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FDA FINALIZES ITS INITIAL LABELING RULES, BUT INDUSTRY SAYS CHANGES ARE ESSENTIAL

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 ~PRNewswire~ -- The National Food Processors Association (NFPA) said it has learned that te Food and Drug Administration will publish on Friday a Federal Register notice making effective initial nutrition labeling rules it published last November, but called on the agency to quickly issue new rules based on comments on its initial proposals.
 "FDA still has the opportunity to improve these rules -- and must do so quickly," said NFPAPresident and CEO John R. Cady. "Although the Agency has concluded that its initial proposals must take effect under the law, the more than 40,000 comments submitted show clearly that the agency can make enormous improvements in the rules," said Cady.
 Cady noted that under the announcement FDA will make on Friday, the compliance date would be May 10, 1993. "This must be changed," Cady said. "We have proven that industry cannot do the relabeling job within such a short time," he added.
 In addition, NFPA noted that FDA's initial rules that will take effect have many flaws and require technical corrections if industry is to fully implement them.
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