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.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service released an interim final rule to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, other than food sold under the lunch and breakfast programs.
Food Safety Modernization Act - proposed rule would establish guidelines by which importers must verify that food products being imported from their foreign suppliers meet U.S. food safety standards.
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.