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October Food and Agriculture Regulatory Recap

OFW’s Food & Agriculture team regularly monitors announcements and policy issuances from FDA, USDA, and other agencies to keep our clients apprised of regulatory developments that may impact their business. Here are a few of the developments from October that we took note of. If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.



U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Guidance for Industry: Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals. FDA published a guidance document to take a critical step to further address preventable diet-related chronic diseases related to sodium and advance health equity. The guidance provides voluntary short-term sodium reduction targets for food manufacturers, chain restaurants and food service operators for 163 categories of processed, packaged, and prepared foods.
  • FDA Hosted New Era of Smarter Food Safety Summit on E-Commerce. On October 19-21, 2021, FDA convened a virtual summit to discuss the safety, and potential food safety vulnerabilities, of foods sold online and delivered directly to consumers. Materials and recordings are available.
  • FDA issued an annual Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Report for FY 2019. FDA tested for 812 pesticides and industrial chemicals across 4,692 total samples and the majority of samples had pesticide residues below the limits (known as “tolerances”) set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These results are consistent with the trend of low levels of pesticide residue violations over the past 8 years.
  • Food Safety and COVID-19. FDA continues to update and make resources available to industry members and consumers on consistently changing COVID-19 pandemic topics. On October 14, 2021, FDA also put out a constituent update that encouraged food and agriculture workers to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19.
 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

 

Other Agencies 

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