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Food Safety

September 04, 2020 | Daily News

Four key dietary supplement industry groups are throwing their support behind a bipartisan House bill that would allow hemp-derived cannabidiol and any other hemp-derived ingredient to be used in dietary supplements.

August 04, 2020 | Daily News

Two major hemp industry groups are urging the White House to ensure FDA’s long-awaited cannabidiol enforcement guidance provides enforcement discretion for CBD-containing consumer products.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

FDA announced Wednesday (July 29) that it will decrease application costs for its prescription drug user fee program in fiscal 2021, but it will increase overall program fees by about $11,000 over fiscal 2020 levels, for a total of about $336,000.

July 24, 2020 | Daily News

The House on Friday (July 24) passed 224-189 an FDA spending package that would give the agency $3.21 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $40.8 million over fiscal 2020 funding levels, and would provide the agency authority to recall drugs.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday (July 15) passed five bipartisan FDA policy bills that would increase the agency’s authority over imported counterfeit medical devices, stop gaming of certain orphan drug exclusivity provisions, boost use of continuous manufacturing, empower FDA to require labeling updates for generic drugs, and allow the agency to add food ingredients to the list of major allergens.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

FDA released a promised “new era” food safety blueprint Monday (July 13) that builds on the Food Safety Modernization Act to enhance traceability, create tools to combat foodborne illnesses, modernize business models and foster a new culture of food safety based on lessons learned during the pandemic.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget last week completed its review of FDA’s draft guidance on quality considerations for clinical research on cannabis.

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.