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Food Safety

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Answering the calls of congressional Republicans, FDA is siding with the food industry in a lawsuit seeking to stop New York City's menu labeling regulation from being enforced until FDA implements its national standard.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Months after FDA decided to delay implementation of its menu labeling rule -- prompting a lawsuit from consumer groups -- the National Grocers Association, National Restaurant Association, Food Marketing Institute and other industry groups are asking FDA to revise the rule to provide the industry greater flexibility.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Thursday (July 27) passed 39-14 bipartisan legislation that would loosen the Affordable Care Act's menu labeling requirements for certain food establishments, give HHS more flexibility to set compliance dates and limit liability for noncompliance with labeling requirements, despite concerns from some Democrats that the bill would create confusion in the marketplace and weaken current requirements.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The House Energy & Commerce Committee will mark up Thursday (July 27) a bill sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to loosen menu labeling requirements for certain food establishments and limit liability for noncompliance with labeling requirements.

Friday, 21 July 2017

FDA is stopping work on several key rules including those regulating compounding, direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising, child-focused tobacco sales, dietary supplement manufacturing practices and food safety testing, according to a list published Friday (July 21) by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously advanced a fiscal 2018 FDA funding bill out of committee Thursday (July 20) that adds $1 million in discretionary funding for FDA over the fiscal 2017 enacted level, totaling $2.8 billion, and adds $60 million in additional funding for the agency to implement the 21st Century Cures Act.

Friday, 14 July 2017

A group of food industry groups are suing New York City to stop its regulation of menu labeling requirements that are set to be enforced by the city next month.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

FDA announced Thursday (June 29) a 30-day extension of the comment period for the interim final rule on menu labeling in response to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), which asked for more time to respond to what they say are complex technical issues in the regulation.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

House appropriators are proposing to fund FDA at the same level in fiscal 2018 as the agency received this year, rejecting President Donald Trump's call to cut the agency's budget and ask industry to pay more in user fees.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

FDA on Tuesday (June 13) announced it will delay the deadline for food companies to start using the new nutrition facts label after industry raised concerns about being able to comply by the July 26, 2018 date.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Consumers League sued FDA Wednesday (June 7) for delaying implementation of the menu labeling rule, saying the agency's move was illegal because there was no prior notice or opportunity for stakeholder comment.

Friday, 02 June 2017

Several weeks after the Trump administration delayed a nationwide menu labeling rule, the House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee announced it will hold a hearing Friday (June 9) to consider Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' (R-WA) nutrition bill that would alter disclosure requirements for certain food establishments and limit liability for noncompliance with labeling requirements.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

FDA is no longer under a hiring freeze and will soon institute a rapid process for filling vacant positions, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote to agency staff in an internal memo Thursday (May 25).

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal would cut FDA's human drug program by $307 million in discretionary budget authority, its medical device program by $182 million, its biologics program by $119 million and its food program by $70 million, resulting in cuts to the agency's workforce and programs even if Congress were to go along with Trump's request to double user fees.

Monday, 22 May 2017

President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposes cutting FDA's discretionary budget authority by $854 million -- a shortfall that Trump says would be made up if lawmakers agree to his request to double user fees, despite the fact lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have to date rejected that proposal.

Monday, 22 May 2017

President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposes cutting FDA's discretionary budget authority by $854 million -- a shortfall that Trump says would be made up if lawmakers agree to his request to double user fees, despite the fact lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have to date rejected that proposal.

Monday, 22 May 2017

A coalition of groups including the Center for Food Safety sued FDA Monday (May 22) in an attempt to block the voluntary generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notification system created by the agency's August 2016 final rule, which the plaintiffs say violates both the Administrative Procedure Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and is unconstitutional because it forecloses judicial review of GRAS determinations.

Monday, 15 May 2017

FDA officially stood up Monday (May 15) an agency-wide plan to move the agency's Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) from a geographic-based model to one focused on product types, explained a Monday memo from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to agency staff, obtained by Inside Health Policy.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017

HHS Secretary Tom Price signaled the administration may push to bring food safety under one roof in a speech to department staff Tuesday laying out a series of actions that will culminate in submission of a draft HHS-wide reform plan, which he dubbed “Reimagine HHS,” to the White House's budget office June 30.

Monday, 01 May 2017

Congressional leaders are pushing a tentative bipartisan fiscal 2017 funding agreement that would give FDA $39 million more than its fiscal 2016 enacted level.

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