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Food Safety

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.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is pushing an immediate way to allow cannabidiol (CBD) in products like food and supplements: FDA could ask manufacturers to submit petitions showing CBD can be safely added to their products, and in the meantime exercise enforcement discretion as long as the products meet certain conditions, including that they don’t claim to treat disease.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

Hemp farmers, producers, manufacturers and processors, including those in tribal communities, told a Senate panel they are eagerly awaiting FDA’s next move on regulating cannabis-based products, namely those containing cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp, as those regulatory steps will drive the market.

July 24, 2019 | Daily News

Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless told agency staff in an email Tuesday (July 23) that his top priorities are to develop frameworks for regulating new technologies; invest in the agency’s workforce; help to lower drug prices by encouraging drug competition; and improve postmarket surveillance of regulated products.

July 18, 2019 | Daily News

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) complained to FDA on Wednesday (July 17) that the agency has yet to resolve issues surrounding its standard of identity for milk, namely whether plant-based products should be called “milk.”

July 02, 2019 | Daily News

FDA on Tuesday (July 2) added new information to its fish consumption advice webpage that was not previously included in a 2017 notice, on the health benefits of eating fish.

June 25, 2019 | Daily News

After several dozen sprout-related foodborne illness outbreaks, FDA warned sprout seed handlers at all levels of the supply chain to clean up their act by issuing draft guidance Monday (June 24) on how to reduce the risk of pathogen exposure during the production of sprout seeds.

June 20, 2019 | Daily News

A consumer advocacy group criticized FDA after the agency finalized a guidance meant to clarify how industry should label sugar on the nutrition facts panel for single-ingredient sugars, syrups and certain cranberry products.

June 17, 2019 | Daily News

FDA made a sizeable notch in its enforcement belt on Friday (June 14), announcing that it requested U.S. Marshals seize $3.5 million worth of dietary supplements.

June 04, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee approved a 2020 funding bill on Tuesday (June 4) that would give FDA a $184 million boost over 2019 levels. During the markup, lawmakers voted to restore language featured in previous bills that would prevent the genetic modification of human embryos.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

If a fiscal 2020 agriculture funding bill passes the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday (June 4), FDA will be one step closer to receiving millions of dollars to support new oversight efforts in its cosmetics, supplements and food import spaces.

June 03, 2019 | Daily News

Days before the House Appropriations Committee is set to mark up an FDA funding bill, an expert on the agency’s budget process said there are plenty of challenges looming ahead that could sink the $184 million increase that House lawmakers propose in the bill.

May 24, 2019 | Daily News

FDA’s drug center would receive an approximate $50 million increase in budget authority over fiscal 2019 levels under the 2020 funding bill passed by the House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee on Thursday (May 23), according to a preliminary analysis by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee on Thursday (May 23) voted to send a fiscal 2020 funding bill that would give FDA a $184 million increase over its fiscal 2019 levels to the full committee.