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Food Safety and Standards

FDA releases new guide on FSMA transportation waiver

FDA clarified Monday that an April 2017 waiver to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) transportation rule does not apply to establishments that only sell animal food to consumers.

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Changes to FSMA ag water standard, soy protein health claim head to OMB

FDA on Friday (Aug. 11) sent two proposed rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – one to extend the compliance timeframe for the agricultural water standards established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety rule, and the other to provide new details on a health claim for soy protein.
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FSMA preventive control inspections for animal food facilities delayed until 2018, FDA says

FDA’s decision to delay until fall 2018 animal food facility inspections for preventive controls under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is welcome news to the grain and feed industry.
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Acheson advises companies to focus on environmental monitoring programs under FSMA

There’s little question that environmental monitoring continues to be a major focus of FDA investigators during Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) inspections and should be a top concern for food companies, said David Acheson, president and CEO of The Acheson Group (TAG), during a July 28 webinar.
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FDA points to FSMA changes for seafood, juice and low-acid canned food producers

FDA is reminding processors of seafood, juice and low-acid canned foods (LACF) that while they may enjoy certain exemptions from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations, they are not off the hook from meeting some of the mandates.
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FDA announces FY 2018 rates for FSMA foreign, domestic reinspection fees

Beginning in October, U.S. food facilities reinspected by FDA for food safety issues will be billed at a higher rate than last year, while the fees for foreign reinspections will remain the same, the agency announced on Wednesday (Aug. 2).
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FSMA, labeling concerns stand out in Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2018 report

The Senate Appropriations Committee had plenty to say about FDA's implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and food labeling priorities in a report accompanying the FY 2018 spending bill released on Friday (July 21).
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New FSIS guidance includes overly restrictive cooling requirements, Tyson and others say

New draft guidelines from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the control of pathogen growth in heat-treated, ready-to-eat (RTE) and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products include overly restrictive new cooling requirements, Tyson Foods, Inc. and others told the agency this week.

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Advocates urge Perdue not to increase poultry line speeds, citing health risks

Thirty-nine advocacy groups urged Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Wednesday (Aug. 16) to oppose any increase in line speeds in poultry plants, arguing the current line speed already exposes the nation’s 250,000 poultry workers to serious risk of injury, and that a faster line speed would also increase food safety risks.

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NMPF’s Mulhern fires back on Canada’s dairy stance ahead of NAFTA talks

Ahead of negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) scheduled to begin today (Aug. 16), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has kept the spotlight on Canada’s new policies on dairy imports, an issue that the group hopes to be addressed in a revised trade deal.
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U.S. poultry groups back proposed rule to allow imports of Chinese poultry

With much at stake, the U.S. poultry industry says it has faith in a decision by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to permit the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to export processed cooked poultry using poultry slaughtered in the PRC to the U.S. 
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FDA asks court to dismiss lawsuit on menu labeling delay

The Trump administration has asked the court to dismiss a challenge to its one-year menu labeling delay, saying it’s too early for consumer groups to litigate the case while FDA decides whether to modify or revoke the compliance date extension.
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Changes to FSMA ag water standard, soy protein health claim head to OMB

FDA on Friday (Aug. 11) sent two proposed rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – one to extend the compliance timeframe for the agricultural water standards established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety rule, and the other to provide new details on a health claim for soy protein.
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FSMA preventive control inspections for animal food facilities delayed until 2018, FDA says

FDA’s decision to delay until fall 2018 animal food facility inspections for preventive controls under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is welcome news to the grain and feed industry.
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Stericycle reports latest recall trends, underscores need for recall plans

FDA food product recalls dipped, but recalls of USDA regulated foods spiked in the second quarter of 2017, says a new report, which stressed the need for food companies to set up recall plans and be prepared to act quickly when faced with a crisis.

 

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FDA is making faster import decisions using new ACE system, Stearn says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system is helping the agency make faster and more efficient import admissibility decisions, said Douglas Stearn, FDA’s program director of Office of Enforcement and Import Operations in the Office of Regulatory Affairs.
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Importers must rely on FDA compliance data in vetting suppliers under FSMA

Now that importers have to verify foreign suppliers are meeting the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), companies will be looking more closely at FDA compliance data to meet that verification task, said speakers at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting in Tampa last week.
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Speakers share experiences from FSMA inspections at IAFP meeting

Tampa, Fla. 'Companies that shared their experiences during the first eight months of inspections under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) say the results have been positive and shared tips of what to expect at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting this week.
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Federal judge orders NOAA to ratify contested seafood traceability rule

A federal judge has ruled the government must ratify by June 30 a final rule that established a contested traceability program for certain types of imported seafood. The latest ruling leaves the seafood traceability rule in place that creates a new tracing system for seafood identified as vulnerable to illegal fishing, with compliance set to start on Jan. 1.

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WHO throws weight behind alcohol labeling in EU

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe has thrown its weight behind efforts to introduce alcohol labeling in the EU, notably with a report and presentation to the July 21 informal health ministerial in Tallin, Estonia.
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Sen. Schumer calls for FDA probe into safety of phthalates in fast food packaging

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged FDA to launch an immediate formal investigation into the health consequences of phthalates used in fast food packaging in a July 30 letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

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Speakers outline FDA’s new expectations for Listeria control

Speakers at an International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) meeting this week outlined the most important takeaways from FDA’s draft guidance on controlling Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in ready-to-eat (RTE) food.

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Consumer groups ask for formal hearing to challenge FDA's denial of perchlorate petition

Consumer groups have requested a formal hearing to challenge FDA’s denial last month of their 2014 food additive petition asking to remove perchlorate from food packaging for safety reasons.

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FDA scientist explores the properties of nanotechnology-enabled food contact materials

As interest in the use of nanotechnology-enabled food contact materials continues to grow, FDA scientists are studying the extent to which nanoparticles in such materials are likely to migrate from food packaging into food products.

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NPA to fight a New York bill targeted at dietary supplement labels

The dietary supplement industry is gearing up to fight against a New York state bill that seeks to impose new requirements for packaging and labeling of dietary supplements.

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Impossible Foods defends GE burger as safe amid controversy

Impossible Foods, the maker of a meatless burger that emulates the taste of a real meat patty, is trying to set the record straight and reaffirm the safety of its product, after advocacy groups accused the company of putting the product on the market without verifying it was safe for human consumption.
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Juice Products Association petitions FDA to fix calcium supplementation

After FDA changed the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) levels for calcium last year, juice makers ended up in a bind as they would have to boost fortified juice products with too much calcium, potentially affecting their taste.
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FDA plans to ask court to dismiss lawsuit over final GRAS rule

The government says it plans to file a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a coalition of advocacy groups in a case challenging FDA’s final rule on generally recognized as safe (GRAS) determinations for food ingredients. The groups say the August 2016 final rule allows additives to enter the food supply illegally without FDA review, approval, oversight or knowledge.
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Organic industry disappointed priority regs shelved in AMS Unified Agenda

The organic industry is disappointed that the Trump administration's first Unified Agenda for USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) shelved several priority regulations for the organic industry, particularly an origin of organic livestock rule that had been in the works for years.
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FSIS proposed rule on new hog inspection system expected in August

The Trump administration's first Unified Agenda for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) forecasts the agency will issue a controversial proposed rule to establish a new inspection system for swine slaughter establishments sometime in August.
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Trump administration slims down FDA food regulations in Unified Agenda

True to its promise to cut back on regulations, the Trump administration has released a slim schedule for regulatory action by FDA in the coming months.
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