The Obama administration released its long awaited nutritional guidelines for snack foods sold in schools. The comment period is open for 60 days before the rules are finalized for the next school year. Examples of what's in: Baked Potato Chips, Granola & Cereal Bars; Examples of what's out: Candy, Snack Cakes, Pretzels.
Faegre Baker Daniels December 2012 Food & Agriculture Legal Update.
The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill on June 21. Over 70 amendments were considered. Some that were accepted include amendments to help organic growers get crop insurance, require the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) to study the feasibility of establishing a food safety insurance program, establish a pilot program to support healthy foods for the hungry and require national dietary guidelines for pregnant women and children.
Updated January 24, 2013
The defeat in November 2012 of Proposition 37 in California was viewed as a keystone ballot initiative in the movement, now nationwide, that is advocating for the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) food products. The initiative in California was hardly considered a "high water mark" for those advocating for such labeling. There are numerous efforts afoot across the nation attempting to achieve the same ends as those pursued in California.
With the 2011 enactment of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the regulatory landscape for the foodservice industry and its suppliers has begun to change. FSMA's passage was the most substantial overhaul of food safety regulations in nearly 70 years.