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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is causing FDA to explore significant changes to its inspection programs, such as making a distinction between public health and minor compliance lapses and using a two-tiered system of assessing paperwork at the corpor...

FSMA UPDATE: FDA contracts out training curriculum for importers

FDA is in the beginning stages of working on a “FDA blessed” training model for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) that would dovetail with the materials being developed by the produce safety and ...

U.S. Trade Rep blasts new EU plan on GMO imports

EU flags The top U.S. trade official has roundly condemned a new plan by the European Commission to allow individual members states to block the import of EU-approved genetically modified crops. 

Vilsack and Merrigan seek support for SNAP and school meal standards

School lunch line In separate speeches at the Consumer Federation of America’s National Food Policy Conference this week in Washington, D.C., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his former deputy Kathleen Merrigan made strong ...

CSPI revives call for mandatory premarket approval of GM foods

GM researcher The Congress should pass a law requiring FDA to approve genetically modified (GM) foods before they’re allowed on the market, urged Gregory Jaffe, director of the biotechnology project at the Center for Science...

CFSAN’s Mayne briefs FDLI meeting on food safety, nutrition priorities

Susan Mayne, FDA’s new Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition director, says the agency plans to seek changes to food ingredient reviews and to continue tackling chemical and nutrition issues, including a...

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 ...

European Commission authorizes long-awaited GMO imports

The European Commission has authorized 19 new genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for import into the European Union.

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: USDA extends comment period for child and adult meal patterns

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service announced in the April 27 Federal Register that it is extending until May 27 a comment period on proposed changes to...

Child advertising restrictions seen failing to meet health standards

A study reported in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has found that more tha...

EPA won't approve state pollinator protection plan

EPA has abandoned its effort to develop a framework for reviewing and approving state pollinator protection plans, agency officials confirmed last wee...

Consumer Reports targets shrimp

Consumer Reports issued a new report today (April 24) warning consumers that it found bacteria on more than half of the raw shrimp it tested and the p...

Agrow publishes report on safeners and synergists

Agrow, a Food Chemical News sister title, has published a new report on safeners and synergists used in crop protection products.   Safeners are molec...

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...

EAS’ Breen says uniform implementation of FSMA dependent on FDA funding

Next week’s two-day meeting on FDA’s implementation plan for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) might be a good time to gauge how much money FDA will need...

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Vermont cites glyphosate controversy in defense of GM food labeling law

Vermont state officials are hoping the recent determination by the World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer research agency that the herbicide glyphosate can pr...

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Consumer groups call for improvements to GRAS process

FDA could reestablish public confidence in the agency’s oversight and bring its pending proposal on generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substances in line with ...

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Seed companies urge court to block Kauai pesticide, GMO disclosure law

A local Hawaiian law that aims to restrict pesticide use and require disclosure of which genetically modified crops are grown in Kauai County is illegal and sho...

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Feds support organic agriculture’s ‘compelling’ story

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other senior USDA officials voiced their strong commitment to organic agriculture Wednesday (April 15) at the Organic Trad...

TTIP: Proposed Geographical Indications likely similar to those in EU-Canada deal

The list of EU Geographical Indications (GIs) to be presented to U.S. negotiators for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks this week will...

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