FDA Revoking ‘Standard of Identity’ for French Dressing Following Decades-Long Petition From Trade Association

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revoking the “standard of identity” for French dressing following a decades-long petition from a trade association that represents salad dressing, mayonnaise, and condiment manufacturers, the agency announced on Wednesday. The federal agency said it revoked the so-called standard of identity for the dressing in response to a petition from the Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS), which has called for the FDA to revoke the standard since January 1998. As per the FDA, the “standard of identity” mandates what ingredients need to be in French dressing in order for it to be legally marketed with that name. With regards to the popular dressing, this is characterized as containing oil, acidifying, and seasoning ingredients, and other additional “safe and suitable” ingredients. However, ADS had claimed that there had been an increase in the number of nonstandardized pourable dressings for salads on the market with respect to flavors, such as Italian, ranch, cheese, …

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