FDA Updates Guidance on Administrative Detention of Food

October 27, 2011

By Ricardo Carvajal
FDA updated its guidance on administrative detention of food to reflect the expansion of the agency’s authority under the Food Safety Modernization Act ("FSMA").   As we noted in a prior blog posting, the FSMA made it easier for FDA to administratively detain food; FDA now needs only a reason to believe that a food is adulterated or misbranded.  The agency recently announced its first seizure of a food that was administratively detained under the new standard.

The guidance makes clear that the administrative detention authority extends to dietary supplements.  The guidance further states that the authority extends to food solely in intrastate commerce.  The guidance is effective immediately.