USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has decreed that as of August 1999 egg cartons must bear a label indicating that eggs must be refrigerated and that uncracked, uncooked eggs must be kept at a temperature of 45°F while being processed and shipped to consumers.
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The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule on July 8 requiring warning labels on fresh, unpasteurized juices. The requirement applies to all processors that package untreated juice for off-site consumption, including retailers such as grocery stores that squeeze and bottle juice for home use.
The new Transatlantic Economic Partnership (TEP) announced earlier this year as part of an effort to promote freer international trade could eliminate numerous trade barriers and "miles of red tape," according to GMA.
Ampacet Corp. (Tarrytown, NY) has published a foldout directory that lists 16 of its most popular concentrates for metallocene-based resins. For each product, there are specifications concerning carrier-resin requirements, important product properties and regulatory status.
FDA plans to revise its regulatory requirements for the pregnancy section of pharmaceutical labeling. An advanced notice of proposed rulemaking will put forth "preliminary proposals for changing the current requirements and will invite comments on all aspects of the notice." This is a long-term action and FDA gave no timetable.
FDA also approved the use of a "healthy" label claim for certain cereal grain products such as enriched flour, enriched rice and bread, even though until now they could not be labeled "healthy" because many do not meet the 10% nutrient requirement.
Eight trade associations are banding together to develop model legislation to fight the problem of flea market vendors who sell outdated or stolen products whose packaging may be mislabeled or illegally altered.