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Food Safety

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.

December 30, 2015 | Daily News

A report commissioned by the British prime minister is pushing for global action to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture, including setting a global target to reduce antibiotic use in food production to an agreed-upon level, rapidly developing minimum standards to reduce antimicrobial manufacturing waste and improving surveillance to monitor use.

December 24, 2015 | Daily News

The recently signed omnibus spending package provides an increase of around $375.4 million to bolster HHS efforts to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria.

December 24, 2015 | Daily News

Weeks before lawmakers increased funding for government regulators’ activities to fight antibiotic resistance, a group of research and policy organizations, producers and purchasers urged congressional leadership for agriculture and FDA appropriations to include funding in the 2016 spending bill to improve monitoring of antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals, evaluate new antibiotics and streamline antibiotic development.

December 21, 2015 | Daily News

FDA created a new Office of Dietary Supplement Programs in a bid to improve the agency’s oversight of supplements.

December 17, 2015 | Daily News

A provision of the House spending package released Wednesday (Dec. 16) bars FDA from implementing its controversial menu labeling rule until one year after the agency finalizes guidance, unless that guidance comes before the current implementation date.

December 16, 2015 | Daily News

The omnibus spending agreement unveiled by House leaders early Wednesday (Dec. 16) includes a substantial funding bump for FDA’s implementation of the food safety law, with lawmakers urging FDA to use the extra resources to help state governments and private stakeholders in their efforts to implement the food law's new requirements.

December 09, 2015 | Daily News

The Senate health committee hopes to hold an executive session in early January to vote on Robert Califf's nomination to head FDA, a congressional aide tells Inside Health Policy. Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said in September that Califf has impressive credentials and the committee would move promptly to consider his nomination, but two senators recently said they would attempt to block the nomination over HHS policy issues.

December 02, 2015 | Daily News

Senate agriculture committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-KS) is championing draft language on labeling of foods with genetically-modified organisms to be included in the omnibus package lawmakers are trying to pass by Dec. 11, according to a spokesperson from food manufacturing lobbyist, Grocery Manufacturers Association.

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