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New Federal Bill Aims to Squash State GMO-Labeling Efforts


Efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have sprouted across more than two dozen states, including two successful bills in Maine and Connecticut, along with measures that came up short at the ballot box in California and Washington. But proposed federal legislation introduced on Wednesday would put an end to that by prohibiting any mandatory… Continue Reading

EPA Stops Sale of Food Containers Made With Nano Silver


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Pathway Investment Corporation of Englewood, NJ, to stop selling plastic food containers made with nano silver because it’s an unregistered pesticide. The company claims that the nano silver – an active ingredient in Kinetic Go Green Premium Food Storage Containers, Kinetic Smartwist Series Containers, TRITAN Food Storage… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Brought Against FDA Regarding Food Additives


After settling a dispute about final rule deadlines for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) earlier this week, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has filed another lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – this time over food additives. The suit seeks to vacate FDA’s 1997 proposed rule on substances generally recognized as safe… Continue Reading

FSMA Gets New Deadlines for Final Rules


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reached a settlement with the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Center for Environmental Health regarding the deadlines for publishing final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The agreement extends and staggers the final rule deadlines beyond the June 2015 deadline set by the U.S. District Court of… Continue Reading

Advocates Ask Foster Farms About Antibiotics Use


More than 30 advocate groups sent a letter to Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster this week asking the company to disclose its use of antibiotics and pledge to avoid routine use of the drugs in raising its chickens. This comes after a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 416 was linked to the company’s products…. Continue Reading

Center for Food Safety Supports Legal Challenge to Utah’s ‘Ag-gag’ Law


Since an animal activist arrested last spring under Utah’s new “agricultural operation interference” statute had the charges quickly dismissed because she was on public property at the time of the incident, Utah’s attorney general wants a constitutional challenge to the law tossed as well. But a major food safety group Wednesday argued the benefit of… Continue Reading

Washington State’s GMO Labeling Initiative Appears Headed for Defeat


With all of Washington state’s counties reporting in late Tuesday night, voters appear to be turning down ballot initiative I-522, which would require labeling food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The complete vote results may not be available until December, but nearly 1 million voters have already turned down the initiative by 55 percent… Continue Reading

Appeals Court: FDA Must Issue Intentional Adulteration Rules Next Month

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has until Dec. 20 to issue a draft of its proposed intentional adulteration rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety, which sued FDA after the… Continue Reading

FDA to Withdraw Approvals for Arsenic in Animal Feed


The Food and Drug Administration responded Monday to a four-year-old petition from the Center for Food Safety and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, stating that the agency was in the process of formally withdrawing approval for the use of arsenic-based drugs in animal feed. The letter states that sponsors of three of the… Continue Reading

FDA Orders Environmental Impact Statement on FSMA’s Produce Rule


The produce rule – one of seven specific regulations called for in the Food Safety Modernization Act – is first going to be subjected to a full-blown Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before it takes effect. With at least one federal judge already breathing down the agency’s neck over completion deadlines contained in the FSMA, the… Continue Reading