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Food Safety

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illness outbreaks, FDA warned sprout seed handlers at all levels of the supply chain to clean up their act by issuing draft guidance Monday (June 24) on how to reduce the risk of pathogen exposure during the production of sprout seeds.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

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

FDA expects to propose a number of significant new rules over the next year that will address tobacco product applications, warnings for cigarette packages and advertisements, annual reporting requirements for investigational new drugs, and requirements for drug products that are deemed difficult to compound.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

FDA issued a draft guidance Friday (May 17) stating the agency will exercise enforcement discretion to allow food manufacturers to use the phrase “potassium chloride salt” on the ingredient statement in food labels as an alternative to the commonly used name of “potassium chloride,” which is used as a partial substitute for sodium chloride to reduce the amount of sodium in prepared and processed foods.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

In a final guidance document released Thursday (May 9), FDA lays out ways for sponsors of over-the-counter (OTC) topical drugs to conduct in vivo absorption trials that will help the agency determine whether a product is eligible to be included in OTC monograph.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

FDA announced a slate of new food safety proposals on Tuesday (April 30), including a pilot to use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to review imported foods; an effort to move towards digital food tracing technology; a promise to look into how to oversee the e-commerce food delivery system; and a public meeting to discuss all of the above with industry and state and local governments.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

Leading consumer advocacy groups say the public health stakes are high in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case heard by the Supreme Court this week, warning in an amicus brief that a decision to tighten restrictions on what information can be released would virtually dry up data the groups have obtained from FDA.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

FDA issued draft guidance on Tuesday (April 23) that the agency hopes will help all FDA-regulated industries prepare for potential future voluntary recalls and work quickly when they happen.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

As FDA works to develop an agricultural water rule as a part of its obligations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), one consumer advocate said the agency could learn a thing or two from new agricultural water safety standards recently approved by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA).