Size matters when it comes to implementing FSMA

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McCormick & Co., Inc. may be confident it will be ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) when it becomes law, but medium and small sized companies are far from sure.

Panera pledges to ditch additives and preservatives

Panera today (May 5) published a list of artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors and flavors that the company says it either does not use or will remove from its food by the end of 2016.

AMS approves organic regime, despite the expense for small businesses

Organic vegetables After a review of USDA’s organic regulations, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service says the regulations are meeting the objectives of the Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) and “should continue” as the agency ...

USDA chief economist says COOL doesn’t benefit meat industry

In a report sent Friday (May 1) to the House and Senate agriculture committees, USDA’s chief economist concludes that benefits of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat products “would be insufficient to of...

Codex panel advances for adoption 348 MRLs for 32 pesticides

Meeting April 13-18 in Beijing, China, the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues advanced 348 maximum residue limits (MRLs) for 32 pesticides, including seven new compounds, for final adoption by the Codex Comm...

Hibbert and Pavel survey shifting legal landscape for labeling

Supermarket Bob Hibbert and Tony Pavel, partners at the Morgan Lewis law firm, surveyed “The Shifting Legal Landscape in Labeling” at the Prime Label Food Regulatory Conference in Washington, D.C. this week.

School meals flexibility bill would ease whole grains and sodium rules

Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Angus King (I-Me.) have introduced the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act (S 1146), which would ease whole grains and...

Tate & Lyle petitions FDA to exempt sweetener from label’s sugar, ‘added sugars’ listing

A leading food ingredient firm has petitioned FDA to exempt allulose, a low calorie sugar, from being listed as a carbohydrate, sugar or even ‘added s...

Call for probe into alleged harassment of USDA scientists

USDA scientists researching pesticides, notably glyphosate as well as neonicotinoid insecticides, are being “harassed” by management and finding their...

Advocacy groups push for chlorpyrifos ban

More than 150,000 individuals have signed onto letters written by environmental and farmworker groups calling on EPA to ban all agricultural uses of t...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Hurry seafood advice for pregnant women, 29 senators say

FDA should not delay any longer the release of updated guidance to pregnant women on seafood consumption, say Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Johnny ...

Supporters of Maui GMO ban want stay lifted

Proponents of a Maui County ban on genetically modified crops have asked the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse a judge's...

EU commissioner backs away from origin labeling for meat ingredients

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis backed away from country of origin labeling for meat in processed products in an April 30 ...

Editor's View: Supplement industry goes for damage control

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has been working hard to restore consumer confidence that has been shaken by recent media attention to dietary supplements.CRN...

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Food Safety Summit points to challenges in federal/state integration under FSMA

When do federal and state inspectors cross the line to become industry consultants?

GMO critics target Pepsi and Quaker Oats

Anti-GMO activists have set their sights on PepsiCo, calling on the soda giant to stop funding efforts to oppose state GMO-labeling initiatives.

PepsiCo drops aspartame from Diet Pepsi because of consumer concerns

PepsiCo announced Friday (April 24) that it will stop using aspartame in its Diet Pepsi beginning in August and will replace the artificial sweetener with sucra...

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APHIS moves toward approving GM French fry potato

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) looks likely to approve J.R. Simplot's next generation Innate potato, a new genetically modified varie...

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USDA proposes ‘origin of livestock’ rule for organic program

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service issued a proposed rule Tuesday (April 28) that would clarify how dairy farmers can transition dairy herds from non-organic...

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Codex panel approves MRLs for three vet drugs; RDRs for four

Meeting in San José, Costa Rica, April 27-May 1, the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods advanced proposed maximum residue limits (MRLs) fo...

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Search the authoritative reference tool on the regulatory status of food additives and colorings, including citations to the Code of Federal Regulations.