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FDA scientists find infants differ from adults in response to toxicants

Driven by concerns about infant formula packaging, FDA scientists have completed a research paper showing that infants may be more susceptible than adults to some effects of possible toxicants.

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Vilsack promises performance standards for Campylobacter in poultry parts

By the end of this year, USDA will not only release new performance standards for Salmonella contamination on poultry parts, but will require new tests for Campylobacter.

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Rule to close ‘downer’ loophole for veal calves makes reg agenda

USDA expects to issue a proposed rule in August that would offer the same protections to veal calves as to full-grown cattle that arrive at slaughterhouses unable to stand or walk.

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USDA to set standards for Campylobacter in poultry parts

By the end of this year, USDA will not only release new performance standards for Salmonella contamination on poultry parts, but will require new tests for Campylobacter.

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Two companies withdraw GRAS notices from FDA review

FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) recently surpassed the 500 mark in its inventory of substances determined by companies to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for addition to food.

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Carvajal outlines five possible actions FDA could take on PHOs

During an hour-long webinar hosted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association May 20, Ricardo Carvajal, an attorney with Hyman, Phelps & McNamara and two FDA officials discussed the agency’s tentative determination to revoke the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status of PHOs, thereby requiring companies that use PHOs in processed foods to reformulate those items unless a food additive petition was submitted to and approved by FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) (see FCN Nov. 15, 2013, Page 1 http://bit.ly/TUEZZ6).  The agency has received more than 1,500 comments on the tentative determination, released Nov. 8, and is currently reviewing the comments before taking any action, confirmed Mical Honigfort, a consumer safety office in OFAS’ division of petition review.

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