July 13, 2020
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a final Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) entitled, “Use of The Seafood List to Determine Acceptable Seafood Names.” This CPG is intended for use with The Seafood List and provides consistency, accuracy, and clarity for determining acceptable market names for seafood sold in interstate commerce.
This CPG finalizes a draft CPG issued in November 2016 and includes the following updates:
- alerts FDA staff that the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, through its mandatory inspection program, regulates fish of the order Siluriformes, including catfish, and products derived from catfish
- adds language to provide specimen charges relating to domestic seizure and import refusal
- makes changes for consistency with controlling law and regulations
- provides regulatory action guidance to FDA’s field staff in an effort to reduce or eliminate mislabeled products and any misunderstandings regarding acceptable names for labeling seafood species
- includes editorial changes, such as adding vernacular names to the categories of names found in The Seafood List and revising the term “Districts” to “Field Offices” to reflect an FDA organizational change
CPGs are guidance documents directed towards FDA staff that also inform industry on FDA’s interpretation of agency policy on a regulatory issue.