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U.S., Mexico Enter Formal Produce Safety Partnership

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Mexico’s National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) and Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) signed a statement of intent last week forming a partnership to promote the safety of fresh and minimally processed agricultural products. Each country’s agencies will work together… Continue Reading

Groups Ask OMB, USDA to Release Revised Poultry Rule for Public Comment

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Organizations representing workers and consumers want the Department of Agriculture to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s lead by releasing the revised poultry inspection rule for public comment. Last week, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) submitted a draft final version of its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule to the Office of Management… Continue Reading

Low-Budget Poultry Inspection – Ready or Not

Opinion

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Now that FSIS is moving forward with the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule, it’s time that all stakeholders face the issues identified in recent months. Standardizing industry training and methods of carcass sorting, worker safety, changing the carcass-by-carcass law, and classifying Salmonella as an adulterant are issues that have not been properly addressed by… Continue Reading

Milk Producers Want Dairies Exempted From FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking that dairy farms be exempted from the intentional adulteration rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rule was the sixth proposed FSMA rule and will require domestic and foreign food facilities to address hazards that may… 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

FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule Comment Period Extended

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will be extending the comment period on the sanitary transportation rule issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The comment period was originally set to end May 31, but the deadline has been extended to June 30 in response to requests for additional time. The… Continue Reading

Agriculture Appropriations Bills Move Through Subcommittees

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The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies each met Tuesday for markup of their respective agriculture appropriations bills. The House bill passed the subcommittee over the objection of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), who argued that the bill “fails to make the necessary investments to… 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

FDA Releases FSMA Strategy Document as a ‘Springboard for Discussion’

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a strategy document on May 2 outlining the agency’s guiding principles for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The document is meant “to guide the next phase of FSMA implementation by outlining broadly the drivers of change in FDA’s approach to food safety and the operational strategy… Continue Reading

Why FDA Needs FSMA Resources Now

Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine responds to funding questions

Opinion

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(Editor’s note: The following is in response to “Experts Debate Whether Food Safety Funding is Adequate,” published April 24, 2014, on Food Safety News.) Two questions regarding the adequacy of food safety funding for the Food and Drug Administration were asked at last week’s National Food Policy Conference. I would like to answer both of them…. Continue Reading