I understand that FDA has received multiple requests from manufacturers to provide additional time to comply with the new requirements. Do I still have to meet the January 1, 2020, compliance date?
The FDA has heard from several manufacturers and groups that more time may be needed to meet all of the requirements. Therefore, during the first 6 months following the January 1, 2020, compliance date, FDA plans to work cooperatively with manufacturers to meet the new Nutrition Facts label requirements and will not focus on enforcement actions regarding these requirements during that time.
Prospective FDA Commissioner Considered
Dr. Stephen Hahn is being considered by the Administration to be nominated for the FDA Commissioner role. He currently is with the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Previously he was the chair of radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
FDA Issues Another CBD Warning Letter
FDA issued a warning letter to Rooted Apothecary in Naples, FL for marketing CBD as a drug (i.e. “calm inflammation”, “promote sleepiness”) and as a dietary supplement. CBD products cannot be marketed as either. There is one CBD drug that FDA has approved and it is available by prescription only (Epidiolex).
FDA Issues Consumer Alert on J&J Baby Powder for Asbestos
A lot of Johnson & Johnson baby powder was found to contain chrysotile fibers, a type of asbestos. FDA has issued a consumer alert and J&J has recalled the lot.
FSIS Posts Individual Category Status and Aggregate Results for Poultry Carcasses, Chicken Parts, and Comminuted Poultry Tested for Salmonella
FDA has announced for the first time that it has authorized the marketing of products through the modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) pathway. The authorizations are for eight Swedish Match USA, Inc. snus smokeless tobacco products sold under the “General” brand name.
AMS Amends Organic Standards
AMS has issued a final rule which adds elemental sulfur for use as a molluscicide in organic crop production, adds polyoxin D zinc salt to control fungal diseases in organic crop production, and reclassifies magnesium chloride from an allowed synthetic to an allowed nonsynthetic ingredient in organic handling.
FSIS Updates Lists of Establishments from Nicaragua Eligible to Export to U.S.
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