Listeria in petri dish

The Blue Bell Creameries’ outbreak may provide FDA scientists with a unique opportunity to enumerate Listeria in a frozen product, said Susan Mayne, the new director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), at an April 20 Food and Drug Law ...

Senators, CRN urge FDA to take action against dietary supplements

Supplements and spoon With the supplement industry still reeling from the New York Attorney General’s barcoding \probe on herbal supplements, two senators asked FDA this week to take action against another group of supplements that ...

European Commission proposal to give member states more power on GMOs

European Commission building A forthcoming European Commission proposal will give EU member states the ability to restrict or prohibit the import of EU-authorized genetically modified (GM) crops for food and feed, Agra Europe reports.

Vermont cites glyphosate controversy in defense of GM food labeling law

GMO sign Vermont state officials are hoping the recent determination by the World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer research agency that the herbicide glyphosate can probably cause cancer in humans will help their effo...

Consumer groups call for improvements to GRAS process

Stack of folders FDA could reestablish public confidence in the agency’s oversight and bring its pending proposal on generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substances in line with the 1958 food additives law with several tweaks to...

GRAS program flaws highlighted in Center for Public Integrity report

A Center for Public Integrity (CPI) investigative report published Tuesday (April 14) hones in on several food additives that have been linked to life-threatening allergic reactions to illustrate, CPI says, “wh...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Taylor receives Harvey Wiley lifetime achievement award

 “It’s weird to get a lifetime achievement award when you don’t think you’re done,” said Mike Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary med...

Advocacy groups target expanded approval of Dow's Enlist Duo

A coalition of environmental and food safety advocacy groups wants a federal court to block EPA's recent decision to approve the use of Dow AgroScienc...

FDA Acting Commissioner Ostroff talks food safety, nutrition at FDLI meeting

Newly appointed Acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff talked about top accomplishments at FDA in his first public appearance, on day one of the Food...

Neonicotinoids driving increased U.S. insecticide use, study finds

Widespread use of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments on corn and soybeans across the U.S. does not appear related to a corresponding risk from ...

Commission loses access-to-documents case in EU Court

The European Union’s General Court has ruled that the European Commission must widen access to documents and was wrong to deny then Green Member of th...

Former FSIS chief warns of ‘onerous’ steps against Salmonella

Barbara Masters, a former administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, last week urged meat and poultry companies to do everything they...

Protein: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner

No, the beef industry hasn’t revised its 23-year-old slogan, “Beef: It’s what’s for dinner.” The Beef Checkoff, funded by cattlemen, has launched a ne...

Editor's View: Supplement industry goes for damage control

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has been working hard to restore consumer confidence that has been shaken by recent media attention to dietary supplements.CRN...

EAS’ Breen says uniform implementation of FSMA dependent on FDA funding

Next week’s two-day meeting on FDA’s implementation plan for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) might be a good time to gauge how much money FDA will need...

Acheson says COOL train has ‘left the station’ despite dubious value

David Acheson, a former FDA associate commissioner for foods, has decided that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is a train that “has clearly left the station” ...

Companies using the preservative propyl paraben are in the crosshairs

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) on April 8 published a list of nearly 50 U.S. snack foods containing propyl paraben and launched a social media campaign a...

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Seed companies urge court to block Kauai pesticide, GMO disclosure law

A local Hawaiian law that aims to restrict pesticide use and require disclosure of which genetically modified crops are grown in Kauai County is illegal and sho...

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Feds support organic agriculture’s ‘compelling’ story

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other senior USDA officials voiced their strong commitment to organic agriculture Wednesday (April 15) at the Organic Trad...

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Two European Commission reports on COOL for range of products imminent

Two delayed European Commission reports on the feasibility of compulsory country of origin labeling (COOL) for certain types of meat, milk and other food produc...

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