The White House has promised to veto Republican-sponsored legislation that aims to restrict the type of data EPA can use to support future regulations, including pesticide rules. The bill, which looks likely to clear the House as early as this week, would requ...

New bill targets disease prevention uses of animal drugs to stem antibiotic resistance

Pills and syringe FDA has been working with industry to eliminate growth promotion uses of certain drugs in food production to stem antibiotic resistance, but a new bill introduced this week by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) ...

McDonald’s moves to antibiotic-free chicken, growth hormone-free milk

Antibiotics McDonald’s today announces that it will in the next two years switch over to sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine as part of the company’s new Global Vision for Antim...

Sen. Hoeven unveils bill to relax school meal sodium, grain standards

School bus Speaking at the School Nutrition Association’s annual Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C., Monday (Mar. 2), Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) announced plans to introduce his Healthy School Meals Flexibil...

GAO to FDA: how many foreign food inspections are enough to ensure safety?

GAO logo If FDA can’t keep up with the number of foreign food facility inspections mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the agency needs to substantiate how many foreign inspections are adequate to e...

FSMA recall notification rule bogged down by IT, legal issues

Recall A requirement that retailers post food recall notices at grocery stores may sound cut-and-dry, but an FDA official says the agency is having difficulty sorting out all the legal issues.

Will Australia’s introduction of COOL impact U.S. case before WTO?

USDA is currently out of legal fixes for its controversial country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirement and is waiting for a World Trade Organization...

APHIS pulls the plug on overhaul of GMO rules

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has officially abandoned its attempt to overhaul its regulations of genetically modified org...

California could once again list BPA as toxic

Bisphenol A (BPA) will again be considered for listing as a reproductive toxicant under California’s Proposition 65, the state’s Environmental Protect...

Almanza reports about 40 poultry plants will switch to NPIS

Al Almanza, USDA deputy undersecretary for food safety, told the House Appropriations USDA-FDA Subcommittee last week that “just over 40 plants had ex...

EU GMO cultivation rules pass final vote

European Union Ministers have formally approved proposals to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of EU-approved genetically modi...

Beef producers avoid E. coli O157 vaccines due to cost

Vaccinating cattle against pathogenic O157:H7 might reduce human infections by 85% or more, according to recent studies. However, Kansas State Univer...

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...

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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Companies should prepare for FSMA’s new emphasis on allergens

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 ...

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POM Wonderful, Bayer cases to shape FTC’s policy for advertisement claims

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

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...

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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...

Plant biostimulants benefit from demand for organic products, sustainability

There is a growing international market for plant biostimulants -- a diverse group of fertilizer products, including seaweed extracts, humic acids and amino aci...

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EU agencies find Salmonella, Campylobacter show significant resistance to antimicrobials

Treatment options in the European Union for some of the most common foodborne infections are decreasing, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European ...

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.