AFFI member companies proudly produce some of the safest and most nutritious food in the world, and strive to provide consumers with accurate information that allows them to make informed choices about the food they eat. AFFI works to ensure that product labeling requirements are backed by science, and protect consumers and food makers.
On July 14, 2016, Congress passed the National Biotech Disclosure bill with bipartisan support. This bill provides a federal preemption of any state law that requires genetically modified organisms (GMO) or biotech labeling on their products.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to follow the terms Congress provided in the GMO labeling law to publish a final rule on biotech disclosure by July 2018.
AFFI continues to work with its agriculture, food and beverage colleagues within the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food to ensure the definition of biotech is scientifically supported and labeling options are feasible for frozen food companies.
Nutrition Facts Panel
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) finalized changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) represents the most comprehensive change to consumer information on food products since the NFP’s inception. The final rule was released in May of 2016. FDA has indicated it will extend the compliance date beyond July 2018, the original compliance date for most companies.
As co-chair of the Food and Beverage Issue Alliance, AFFI has interfaced and provided feedback to FDA throughout the NFP rule making process. AFFI is committed to providing its members with the tools and education needed to implement the rule.
With upcoming labeling requirements for FDA’s NFP rule and expected USDA GMO labeling requirements, industry cannot efficiently and cost-effectively make changes to their labels with multiple compliance dates, and without adequate guidance.
AFFI, as part of a coalition of food and beverage associations, is working together on multiple fronts to ensure that industry will only label once.
FDA Exemption to Heart Claim for Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
FDA issued an interim final rule on heart disease that exempted only fresh fruits and vegetables from meeting minimal nutrient requirements in a heart health claim in efforts to encourage the consumption of all fruits and vegetables.
Through face to face meetings and official comment submission, AFFI is actively advocating that frozen fruits and vegetables should also be exempt from meeting beneficial nutrition criteria to bear the claim, as they are just as nutritious or sometimes more nutritious than their fresh counterparts.