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FDA is planning to propose a rule soon that would collect fees to establish a reimbursement program for managing the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) accreditation of the third party auditing system, according to the White House’s spring 2015 regulatory ...

Industry groups welcome Senate passage of TPA bill, urge swift action in the House

U.S. Capitol In a flurry of statements following the Senate’s passage on Friday (May 22) of a bill giving the Obama administration fast-track negotiation authority for international trade deals, industry groups welcomed the...

Beyond the Border preclearance meat pilot dies in light of ‘policy challenges’

U.S. and Canadian flags The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have scrapped the preclearance fresh meat pilot for Canadian exports in light of “policy challenges and several logistica...

Other processors eye USDA non-GMO certification

Non-GMO stamp Organic food processor SunOpta may be the first company approved by USDA to label its soybeans and corn as GMO-free, but it may not be the only one for long.

Senate panel approves grains bill that tightens oversight of inspections during port labor disputes

Grains The Senate Agriculture Committee hopes a grain inspection bill approved Thursday (May 21) will avoid the costly disruption in federal inspections that took place last year during a labor dispute in the Port of ...

Organic group seeks more FDA oversight of supplement ingredient suppliers

Folders The Food and Drug Administration needs to make ingredient suppliers for dietary supplements more accountable for their products, according to the Organic and Natural Health Association (ONHA).

Dairy groups praise U.S. effort to defend common names at WIPO meeting

The dairy industry has praised U.S. diplomats for leading a fight against treaty changes “that could seriously impair the ability of companies worldwi...

USDA asks appeals court to dismiss poultry inspection system lawsuit

USDA attorneys recently urged a U.S. appeals court to uphold a district court’s February decision to dismiss a Food & Water Watch (F&WW) lawsuit to bl...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: IOM launches study on food allergies

A new Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee is being formed to examine critical issues surrounding food allergies and the first meeting is planned for...

European Food Safety Authority calls for data on neonics and bees

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a call for data on the risks posed to bees by three neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imi...

Unified Agenda: FSIS again forecasts a proposed label rule on ‘natural’

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has once again, in the Unified Agenda released May 21, promised a proposed rule on use of the voluntary clai...

Unified Agenda: APHIS predicts busy summer on the regulatory front

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) looks set for a flurry of regulatory activity in the next few months, according to the sprin...

Unified Agenda: FNS forecasts school wellness policy final rule next month

A final local school wellness policy implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which could limit ads for junk foods in schools, is now sche...

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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GFSI wants to be the ‘business-to-business FSMA’

Proponents of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) anticipate it will play a significant international role in introducing prevention-based food safety syst...

Group claims food processors use trans fat labeling ‘loophole’

Even if the Food and Drug Administration goes ahead with its plan to revoke the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs)...

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California man sues Nestlé USA and General Mills over trans fats

Nestlé USA and General Mills are being sued in California for using trans fat in their coffee creamers (Nestlé) and baking mixes (GM) despite the availability o...

AMS readies non-GMO certification and labeling regime

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has developed a new federal certification and labeling program for foods that do not contain GMOs, a move broadly su...

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NFU and OTA exchange barbs over proposed organic checkoff program

It started with Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, issuing a statement Wednesday (May 13) voicing concerns over the Organic Trade Associati...

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Codex panel plans work group meetings on export-import guidelines

The Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) is inviting Codex member countries and observers to join two working...

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.