In an effort to combat the rapidly rising number of people with diabetes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now requiring food processing manufacturers to make sure their products don’t contain chemicals that could be harmful to the human body.
In a press release announcing the rule, FDA Administrator Scott Gottlieb said, “It is essential to protect the public health from food poisoning and other health risks associated with food manufacturing.”
As the industry prepares to begin rolling out new products that use biotechnology, some food manufacturers are already taking steps to minimize risks.
One company that’s already making its mark on the industry is Diageo, which has a joint venture with Nestle that produces a number of food products that are being marketed as low in sugar, fat, salt, and sodium.
Nestle’s brand is also being promoted as a healthier option by Diagey, which is also known as Syngenta.
Diageo said in a statement that it is working to increase its adherence to the FDA’s guidelines, but noted that it will continue to work with manufacturers to ensure products are safe.
“We have been working with the FDA and with the manufacturers to review our products and identify additional steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of food poisoning,” said a Diagei spokesperson.
“We are committed to continuing to provide our products in a way that is safe, easy to use and that is sustainable.”
The new guidelines require food processors to label products with the following information: “This product contains ingredients that are designed to protect human health.
The FDA has established the highest standard for food safety and the Diageos food product label reflects this.”
While Diageio says it’s taking steps now to reduce its risk of contamination, it’s also looking into ways to improve the safety of other food products.
The FDA is also asking for information about the chemicals in food that could make people more vulnerable to food poisoning, which it said is an area where the agency could use more collaboration.
The new rules will take effect on March 8, 2017, and will require food processing companies to test and certify their products to ensure that they are free of any chemicals that might be harmful.
The agency also wants to make it clear that food safety is something the industry has to work on, rather than just an afterthought.
“The safety of our food supply is a top priority for the FDA, and we are working to make this agency more responsive to the needs of our industry and the public,” Gottlieab said in the statement.