The issue: The White House is supposed to sign off or reply within 90 days, or formally request an extension. That’s not happening with menu calorie labeling or four others:
- The Common or Usual Name for Raw Meat and Poultry rule: this refers to what you can call meat and poultry with added water, salt or other ingredients. The White House has been sitting on rule for review since April 30. Chicken producers love it. Some meat producers don’t. Here’s the initial proposal. It’s not clear whether or how it’s been altered.
- Child Nutrition Program Integrity and Child and Adult Care Food Program proposals: these rules, also sent in April, deal with USDA’s implementation of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. The integrity rule deals with mismanagement. The other one requires USDA to update the meals to comply with dietary guidelines every 10 years.
- USDA’s catfish inspection rule: Sent to the White House on May 30, this would implement a section of the 2014 farm bill that puts USDA, not FDA, in charge of catfish inspections (see previous post on this).
- EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014: This was sent August 22. The White House has not extended the review period. f the administration does take more time to officially complete its review, it could push the release of the rule governing how much ethanol needs to be mixed into gasoline for 2014 into 2015.
What’s going on? Politics, of course. But I can only speculate on what they might be.