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FDA agrees to issue final FSMA lab rule by February 2022

FDA has agreed to publish the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) laboratory accreditation final rule by Feb. 4, 2022, according to a Feb. 11 settlement with a consumer group over the long-delayed FSMA program.

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Warning letters for FSVP citations tick up in recent weeks

FDA sent out four warning letters in recent weeks for violations of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) foreign supplier rules, a signal enforcement of these provisions may be on the upswing.

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Meat recalls nearly doubled since 2013, says new report

While the number of recalls of processed foods has dropped, meat and poultry recalls have nearly doubled since 2013, according to US PIRG, a consumer group that updated its January 2019 recall report last week.

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FDA publishes first results from frozen berry surveillance sampling

FDA released the results Wednesday (Jan. 22) of its surveillance sampling of frozen berries for hepatitis A virus and norovirus, part of the agency’s effort to improve food safety and keep contaminated foods from reaching consumers.

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Pew pushes FDA for mandatory recall in ongoing outbreak of scombrotoxin in tuna

An ongoing outbreak of scrombrotoxin in yellowfin tuna linked to a Vietnamese supplier has caused FDA to clash with advocates at the Pew Charitable Trusts over when FDA should use its authority under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to initiate a mandatory recall.

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OUTLOOK 2020: Increased enforcement, produce safety to dominate FSMA

With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules largely in place, FDA has left for 2020 other decisions and experts predict companies will see FDA’s generous “educate before regulate” philosophy transition to full-blown enforcement.

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Rottenberg to leave FSIS, move to private sector

Just about a year after it welcomed Mindy Brashears as its new deputy under secretary for food safety, USDA is making another change in leadership.

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FDA warning letter to Jimmy John's cites ingredient safety failures

A series of outbreaks has caused FDA to send a warning letter to sandwich chain Jimmy John’s for failing to manage its supply chain and selling adulterated sprouts and cucumbers, the agency announced Tuesday.

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Brashears shares plan to foster science, innovation to improve food safety

Speaking at the 96th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va., USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears offered some details on her vision for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in 2020 and vowed to promote research and use of validated new technologies to advance food safety.

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USDA served with lawsuit challenging poultry line speed waivers

Animal rights advocates filed suit Tuesday (Feb. 25) challenging USDA’s 2018 decision to allow poultry plants to boost line speeds by some 25%, alleging federal officials failed to follow federal law and ignored concerns about the impacts on animal welfare, worker safety, and public health.

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Farmers' union leader urges maintenance of high UK food standards

The UK’s food standards must be the benchmark for any future UK trade deal - and a Trade and Standards Commission should be created to ensure that food that does not meet UK regulations cannot be imported into Britain.

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Day ahead – Feb. 25, 2020: Small refiner exemptions, Unilever food additive petition, ag labor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received two more small refinery exemption (SRE) requests, agency data show. Meanwhile, Unilever filed a petition with FDA to allow for the use of potassium iodate in salt and the National Potato Council (NPC) will hold a press conference Wednesday (Feb. 26) to push for ag labor legislation.

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FDA warning letter to Jimmy John's cites ingredient safety failures

A series of outbreaks has caused FDA to send a warning letter to sandwich chain Jimmy John’s for failing to manage its supply chain and selling adulterated sprouts and cucumbers, the agency announced Tuesday.

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Day ahead – Feb. 25, 2020: Small refiner exemptions, Unilever food additive petition, ag labor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received two more small refinery exemption (SRE) requests, agency data show. Meanwhile, Unilever filed a petition with FDA to allow for the use of potassium iodate in salt and the National Potato Council (NPC) will hold a press conference Wednesday (Feb. 26) to push for ag labor legislation.

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Chinese animal products face widespread import restrictions over Covid-19

As Covid-19 continues to spread in more countries, the impact between China and its trading partners is growing. According to the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Products and Animal By-Products (CFNA), a long list of countries has introduced new rules on imports of China’s agri products. These include Azerbaijan, Egypt, Pakistan, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Cameroon, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Turkey, Armenia, Italy, India, Indonesia and Jordan.

 

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Many hemp program changes require congressional action, panel says

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. As USDA and other federal agencies work to implement legalization of industrial hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, regulatory and data hurdles remain two big factors that must be overcome for the market to mature, panelists said during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Day ahead – Feb. 24, 2020: Biotech regulation, MFP 3, NPA exits bankruptcy, peanut allergy treatment

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested USDA could reach memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FDA over regulation of biotech animals. Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl over a third round of USDA trade aid, the Natural Products Association (NPA) said it exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy and FDA announced a May meeting to consider a new treatment for children with peanut allergies.

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Doud, McKinney talk up new trade deals, optimistic on upcoming negotiations

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. Confidence that the Phase One US-China trade agreement, initial US-Japan deal and US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will deliver on their promise of boosting US ag exports was voiced by US Chief Ag Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Packaging

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Chemistry industry speaks against legislation to ban PFAS in food packaging

In line with past opposition to broad efforts to ban use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as food contact substances, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has asked House lawmakers to oppose HR2827 – a bill that would ban the so-called “forever chemicals” in food packaging.

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House panel considers six food bills ranging from PFAS ban to dairy labels

A House panel considered six bills that would change FDA oversight of foods, many of which House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said would focus on decisions FDA has long delayed.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

FDA has accepted three new food contact notifications (FCNs), including for one mixture used as an antimicrobial wash for meat products.

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Nestlé to invest in food grade recycled plastic

Nestlé announced plans to invest up to CHF2 billion to develop and create demand for food grade recycled plastics for food packaging.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s update of the Food Chemical New Guide includes five new generally recognized as safe (GRAS) ingredient requests, several of which are for sweeteners.

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FSIS revises non-GMO labeling claim guidance

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has made changes to a 2016 labeling guidance that clarifies the use of "bioengineered" for companies showing no GE ingredients were used in meat, poultry, and egg products.

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Brashears shares plan to foster science, innovation to improve food safety

Speaking at the 96th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va., USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears offered some details on her vision for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in 2020 and vowed to promote research and use of validated new technologies to advance food safety.

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Doud, McKinney talk up new trade deals, optimistic on upcoming negotiations

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. Confidence that the Phase One US-China trade agreement, initial US-Japan deal and US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will deliver on their promise of boosting US ag exports was voiced by US Chief Ag Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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FSIS lifts ban on Brazil beef, says country has addressed all safety concerns

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday (Feb. 21) it has lifted the two-year suspension of raw beef imports from Brazil – a move that comes to the relief of Brazilian authorities but has been condemned by US food safety advocates.

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Budget and Financing

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Day ahead – Feb. 26, 2020: Food prices, China trade, Starbucks & Beyond Meat

USDA’s latest forecast continues to see tame food price inflation in 2020. Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing today on the US-China trade situation and Starbucks announced it will offer Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches at 1,200 Canadian Starbucks locations.

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Day ahead – Feb. 24, 2020: Biotech regulation, MFP 3, NPA exits bankruptcy, peanut allergy treatment

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested USDA could reach memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FDA over regulation of biotech animals. Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl over a third round of USDA trade aid, the Natural Products Association (NPA) said it exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy and FDA announced a May meeting to consider a new treatment for children with peanut allergies.

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US Washington week: Congress returns; budget, coronavirus & ag policy focus in DC

The House and Senate return from their week-long break for the President’s Day holiday.

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