FaegreBD Consulting provides a perspective from Washington D.C. on the developments in public policy relevant to foodservice.
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.
This month, Congress is focused on clearing its agenda prior to the month-long August recess. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate continue to hold appropriations hearings, attempting progress towards passage of legislation to fund the government past September 30. In addition, Congress is attempting to address funding for transportation programs which expires at the end of July, as well as moving legislation to address the drought in the Western United States, particularly California.