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USDA delays Obama’s organic livestock standards for review

File comments at regulations.gov after USDA/AMS posts notice today in the Federal Register

The USDA is today publishing a notice in the Federal Register to further delay and reconsider new mandates for handling and transporting livestock and providing avian “living conditions” for poultry raised as organic food. Without the action, the new requirements under the National Organic Program would have taken effect today. Meat and poultry products labeled as… Continue Reading

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Rat Czar to the rescue — Comment now on USDA chicken plan — Cleanup on Aisle 2; pooh on you

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption. Man sprays produce with feces-scented liquid A Harris Teeter store in South Carolina has reopened after a man allegedly sprayed fresh produce with what is believed to be… Continue Reading

Deadlines set for comments to FSANZ on changes Down Under

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which has responsibility for food safety in Australia and New Zealand, has upcoming comment deadlines for several draft variations to its food code.   Three applications with comment deadlines in coming weeks are: A1131 – 1 (Protease) as a Processing Aid (Enzyme) Seeks a permit for the use of aqualysin 1 sourced from Bacillus subtilis… Continue Reading

Still time to comment on inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal

Those wishing to comment on draft guidance for industry on inorganic arsenic levels in rice cereals for infants have 14 more days to do so. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that, because of maintenance on the Federal eRulemaking portal, the comment deadline has been extended from July 5 to July 19. The public is… Continue Reading

FDA extends comment period for raw manure and fresh produce

Federal officials have extended the comment period for the second time for those wishing to provide information about a risk assessment of foodborne illnesses associated with pathogens from fresh produce grown in fields with raw manure. The extension, which allows comments to be filed through July 19, is the second extension granted by the Food… Continue Reading

Raw manure on your fruits and veggies? FDA seeks comments

Federal officials want input on one of the loose ends they left dangling when they published the new produce safety rule this past fall — the use of raw manure in fresh produce growing operations. Pushback from industry led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold off on including specific manure regulations in the… Continue Reading

FDA Extends Deadline for ‘natural’ Comments

Editor’s Note:  Coral Beach, formerly of The Packer, joins us today as the new Managing Editor of Food Safety News. With more than 3,300 comments having been filed since Nov. 12, the FDA has extended its deadline for accepting public input on the use of the word “natural” on food labels. Originally the comment period was… Continue Reading

FDA Extends Comment Deadlines on Two FSMA Rules

Those interested in commenting on two parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – the foreign supplier verification program for importers and the accreditation of third-party auditors rule – will now have an additional two months to make their voices heard. Comments on the two proposed rules will now be accepted through Jan. 27,… Continue Reading

Comment Period on Labeled Sweeteners in Milk Ends Tonight

The public comment period for new labeling rules on flavored milk an 17 other dairy products will end May 21 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal posted on the Federal Register Feb. 20. If implemented, the rules would change the “standard of identity” for milk to allow certain… Continue Reading