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Food Regulatory And Industry News: “Healthy” Claims Public Meeting, “Best By”/”Sell By” Guidelines, And Export Certificate Change

Posted: February 16, 2017

Here is a roundup of some recent food regulatory and industry news:

  • FDA announced yesterday that it will hold a meeting in March to discuss use of the word "healthy" on food labels.
  • The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced yesterday voluntary guidelines to help reduce consumer confusion regarding the more than 10 different date labels currently on food packages (e.g., "Sell By", "Use By", "Expires On", "Best Before", "Better if Used By", or "Best By"). The guidelines follow on the heels of guidance issued by USDA in December that encourages manufacturers and retailers of meat, dairy, and eggs to use the universal “Best if used by” date label on their products rather than the "sell by" date label.
  • FDA also announced yesterday that it will finally be issuing certificates of free sale (COFS) for food products it regulates online as downloadable PDFs rather in hard copy, which will help to streamline the exportation process.