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Food Safety

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

FDA's Science Board is the latest group to dive into the contentious topic of cell-based food: The board announced Wednesday that it will take up the topic at an Oct. 22 meeting as part of a broader discussion on antibiotic resistance monitoring.

September 10, 2018 | Daily News

After months of heated stakeholder debate over whether FDA or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should regulate cell-based meat, the two agencies announced Monday (Sept. 10) that they will host a two-day joint public meeting to discuss oversight of the nascent industry, with a focus on the potential hazards, regulatory issues and labeling of the emerging technology.

August 31, 2018 | Daily News

An industry lawyer said a Missouri law enacted this week to limit the use of the word “meat” on food sold in the state to traditional animal products ramps up the regulatory uncertainty facing cell-based meat producers, who are working to develop foods resembling meat, poultry and seafood that are produced using small amounts of cells from the animal the food product is supposed to resemble.

August 24, 2018 | Daily News

In a letter to President Donald Trump, leading representatives of the cell-based and traditional meat industries came to a compromise over a proposed regulatory framework for cell-based meat, which are foods resembling meat, poultry and seafood that are produced using small amounts of cells from the animal that the food product is supposed to resemble.

August 01, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate soundly rejected an amendment proposed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to the minibus appropriations bill on Wednesday (Aug. 1) that aimed to protect those marketing products using common compound names that identify an alternative plant or animal source, such as almond milk, goat cheese or gluten-free bread, Lee said when he described the measure.

July 26, 2018 | Daily News

FDA will reevaluate standards of identity (SOI) for certain foods -- including a look a potential health issues posed by non-dairy milk and cheese products -- as 300 of the current standards are outdated and in need of an updated framework, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Thursday (July 26).

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said his agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are still working out how the federal bodies will regulate cultured meats -- foods resembling meat, poultry and seafood that are produced using small amounts of cells from the animal that the food product is supposed to resemble -- but he reaffirmed that FDA will definitely play a key role in overseeing the budding industry.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

As FDA looks to take on regulation of cultured meat, three leading consumer advocacy groups are urging the agency to pursue a new oversight strategy that is more stringent than the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) approach currently used for new food ingredients.

July 18, 2018 | Daily News

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said his agency will soon open a docket to receive public comment on whether non-dairy products can be marketed as milk, stepping into a heated debate between the dairy industry and those marketing non-dairy milk.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

FDA defended its role in regulating cultured meats -- foods resembling meat, poultry and seafood that are produced using small amounts of cells from the animal that the food product is supposed to resemble -- during a public meeting held Thursday (July 12).

July 09, 2018 | Daily News

FDA and the United States Department of Agriculture are in dispute over which agency should regulate foods resembling meat, poultry and seafood that are produced using small amounts of cells from the animal that the food product is supposed to resemble.

July 09, 2018 | Daily News

Meat industry organizations disagree on how to define foods resembling meat, and beef in particular, produced using small amounts of cells from the animal that the food product is supposed to resemble count as meat, but they agree FDA has no business getting involved.

June 28, 2018 | Daily News

FDA announced it will hold a public meeting on July 26 to discuss the multi-year Nutrition Innovation Strategy which agency head Scott Gottlieb first introduced in March.

June 25, 2018 | Daily News

FDA offers a flexible approach in its first draft guidance aimed at helping the food industry reduce the risk of intentional adulteration (IA) -- where food systems are deliberately damaged to cause widespread harm to the public health -- occurring at their facilities.

June 21, 2018 | Daily News

The White House on Thursday (June 21) called for shifting FDA's food safety role to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which would run a new single Federal Food Safety Agency.

June 19, 2018 | Daily News

Facing pressure from appropriators, lawmakers and stakeholders, FDA signaled Tuesday (June 19) it is rethinking its controversial move to require pure maple syrup and pure honey be labeled as having “added sugar.”

June 15, 2018 | Daily News

FDA will hold a public meeting July 12 to gather stakeholders' input on how the agency should regulate foods resembling meat, poultry and seafood that are produced using small amounts of cells from the animal that the food product is supposed to resemble, a development already protested by the cattlemen’s association as usurping USDA's authority over what the group calls “fake meat.”

June 06, 2018 | Daily News

After FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week they will harmonize their audits of produce facilities, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told Inside Health Policy the two agencies will succeed this time around, when they failed previously, in their broader effort to eliminate inefficiencies stemming from dual-regulation of food facilities.

May 22, 2018 | Daily News

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday (May 22) voted unanimously to send to the full committee a fiscal 2019 FDA funding bill that appears to give the agency $163 million more than its current level but still less than requested by the administration, coming after House appropriators also agreed to hike FDA spending.

May 14, 2018 | Daily News

Some stakeholders are questioning the usefulness of the unified agenda in mapping out what regulatory actions FDA plans to take in the next 12 months, despite the White House’s claims that it has taken steps to make the semi-annual regulatory plan more useful to stakeholders.

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