House expected to vote on menu labeling bill tomorrow

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The House is expected to debate and vote Friday (Feb. 12) on a menu labeling bill (HR 2017) that would delay the program for years and cost $9 million for FDA to write a new regulation and guidance document.

USDA budget request includes modest increase for food safety efforts

USDA logo The Obama administration’s FY2017 budget request for USDA is almost 5.5% below the enacted level for 2016, but it includes a small increase in funding for food safety efforts.

President Obama requests meager increase for FDA food safety, relies on industry fees

Dollars The President’s budget proposal for FY 2017 requests a meager $25 million increase for food safety funding and relies heavily on food industry fees, a plan that is not likely to gain traction on Capitol Hill or...

House slated to vote on menu labeling legislation this week

U.S. Capitol Building A new report to Congress says the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 2017) slated for the House floor this week would delay the menu labeling program for years and cost $9 million for FDA to write a ne...

FSIS releases final pathogen standards for chicken parts, ground chicken and turkey

Raw chicken USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday (Feb. 4) that it has finalized standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, as well as in raw chick...

NASDA passes policies seeking expanded role in FSMA implementation

FSMA text The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) passed a resolution Tuesday (Feb. 2) urging FDA to go beyond a cooperative agreement for produce safety to fund enforcement of the Food Safet...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: WIC funds approved for lead testing in Flint, Mich.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has approved use of funds from its special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC) to t...

EPA ready to discuss pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid

The EPA is taking the rare step of holding a public briefing on its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a move that reflects the ...

School Nutrition Association seeks higher reimbursements for school meals

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) urges Congress in a position paper released Feb. 9 to boost reimbursement for school meals and to quickly pass ...

Judge rejects class action challenging Chipotle GMO-free claims

A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit that alleged Chipotle deceived consumers by advertising its menu as GMO-free, concluding the plaintiff failed t...

APHIS outlines its approach for revamping GE crop rules

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says its regulatory framework for genetically engineered crops is outdated and needs to be u...

GFSI praises new Canadian policy on private certification schemes

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) hailed Canada’s recent decision to use data from private certification schemes to inform its food facility in...

Bayer rejects EPA bid to cancel Belt insecticide

Bayer CropScience has rejected EPA's request to voluntarily cancel uses of its Belt insecticide, informing the agency that it will seek a review of th...

Get ready for a busy year in food regulation

The FCN editorial team wishes you a very Happy New Year! This promises to be a busy and challenging year for the regulatory agencies and for companies faced with new com...

FDA investigators to scrutinize qualified individuals as part of FSMA inspections

Food companies that fail to use FDA’s definition of preventive controls qualified individuals (PCQIs) to manage food safety plans under the Food Safety Moderniz...

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FDA urged to clarify gluten-free labeling rule for beers with barley-derived ingredients

FDA is receiving a flood of letters from individuals with celiac disease asking the agency to clarify to beer manufacturers who use barley-derived ingredients t...

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Consumer appeal denied in PHO lawsuit against General Mills

A federal appeals court on Tuesday (Jan. 26) denied an appeal by consumers of a stay by a California federal court in a class action lawsuit over partially hydr...

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Court will consider appeal of Maui GE crop ban

A federal appeals court will consider a plea to reverse a lower court ruling that struck down Maui County's ban on genetically engineered crops.

USDA extends exemption from organic assessments

In a helpful new year boost for the organic sector, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today released a final rule exempting all “organic” and “100 per...

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EU, Colombia seek bilateral organics deal

Colombia and the European Union have announced the start of negotiations for a bilateral agreement on trade in organic food products.

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