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Memo Details USDA, FDA Priorities in Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory Actions

Friday, November 16, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The law firm Hogan Lovells prepared a memorandum summarizing rulemaking actions currently under development at USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which were outlined in the Administration’s Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions .

In its Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda, USDA detailed three core priorities: the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force, which is identifying regulations to eliminate and administrative processes to streamline; ongoing organizational reform; and Farm Bill implementation. USDA also said it is focused on implementing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, promoting U.S. agricultural products and exports in foreign markets and modernizing swine slaughter inspection by finalizing a proposal to establish a voluntary New Swine Inspection System.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to reopen the comment period for a proposed rule to update standards of identity; to revise the definition of the claim “healthy” on food labels to reflect current nutrition guidelines; and to issue a proposed rule to both remove all mention of partially hydrogenated oils and to revoke all prior sanctioned uses. FDA’s Fall Regulatory Agenda also highlights specific actions concerning Food Safety Modernization Act implementation.

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