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Guide to Regulation of Food Ingredients And Food Packaging Materials

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Authored by Olsson, Frank & Weeda, P.C.

Do your product formulations and packaging comply with federal law? In the U.S., the responsibility for assuring the safety of the food supply and particularly the safety of materials added to processed foods or used to package food is shared by FDA and USDA. All ingredients added to processed foods must either comply with these regulations or qualify for a legal exemption. Foods that contain ingredients that are not either compliant or exempt and foods packages using noncompliant materials are adulterated under federal law. The sale or distribution of adulterated food is a violation of federal law and may subject the processor to federal enforcement actions.

This guide for the food processing industry offers a thorough understanding of FDA and USDA regulation of food ingredients and food contact materials. It will help food processors to determine if they are in compliance with federal requirements and how to obtain "approvals" for new ingredients. (358 pages, published 2002)

This guide includes:

  • An overview of the three different categories of food ingredients and an explanation of how each category is regulated,
  • An update on recent changes in FDA's regulations and new notification programs,
  • A step-by-step guide to determining if an ingredients is acceptable for your individual application,
  • An explanation of FDA's regulation of food packaging, and
  • A detailed description of the processes that must be followed to obtain FDA acceptance or approval for a new ingredients, application or packaging material.
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