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Food Safety and Standards

FDA likely to crack down on 483s after OIG report, Acheson warns

Food companies should expect a crackdown on FDA’s follow-up of 483s in response to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report that found FDA failed to react in some cases to serious violations they uncovered at U.S. food plants, said David Acheson, president and CEO of The Acheson Group (TAG), during a Sept. 29 webinar.

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OIG audit finds some gaps in FDA's timely response to food inspections

While FDA is on schedule for inspecting U.S. food facilities under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), it’s inspecting fewer plants now and when it finds significant violations, does not always check to see that companies have corrected them or reach for FSMA’s new enforcement tools, finds a new audit by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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Produce meeting touches on Farm Bill, FSMA, NAFTA and immigration reform

Congressional lawmakers need to hear from the produce industry on the importance of maintaining support for fruits and vegetables in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as the Farm Bill is renegotiated and on the dire need for immigration reform, speakers said at a Tuesday (Sept. 19) United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA) meeting. 

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Company attorneys discuss FSMA, marketing claims, preemption concerns

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) allows flexibility and that can be “tricky” when it comes to FDA enforcement, said Meredith Olearchik, vice president and associate general counsel for Campbell Soup Company, at a Sept. 14 meeting sponsored by the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI). 

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FDA announces FSMA water standards delayed; produce inspections pushed back until 2019

State agriculture officials – the frontline in enforcing produce standards – praised FDA Tuesday (Sept. 12) for releasing a proposed rule that would delay the water quality standards under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and pushing back produce inspections until 2019.

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FDA announces produce safety guide, dietary supplement meeting

While FDA continues to tinker with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) agricultural water standards, the agency issued a new produce safety guide for small businesses.

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FDA releases new guidance on heat treatment to help with FSMA compliance

FDA on Wednesday (Aug. 30) published new guidance that explains how to establish and implement a heat treatment, such as baking or cooking, to prevent contamination by disease-causing bacteria to help companies comply with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements.  

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Academic study says Bayer-Monsanto tie-up should be blocked

The proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition rules, as divesting particular assets would not address the underlying concerns, a new study has found.

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Grain and dairy groups advocate for independent U.S. Codex Office

Food and agricultural industry groups are widely backing the Trump administration's plan to place the U.S. Codex Office under the authority of the new USDA under secretary for trade, but their comments on the move suggest they are concerned the change may be perceived as promoting trade over food safety. 

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Following complaints about transparency, FSIS opens docket on NCC poultry line speed petition

After a consumer group complained about a lack of transparency surrounding a Sept. 1 petition from the National Chicken Council (NCC) to allow faster poultry line speeds, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Friday (Oct. 13) opened a docket on regulations.gov to accept comments on the petition.

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Paraguay closes in on U.S. beef market access

Paraguay says it expects to be able to export fresh beef to the U.S. within about six months after clearing a key hurdle in the approval process.
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Codex Committee on Food Hygiene to discuss draft food safety controls, histamine guidances

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) will need to resolve several key issues at its Nov. 13-17 meeting in Chicago before a draft revision of its hygiene standards and food safety controls guidelines can move forward. 

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Perdue discusses WTO quota issue, future agri-food trade with UK MPs

US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has met with British MPs to discuss post-Brexit UK-US agri-food trade and reaching an agreement on Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

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Retailers, customers to be hurt by San Francisco’s antibiotics reporting bill, FMI says

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is urging San Francisco lawmakers not to move forward with legislation that would require large stores in the city to disclose antibiotics used in meat and poultry products, saying the bill would add costly reporting and recordkeeping requirements for products, including those that are already marketed as organic or antibiotic-free.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: ‘Love’ can’t be listed as food ingredient, FDA says

“Love” can’t be listed as a food ingredient, FDA said in a recent warning letter to Massachusetts-based Nashoba Brook Bakery’s granola, which had listed the emotion as an ingredient in its baked goods.

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China suspends application of new health certificates on food imports

China has agreed to delay the implementation of controversial new food import rules by two years, following criticisms by its major trading partners that the rules were unfair and would disrupt trade.

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United Fresh, FDA talk FSMA inspections at meeting

Concern about the criteria FDA would use in Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce inspections was just one of topics raised at a Wednesday meeting between United Fresh Produce Association members and FDA.

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FDA takes bolder stance against businesses refusing photos during inspections

FDA is getting bolder in penalizing businesses that refuse to let FDA inspectors to take photos during routine investigations, legal experts are warning.

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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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Emerging trends in food contact materials explored at meeting

The challenges companies face in moving away from chemicals of concern and the trend toward global harmonization were some of the themes of a Sept. 26 meeting on emerging issues in food packaging policy.

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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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FDA official provides update on changes since agency issued final GRAS rule

While FDA’s controversial final rule on generally recognized as safe (GRAS) food ingredients is similar in many mays to the interim policy on voluntary GRAS notifications the agency had been operating under for years, there are a few key differences, said Shayla West-Barnette, supervisory consumer safety officer in FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS).

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Government seeks to dismiss lawsuit over final FDA GRAS rule

The government on Friday (Sept. 22) filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging FDA’s final rule on generally recognized as safe (GRAS) determinations for food ingredients, arguing that the coalition of advocacy groups who filed the suit lack standing in the case.

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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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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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