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Food Safety

June 14, 2021 | Daily News

FDA over the next year plans to finalize several food-related rules, including one that will allow the agency to recognize accreditation bodies that will authorize certain labs to perform food analyses, the agency says in its Spring 2021 regulatory agenda published Friday (June 11).

June 10, 2021 | Daily News

FDA released the final version of its rule modernizing the standard of identity for yogurt on Wednesday (June 9) after HHS highlighted the rule as high priority in its semi-annual regulatory agenda.

May 28, 2021 | Daily News

In its fiscal 2022 budget justification released Friday (May 28), FDA identifies several legislative proposals it says could help with the agency’s COVID-19 pandemic response, including by giving FDA authority to require specific medical device supply chain information, request facility records in advance or in lieu of inspections, and share medical product information with state and local governments.

May 18, 2021 | Daily News

FDA is still exercising its regulatory authority over genetically engineered animals despite the Trump administration’s attempt to hand regulation over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture through a memorandum of understanding that was signed by HHS and USDA officials just one week before former President Donald Trump left office.

May 11, 2021 | Daily News

FDA reveals in an inspection roadmap that, in the best-case scenario, the agency likely will only be able to complete 27% of the 15,514 domestic inspections it would need to conduct this year to catch up from the surveillance lag caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 15, 2021 | Daily News

The House on Wednesday (April 14) passed a bipartisan bill that will require food makers declare sesame as an allergen on their food labels. The bill, which cleared the Senate in March, now heads to the president’s desk.

April 12, 2021 | Daily News

FDA on Thursday (April 8) announced a three-phase action plan to reduce exposure to toxic elements in foods that are commonly eaten by babies and young children.

April 05, 2021 | Daily News

Supplement industry lawyers say FDA has stepped up its oversight of dietary supplements and they predict that oversight will become even stronger under the Biden administration, but leading supplement lobbyists are optimistic that at the state level the strict chain of production approach used by California won’t spread to other states and could even be ratcheted back by courts in California.

March 31, 2021 | Daily News

HHS on Tuesday (March 30) pinpointed several FDA food regulations it would like to advance in the “foreseeable future,” including rules that would update the definition of the claim “healthy” on food labels, remove the “generally recognized as safe” designation from partially hydrogenated oils, and update standards of identity for low- and nonfat yogurt.

March 26, 2021 | Daily News

FDA watchers are split over how newly minted HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra will address the battle between FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over which agency should have authority to regulate genetically engineered food animals.

March 25, 2021 | Daily News

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb believes Congress needs to craft legislation that lays out a framework under which cannabidiol can be included in foods and dietary supplements, as FDA likely won’t be able to push regulation out fast enough to keep up with the industry’s growth.

March 17, 2021 | Daily News

The House has delayed votes on three bipartisan drug-pricing and food safety bills that were originally slated to be taken up this week, a Democratic leadership aide told Inside Health Policy.

March 15, 2021 | Daily News

The House this week will consider three bipartisan drug-pricing and food safety bills, two of which aim to increase competition and lower drug prices by more narrowly defining the types of new drugs that can receive five years of exclusivity and by increasing education in biologics and biosimilars.

March 09, 2021 | Daily News

A coalition of health and consumer advocacy organizations on Tuesday (March 9) filed suit against HHS over a Trump-era rule that requires health agency regulations be assessed every 10 years or be automatically scrapped.

March 03, 2021 | Daily News

The Center for Food Safety wants U.S. Department of Agriculture chief Tom Vilsack and HHS Secretary-nominee Xavier Becerra to overturn a controversial memorandum of understanding, signed in the last days of the Trump administration, that transferred most of the regulatory authority over genetically modified animals from FDA to USDA.

January 22, 2021 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget pulled six FDA guidances and rules from its review, a move prompted by President Joe Biden’s freeze on all regulations issued by the Trump administration that have not yet gone into effect.

January 19, 2021 | Daily News

FDA chief Stephen Hahn blasted an 11th-hour agreement that HHS penned with the U.S. Department of Agriculture shifting FDA’s regulation of animal food biotechnology products to USDA, with the outgoing FDA head vowing his agency will continue to oversee genetically modified animals intended for human consumption.

November 17, 2020 | Daily News

Bipartisan bills calling for generic drug labeling updates, an end to gaming of certain orphan drug exclusivity provisions and an updated list of major allergens are among 10 health care measures that were passed by the House on Tuesday (Nov. 17).

October 20, 2020 | Daily News

A non-profit food safety group worries FDA’s decision to move forward on its own to develop a common name for cell-based seafood could lead to a more favorable marketplace for those products than for cell-based meat and poultry, for which FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are jointly developing common names.

September 21, 2020 | Daily News

FDA proposed a rule Monday (Sept. 21) that aims to improve food traceability by directing companies that manufacture, process or pack foods included on the agency’s new Food Traceability List (FTL) to create and maintain records containing key data elements associated with critical tracking events