Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Constituent Update
January 21, 2016
Alaska Pollock Labelling Faces New Requirements
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated its Seafood List to reflect a change for fish labeled as “Alaska Pollock.”
As mandated by Congress in the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations, only Gadus chalcogrammus caught in Alaskan waters or the exclusive economic zone (as defined in section 3 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act) adjacent to Alaska can be called Alaskan “Pollock” or Alaska “Pollock.”
Previously, pollock harvested outside Alaskan waters or the exclusive economic zone were allowed to be labeled as “Alaska Pollock.” These fish can now be labeled only as “Pollock.”
This change is effective immediately.
For more information on the FDA’s regulation of seafood, please visit http://www.fda.gov/seafood.
Comment Period Reopened for Information Collection Issues in Proposed Rule for Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods Until February 22, 2016
The FDA reopened the comment period for information collection issues under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) for the proposed rule to establish requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, or foods that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients, and bear the “gluten-free” claim. The comment period regarding information collection issues will now end on February 22, 2016. Due to an error, the proposed rule “Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods,” contained conflicting dates for submitting comments about information collection issues under the PRA. FDA is committed to providing the public with more time to submit comments regarding information collection issues in the proposed rule. The comment period for all other aspects of the proposed rule remains unchanged. The FDA will review all public comments and information submitted for this rulemaking.
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