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Food Safety

November 16, 2018 | Daily News

After months of deliberation and public meetings, FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture officially announced they will share the responsibility for regulating cell-based meats, where food resembling meat, poultry and seafood is produced using small amounts of cells from the animal that the food product is supposed to resemble.

November 05, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said his agency aims to provide more transparency on its mandatory recall authority for unsafe foods through a final guidance released Monday (Nov. 5). FDA will issue a mandatory recall if a food causes serious health consequences to humans or animals.

November 05, 2018 | Daily News

Responding to a comprehensive FDA report on a multistate E. coli outbreak that killed five people and hospitalized dozens this spring, a vocal consumer advocacy group urged FDA to rapidly implement the remaining steps of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a seven-year-old law that aims to standardize mandatory food safety protocols and recordkeeping requirements for farms across the country.

November 01, 2018 | Daily News

FDA unveiled a sweeping action plan that aims to spur innovation in animal and plant biotechnology and establish the agency as a global leader in the oversight of plant biotechnology by making FDA's relevant regulatory pathways more predictable, efficient and transparent.

October 23, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicated that a framework for the two agencies to jointly regulate cell-based meats could be available as early as next year.

October 18, 2018 | Daily News

A food industry lawyer said the restaurants and manufacturers he works with welcome FDA’s recent guidance on disclosing food retailer information during certain recalls, as long as the agency is judicious in its disclosures and makes an effort to ensure the information is accurate before releasing it to the public.

October 05, 2018 | Daily News

Consumer advocates claimed victory after successfully petitioning FDA to de-list six carcinogenic flavoring chemicals from its food additives list over 50 years since their initial approval, effectively banning the substances from being used in food. FDA also de-listed a seventh chemical due to its falling out of use in industry.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

FDA is seeking advice from the public as it weighs the pros and cons of plant-based milk and how the products should be labeled.

September 26, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced an about-face for his agency on Wednesday (Sept. 26) by issuing a draft guidance stating FDA will systematically disclose the names of retailers selling recalled food in certain recall situations.

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.

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