensure the quality of the dietary supplement. The final rule is one of many actions related to dietary supplements that we are taking to promote and protect the public health.

Effective Date: This rule is effective August 24, 2007

 

Food Labeling; Statement of Identity, Nutrition Labeling and Ingredient Labeling of Dietary Sup ....

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its food labeling regulations to establish requirements for the identification of dietary supplements and for their nutrition labeling and ingredient labeling in response to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (the DSHEA). FDA is also responding to a citizen petition from the Council for Responsible Nutrition on type size requirements for these products. In addition, FDA is announcing the revocation of Compliance Policy Guide 530.400 (CPG 7121.02) entitled ‘‘Vitamin Products for Human Use—Low Potency’’ to eliminate inconsistencies with the new labeling requirements

Effective Date: The regulation is effective March 23, 1999. The Director of the Office of the Federal Register approves the incorporations by reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1CFR part 51 of certain publications in 21CFR 101.4(h), effective March 23, 1999

21 CFR Part 110 - Current Good Manufacturing Practice In Manufacturing, Packing, or Holding Hum ....

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

Title 21 CFR Part 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations deals with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines on electronic records and electronic signatures in the United States. Part 11, as it is commonly called, defines the criteria under which electronic records and electronic signatures are considered to be trustworthy, reliable and equivalent to paper records.

Food Stamp Program: High Performance Bonuses

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

This rule finalizes amendments to the Food Stamp Program (FSP) regulations that were proposed in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), ‘‘Food Stamp Program High Performance Bonuses’’, published on December 17, 2003 in the Federal Register. The NPRM proposed regulations that would implement section 4120 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA) which authorized the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to award bonuses to States that demonstrate high or improved performance in administering the FSP. The NPRM proposed performance measures for the high performance bonuses for fiscal year (FY) 2005 and beyond. It also proposed the data that would be used to measure the identified performance. This final rule summarizes and discusses the comments we received as well as adjusts the regulatory language when necessary in response to those comments.

Effective Date: This final rule is effective April 8, 2005. The provisions of this final rule are required to be implemented no later than April 8, 2005.

Food Stamp Program: Employment and Training Program Provisions of the Farm Security and Rural I ....

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

This rule finalizes the proposed provisions of a rule published on March 19, 2004 to amend Food Stamp Program regulations to codify Food Stamp Employment and Training (E&T) Program provisions of section 4121 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the Farm Bill). This final rule establishes a reasonable formula for allocating the 100 percent Federal grant authorized under the Farm Bill to carry out the E&T Program each fiscal year. This final rule also codifies the Farm Bill provision that makes available up to $20 million a year in additional unmatched Federal E&T funds for State agencies that commit to offer an education/training or workfare opportunity to every applicant and recipient who is an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD), limited to 3 months of food stamp eligibility in a 36-month period, who would otherwise be terminated. This final rule eliminates the current Federal costsharing cap of $25 per month on the amount State agencies may reimburse E&T participants for work expe ses other than dependent care. This final rule codifies Farm Bill provisions that expand State flexibility in E&T Program spending by repealing the requirements that State agencies earmark 80 percent of their annual 100 percent Federal E&T grants to serve ABAWDs; they meet or exceed their fiscal year 1996 State administrative spending levels to access funds made available by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997; and the Secretary be given the authority to establish maximum reimbursement costs of E&T Program components. Lastly, this final rule rescinds the balance of unobligated funds carried over from fiscal year 2001.

Effective Date: This final rule is effective August 8, 2006.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Discretionary WIC ....

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

This final rule amends regulations for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) by adding three requirements mandated by the Child Nutrition and WIC  Reauthorization Act of 2004 in amendments to the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (CNA) concerning retail vendors authorized by WIC State agencies to provide supplemental food to WIC participants in exchange for WIC food instruments. The intent of these provisions is to enhance due process for vendors; prevent defective infant formula from being consumed by infant WIC participants; and ensure that the WIC Program does not pay the cost of incentive items provided by above-50- percent vendors in the form of high food prices. Finally, this rule also adjusts the vendor civil money penalty (CMP) levels to reflect inflation.

Effective Date: This rule is effective March 9, 2009

Uniform Compliance Date for Food Labeling Regulations

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is establishing January  1, 2010, as the uniform compliance date for food labeling regulations that are issued between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2008. FDA periodically announces uniform compliance dates for new food labeling requirements to minimize the economic impact of label changes. On March 14, 2005, FDA established January 1, 2008, as the uniform compliance date for food labeling regulations that issued between March 14, 2005,
and December 31, 2006.

This rule is effective December 21, 2006.

Data Collection Related to the Participation of Faith-Based and Community Organizations

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

This final rule is part of the Department’s effort to fulfill its responsibilities under the Faith-Based and Community Initiative pursuant to Executive Orders 13279 and 13280. Under this rule, State agencies will collect and report information related to institutions and organizations that participate in specified Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) nutrition assistance programs. This information will be a new collection for the affected programs. It will enable FNS to identify the faith-based and community organizations participating in Federal nutrition assistance programs and determine the level of participation of faith-based and community organizations in the programs. It will not adversely impact the application or participation of any organization or institution currently participating in, or seeking to participate in, FNS nutrition assistance programs.

Marketing and Sale of Fluid Milk in Schools

  • Industry: Food Safety Compliance

This rule finalizes the interim rule that implemented the statutory provision to prohibit direct or indirect restrictions on the sale or marketing of fluid milk on school premises or at school-sponsored events, at any time or in any place, in schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. This rule ensures that there are no policies or procedures in place that have the effect of restricting the sale or marketing of fluid milk

 Effective Date:This rule is effective September 4, 2009

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