Christopher Lahiff

McDermott Will & Emery

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FDA to Redefine “Healthy” Claim for Food Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently took two actions involving the use of the claim “healthy” on food labels. First, FDA opened a docket to solicit comments on whether, and if so how, to revise the criteria that...more

10/4/2016 - Enforcement Actions FDA Food Labeling Food Manufacturers

FDA Issues Final Rule on Food Ingredients that May Be Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued this final rule detailing the criteria for concluding that the use of a substance in human or animal food is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). By way of background,...more

8/19/2016 - FDA Final Rules Food Manufacturers Food Safety GRAS

FDA Releases Final Guidance Regarding the Food Labeling Term “Evaporated Cane Juice”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released final guidance stating its view that sweeteners derived from sugar cane should not be declared in the statement of ingredients as “evaporated cane juice.” ...more

5/31/2016 - Evaporated Cane Juice FDA Final Guidance Food Labeling Misleading Statements

FDA Publishes Final Rule for Protection Against Intentional Adulteration as Part of Food Safety Modernization Act

FDA has published as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) a final rule concerning mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration. The rule will require domestic and foreign food facilities...more

5/27/2016 - FDA FFDCA Final Rules Food Contamination Food Manufacturers Food Safety FSMA Public Safety Risk Mitigation

FDA Announces Availability of Final Guidance on Menu Labeling

On May 5, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of its final menu labeling guidance, “A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home Foods – Part II...more

5/7/2016 - FDA Food Labeling Food Safety Menu-Labeling New Guidance Restaurant Industry Retailers

FDA Delays Enforcement of Restaurant Menu Labeling Rule

This week, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) formally announced that the agency will delay enforcement of its final rule entitled “Food Labeling;...more

3/16/2016 - Delays FDA Food Labeling Food Safety Restaurant Industry

FDA Announces New Menu Labeling Compliance Date

In a Federal Register Final Rule to be published tomorrow (July 10, 2015), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will announce that it has extended by one year (to December 1, 2016) the date by which covered restaurants...more

7/10/2015 - FDA Federal Register Menu Rule Nutrition Facts Labels Restaurant Industry

Proposed FDA Labeling Revisions Would Impact Wines Below 7 Percent ABV and Certain Non-Malt Beers

On March 3, 2014, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that, if and when finalized, would make important changes to the labeling of all foods subject to FDA’s primary labeling...more

3/18/2014 - FDA Labeling Wine & Alcohol

FDA FSMA Extension of Comment Period Announced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will soon extend for 60 days the comment period on its proposed rules for (1) Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals...more

11/5/2013 - FDA Food Safety FSMA

New FDA Food Safety Rules Will Affect Foreign Food Suppliers, Foreign Food Producers, U.S. Food Importers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released two proposed rules, one governing foreign supplier verification and the other governing third-party audits and certification. Comments are due by November 26, 2013....more

8/2/2013 - FDA Food Contamination Food Safety Foreign Suppliers FSMA FSVP Imports

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