Washington Watch: FDA Moving Forward with New Record-Keeping Standards
"Our initial review indicates that FDA addressed several concerns we had with its proposed rule on record keeping, but we're still analyzing this lengthy final rule," said Clay Detlefsen, vice president of regulatory affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association. It appears large companies will feel the impact more than smaller firms. For example, companies with 500 or more full-time employees have just one year, until December 9 to comply with the new regulation. Companies with between eleven and 499 full time employees must be in compliance within 18 months. Very small companies, with ten or fewer employees, will have two years to comply.
USDA has finalized a new rule incorporating changes to laws covering school milk into the department's regulations. In particular, the new USDA regulation drops the requirement that schools must provide the same types of milk that were offered during the previous school year. Lobbyists for both producers and processors strongly supported the change, pointing out that the current regulation prevents a school from offering new milk products that students might like. The new rule takes effect July 1.