Category Archives: Cosmetic and Food Regulations
NSF International defines food fraud as: “the deliberate substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, ingredients or packaging”. The 2013 horsemeat scandal and the Elliott report commissioned by the UK government at the end of 2014 made consumers realize the food they eat was not as safe and fresh as they think.
Food fraud is estimated to cost the world economy $48 billion annually and the University of Minnesota National Center for Food Protection and Defense has approximated that about 10 % of US food could be adulterated.
Following European INCO regulations, these new FDA rules are aligned with consumers' health concerns. New food service labeling will provide consumers with more nutritional information about food and beverage they consume in restaurants. The menu labeling regulation also requires food chains to provide nutrition information about total calories, total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans-fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugars and protein. These new rules will help consumers make smart, healthy food choices for themselves and for their families.
Margo G. Wootan, nutrition policy director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest explained that menu labeling is “the biggest advance in providing nutrition information to consumers since the law that required Nutrition Facts labels on packaged foods was implemented 20 years ago”.
Food safety and sanitary requirements are becoming tighter and food companies have to comply with numerous regulations. Recently, the FDA proposed a new rule to reinforce standards on logistics and supply chain operations regarding food transportation. Shippers, carriers, and receivers with more than $500,000 in annual sales will be impacted if they carry food for US consumption.
“This proposed rule will help reduce the likelihood of conditions during transportation that can lead to human or animal illness or injury,” said Michael R. Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine.
It could be
extremely difficult to deal with various countries regulations when selling
globally. Even if norms and certifications tend to be international (ISO,
HACCP, OHSAS…) the majority of rules are still country specific. For example if
a Spanish company would like to expand into the USA, they would have to adapt
labeling, conform to US protocols, legal requirements, and specific regulations
about health and sanitary issues.