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FDA Invites Comment on First Amendment Issues
FDA is seeking comment on issues related to the
regulation of commercial speech in the labeling and
advertising of foods, dietary supplements, and drugs.
May 16, 2002, notice in the Federal Register poses sug-
gestive questions directed to the public. FDA says
comment will help the agency safeguard the public
while fulfilling its legal obligations. Read notice:
Author's Note: The Supreme Court has ruled that com-
mercial speech is entitled to First Amendment
so long as it is "truthful and not misleading". We
your label claims and statements of fact as part of
Label Compliance Package and Label Compliance Review.
More Time to Meet Stricter Sodium
For Foods Labeled "Healthy"
The January 2003 compliance date for more stringent
requirements on products labeled "healthy" has been
to January 1, 2006. FDA is currently preparing to
proposed rule concerning "healthy" sodium levels.
the pending proposed rule is being influenced by
FDA's 1997 request for comment on possibly amending
nutrient content claim regulations pertaining to the
use of the
term "healthy" that were published in the Federal
May 10, 1994. Read notice:
Farm Bill Calls for Country-of-Origin Label on Some Ag
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm
governs federal farm programs for the next six years,
retailers to inform consumers of the country-of-origin
at the final
point of sale for covered commodities including beef,
fish, shellfish, peanuts, fruits, and vegetables. USDA
is required to
issue guidelines for voluntary country-of-origin
September 30, 2002; mandatory regulations are required
September 30, 2004.
Author's Note: While it doesn't appear that the Farm
necessarily require products to be individually
labeled with country-
of-origin, as a practical matter retailers may require
it from their
FYI TIP: To simplify your work in creating accurate
statements of fact, nutrient content claims, National
Program requirements, country-of-origin labeling and
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