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Experts Debate Whether Food Safety Funding is Adequate


At the National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., this week, a panel of experts discussed the impact of funding deficits on food programs. Martin Delgado, staff director of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for six years, spoke about how sequestration – the automatic across-the-board budget cuts in effect for most of 2013 – impacted the… Continue Reading

Why Brewers Worry About FSMA


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

Tribes Still Troubled by FDA’s ‘Inadequate’ Consultation Policy


With less than 30 days notice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally set a date for face-to-face consultation with American Indian tribes and pueblos on its proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). On March 27, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor sent a letter to tribal… Continue Reading

Industry Associations Hope FSMA Rules Won’t Duplicate Marketing Agreements, Orders


National and regional marketing agreements and orders may give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) some options as it continues to issue and revise rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In comments to the FSMA proposed rule for produce safety, a number of industry associations asked FDA to take into account… Continue Reading

Industry Groups Say ‘Massive Overhaul’ of Animal Food Regs Still Needs Work


The deadline passed Monday for comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the preventive controls for animal food rule issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) submitted more than 100 pages of comments on what it describes as the most massive overhaul of animal food… Continue Reading

CO Craft Breweries Enlist Vulnerable U.S. Senator in Pushback on Spent Grains


Spent grains, a brewing byproduct long fed to livestock, might end up in landfills if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not lift its heavy hand when it comes to the newly proposed animal food rule, cattle producers say. And, while the multi-billion-dollar ethanol industry has not yet weighed in on this controversy,… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Question Proposed FSMA User Fees at Subcommittee Hearing


During discussion Thursday of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s fiscal 2015 budget requests, the agency’s proposed $260 million in user fees came under attack at the House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. “In total, FDA is requesting $260 million in new fees but has failed to gain support from the stakeholders most impacted by such fees… Continue Reading

FDA Seeks Input on Reportable Food Registry Amendments


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is publishing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) and seeking input on new provisions to the Reportable Food Registry (RFR) requirements. The RFR is a portal for companies to report when there’s “reasonable probability” that use of, or exposure to, a certain food product will cause serious adverse health… Continue Reading

Shellfish Causing Confusion in FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule


The exemption of live animals from the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) sanitary transportation rule might need a caveat. During the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s public meeting on the rule in College Park, MD, on Thursday, Michael Osterling, executive director of the Shellfish Growers of Virginia, pointed out that shellfish are frequently transported… Continue Reading

FDA to Revise Animal Food Rule, Extends Other FSMA Comment Periods


A number of changes to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation timeline were announced Wednesday. First, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to publish revised language for the proposed rule on preventive controls for animal food in early summer 2014, alongside the revised produce safety and preventive controls for human food rules. FDA… Continue Reading