Check out an article that Sung Park and I published in Food Safety Magazine about FDA and USDA labeling changes scheduled to become effective on 1/1/20. We understand first-hand from working with our clients how much time, money, and effort it can take to update product labels.
While such changes may be challenging at first, manufacturers, distributors, or marketers that embrace and prepare for the changes in advance will be able to minimize the risk of regulatory enforcement and focus their energy on building their businesses. Despite enforcement period delays, there's no time like the present to make your labels compliant.
FDA’s and USDA’s Upcoming New Regulations and the Delays
By Cori Annapolen Goldberg and Sung W. Park
As food regulatory attorneys, we become somewhat excited when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issues a new law or policy; we think about how it affects our clients and whether the new law or policy truly promotes the public good. What we often notice, however, is that implementation of such rule or policies often becomes delayed, or an extra grace period is provided for the companies to comply. Such enforcement discretion can be helpful in ensuring that the changes in laws do not affect business negatively. Although the agencies may delay enforcement again, we wanted to take this opportunity (and the extra time) to address a few questions regarding the new regulations.