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Margarita Raycheva

Margarita “Maggie” Raycheva is a specialist news analyst working for IEG Policy’s US Food Policy channel. She covers news related to FDA, food labeling and FSMA

She joined Food Chemical News as a freelancer in November 2016 and as a full-time staff member in February 2017. Margarita has 10 years of experience in journalism, including six years of covering education in the United States. She has contributed stories to the Washington Post and a number of statewide publications in Maryland, and produced award-winning pieces on teen jobs and the controversial use of seclusion rooms in schools in the United States.

Margarita holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, film and broadcasting from Cardiff University and a master’s degree in newspaper, print and online journalism from Syracuse University. 

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FDA’s romaine outbreak probe gets more complicated with two new illness clusters

FDA’s investigation of the outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce from California continues to get complicated, as the agency now says it is tracking two additional clusters of E. coli illnesses that could potentially be related to the original pre-Thanksgiving outbreak.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

FDA official updates FDLI on FDA’s use of new FSMA enforcement authorities

With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mostly in place, FDA has been expanding the use of the authorities the agency has been granted under the food safety law.

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

CSPI scrutinizes uptick in US sales of antimicrobials for food animals

A consumer group has expressed concern regarding the increase in sales of medically important antimicrobials for food animals in the US.

United States FDA

Center for Food Safety petitions USDA to strengthen animal drug residue testing

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has petitioned the USDA to step up and update the implementation of its national antibiotic residue testing program.

Policy & Regulation Pharmaceuticals

CSPI raises concerns about a sudden uptick in US sales of antimicrobials for food animals

Concerned that sales of medically important antimicrobials for food animals rose in the US rose by 9% between 2017 and 2018, one consumer group is urging FDA to further tighten safeguards by ensuring antibiotics are only prescribed for use in food animals for a limited duration and for carefully defined purposes.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Pepsi calls on FDA to focus any future traceability requirements on high-risk foods

As comments continue to roll in on FDA’s plans for a "smarter," more digital and traceable food system, the Pepsi Co. has urged the agency to take a risk-based approach to traceability focusing any potential traceability mandates first on foods that present the highest risk for foodborne illness outbreaks.

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