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Food Safety

June 01, 2020 | Daily News

FDA has created a voluntary online form through which certain FDA-regulated food facilities can report a temporary stop or significant slowdown in production during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as request help from the agency on how to safely continue or restart food production.

May 28, 2020 | Daily News

FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have informally agreed that FDA will assume sole responsibility for regulating cell-based seafood other than catfish as part of an evolving pact on oversight of the nascent cell-based food industry.

May 26, 2020 | Daily News

A new agreement between FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture solidifies USDA’s authority to invoke the Defense Production Act to force food harvesting, processing and manufacturing facilities, including plants typically regulated by FDA, to remain open during COVID-19, one food industry lawyer told Inside Health Policy.

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

As consumers spend more time online during COVID-19 lockdowns, regulatory lawyers say FDA is paying closer attention to how food and dietary supplement companies promote their products on social media and through celebrity sponsorships.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn sent out a memo Monday (May 11) laying out a process to return to in-person surveillance inspections that have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 01, 2020 | Daily News

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, FDA will not require third-party certification bodies, which conduct foreign food facility inspections, to be audited in person, and the agency will allow certain certifications to extend beyond their original expiration date.

April 30, 2020 | Daily News

After President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep meat and poultry plants running during the COVID-19 outbreak, a food industry lawyer told Inside Health Policy she believes the administration might again invoke the Defense Production Act to designate other areas of the food supply chain, including those regulated by FDA, as “critical infrastructure.”

April 29, 2020 | Daily News

Watchdog groups say the White House’s new executive order that invokes the Defense Production Act to keep meat processing plants open during the COVID-19 public health emergency prioritizes corporations over employee safety and effectively takes away the ability for workers to sue if they contract the disease at work.

April 03, 2020 | Daily News

Due to increased consumer demand for eggs during the COVID-19 national emergency, FDA will allow grocery stores to sell eggs in unlabeled flats and cartons that are typically sold to restaurants and bakeries, the agency announced through a temporary guidance on Friday (April 3).

March 26, 2020 | Daily News

FDA soon will release a temporary policy allowing manufacturers and restaurants with food that does not comply with FDA’s nutrition facts labeling requirements to divert those foods to retail stores during the COVID-19 outbreak, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas said during a Food and Drug Law Institute virtual conference on Thursday (March 26).

March 25, 2020 | Daily News

Food industry lawyers predict the United States won't experience long-term food supply chain problems even though COVID-19 is affecting staffing, retail, manufacturing and distribution of food and dietary supplements.

March 11, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Tuesday (March 10) officially reopened its April 2019 cannabidiol comment docket on Regulations.gov in order to gather up-to-date information on CBD as it crafts regulations and determines whether to allow the compound to be used in consumer products, including foods and dietary supplements.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

FDA plans to reopen the public docket for its May 2019 cannabidiol hearing so that stakeholders can share relevant data on CBD, agency chief Stephen Hahn said in a Thursday (March 5) press release, which provided an overview of FDA’s current work in the area.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

A senior policy advisor for FDA told Inside Health Policy the agency hopes its newly developed method for collecting and analyzing data on genetic alteration in animals intended for human consumption will allow the agency to eventually scale back its regulation of genetically modified animals.

February 04, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Monday (Feb. 3) published a compliance guidance intended to help small businesses follow the agency’s 2018 nutrition and supplement facts labeling rule.

February 03, 2020 | Daily News

Members of the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee discussed myriad food-focused bills, including proposals to ban perfluorinated substances (PFAS) from foods, prevent non-dairy products from being labeled as milk and add sesame to the list of major allergens -- at a hearing last Wednesday (Jan. 30).

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health panel will review legislative proposals that aim to end gaming of the Orphan Drug Act, improve generic drug labeling and foster continuous manufacturing at a legislative hearing Wednesday (Jan. 29).

January 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Mexican government could soon change its food-labeling standards to mandate front-of-package labels for all prepackaged food and nonalcoholic beverages, which the United States and other countries say could run afoul of Mexico’s international trade obligations.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

FDA Deputy Director of Regulatory Programs Doug Throckmorton assured lawmakers during a recent hearing that the agency doesn’t need more authority from Congress to regulate cannabidiol (CBD) products.

January 10, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Thursday (Jan. 9) launched a biotechnology regulation website in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency that is intended to streamline information from the three agencies charged with overseeing agriculture biotechnology products.