The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new webinar, entitled "Required Warning Statements for Cigars." This webinar provides further clarification on the required health warning statements for cigars sold in various sizes and types of packaging, including packaging too small to fit the required warning statements, which was not covered in the "Cigar Warnings and Warning Plan Requirements" webinar from November 2016 (click title for this archived webinar). The new webinar also provides information regarding retailers' responsibilities when packaging and advertisements are received from a manufacturer, importer or distributor, and some options for complying when selling cigars that are not packaged.
Once the required warning statements in the deeming regulation take effect on August 10, 2018, it will be unlawful for any person to manufacture, package, sell, offer to sell, distribute, or import for sale or distribution within the United Sates any cigar unless the product packaging bears one of the required cigar warning statements. Manufacturers should note that warning plans are due to the FDA for review and approval no later than August 10, 2017, or 12 months before advertising or commercially marketing a product that is subject to the requirement, whichever is later.
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