During the January 22nd Washington Insights Committee meeting, the following topics and issues were discussed.
We put together a timeline of comment periods for FDA regulatory proposals, including FSMA and hydrogenated oils. This timeline includes links to each particular proposed regulation.
USDA announced $5.5 million in grants for schools to implement Smarter Lunchrooms strategies and to meet the new school nutrition standards. See the press release from USDA.
The Washington Insights initiative was launched in the fall of 2012 to provide timely information to IFMA members on government actions and their impacts on our industry. The Washington Insights Committee has identified four main areas from which the relevant policy developments are tracked, analyzed, and reported for the benefit of the broader IFMA membership.
Food Safety Modernization Act - proposed rule would establish a program to recognize certification bodies that would provide accreditation to third-party auditors to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities.