In an effort to remove regulations no longer “necessary to ensure that these products meet consumer expectations,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to revoke the standards of identity and quality for frozen cherry pie and French dressing. “The proposal is part of the FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy,” constituent updates on the proposed revocations state. “One of the goals of the NIS is to modernize food standards to maintain the basic nature and nutritional integrity of products while allowing industry flexibility for innovation to produce more healthful foods. The FDA believes it is important to take a fresh look at existing standards of identity in light of marketing trends and the latest nutritional science.”

The agency’s Fall 2020 agenda also indicated an intention to amend the standard of identity for yogurt and revoke the standards of identity for lowfat and nonfat yogurt, but that final rule has not yet been issued.

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