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Food Safety

December 30, 2016 | Daily News

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) includes an FDA Food Safety Modernization Act final rule aimed at preventing terrorism attacks against the food supply on a list of more than 200 rules and regulations that he says “conservatives are requesting to be rolled back” in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration within the first 100 days in office, in a report published by his office Dec. 14.

December 12, 2016 | Daily News

The Justice Department's recent $2.2 million settlement with dietary supplement retail giant GNC Holdings Inc. should send a “wake-up call” to the industry not to engage in illegal activity, DOJ told Inside Health Policy.

December 09, 2016 | Daily News

FDA is making data from adverse event reports for food, dietary supplements and cosmetics regulated by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition available to the public.

November 14, 2016 | Daily News

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) put FDA on notice it has legal concerns with the agency's tentative decision to ban vinpocetine as a dietary ingredient.

November 10, 2016 | Daily News

Though Donald Trump has said little about his plans for FDA, food safety advocates are bracing for the possibility of regulatory rollbacks and budget cuts that could crimp implementation of the food safety law given the president-elect's regulatory reform and deficit-cutting pledges.

November 03, 2016 | Daily News

A food safety advocate worries a new draft FDA guidance outlining how food suppliers should disclose when specific hazards have not been controlled in food may put public health at risk, as suppliers can make a general disclosure for microbial hazards rather than detailing a specific hazard.

October 18, 2016 | Daily News

FDA's recently issued guidance on modifications to food product categories for food facility registration includes language that is binding on industry, to the surprise of industry lawyers and advocates.

October 14, 2016 | Daily News

FDA is gathering input on how to redefine "healthy" for food labeling claims in a move that could lead to a broader overhaul of food claim regulations. The agency is easing up on its enforcement as it gathers input on how to redefine "healthy" in response to a citizen petition from KIND requesting the claim be aligned with proposals from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

October 03, 2016 | Daily News

FDA's recent move to ban vinpocetine as a dietary ingredient after 20 years of it being marketed in supplements, coming soon after the agency updated its NDI draft guidance, should be a wake-up call to industry that FDA plans to consign dietary ingredients in supplements to "a more limited market than for conventional foods," according to an industry lawyer.

September 16, 2016 | Daily News

FDA food inspections, user fees and regulations governing food production hygiene, packaging and temperatures are overkill and should be eliminated, according to a now-deleted fact sheet published by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign Thursday (Sept. 15).

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.