FaegreBD Consulting provides a perspective from Washington D.C. on the developments in public policy relevant to foodservice.
On December 10, 2014, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Examining FDA's Role in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Food Ingredients.
The U.S. is a step closer to enacting a consistent, national approach to certifying and labeling genetically modified (GMO) foods. A bill passed by the U.S. House today would alleviate food manufacturers’ burden of complying with differing state GMO labeling laws. However, the bill also would lead to an FDA-mandated definition of “natural,” among other provisions.
The FDA recently released a menu labeling Small Entity Compliance Guide. The guidance provides answers to what may be burning questions from operators considered small entities - which means they are "independently owned and operated and not dominant in its field of operation."
Take a "no-spin" look at several legislative and regulatory issues that foodservice leaders should have on their radar. Immigration reform and FSMA are here to stay; they hold the potential to impact various aspects of the foodservice business, including customer relationships. Three other issues are worth watching as well.