The Center for Food Safety and a coalition of food labelling NGOs and retailers recently filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging a ruling by a lower court that according to CFS allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue to use the term “bioengineered” and to exempt the majority of genetically modified (GMO) foods from the relevant labelling requirements.
The FDA has issued a final rule designed to help the agency more effectively trace contaminated food, whether sourced in the U.S. or abroad. Under this rule, persons who manufacture, process, pack or hold foods the FDA has designated as high-risk and included on a new food traceability list will be required to maintain and provide to their supply chain partners specific information for certain critical tracking events in the handling of the food.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule extending for one year, through 31 December 2023, the exemption period during which seafood import prohibitions under the Marine Mammal Protection Act do not apply. NMFS believes this extension will reduce further disruptions to trade and additional burdens on the supply chain.
The State Administration for Market Regulation’s interim measures on quality and safety supervision and administration of food and food-related products will come into force on 1 March 2023. The new rules are aimed at ensuring enterprises discharge their responsibilities regarding food safety, bolster supervisory personnel, strengthen supervision and management of food quality and safety, and safeguard public health.
On 5 October 2022, the European Commission launched a public consultation aiming to revise the existing EU rules on food contact materials. Any future changes will impact on Hong Kong sellers to EU customers of items such as food packaging, kitchenware and tableware, as well as food processing equipment. The changes may also affect food sellers of pre-packaged foodstuffs.