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.

Mars bucks National Confectioners Association on added sugars

Mars Chocolate North America isn’t going to reformulate its old favorite M&Ms, but it’s bucking the National Confectioners Association by supporting t...

Researchers agree with DGAC on nixing fat limit in Dietary Guidelines

Medical researchers agree with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that a long-standing limit on total fat consumption should be removed in...

FSIS adds new antimicrobial substances to recently-released directive for inspectors

The Food Safety and Inspection Service today (July 6) updated its May 15, 2015 directive to inspectors on “Safe and Suitable Ingredients Used in the P...

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...

Codex work group to revise code of practice on mycotoxin in cereals

The Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food is inviting member countries and observers to join an electronic working group on a draft revision of the ...

Judge reverses Maui County GM crop ban

A federal judge has struck down a Maui County law that banned the planting of genetically modified crops, concluding the ordinance is preempted by sta...

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...

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...

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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.

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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 uncleared sub...

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