FDA Meeting to Discuss the Meaning and Use of the Term “Healthy” for FoodsFebruary 27, 2017
On February 15, FDA announced a public meeting to give interested persons an opportunity to discuss the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of human food.
As described in previous blog posts, since FDA’s issuance of a warning letter to Kind LLC in March of 2015, healthy claims as nutrient content claims have become a topic of discussion. On September 28, 2016, FDA published a request for comments in the Federal Register. FDA also issued guidance concerning the “Use of the Term ‘Healthy’ in the Labeling of Human Food Products.” As of February 22, FDA had received more than 850 comments. The comment period closes on April 26, 2017.
On January 27, 2017, the Union of Concerned Scientists submitted a Citizen Petition urging the FDA to establish “disqualifying levels” for added sugars for health and nutrient content claims on food and beverages in sections 21 C.F.R. §§ 101.13 and 101.14. FDA opened a separate docket for the Petition.
The upcoming public meeting could help inform FDA on rulemaking. Whether any such activity goes forward will depend, in part, on how the Trump administration interprets and applies the recent Executive Order curtailing rulemaking. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. There also will be an opportunity for parties who are unable to participate in person to join the meeting via Webcast.