New regs for Tuesday: Pipelines, calories, food safety

Tuesday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for abandoned pipelines, food safety requirements and calorie labeling regulations.

Here’s what is happening:

Food safety: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with new rules for foods that are generally recognized as safe.


These substances are not subject to premarket approval, according to the FDA.

The changes go into effect in 60 days.

Pipelines: The Department of Transportation is moving forward with new rules for abandoned pipelines.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an advisory bulletin Monday for the owners of abandoned pipelines that carried hazardous liquid, carbon dioxide, or gas.

Before abandoning a pipeline, operators must “purge all combustibles and seal any facilities left in place."

"To the extent feasible, owners and operators have a responsibility to assure facilities for which they are responsible or last owned do not present a hazard to people, property or the environment,” the agency wrote.

The advisory bulletin goes into effect immediately.

Calories: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a draft guidance for vending machine companies looking to comply with new calorie labeling regulations.

The FDA will require vending machine operators to list the number of calories in the foods they sell. The draft guidance issued Monday provides further recommendations for companies that must comply with the rules.

The public has 45 days to comment on the draft guidance.