Trump Recommends New Tobacco Regulation Agency 

The proposal would take oversight of tobacco away from the Food and Drug Administration By NACS Online // February 12, 2020 WASHINGTON—The Trump Administration has proposed yanking tobacco oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to a new, independent agency, Politico reports. The tobacco agency would be helmed by a director confirmed by the Senate.…

FDA to Begin Prioritizing Enforcement Against Certain Illegally Marketed ENDS

By Center for Tobacco Products Last month, FDA announced the agency’s enforcement priorities for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes, on the market without premarket authorization. Beginning today, the agency intends to prioritize enforcement against certain illegally marketed flavored e-cigarette products, focusing on products that are particularly popular with youth and are easily accessible or marketed to…

FDA Issues Final Nutrition Facts Guidance

Final guidance expands on answers about labeling regulations for manufacturers By NACS Online // January 06, 2020 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final guidance to outline Nutrition Facts labeling regulations. According to New Food Magazine, the final guidance addresses “serving sizes of foods, including single-serving foods and other foods that can reasonably be…

FDA E-Cigarette Flavor Ban Takes Effect February 6th

Retailers must remove most flavors of cartridge units from their shelves ahead of the deadline By NACS Online // January 10, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday officially published its final guidance in the Federal Register banning most flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes, except for tobacco and menthol flavors. The guidance permits the…

2021 Food Code: What to Expect

Updates may include a regulatory initiative focus on retail and foodservice By NACS Online // January 13, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va—While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has focused on manufacturers, processors, growers and importers, the agency may shift its center to regulating the retail and foodservice space instead, reports The Acheson Group. In late December…

Labor Department Issues Joint Employer Rule

The final rule reverses the Obama-era FLSA interpretation in line with NACS comments By NACS Online // January 13, 2020 ALEXANDRIA—The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Sunday released its long-awaited Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “Joint Employer” rule governing when one business may be legally responsible under federal wage and hour law for another company’s…

FDA Statement on Tobacco 21

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product—including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes—to anyone under 21. Effective immediately, retailers must…

Court OKs Class Action Settlement

The $5.54 billion settlement will compensate merchants for excessive interchange fees By NACS Online // December 18, 2019   ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Judge Margo Brodie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on December 13 approved a $5.54 billion settlement in the long-running litigation brought by NACS and other merchants against Visa, MasterCard and…