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Food Safety

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

FDA plans to issue a handful of new regulations this year that will clarify new minimum age requirements for purchasing tobacco, amend the agency’s good guidance practices, and set agricultural water standards, according to the agency’s newly issued Spring 2020 Unified Agenda, which was published Tuesday (June 30).

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

FDA officials detailed the agency’s long-expressed intention to usher in a new food safety era by using emerging tools like artificial intelligence and blockchain to create a more traceable system.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

FDA and USDA released a joint statement Wednesday (June 24) stating there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted from food or food packaging following China’s move to suspend poultry imports from a Tyson Foods processing plant in Arkansas that saw large COVID-19 outbreaks in its workforce.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

Former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Congress should provide more financial resources to the agriculture sector and USDA to help solve issues highlighted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

June 05, 2020 | Daily News

FDA is updating its upcoming food safety blueprint using lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to call for enhanced supply chain traceability, smarter analytical tools and the formation of partnerships, FDA chief Stephen Hahn and Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy Frank Yiannas wrote in an agency blog.

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.