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Food Safety

August 19, 2016 | Daily News

Dietary supplement makers, facing a new FDA draft guidance requiring they notify the agency before marketing supplements with new dietary ingredients, might turn to the recently finalized voluntary generally recognized as safe notification process for food as a less onerous path to market, according to industry attorneys and a trade group CEO.

August 12, 2016 | Daily News

FDA released a long-awaited final rule officially replacing the voluntary generally recognized as safe affirmation petition process with a voluntary GRAS notification procedure for substances used in food, drawing strong protests from food and consumer safety stakeholders who say FDA is handing off responsibility to regulate the food supply to industry and leaving one advocacy group to explore legal options.

August 12, 2016 | Daily News

FDA clarifies when manufacturers or distributors of new dietary ingredients (NDI) must submit a premarket safety notification, in a reissued draft guidance replacing a contentious draft guidance first issued in 2011.

August 01, 2016 | Daily News

President Obama signed the controversial GMO labeling bill into law on Friday (July 29), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has already set up a working group to begin the rulemaking process, which it has two years to complete.

July 14, 2016 | Daily News

The House voted 306-101 today (July 14) to pass a nationwide mandatory GMO labeling bill aimed at preempting a patchwork of state laws.

July 08, 2016 | Daily News

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) said today he would reluctantly support the Senate bill to mandate labeling of genetically modified foods, and signaled the House would vote on the bill next week.

July 07, 2016 | Daily News

FDA and USDA are at odds over the scope of bipartisan compromise legislation aimed at instituting the first nationwide label for genetically modified food, which passed a Senate cloture vote late Wednesday (July 6).

July 07, 2016 | Daily News

Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Sanders (I) both complained Wednesday that a goal of the compromise GMO food labeling bill moving through the Senate floor is to overturn Vermont's GMO labeling law.

July 07, 2016 | Daily News

The Senate on Wednesday (July 6) voted 65-32 to limit debate on a mandatory GMO labeling bill introduced by Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), but critics of the measure are working on amendments to close so-called loopholes in the bill.

June 24, 2016 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce leaders are raising new concerns about FDA's ability to protect trade secrets and confidential information after federal officials in New York recently charged a political intelligence consultant and former FDA official with obtaining the status of a generic drug and illegally providing the information to a portfolio manager.

June 09, 2016 | Daily News

The HHS Office of Inspector General says FDA's food recall initiation process is inefficient, ineffective and compromises the safety of the nation's food supply, according to a preliminary report released Thursday (June 9).

June 06, 2016 | Daily News

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the major dietary supplement industry trade group, is urging FDA to remove dietary supplements from a proposed rule on fixed-combination products and co-packaged drugs, in comments sent to the agency.

June 06, 2016 | Daily News

FDA recently finalized guidance on medical foods that excludes diabetes, saying there are no distinctive nutritional requirements for people with diabetes.

June 01, 2016 | Daily News

FDA denied a citizen petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) Wednesday (June 1) calling for stricter controls over salt levels in food, on the same day the agency released draft voluntary guidelines for industry to reduce sodium levels in food products and food served in restaurants.

June 01, 2016 | Daily News

FDA released draft voluntary guidelines Wednesday (June 1) for food manufacturers and national restaurant chains to voluntarily reduce sodium content in their products to help people bring down their daily sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day.

May 26, 2016 | Daily News

FDA finalized the last of seven Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules designed to protect against intentional adulteration where the intent is to cause wide-spread public harm.

May 26, 2016 | Daily News

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) filed legislation in their respective chambers to create uniform date labels on food products in order to help clear up confusion among consumers and reduce food waste.

May 20, 2016 | Daily News

FDA moved forward with controversial updates to the food nutrition facts label, such as adding a declaration of grams and a percent daily value for “added sugars,” even though some industry stakeholders had argued the sugar labeling wasn't justified.

May 17, 2016 | Daily News

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a wide-ranging report Tuesday (May 17) that among its many findings says there is no scientifically justifiable reason to mandate labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods although there might be societal reasons, as voluntary labeling doesn't benefit consumers.

May 17, 2016 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations agriculture subcommittee cleared a spending bill Tuesday (May 17) that would provide $2.8 billion in discretionary funding for FDA, including a $40.2 million boost for food safety activities.

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