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FDA’s Taylor Visits China to Strengthen Food Safety Ties

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Today, 15 percent of America’s food supply is imported from other countries, including 80 percent of seafood and 50 percent of fresh fruit. An increasing amount of that food is coming from China, a country with a food safety track record that leaves many American consumers uneasy. Part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act… Continue Reading

Public Health Groups Ask Congress For More FSMA Funding

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On Wednesday, the first day of the new federal fiscal year, 16 public health organizations wrote to the heads of the House and Senate Appropriations committees urging Congress to add $50 million to the Food and Drug Administration’s budget so the agency can fully implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “FDA estimates that it needs… Continue Reading

Spent Grains From Brewing Process Get FSMA Reprieve

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Brewers are pleased with the revised rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) published last week because their spent grains are now clearly exempted. The byproduct of the brewing process that remains after the mashing and lautering stages is commonly sold or given to farmers to feed to their livestock. Last spring, many brewers… Continue Reading

FSMA Rule Revisions a ‘Huge Win’ for the Organic Sector

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Organic food producers are very pleased with the Food and Drug Administration’s revised provisions for the produce safety rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “It’s a huge win,” says Gwendolyn Wyard, regulatory director of Organic Standards and Food Safety with the Organic Trade Association (OTA). These changes are about making sure the rules… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Four Revised FSMA Rules

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published its revised provisions to four of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on Friday morning. Certain aspects of the rules for produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) have been modified to provide more flexibility to producers and… Continue Reading

Food Safety Regulations Will Change Industry, Brackett Says

Opinion

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(This article by Tom Karst, national editor of The Packer, was first published Aug. 26, 2014, and is reposted here with permission.) The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration’s new food safety regulations aren’t the only changes facing fresh produce marketers, but the coming rules likely will be the most far-reaching, Robert Brackett believes. In a… Continue Reading

White House Releases Spring 2014 Regulatory Plan

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The White House has released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for Spring 2014. When Food Safety News reported on the Fall 2013 agenda, we told you about the food safety issues in development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. All of the… Continue Reading

FDA Cites Need to Coordinate with Marketing Agreements on Food Safety

Opinion

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(This blog post by Scott Horsfall was published May 2, 2014, on the California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement site and is posted here with permission.) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its Operational Strategy for Implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The document lays out the agency’s broad… Continue Reading

Why Brewers Worry About FSMA

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Spent grains have made a lot of headlines in the past couple of weeks. The byproduct of the brewing process that remains after the mashing and lautering stages is commonly sold or given to farmers to feed to their livestock. But brewers have been worried that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will impose regulations… Continue Reading

FSMA’s Small Farm Exemption Has Its Limits

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Food and farm advocates seem to agree that the U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is somewhat limited in what it can do for small farmers and producers as it implements the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). When Congress passed FSMA in 2011, it gave FDA a statutory mandate, as well as a degree of… Continue Reading