Uniform Compliance Date for Food Labeling Regulations

  • Date: March 01, 2011
  • Source: Admin
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Several meat and poultry establishments also produce non-meat and non-poultry food products subject to the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration. FDA also issues regulations periodically for the requirement of changes in the labeling of such products.


Adequate lead time to arrange for the use of existing label inventories and the development of new labeling materials through orderly and economical industry adjustment to new labeling requirements

Cost savings to serve consumer interests due to no more multiple short-term label revisions, which are passed on to consumers through higher prices.


9 CFR Part 317

Defines: requirements, approvals, reuse, storage, distribution, packaging, handling, exemptions, etc.

·         Food labeling

·         Food packaging

·         Meat inspection

·         Nutrition

·         Reporting and recordkeeping requirements

9 CFR Parts 381

·         Administrative practice and procedure

·         Animal diseases

·         Crime

·         Exports

·         Food grades and standards

·         Food labeling

·         Food packaging

·         Government employees

·         Grant programs-agriculture

·         Imports

·         Intergovernmental relations

·         Laboratories

·         Meat inspection

·         Nutrition

·         Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's)

·         Poultry and poultry products

·         Reporting and recordkeeping requirements

·         Seizures and forfeitures

·         Signs and symbols

·         Technical assistance

·         Transportation

Federal Register 21 CFR Part 102

·         Beverages

·         Food grades and standards

·         Food labeling

·         Frozen foods

·         Oils and fats

·         Onions

·         Potatoes

·         Seafood

21 CFR 25.30(k)

·         Does not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment.

·         Neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

Comprehensive effort by the U.S. federal government to balance the social goals of federal regulations with the needs and capabilities of small businesses and other small entities in American society.

-         analyze the impact of regulatory actions on small entities

-         seek less burdensome alternatives

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

Section 202(a): requires that Agencies prepare a written statement before proposing “any rule that includes any Federal mandate that may result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100,000,000 or more (adjusted annually for inflation) in any one year.”


There are no compliance costs on small entities defined in the final rule. A company may be subject to civil sanctions, criminal penalties, or both under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act if one of its packaged food products does not comply with United States labeling requirements. FDA may also request seizure of food products where the label of the product does not conform to requirements. In addition, FDA is likely to request that a food product containing an undeclared allergen be recalled by the manufacturer or distributor.


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