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Food Safety

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

A week after the temporary end of a month-long partial government shutdown, the stakes are high for FDA as lawmakers and the White House resume talks on a possible deal to fund the government when the short-term spending bill ends Feb. 15.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of 10 first-term House lawmakers wrote a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday (Jan. 30), urging the agency to not allow plant-based products to use dairy terms in their labeling, an issue the agency hopes to resolve as a part of its multi-year nutrition innovation strategy.

January 28, 2019 | Daily News

FDA drug center chief Janet Woodcock warned her staff on Monday (Jan. 28) that progress on rules and guidances might be slower than usual as the agency recovers from a month-long partial government shutdown that left 41 percent of its staff furloughed.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the month-old partial government shutdown “represents one of the most significant operational challenges in FDA’s recent history,” and he warned that more staff will be furloughed as the agency’s drug center runs out of Prescription Drug User Fee Amendment (PDUFA) funding.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

As the partial government shutdown hits its third week, 33 Senate Democrats penned a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Friday (Jan. 11) asking the agency chief how his staff has scaled back oversight of food and medical products; how a shutdown could hinder approval of new medical products and what the agency is doing to address the financial hardship of its staff, 41 percent of whom are furloughed.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

As the partial government shutdown nears its third week, FDA is working to restart inspections of domestic high-risk food facilities, though the furloughed workers who perform those inspections will likely go unpaid until the shutdown ends, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted on Jan. 9

January 03, 2019 | Daily News

Over the holidays and the first days of January, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a steady stream of tweets in a bid to answer stakeholders’ questions about which agency activities are on hold during the partial government shutdown, including user fee-related application reviews, certain medical and over-the-counter product reviews, and non-emergency work on certain biologic products.

December 21, 2018 | Daily News

A bill that would have expanded the government’s definition of “natural cheese” to include additives and artificial ingredients, as well as exclude certain pasteurized process cheeses and plant-based cheeses from the definition, failed in the House on Thursday (Dec. 20) a few hours after Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) called on fellow members to oppose the bill, which he said crossed into FDA's jurisdiction.

December 20, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb trumpeted new data showing a decline in sales of antimicrobial products for food-producing animals, and attributed the decline to a 2013 guidance that advised industry on how to eliminate the use of antimicrobials for production purposes, such as growth promotion and feed efficiency.

December 17, 2018 | Daily News

The head of Alliance for a Stronger FDA warned that FDA food safety inspections would be hit particularly hard should a government shutdown occur on Friday (Dec. 21).

November 16, 2018 | Daily News

After months of deliberation and public meetings, FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture officially announced they will share the responsibility for regulating cell-based meats, where food resembling meat, poultry and seafood is produced using small amounts of cells from the animal that the food product is supposed to resemble.

November 05, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said his agency aims to provide more transparency on its mandatory recall authority for unsafe foods through a final guidance released Monday (Nov. 5). FDA will issue a mandatory recall if a food causes serious health consequences to humans or animals.

November 05, 2018 | Daily News

Responding to a comprehensive FDA report on a multistate E. coli outbreak that killed five people and hospitalized dozens this spring, a vocal consumer advocacy group urged FDA to rapidly implement the remaining steps of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a seven-year-old law that aims to standardize mandatory food safety protocols and recordkeeping requirements for farms across the country.

November 01, 2018 | Daily News

FDA unveiled a sweeping action plan that aims to spur innovation in animal and plant biotechnology and establish the agency as a global leader in the oversight of plant biotechnology by making FDA's relevant regulatory pathways more predictable, efficient and transparent.

October 23, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicated that a framework for the two agencies to jointly regulate cell-based meats could be available as early as next year.

October 18, 2018 | Daily News

A food industry lawyer said the restaurants and manufacturers he works with welcome FDA’s recent guidance on disclosing food retailer information during certain recalls, as long as the agency is judicious in its disclosures and makes an effort to ensure the information is accurate before releasing it to the public.

October 05, 2018 | Daily News

Consumer advocates claimed victory after successfully petitioning FDA to de-list six carcinogenic flavoring chemicals from its food additives list over 50 years since their initial approval, effectively banning the substances from being used in food. FDA also de-listed a seventh chemical due to its falling out of use in industry.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

FDA is seeking advice from the public as it weighs the pros and cons of plant-based milk and how the products should be labeled.

September 26, 2018 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced an about-face for his agency on Wednesday (Sept. 26) by issuing a draft guidance stating FDA will systematically disclose the names of retailers selling recalled food in certain recall situations.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

FDA's Science Board is the latest group to dive into the contentious topic of cell-based food: The board announced Wednesday that it will take up the topic at an Oct. 22 meeting as part of a broader discussion on antibiotic resistance monitoring.