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White House Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Plan

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The White House released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for fall 2015, which provides an overview of the Obama administration’s regulatory plans for the coming year. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this month plans to finalize the amendment to record-keeping regulations to specify that all establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products for sale in commerce must keep records of the supplier of all source materials used and identify the names of those source materials.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will issue the last two major rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act regarding sanitary transportation and intentional adulteration on March 31, 2016, and May 31, 2016, respectively. FDA also is planning a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for “Updating Tolerances for Residues in New Animal Drugs in Food” in April 2016. Meanwhile, FDA plans to finalize the rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS), as decided last year in a settlement agreement with the Center for Science in the Public Interest. To view the full list of regulatory actions outlined in the plan, click here.

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