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Food Safety

June 21, 2018 | Daily News

The White House on Thursday (June 21) called for shifting FDA's food safety role to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which would run a new single Federal Food Safety Agency.

June 19, 2018 | Daily News

Facing pressure from appropriators, lawmakers and stakeholders, FDA signaled Tuesday (June 19) it is rethinking its controversial move to require pure maple syrup and pure honey be labeled as having “added sugar.”

June 15, 2018 | Daily News

FDA will hold a public meeting July 12 to gather stakeholders' input on how the agency should regulate foods resembling meat, poultry and seafood that are produced using small amounts of cells from the animal that the food product is supposed to resemble, a development already protested by the cattlemen’s association as usurping USDA's authority over what the group calls “fake meat.”

June 06, 2018 | Daily News

After FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week they will harmonize their audits of produce facilities, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told Inside Health Policy the two agencies will succeed this time around, when they failed previously, in their broader effort to eliminate inefficiencies stemming from dual-regulation of food facilities.

May 22, 2018 | Daily News

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday (May 22) voted unanimously to send to the full committee a fiscal 2019 FDA funding bill that appears to give the agency $163 million more than its current level but still less than requested by the administration, coming after House appropriators also agreed to hike FDA spending.

May 14, 2018 | Daily News

Some stakeholders are questioning the usefulness of the unified agenda in mapping out what regulatory actions FDA plans to take in the next 12 months, despite the White House’s claims that it has taken steps to make the semi-annual regulatory plan more useful to stakeholders.

May 03, 2018 | Daily News

FDA on Thursday (May 3) finalized its plan to extend the compliance date for the nutrition facts labeling and serving size labeling rules.

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.