December 8, 2020 – The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (SFPA), including members Danone North America, Mars, Incorporated, Nestlé USA, and Unilever United States, submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Proposed Rule, “Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely.”
In the comments, SFPA requested at least a 150-day extension of the public comment period for the proposed rule to allow for adequate review and consideration of the significant implications of this proposal for the entire food industry – including major manufacturers as well as our third-party suppliers and partners who are likewise integral to the safety and availability of the U.S. food supply. Many HHS regulations provide the food industry with much-needed clarity in compliance expectations, consistency in enforcement, and certainty for consumers who rely on Federal standards to ensure safe food and accurate labeling. Among other concerns, SFPA raised that this proposal could be overbroad and capture regulations that do not need updating. It is also unclear whether the proposed rule equally prioritizes amending, or updating, regulations, as much as their potential rescission. Read the full comment from SFPA here.
About the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance
The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance seeks to accelerate the pace of change in the food industry through individual company leadership and collective support for public policies that raise the bar and inspire further action in this critical journey. As some of the world’s best-known food companies, founding members Danone North America, Mars, Incorporated, Nestlé USA, and Unilever United States recognize our responsibility to drive positive change for the people who use our products, the people who supply them, and the planet on which we all rely. To learn more about the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, visit www.foodpolicyalliance.org.