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New FDA Menu Labeling Regulations to Be Released

New FDA Menu Labeling Regulations to Be Released

August 15, 2014

Authored by: Sara Ahmed and Brandon Neuschafer

You may recall that Digest covered the proposed FDA menu labeling regulations back in January 2014.

Although the regulations were supposed to roll out earlier this year, the FDA extended the comment period to continue to solicit industry feedback.

Now, as the proposed regulations are in its final stages of review, convenience stores and other small businesses are banding together to oppose their inclusion in the proposed menu labeling regulations.

Earlier this month, the Chairman of the National Association of Convenience Stores, Brad Call, complained that “[t]he FDA got the size and style all wrong for thousands of small businesses when it tried to fit them with the same heavy-duty menu-labeling regulations as big fast-food chains…When it comes to small businesses that just want to offer the convenience of a few prepared food items, let’s hope Congress discovers the common sense to design a solution that really fits.”

The regulations

Russia Sanctions Row Turns Into a Food Fight

In response to increasing pressure from individual and sectoral sanctions imposed by the United States, EU, Canada, Norway, and Australia, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced today that Russia will impose a total ban on imports into Russia of beef, pork, poultry, fish, preserved meats, sausages, fruit, vegetables, nuts, cheese, milk and dairy products from those countries.  The ban is to last for one year and is effective immediately.  While Mr. Medvedev suggested that the ban could be reconsidered within the one year time frame if the situation were to de-escalate, he also suggested that broader retaliatory measures could be taken if Western sanctions continue.  

News reports indicate that the ban could have significant effects on EU producers, for whom Russia is the second largest market.  EU pork had already been banned by Russia at the outset of EU sanctions, inflicting particular pain on Polish pork producers, who rely heavily