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).

IAFP session highlights the challenges of ‘chasing zero’ contamination

Until there’s a practical performance standard, the produce industry will continue to chase zero but without much hope for success, said David Gombas,...

U.S. schedules public meeting on positions for Codex seafood committee session

FDA, USDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will host a public meeting on Sept. 24, to review U.S. positions for the upc...

Halloumi cheese poised for EU PDO status

Halloumi cheese from Cyprus is set to be given the European Union’s Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) label later this year, with an independent c...

Avian flu ‘worst case scenario’ seen as 500 cases in 10 states

John Clifford, USDA chief veterinarian, on Thursday (July 30), told the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee that a “worst...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: New bill would fight fish fraud by expanding traceability

A new bill introduced July 29 would require the Obama administration’s seafood fraud guidelines be expanded to target all seafood species, not just at...

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 cl...

White House sidesteps GMO labeling issue

In response to two public petitions calling for mandatory GMO labeling, the White House on Tuesday (July 28) steered clear of taking an official posit...

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...

FTC called on to consider ‘natural’ claims made by Aspire sports drinks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has so far shied away from regulating “natural” claims, has been asked to step in on a recent case involving Aspire Be...

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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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Australia extends COOL rule

Australia is proposing to extend its current mandatory country of origin food labeling (COOL) system to deliver “clearer and more consistent” labels.

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