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Food law experts agree the recent POM Wonderful decision is likely to have an impact on future Federal Trade Commission (FTC) orders.

Companies should prepare for FSMA’s new emphasis on allergens

Peanuts The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) renders undeclared food allergens adulterants for the first time and this legal change is one of many reasons why food companies should start preparing for FSMA’s change...

New foodborne illness attribution estimates will help shape policy

IFSAC Public health agencies now have a more accurate tool for attributing the sources of foodborne illness in the United States and the new information will help shape U.S. food safety policy decisions.

Stakeholders and feds comment on new foodborne illness attribution data

Scientist in a lab Foodborne illness attribution data from the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) report released Tuesday (Feb. 25) should be translated so industry can use the findings to help prevent foodbo...

U.S. seeks agreement on Codex limits for DON in grains, infant formula

The U.S. delegation to the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods hopes for agreement on a new maximum limit (ML) for deoxynivalenol (DON) in raw cereal grains and infant formula, when the CCCF meets March 16...

Removal of lymph nodes could be ticket for low Salmonella rates in school lunch program

School buses The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says ground beef tested for the school lunch program enjoys a low Salmonella detection rate and it may be because vendors are required to remove major lymph nodes, ...

REGULATORY OUTLOOK: Organic proposals feature in AMS reg agenda

Several significant proposed organic rules are at advanced stages this year after almost a decade in development. Also this year, organic producers ar...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Vilsack promises Dietary Guidelines ‘within the lines’

Addressing the Commodity Classic farmer conference and trade show, in Phoenix, Ariz., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, on Friday (Feb. 27), compared...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Advocacy group renews charge that USDA inspector shortages undermine safety

Food & Water Watch says its latest analysis of USDA records reveals long-standing vacancies in the ranks of USDA meat and poultry inspectors. 

UK parliament committee slams EU's GMO regulatory system

The European Union’s regulatory system for genetically modified organisms (GMO) is “not fit for purpose,” according to a review by a United Kingdom pa...

FDA to release iRISK 2.0 on March 11

FDA has just announced the rollout of FDA-iRISK 2.0, an enhanced version of the web-based tool that allows users to compare risks and predict the effe...

Feds hope improved illness attribution will improve food safety

Industry and consumer representatives welcomed the collaborative effort and suggested the agencies should consider “translating” the new data so it wi...

Late documents may impede progress at upcoming CCGP meeting

Key documents for the upcoming 29th session of the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) -- on the consistency of Codex risk analysis texts -- ...

Editor's View: A significant GM approval

Apples are iconic. Even though GM foods and ingredients are already commonplace in the U.S. food supply, USDA’s approval of two genetically modified apple varieties on Fr...

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Single food safety agency: An idea whose time has come?

Is a single food safety agency an idea whose time has come? David Acheson, a former senior FDA official who now runs his own consulting firm, wrestled with the ...

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Hershey Promises GMO-free Kisses and Milk Chocolate

In another victory for advocates of GMO-free food products, Hershey’s announced last week that its iconic Kisses and Milk Chocolate bar will be GMO-free by the ...

Consumer Reports says new study shows FDA should set 4-MEI limits

Consumers Reports has published a new risk assessment on caramel color additives in soda and is asking the California Attorney General’s Office to investigate b...

Apples

GM apples approved by USDA

USDA on Friday (Feb. 13) approved Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples that have been genetically modified to prevent browning and bruising. The decision gi...

Vegetables

National Organic Coalition names new executive director

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) has a new executive director – Connecticut-based Abby Youngblood, a former vegetable farmer in upstate New York.

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WHO nutrient profiles aim to restrict advertising of junk food to children

The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe has released a nutrient profile model for use in restricting the marketing of foods high in fat, suga...

The best way to know the regulatory status of food additives and colorings

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