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Food Safety

June 06, 2016 | Daily News

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the major dietary supplement industry trade group, is urging FDA to remove dietary supplements from a proposed rule on fixed-combination products and co-packaged drugs, in comments sent to the agency.

June 06, 2016 | Daily News

FDA recently finalized guidance on medical foods that excludes diabetes, saying there are no distinctive nutritional requirements for people with diabetes.

June 01, 2016 | Daily News

FDA denied a citizen petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) Wednesday (June 1) calling for stricter controls over salt levels in food, on the same day the agency released draft voluntary guidelines for industry to reduce sodium levels in food products and food served in restaurants.

June 01, 2016 | Daily News

FDA released draft voluntary guidelines Wednesday (June 1) for food manufacturers and national restaurant chains to voluntarily reduce sodium content in their products to help people bring down their daily sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day.

May 26, 2016 | Daily News

FDA finalized the last of seven Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules designed to protect against intentional adulteration where the intent is to cause wide-spread public harm.

May 26, 2016 | Daily News

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) filed legislation in their respective chambers to create uniform date labels on food products in order to help clear up confusion among consumers and reduce food waste.

May 20, 2016 | Daily News

FDA moved forward with controversial updates to the food nutrition facts label, such as adding a declaration of grams and a percent daily value for “added sugars,” even though some industry stakeholders had argued the sugar labeling wasn't justified.

May 17, 2016 | Daily News

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a wide-ranging report Tuesday (May 17) that among its many findings says there is no scientifically justifiable reason to mandate labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods although there might be societal reasons, as voluntary labeling doesn't benefit consumers.

May 17, 2016 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations agriculture subcommittee cleared a spending bill Tuesday (May 17) that would provide $2.8 billion in discretionary funding for FDA, including a $40.2 million boost for food safety activities.

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.