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Trump to slash more regulations in 2018

President Donald Trump said his regulatory reform directives have resulted in the canceling or delaying of more than 1,500 regulations during the first 11 months of his term, and he plans to deliver much more in 2018.

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New FDA guidance clarifies ‘refusal of inspection’ by foreign food facilities

FDA released a draft guidance Dec. 11 that defines “refusal of inspection” by a foreign food establishment or government, a key provision in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that allows FDA to block entry of food from a foreign establishment into the United States. 

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FDA official provides overview of latest trends in food safety enforcement

FDA stayed busy in 2017, as the agency began enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) new Produce Rule (PR) and Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), moved on into the second year of Preventive Controls (PC) inspections, and continued its ongoing efforts to improve recall efficiency, a top agency official said on Tuesday (Dec. 6).

 

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FDA’s Gottlieb informs NASDA of FDA’s next steps on produce safety rule

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb informed state agriculture officials last week about some of the immediate next steps the agency is taking to implement the produce safety rule, such as tackling the agricultural water changes, starting on-farm audits and building a dispute resolution mechanism.

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Marler warns industry that auditors can be sued after Jensen Farms case

The way the law treats auditors has changed and today everyone involved in the production and distribution of food products can be held responsible if they fail to do their job in preventing a foodborne illness outbreak. 

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FSMA to favor large produce farms based in the U.S., economists predict

A new economic analysis from the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) finds large growers will benefit from FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), not small farms, and domestic growers will gain advantage over importers when it comes to meeting FSMA’s requirements. 
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FSIS flooded with comments opposed to poultry line speed waivers

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has received more than 24,000 comments overwhelmingly opposed to a National Chicken Council (NCC) petition that calls on the agency to waive line speed limits for certain poultry slaughter plants.

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Trump to slash more regulations in 2018

President Donald Trump said his regulatory reform directives have resulted in the canceling or delaying of more than 1,500 regulations during the first 11 months of his term, and he plans to deliver much more in 2018.

US Food Policy Political

Trump EPA nominee abandons bid to lead chemical safety office

President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to head the EPA's chemical safety office has withdrawn his name from consideration in the wake of rising opposition from Democrats and Republicans. 

US Food Policy Political

U.S. not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts say

The United States is not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts testified during a Wednesday (Dec. 13) Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, “Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World.”

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EU Commission to present new draft rules on pesticide approvals

Upon reauthorising glyphosate for the next five years, the European Commission has also adopted a communication committing it to put forward legislation in the spring to increase transparency, quality and independence of the approval of substances. 
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FSIS to discontinue third party hold-and-test requirements for imported catfish

In a move that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says will allow imported Siluriformes (catfish-type products) to reach U.S. consumers faster and decrease testing costs for importers, the agency will no longer require third party “hold-and-test” sampling and instead do its own testing, the agency announced in a Dec. 8 Constituent Update. 

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Compliance and Enforcement

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FDA deems snortable chocolate not a food, compares it to street drugs

About six months after one lawmaker urged FDA to investigate the negative effects of snortable chocolate, the agency has decided to treat the unusual product as an alternative to street drugs, telling marketers and distributors “immediately cease” marketing and distribution to U.S. consumers. 

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

New FDA guidance clarifies ‘refusal of inspection’ by foreign food facilities

FDA released a draft guidance Dec. 11 that defines “refusal of inspection” by a foreign food establishment or government, a key provision in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that allows FDA to block entry of food from a foreign establishment into the United States. 

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Supplement industry, importers see advantages to FDA’s ORA alignment

A representative from the Council of Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and a consultant to importers said there's already evidence that the realignment of FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is paying off.

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New study stokes debate on arsenic in rice-based infant products

A new study released this week spotlighting the amount of inorganic arsenic in rice infant cereal is renewing calls to put limits on the contaminant in infant foods.

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Camel milk company among few seizures targeted by FDA this year

While camel’s milk is not usually on the top of FDA’s watch list, the unusual type of dairy product has attracted a lot of attention from the agency, which in October ended up seizing $70,000 worth of raw camel milk products from a warehouse in Kansas City, Kan. 

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FDA official provides overview of latest trends in food safety enforcement

FDA stayed busy in 2017, as the agency began enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) new Produce Rule (PR) and Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), moved on into the second year of Preventive Controls (PC) inspections, and continued its ongoing efforts to improve recall efficiency, a top agency official said on Tuesday (Dec. 6).

 

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Packaging

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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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Additives

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Sen. Roberts raises biotech regs at HHS nominee hearing

Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee Alex Azar pledged to keep USDA and FDA staff coordinating on biotechnology policy if confirmed as the Trump administration’s HHS secretary.

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Food science experts predict negative consequences from the ‘clean label’ trend

While the clean label movement continues to gain speed in the United States, two food science experts from Iowa State University are warning that the quest for foods that are free of preservatives, additives and other chemicals can come at a price. 

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: HHS nominee Azar to testify at Nov. 29 hearing

Expect senators to raise a range of FDA issues at the Nov. 29 confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Budget and Financing

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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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