So this means .... nothing ... unless the FDA takes additional future steps to make this a legally enforceable standard.Our guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidance documents describe our current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. The use of the word should in agency guidance documents means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.
No it does mean something. This is exactly how the process works. Draft guidance, 60-day comment period, final guidance, then entry into the FDA Food Code.So this means .... nothing ... unless the FDA takes additional future steps to make this a legally enforceable standard.