Four hundred and seventy-five groups from all 50 states spanning the entirety of the American food supply chain sent a letter to the US House of Representatives urging members to vote in favor of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
FDA said it will extend the enforcement date for the labeling rule a full year, giving all parties covered by the new rule until December 1, 2016 to prepare. In conversations with FDA, chain restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses that fall under the new rule asked for more time.
North American Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter Thursday told Senate Agriculture Committee members that mandatory country of origin labeling must be repealed to avoid a possible $3 billion in annual penalties. Carpenter was one of six witnesses to testify in the hearing.
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has expanded an investigation into Whole Foods Market after the department says it found evidence of systemic overcharging on pre-packaged foods at the city’s stores.
Representatives of the food industry continue to express their displeasure with the Vermont law that requires the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food and are not going down without a fight, despite the April court ruling that denied a preliminary injunction to block the law from going into effect.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final rule on menu labeling, requiring food establishments with 20 or more locations to provide consumers with calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items.