Friday, January 14, 2022
The Association for Dressings and Sauces’s decades-long battle to revoke the standards for French dressing has finally come to an end, with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreeing to deregulate a label the group said “restricts innovation.”
The decision from the FDA revokes the so-called “standard of identity” on the books since 1950 that dictates what ingredients manufacturers must include in order to market their product as French dressing.
The group has since 1998 sought to eliminate the standard for French dressing, arguing that the “nonstandardized pourable dressing” world had seen an explosion in products to meet consumer preferences and that French dressing “no longer serves as a benchmark for other dressings because of the wide variation in composition to meet consumer interests.”
The FDA should turn its attention next to that breakfast staple, raisin bread. Possibly it is case where CA state regulations do the real harm, but an FDA regulation could preempt the state reg. The problem is, I suspect, that you're required to put too many raisins in your bread to call it raisin bread. I'm not sure -- it's not exactly explained on the package. I just think it's ridiculous to have the government, state or federal, poking its nose in between a man and his raisin bread. Of course, it's a total grift. Big Raisin Bread captured the regulators, whoever they are, and got them to impose some regs to keep out their competitors. It's an outrage. Especially now that I can't even eat the stuff -- too much sugar.