In late October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state and local officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to food served at a major fast-casual restaurant chain.
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On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the public availability of three new rules that will help prevent the contamination of foods: the Standards for Growing , Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption ( Produce Safety rule ), the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals ( FSVP rule ), and the Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications ( Accredited Third-Party Certification rule ). The rules, which will be published on November 27, implement several important sections of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
On November 6, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued long-awaited guidance on its fortification policy for adding nutrients to foods in the form of a Questions and Answers Guidance for Industry.
Reuters reports that California is considering adding processed meats (such as hot dogs, ham, and sausages) to its list of cancer-causing products.
In April 2015, the US Right to Know (US RTK), a non-profit organization that reports on food industry issues on behalf of consumers, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a citizen petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with requests to investigate diet soda manufacturers for misbranding and deceptive advertising on the grounds that the “diet” products contain artificial sweeteners that US RTK alleges actually contribute to weight gain.
The FDA has issued two important final rules that will implement requirements of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA): Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Animal Food Both rules will require manufacturers and other elements of the food chain to evaluate, implement, and document the effectiveness of science-based preventive food safety programs.
On August 3, a federal judge struck down an Idaho law that created the crime of “interference with agricultural production.” Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the US District Court for the District of Idaho found that the Idaho law violates the First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause.
On July 23, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule that will, if finalized, support a new program to help foreign companies affirmatively establish that their imported food meets US food safety requirements ( 80 Fed.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Federal Register notice on July 10 that extends the compliance date for menu labeling in certain restaurants and retail food establishments.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance for industry on June 19 titled “ Food Allergen Labeling Exemption Petitions and Notifications.