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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 new regulation and guidance document.

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...

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.

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says its regulatory framework for genetically engineered crops is outdated and needs to be u...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

FDA denies dentist’s petition to allow for fluoridated salt

FDA has shot down a dentist’s 2012 petition to fluoridate salt in an attempt to reduce dental caries, saying it stopped short of demonstrating the pro...

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.

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: CSPI urges consumers to avoid Splenda

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on Feb. 8 downgraded its safety rating for sucralose (Splenda) from “caution” to “avoid” in its g...

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.

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...

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...

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 with prod...

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