NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump may soon claim a sweet victory for his deregulation cut, with officials preparing to get rid of the decades-old rules of frozen cherry pans.
Emails shows the Food and Drug Administration scheduled to start the process of recalling the standard of frozen cherry pies this week, followed by a corresponding recall of the French dressing standard. Plans to get rid of the unclear rules had been tucked into the Trump administration's deregulation agenda.
Standards for a variety of foods, including horse food and canned peas, were put in place many decades ago to ensure a quality level. They spell out how products with specific names can be made, including ingredients that are required or not allowed. The rules for frozen cherry pies say they must be 25% cherry in weight, and no more than 1
It is not always clear why some issues have standards and others do not. The rules are seen as so many of arcane and are a tender spot in the food industry, with companies saying they are hindering innovation or rapid litigation. The FDA under Trump has said it plans to update the standards.
Lee Sanders of the American Bakers Association said she hoped the cherry pie standard would finally be recalled, but that would not make much difference to the industry.  "I'm sure our members produce cherry pies with more than enough cherries," she said.
The FDA also plans to take another look at milk, which federal regulations define as coming from a cow. The dairy industry has called for the breakdown of soy, rice and almond drinkers using the term.
Although any changes to the milk rule are likely to be coated, it is unlikely to get rid of the standard of frozen cherry pie controversially.
The frozen cherry pie standard is an outlier because other fruit pies do not have similar rules. The same goes for French dressing: The dressing and sauces association, which once went after a vegan spread to violate the mayonnaise standard, noted other dressings not subject to such standards.
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who went down this month said in an October tweet that it was among the FDA's priorities to "de-regulate frozen cherry pie". He was apparently not quite joking.
In an e-mail in June, the FDA noted plans to submit a proposal to revoke the frozen cherry year standard on April 18. It was said that the proposal to revoke the French dressing standard should be published on 3 May.
In a statement this week, the FDA said that the dates were for "wide range of internal planning purposes" and that the timing could change. Updates to the standards will be publicly listed, the agency said.