Plastic bottles

Ethylene glycol, a precursor used to make polyester resins like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used in packaging film and bottles, has recently been listed as a reproductive toxicant in California under the state’s Proposition 65.

Elanco says court should dismiss ractopamine case against FDA

A federal court will hear debate July 28 on a drug company’s motion to dismiss consumer groups’ case involving the controversial feed additive ractopamine.

JECFA affirms safety of carrageenan in infant formula

A final report from the FAO/WHO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) lends weight to the group’s previous determination that carrageenan, a thickening agent derived from seaweed is safe for use in i...

Schumer slams USDA budget cut in wake of Avian Influenza outbreak

Chickens Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak is no time to cut $500 million from USDA’s research budget.

Senate ag committee schedules bird flu hearing next Tuesday

U.S. Capitol Building The Senate Agriculture Committee has scheduled a hearing next Tuesday, July 7, on “Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: The Impact on the U.S. Poultry Sector and Protecting U.S. Poultry Flocks.”

New beef import rules anger cattlemen and consumer advocates

Meat on display Consumer advocates have joined the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in denouncing the Obama administration’s decision to allow beef imports from northern Argentina and a region of Brazil.

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: FDA to release supplemental proposal on food labeling changes

FDA has relied on supplemental proposals to give stakeholders another look at changes before releasing final food safety rules, and now it plans to do...

FSIS instructs inspectors on implementing New Poultry Inspection System

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on Wednesday, July 1, published two notices instructing inspectors on implementing the controversial New Pou...

New Chinese draft standard on food contact substances called a ‘step forward’

A component of China’s recently announced draft standard on the general safety requirements for food contact materials allows manufacturers to use unc...

Humane Society files food safety complaint against Costco egg supplier

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) hasn’t given up its fight with the Costco retail chain over one of its egg suppliers, Hillandale Farms.

FSIS and CFIA in no hurry to advance Beyond the Border preclearance

Officials representing USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) showed little enthusiasm for fu...

New AFDO policies sound off on FSMA training, food defense, date labeling

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) adopted four food-related policies at its June 20-24 meeting in Indianapolis, dealing with a range o...

EU will fight Codex adoption of rBST standard

The European Union will oppose proposals at next week’s Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) annual meeting to adopt a standard on the milk-yield-boost...

Editor’s View: FDA's trans fat decision

Food manufacturers now have until June 18, 2018 to comply with FDA's newly released final decision to deny the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status of partially hyd...

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FDA hears complaints about changes to food facility registrations

Many food companies oppose FDA’s plan for requiring D-U-N-S numbers as part of the proposed facility registration changes under the Food Safety Modernization Ac...

Under new FDA rule, selenium is now 30th required nutrient in infant formula

Infant formula manufacturers have one year to comply with FDA’s final rule that requires them to add selenium to the list of required nutrients on their product...

FDA revokes GRAS status of trans fats, expects food additive petitions

FDA has finalized its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in food and processo...

White House directs feds to update key biotech policy document

The administration’s goals in the first year are to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the agencies that regulate the products of biotechnology, to formu...


Organic industry keen to get in on pollinator protection

The organic industry is urging the White House to formally recognize organic farming as beneficial to the health of honeybees and other pollinators.

Canada to release revised policy on low-level presence of GM crops in imports

Canada will release a revised model policy for low-level presence (LLP) of genetically modified (GM) crops in imports of grain, food and feed in "the very near ...

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