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Christopher (Chris) M. Lahiff advises clients on matters regarding the regulation of pesticides by the US Environmental Protection Agency as well as of food by the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture. Read Chris Lahiff's full bio.

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


By on May 27, 2016
Posted In Food Safety and FDA

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 that are required to register as food facilities under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to address hazards that may be introduced...

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FDA Announces Availability of Final Guidance on Menu Labeling


By and on May 6, 2016
Posted In Advertising and Marketing, Food Safety and FDA

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 (Menu Labeling Requirements in Accordance with 21 CFR 101.11).” The guidance is designed to help businesses comply with the menu labeling...

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FDA Delays Enforcement of Restaurant Menu Labeling Rule


By , and on Mar 14, 2016
Posted In Food Safety and FDA, General Interest

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; Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments.” The statement marked the second time the agency...

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Raw Materials Compliance


By on Dec 4, 2015
Posted In Food Safety and FDA, Import/Export

Imagine that you’re waiting for an international hop order to clear customs and you receive a panicked call from your broker. She tells you that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested the hops for pesticide residues and found some that are not approved for use on hops in the United States. The government will not allow...

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FDA Announces New Menu Labeling Compliance Date


By on Jul 9, 2015
Posted In Food Safety and FDA

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 must comply with FDA’s regulation requiring nutrition labeling of standard menu items.  FDA explains that it...

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


By and on Mar 17, 2014
Posted In Food Safety and FDA, TTB COLAs and Formulas

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 jurisdiction.  While most alcohol beverages fall under the primary labeling authority of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and...

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FDA FSMA Extension of Comment Period Announced


By on Nov 5, 2013
Posted In Food Safety and FDA

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 and (2) Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications.  The current...

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FDA Issues New Rules on Gluten Labeling


By , and on Aug 2, 2013
Posted In Advertising and Marketing, Food Safety and FDA, Non-Beverage Alcohol

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule that defines what characteristics a food has to have to bear a label that proclaims it “gluten- free,” “without gluten,” “free of gluten” and “no gluten.”  The rule applies to all FDA-regulated alcohol beverages, which include wines (and ciders) below 7 percent alcohol...

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FDA to Propose Rules to Address Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors


By and on Jul 26, 2013
Posted In Food Safety and FDA

On Monday, July 29, 2013, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will publish two proposed regulations to implement parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The proposed rules will address: (A) Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP); and (B) the accreditation of third-party auditors.  The comment period for these proposed rules runs 120 days, putting...

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