FDA has met the Aug. 31 court deadline and submitted the long-awaited final preventive control rules for animal and human foods to the Federal Register today, assuring the rules will be released this week, the agency just announced.

APHIS approves GM French fry potato

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has approved J.R. Simplot's next generation Innate potato, a new genetically modified variety the company contends will appeal to consumers, growers and...

OIG urges FSIS to improve its web-based monitoring of inspection results

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) needs to establish better internal controls to ensure that its web-based system for recording inspection results – Public Health Information System (PHIS) – is w...

Trade groups urge FDA to align its Listeria monitoring approach with FSIS

A coalition of trade associations called the Alliance for Listeriosis is urging FDA to align its environmental testing policies with those outlined in USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) interim final ...

Milk producers suggest major changes to FDA drug residue model

Milk producers are questioning a new model FDA plans to use in assessing when to reevaluate animal drug residues in milk testing programs.

Subway faces mounting pressure to phase out meat raised with antibiotics

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on Aug. 26 turned up the heat on Subway to catch up with its competitors and commit to using only meat that has been raised without routine antibiotics by calling on...

Blue Bell begins shipping today after stepping up Listeria controls

Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries today began distributing ice cream products in certain markets just months after signing agreements with thr...

EPA extends comment period for pesticide cumulative risk assessment guidance

EPA has granted the pesticide industry's request for more time to comment on draft guidance for how the agency will screen pesticides for cumulative r...

Beltway Notebook: FDA holds webinar on industry best practices for supplier controls

With FDA poised to release Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, FDA invited experts from human food and animal food trade associations to discu...

EU approves recycled hot water for carcass cleaning

The European Union has approved the use of recycled hot water to remove microbiological surface contamination from carcasses in a directly-binding reg...

Two more EU member states look to restrict GMO cultivation

Two more EU states - Latvia and Greece – look set to make use of the European Commission’s opt-out scheme, allowing them to restrict the cultivation o...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Child nutrition reauthorization markup set for Sept. 17

When Congress returns to work next month, one of the many priorities with be reauthorizing the school nutrition standards, and the Senate Agriculture ...

Advocacy groups file FOIA request for info on EPA bee protection plans

Environmentalists have asked EPA to release information about meetings agency staff and officials have had with pesticide industry representatives abo...

Editor's View: A FSMA deadline

Monday (Aug. 31) is the court-ordered deadline for FDA final rules that set new preventive controls for human and animal foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FS...

Lawmakers urge FDA to help small farmers comply with FSMA

Congressional leaders pushed FDA to help small farmers and food processors comply with FSMA through specific training and outreach programs, in an Aug. 24 lette...

Legal battle continues over Vermont GMO labeling law

A food industry bid to block Vermont’s GMO labeling law wrongly belittles the state’s “well-supported concerns” about GM foods “as a sop to idle curiosity” and ...

Federal court stays trans fat lawsuit against General Mills

A federal judge on Aug. 18 ruled that a class-action lawsuit against General Mills over the use of trans fats in its baking mixes cannot move forward until FDA ...

Center for Food Safety sues APHIS for withholding GE crop records

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has sued USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for withholding records on genetically engineered crops.

New organic database search ‘coming soon,’ USDA says

USDA's National Organic Program is on schedule to unveil a new Organic Integrity Database next month that will "soon" allow anyone to confirm an operation’s org...

Antibiotics usage continues to decline in Germany

Germany's use of veterinary antibiotics has declined year-on-year by about 15%.

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