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Food Safety

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.

January 09, 2020 | Daily News

FDA must soon update Congress on its plan for regulating cannabidiol (CBD) products, but there are myriad issues the agency still needs to grapple with as that deadline looms.

December 17, 2019 | Daily News

Stephen Hahn, shortly after being sworn in as FDA commissioner on Tuesday (Dec. 17), emailed FDA staff that he’s optimistic about continuing to advance FDA’s talent, expertise and infrastructure, and said he will adhere to sound data and uphold the law.

November 26, 2019 | Daily News

FDA on Monday (Nov. 25) indicated it has not concluded that cannabidiol (CBD) is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) to use in human or animal food.

November 22, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill on Thursday (Nov. 21) that would boost the government’s ability to find the origin of foodborne illnesses by giving FDA authority to oversee concentrated animal feeding operations, coming amid another E. coli outbreak linked to romaine Lettuce.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Corn Refiners Association will meet with the White House next Tuesday (Oct. 29) to discuss FDA’s expected draft regulatory proposal that will define the term “healthy” and lay out guidelines for making nutrient content claims.

October 07, 2019 | Daily News

As the end of Ned Sharpless’ tenure as acting FDA chief approaches, former agency chief Scott Gottlieb and a policy analyst predict potential hold-ups in any upcoming commissioner confirmation process.

October 07, 2019 | Daily News

More than a year after the White House called for creation of a single food safety agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb argued against removing food safety from FDA’s regulatory scope.

September 30, 2019 | Daily News

A food industry alliance group founded and led by four of the largest food companies will meet with the White House Oct. 11 to discuss a draft FDA proposed rule that lays out nutrient content claims and defines the term “healthy,” which is currently under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

September 12, 2019 | Daily News

Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen sued FDA on Tuesday (Sept. 10) for not acting on the group’s 2018 citizen petition to ban cesium chloride from dietary supplements.

September 09, 2019 | Daily News

FDA has reached a cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to boost efforts to implement the produce safety rule mandated by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

September 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Center for Science in the Public Interest questioned FDA’s decision to approve a color additive in the plant-based Impossible Burger, saying the agency ignored its own guidance on toxicity testing for additives used in food, as well as research by the World Health Organization (WHO) showing that a compound found in the additive could contribute to an increase in cancer risk.

August 29, 2019 | Daily News

A food industry lawyer expects that stakeholders will discuss the use of potassium chloride as an alternative to salt at a Sept. 27 public meeting on food standards of identity (SOI), which FDA announced on Wednesday (Aug. 28).

August 27, 2019 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget on Monday (Aug. 26) began reviewing an FDA proposed rule that would update the definition of the word “healthy” when used in food labeling, and make it consistent with current nutrition science and federal dietary guidelines.

August 27, 2019 | Daily News

FDA told the papaya industry to clean up its act on Monday (Aug. 26), citing a string of eight papaya-borne salmonella outbreaks dating back to 2011 that have together caused 494 illnesses, 129 hospitalizations and two deaths.

August 21, 2019 | Daily News

The pharmaceutical industry, including GW Pharmaceuticals, the producer of cannabidiol-containing drug Epidiolex, warns FDA that allowing CBD in consumer products could freeze research and development on use of CBD in prescription drugs.