FMI plays a lead role in engaging with the federal regulatory agencies throughout the rulemaking process to ensure that new regulations are not overly burdensome to our members’ businesses.  We communicate changes in a regulatory update to make sure our members are not caught off guard and out of compliance. FMI’s regulatory work operates alongside our legislative efforts as we often enlist the support of lawmakers during the regulatory process to ensure that the agencies correctly follow congressional intent.

FMI regularly submits industry comments as the regulatory agencies implement potential new rulemakings.  FMI's diverse record of written comments can be accessed on our Comments Filed page.  FMI also publishes the Federal Regulatory Update, a regular compilation of regulations, guidance and other actions by government agencies that could impact FMI member companies.  Past issues of the Federal Regulatory Update and other FMI Regulatory Alerts can be accessed here in our Newsletters section.

FMI Advocacy and Reports

FMI’s Regulatory Counsel Erik Lieberman participated on a panel examining food margins, moderated by Attorney General Eric Holder, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. The panel was part of a series of public workshops examining margins at the various levels in the food supply chain.

FMI released an updated version of Food Labeling Law for Retailers, a comprehensive resource for retailers to comply with a wide range of food and labeling regulations.  The guide covers general and specific topics and answers common questions about labeling food in a retail environment.  This version is available for purchase in PDF format, which includes direct links to helpful sites and regulations.  Please click here to visit the FMI Store and purchase the Food Labeling Law for Retailers 2011 guide.