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Food Safety

May 03, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, in a wide-ranging speech at the annual Food and Drug Law Institute conference Thursday (May 3), announced a slate of new agency projects, including: making e-cigarettes over-the-counter drug products; reorganizing the FDA drug center; rethinking the regulatory approach toward gene therapy; and developing a framework for regulating genetically modified animals.

April 17, 2018 | Daily News

House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee chair Robert Aderholt (R-AL) called FDA's request for a 13 percent increase in funding over fiscal 2018 levels “the largest and boldest funding request in recent memory and maybe ever” and signaled it might have to be cut back, but Democrats argued the budget lacks enough funding for food safety and opioids.

April 05, 2018 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee ranking Democrat Frank Pallone (NJ) has reintroduced the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2018, which would mandate a new front-of-package food label and a number of new nutrition-related disclosures on food packaging.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

FDA announced Tuesday (April 3) that it will for the first time invoke its mandatory recall authority under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), in this instance to order a recall of Triangle Pharmanaturals’ kratom products, which the agency alleges are potentially contaminated with salmonella.

April 02, 2018 | Daily News

FDA’s top food official expressed frustration that, despite years of work by the agency to promote U.S. food safety, recent data show foodborne illness rates have increased by 10 percent or more for several pathogens.

March 26, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb pledged Monday (March 5) that the agency will follow new recommendations from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on how to improve food safety, and says the agency will release by quarter four of fiscal 2018 a draft implementation plan for the agency’s Food and Veterinary Medicine (FVM) program 10-year plan.

March 23, 2018 | Daily News

FDA is considering options to exempt certain commodities, including winegrapes and hops, from the records requirements associated with the commercial processing exemption under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) produce safety rule, the commissioner revealed Thursday (March 15) in a letter to wine and hops associations.

March 21, 2018 | Daily News

If prior efforts are any indication, the latest federal government bid to eliminate overlapping food safety roles played by FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is likely to fail, a former USDA food safety chief told Inside Health Policy.

March 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate health committee sent stakeholders a draft of its cosmetics bill, obtained by Inside Health Policy, in a bid to gather input on the proposed federal oversight reforms, which include allowing HHS to suspend facilities or ingredient listing, requiring manufacturers to report adverse events to HHS within a set period of time, mandating manufacturing and processing facilities register with HHS, establishing labeling requirements, and allowing HHS to inspect facility records if it believes a cosmetic product is adulterated and can cause serious adverse health consequences.

March 01, 2018 | Daily News

FDA released a number of guidances Thursday (March 1) providing manufacturers with advice on how to comply with new nutrition labeling requirements related to dietary fiber, added sugar and serving size. Agency Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also announced a new consumer education campaign on nutrition.

February 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Endocrine Society is disappointed that FDA is holding up preliminary results from a new study as further justification of its previous finding that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in food containers and packaging.

February 22, 2018 | Daily News

Despite FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s frequent quips that FDA’s standards of identity for food are the types of regulations FDA can scrap pursuant to President Donald Trump’s deregulatory executive orders, one food lobby is using FDA’s docket on expendable regulations to argue FDA should expand, rather than scrap, certain standards of identity.

February 21, 2018 | Daily News

The California Farm Bureau Federation is calling for FDA to rewrite all Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, but it takes particular issue with the produce safety rule, which the group says unfairly subjects high- and low-risk produce to the same standards and is overly vague.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

Advocates for robust funding of FDA were pleased the president's fiscal 2019 budget released Monday (Feb. 12) calls for a 13 percent increase over fiscal 2018 continuing resolution levels.

February 09, 2018 | Daily News

Consumer groups and private laboratories are waiting with bated breath for FDA to get a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-mandated lab accreditation program, which would certify private laboratories for analyzing food imports, off the ground.

January 31, 2018 | Daily News

FDA and the Department of Agriculture finalized an agreement Tuesday (Jan. 30) to formally cooperate on produce safety, biotechnology regulation and oversight of food facilities where they share jurisdiction.

January 24, 2018 | Daily News

Fast casual chain Panera is petitioning FDA to define egg in its regulations and bar eggs with added ingredients or processing from being called such.

January 19, 2018 | Daily News

Multiple House Energy & Commerce members invited FDA to ask for more authority to oversee food safety threats after they raised concerns about the HHS Office of Inspector General's findings that the agency continues to fall short in that area, but FDA made it clear that it is not seeking lawmakers' help.

January 12, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee will hold a hearing Friday (Jan. 19) on FDA’s handling of food recalls. The hearing will discuss a recently released report by the HHS Office of Inspector General, which identified key flaws in FDA’s response to food borne outbreaks.

January 12, 2018 | Daily News

FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are under fire for an alleged lack of transparency with the public after the agencies declined to warn consumers that romaine lettuce may be the source of an E. coli outbreak.

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