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Part 2: History of Food Safety in the U.S.

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(This article by Michelle Jarvie of Michigan State University Extension was originally posted here on Oct. 2, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 1 is here. Part 3 in her series will be appear later this month.) Welcome to the second installment of the history of food safety in the U.S. This time we’ll take a look… 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

Revised Produce Safety Rule: A Closer Look at a Daunting Task

Opinion

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(This article by Scott Horsfall was published Sept. 19, 2014, by the LGMA, the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement, and is reposted here with permission.) We have just finished reviewing the revised Produce Safety Rule issued last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of its effort to implement federal food safety… Continue Reading

Teenager Pens Children’s Book to Help Create Food Safety Superstars

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Dana Dziadul, a 16-year-old from Wake Forest, NC, has been a tireless advocate for food safety since she became a victim of foodborne illness, and she is now the author of a free children’s book about safe food practices. “Food Safety Superstar” teaches kids four practices for staying safe: washing hands, cleaning counters and tables,… 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

Taylor: Reproposed FSMA Rules Are ‘Close’

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Don’t expect comment period extensions for the reproposed rules regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s what Michael Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told attendees Wednesday at the United Fresh Produce Association Washington Conference. He said he had hoped to be discussing details of the reissued produce… Continue Reading

Members of Congress Want FDA to Drop Agency’s Push for FSMA User Fees

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Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sam Farr (D-CA) are calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request full funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rather than continuing to consider user fees as a funding source. For the FY… 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