President Donald Trump recently issued a freeze on new or pending federal regulations that must now be reviewed and approved before enforcement.
In terms of food regulations, the memo—issued in the form of a Covington Alert—says the following:
From a food regulatory perspective, this means that the regulatory freeze will not impact the regulations that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2015 and 2016, nor will it impact the Nutrition Facts Label final rule, as the effective date for all of those regulations has already passed. The regulatory freeze will only impact any regulations that the FDA or U.S. Department of Agriculture plan to send to the Office of the Federal Register in the next few months (including any currently under review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs), as well as any regulations that were recently published, but not yet effective, unless those regulations are subject to statutory or judicial deadlines.
Some exceptions do apply. The freeze does not apply to:
- Regulations that were already set to be sent to the Office of the Federal Register.
- Regulations received by the Federal Register, but not yet published.
- Regulations published in the Federal Register, but not yet taken effect.
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