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Food Safety

January 09, 2007 | Daily News

The dietary supplement industry is trying to get FDA to issue an interim final rule on manufacturing regulations in lieu of the final rule the agency sent over a year ago to the Office of Management and Budget. Although industry sources say they do not know what the final rule contains, they are worried it may require strict product testing, and unlike a final rule, an interim final rule could be changed.

Industry groups recently met with both FDA and OMB on separate occasions. It is not clear if either is willing to accept industry's proposal.

January 09, 2007 | Daily News

FDA told House lawmakers it takes the agency nearly 16 days from collection to analyze food samples for foodborne diseases and bioterrorism agents, prompting the lawmakers to call for improvements. The news of the response time comes as FDA is considering closing many of its labs.

FDA revealed the response time in answers to questions that former House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Edward Whitfield (R-KY) submitted following a hearing by the committee last October on food safety.

January 08, 2007 | Daily News

Consumer advocates think FDA is not doing enough to get trans fat out of processed food so they plan to lobby lawmakers such as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) to lean on FDA to ban trans fat from commercial foods or tighten labeling requirements.

The American Public Health Association and the Center for Science in the Public Interest are also asking state and local governments to do more, pointing to New York City and Chicago as good examples of how municipalities can ban trans fat.

January 08, 2007 | Daily News

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is suing Kraft for calling Capri Sun "all natural," and the consumer group also may sue Cadbury Schweppes for using the term on 7UP. CSPI is separately urging FDA to adopt the U.S. Department of Agriculture's definition of "natural," which the group says would prohibit companies from using the term on products sweetened with corn syrup.

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