Dr. Dzanis is CEO of Regulatory Discretion Inc. and a writer and consultant on nutrition, labeling and regulation. He is also the author of Petfood Industry magazine's monthly column, "Pet Food Insights."
In a notice published in the Federal Register on November 12, 2015, FDA requested comments from the public on the appropriate use of the term on the labeling of food; specifically, human food products.
Regulatory discretion is when a regulatory body such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or a state feed control official chooses not to act against something or someone even though that something or someone may not wholly conform to the letter of the law.
The final rule from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for implementation of preventive controls for animal feed (including pet food) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was published in the Federal Register in September 2015.