Why FDA's Proposed Food Standard Principles Are Important

By Georgia Ravitz, Prashant Girinath and Charles Andres (June 30, 2020, 5:06 PM EDT) -- Food standards of identity, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ongoing authority to establish, modify or cancel food standards within its purview, determine if a product can be labeled as a specific type of food, such as chocolate. This authority is powerful and can, at least in part, shape emerging food industries, such as plant-based meats.

The creation, modification and cancellation of food standards is, in turn, guided by policy — in the form of general principles. Normally, policy gives rise to laws and regulations. Specifically, laws are crafted to implement policy, and regulations are then crafted to implement the...

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