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Food Safety

May 11, 2016 | Daily News

FDA says new sales data it is requiring from antimicrobial drug sponsors will help the agency determine whether it might be necessary to withdraw, or partially withdraw, approval of a drug.

May 06, 2016 | Daily News

FDA issued final menu labeling guidance stating that implementation of the associated rule will kick in May 5, 2017.

April 19, 2016 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee passed an FDA spending bill Tuesday (April 19) that hikes funding for food safety oversight, inserts a handful of provisions from the House-passed 21st Century Cures bill, slates $10 million for FDA to combat Zika and Ebola outbreaks, and prevents FDA from limiting sodium in food until bodies outside the agency write dietary reference intake reports.

April 18, 2016 | Daily News

House appropriators say in nonbinding report language that FDA should base any guidance to manufacturers on sodium levels in food on an upcoming revision to Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) values being worked on by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

April 05, 2016 | Daily News

FDA released a long-awaited final rule on sanitary transportation of human and animal food Tuesday (April 5) that includes a number of changes in response to stakeholder concerns: The agency included new temperature control language, excluded farm transportation, added “loaders” as a covered party and removed molluscan shellfish from the live food animals exemption.

April 01, 2016 | Daily News

A newly filed suit challenging FDA's approval of genetically engineered salmon centers on two key regulatory issues: FDA's stance that its “new animal drug” oversight extends to GE animals and the agency's lack of coordination with other agencies on the environmental effects of its approval decisions.

March 22, 2016 | Daily News

FDA on Friday laid the groundwork for the largest allocation of funds -- $19 million -- to help state agencies enforce new produce safety rule, and large food processors and grocers are urging Congress to give FDA even more money for food safety efforts.

March 16, 2016 | Daily News

Democrats blocked Senate action Wednesday (March 16) on a bill that would initially set up a voluntary labeling standard for genetically engineered (GE) foods and preempt state laws mandating such labels, arguing consumers have the right to know what is in their food.

March 16, 2016 | Daily News

Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) recently filed legislation that would require the recently FDA-approved AquaAdvantage Salmon to include Genetically Engineered or GE in its market name as well as require HHS conduct an independent third-party review of the agency's decision to approve the genetically engineered fish.

March 08, 2016 | Daily News

FDA's lead on implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Michael Taylor, is leaving the agency in June, and former acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff will take over Taylor's position as the deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary Medicine.

March 07, 2016 | Daily News

Following Senate agriculture committee approval of a bill creating a voluntary labeling standard for genetically engineered (GE) foods, four Senate Democrats filed legislation last week that would make labeling mandatory.

March 02, 2016 | Daily News

The newly minted FDA commissioner faced continued criticism of the agency’s past opioid approval decisions at a hearing on its FY 2017 budget request.

March 01, 2016 | Daily News

The Senate agriculture committee approved a measure Tuesday (March 1) that would create a national voluntary labeling standard for products that contain genetically engineered (GE) foods and preempt state laws requiring mandatory labeling -- legislation both parties say they are working to modify before the full chamber votes.

February 25, 2016 | Daily News

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) raised concerns Thursday that FDA doesn't have enough money to implement the food safety law, noting at an appropriations hearing that the agency has received less than half of what the Congressional Budget Office said would be needed to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA).

February 24, 2016 | Daily News

Robert Califf, following an 89-4 Senate vote Wednesday, becomes the new FDA commissioner at a time when the agency’s actions and policies are under intense scrutiny.

February 12, 2016 | Daily News

The House on Friday (Feb. 12) approved a bill that would loosen requirements in FDA's controversial menu labeling rule and push the enactment back even further.

February 09, 2016 | Daily News

With a request of $5.1 billion for FDA, President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2017 budget proposal seeks a $358 billion funding bump for FDA with a focus on medical product safety, food safety, the vice president's cancer “moonshot” initiative and precision medicine.

January 29, 2016 | Daily News

FDA on Friday barred importation of genetically engineered (GE) salmon for human and animal food products until the agency finalizes draft labeling guidance as required by the Omnibus spending package signed into law in December.

January 27, 2016 | Daily News

The White House on Wednesday (Jan. 27) reasserted its support for FDA chief-nominee Robert Califf amid uncertainty over a Senate confirmation vote given that four senators -- three Democrats, including presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (VT), and one GOP member -- have now placed holds on the process.

January 04, 2016 | Daily News

As plaintiff bars across the country capitalize on uncertainty in the law and one state prepares to implement a landmark piece of legislation on the issue, FDA is extending the deadline for comments on the use of the term “natural” on food labels to May 10, 2016.

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