EPA has assured metal can manufacturers that the industry's Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard will not be promulgated until at least the summer of 2001, despite a requirement in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 that the MACT standard must be released by fall 2000.
Under a new proposal announced by FDA and USDA, egg cartons would carry safe handling instructions similar to those found on raw meat products. The proposal stems from the agencies' efforts to prevent illness caused by salmonella enteritidis.
In Louisiana, Governor M. J. Foster was urged by GMA to veto a State Senate bill requiring country-of-origin labeling for meat products. In its letter, GMA noted that federal law already requires identifying country-of-origin of imports and that additional state requirements could violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has decided not to pursue its earlier proposal to change the net contents statement on wine labels. BATF had proposed allowing the net contents to be expressed in centiliters as an alternative to milliliters, but the majority of those who submitted comments on the proposal said it would be too confusing to consumers.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a change in its New Source Review program that has the potential to be the most expensive rule to affect flexible packaging in the last 20 years, according to the Flexible Packaging Assn.
Lending its voice to the continuing battle of how to label irradiated products, GMA told FDA that while it opposes any kind of mandatory labeling, if special labels are required, they should tell consumers that the food has been irradiated for their safety.