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 chicken breasts, legs, and wings.

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...

GE salmon ensnared by FDA import ban

Salmon The Food and Drug Administration has blocked imports of genetically engineered salmon, effectively prohibiting commercialization of the transgenic fish until it finalizes labeling guidelines. The agency announc...

Vilsack GMO labeling effort derailed by deep divides

GMO labels USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack's bid to forge a compromise solution to the question of GMO labeling appears to have failed. The USDA chief held two closed-door meetings with stakeholders from both sides in recent w...

WHO report on childhood obesity recommends sugary drinks tax

Fat children A World Health Organization (WHO) report released Monday (Jan. 25) calls on governments to tax sugary drinks and restrict the availability and marketing of unhealthy food products to combat childhood obesity.

REGULATORY OUTLOOK: FSIS enters ‘uncharted waters’ in 2016

FSIS logo USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will be in uncharted waters in several key areas in 2016, says Dan Englejohn, assistant administrator in the Office of Program and Policy Development.

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.

Cargill sees essential oils as antibiotic alternative

Essential oils are potentially the best alternative for reducing the use of antibiotics in poultry feed, according to researchers at Cargill.

NOAA proposes new seafood traceability system to combat fraud

This week’s proposal by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a new seafood traceability system for at-risk fish and fish p...

DeLauro demands FDA ‘crack down’ on distribution of tainted cucumbers in ongoing outbreak

A lingering outbreak tied to Mexican cucumbers has Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) demanding immediate action to stop distribution by firms implicated in ...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: AFIA urges Congress to ratify TPP pact

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is urging Congress to swiftly ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

European Commission will propose lower migration limit for BPA

The European Commission will propose lowering the current specific migration limit (SML) of 0.6 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) for bisphenol A (BPA) ...

New food traceability scheme set for UK launch

Farmers in the United Kingdom are preparing to launch a new food traceability scheme they say will help reduce food fraud while reconnecting consumers...

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...

Stack of folders

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...

Scales and gavel

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...

Scales and gavel

Washington state and GMA continue legal battle over ballot spending

More than two years after Washington state voters narrowly rejected a ballot initiative that would have required labeling of genetically engineered foods, the s...

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...

European Parliament

MEPs push European Commission to block authorization of three GM soybeans

The European Parliament has urged the European Commission to withdraw its proposed authorizations of three glyphosate-tolerant genetically modified (GM) soybean...

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