October 2014 ::Renewing Your FDA Food Facility Registration

As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2012, wineries are required to register as “food facilities” with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the period beginning October 1 and ending on December 31. This is required each even-numbered year. If a “food facility” is not registered in that time period it will [...]

May 2014 ::FDA

A new proposed legislation called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, would authorize the FDA to research the safety of all GMO traits as well as require the labeling of foods found to be unsafe or materially different from foods produced without the genetically modified [...]

May 2014 ::FDA

A recently proposed rule from the FDA on the handling of leftover grains from breweries as feed for livestock owners has received a torrent of backlash from brewery owners and farmers alike. Under the new ruling, breweries would be required to dry, analyze, and package spent grains before sending them to farmers in an effort [...]

April 2014 ::FDA

The FDA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in early March that would affect wines below 7% ABV and beers containing no malted barley or hops. According to the NPRM, there would be a mandatory declaration of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label. They acknowledge that the sugar is converted into alcohol during [...]

December 2013 ::FDA Rulemaking

FDA has yet to issue final rules covering food safety or chain restaurant menu labeling.  Both could have significant impact on how wineries operate and label wine. The FDA is expected to issue rules in the next few months.  Much depends on FDA’s budget which, despite recent laws that have significantly increased FDA’s responsibilities, has [...]