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January 11, 2002

FDA is considering asking the food industry to use tamper-evident packaging and to compile records that trace food shipments to ensure the safety of the food supply, but wants to hear advice from stakeholders before making a final decision. The agency issued two guidance documents this week laying out several other ways the food industry could prevent tampering of food, but punted on whether to also recommend tamper-evident packaging and food shipment tracing.

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Fearful of contaminating the blood supply with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), the human form of mad cow disease, FDA issued a revised guidance this week further reducing the number of people who can donate blood and blood components. The agency now recommends blood facilities defer blood and plasma donors who have traveled or resided in the United Kingdom for a cumulative period of three or more months between 1980 and 1996, and also tightens other donor deferral restrictions. In its previous guidance, the agency had recommended a cut-off date of six months.

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