FDA released today the final FDA/Health Canada risk assessment on listeriosis from eating soft-ripened cheese and a request for scientific data on interventions that might have an effect on the presence of pathogens in cheeses made from unpasteurized milk.

White House criticizes Senate funding bill for skimping on FSMA, USDA research money

Dollars The White House is criticizing the Senate appropriations bill for shortchanging FDA’s efforts to launch the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and USDA’s efforts to research emerging animal health issues.

Analysis: Dairy and sugar still TTP sticking points

Sugar Sensitive farm products such as dairy and sugar remain the key agricultural issues holding up agreement on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as talks between the 12 nations involved continue in Hawaii this week...

House again passes REINS Act; food safety advocates voice concern

U.S. Capitol building A controversial regulatory reform bill, the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (HR 427), passed the House on Tuesday (July 28) on a near-party line vote (243-165) and could see actio...

Produce, import programs may suffer if FDA doesn’t get FSMA funding hike, Taylor warns

FSMA text PORTLAND, ORE.--FDA may have to delay implementing the produce safety and new import system under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) if Congress does not provide adequate funds in this budget year, FDA’s ...

Vilsack on bird flu: ‘Plan for the worst and hope for the best’

Chickens “We need to plan for the worst and hope for the best,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told an avian flu summit in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday (July 28).

FDA issues draft guidance on which rules to follow when declaring nutrient content

The Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance for what labelers should do when a conflict occurs between two sections of the Code of Fe...

Outbreaks linked to spices, chocolate targeted at IAFP session

An FDA official reminded food safety experts last week that drying is not an effective pathogen reduction step when it comes to safeguarding spices fr...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: FDA extends comment deadline as industry analyzes milk drug residue model

FDA has agreed to give stakeholders 90 more days to comment on its risk model for animal drug residues in milk after the industry said it needed more ...

Groups call for White House action on neonicotinoid seed treatments

Advocacy groups and beekeepers continue to press the White House to limit uses of neonicotinoid insecticides, arguing there is ample evidence the wide...

USDA officials plan visit to Asian countries in September to discuss bird flu vaccines

USDA officials will travel to China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan in September to discuss using vaccines if another outbreak of bird flu surfaces in ...

FDA sets FY 2016 rates for food safety reinspections

FDA has announced its FY2016 user fees for reinspections and says the agency is still considering reducing reinspection or recall oversight fees for s...

Industry groups press for injunction on Vermont GMO labeling law

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Biotechnology Industry Organization, American Chemistry Council and several major agricultural groups are urging a feder...

Editor's View: A busy summer

It's been a busy summer, all things considered. By a convincing margin, the House of Representatives last week approved The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599...

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FDA releases third-party accreditation fees, model standards for audits

FDA released the latest Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed rule Thursday (July 23) providing a glimpse into the cost of participating in the third-pa...

Hummus maker hit with suit over ‘all natural’ label

Tribe Mediterranean Foods is misleading consumers by labeling products that contain GMOs and synthetic ingredients as "all natural," according to a class action...

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House Appropriations Committee changes timeline for PHO ruling

To safeguard against lawsuits, food companies would have three years before partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are no longer considered Generally Recognized as ...

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House passes industry-friendly GMO labeling bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday (July 23) that would block state GMO labeling laws and order the federal government to develop a v...

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NFU questions need for organic checkoff to increase consumer demand

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is generally supportive of an organic checkoff program, in a July 20 letter to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), but...

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EU eases burden on meat industry with new BSE rules

New EU rules on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) enter into force this week, allowing more products to enter the food and feed chain – but only in those c...

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