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Hamburg Tells Senate Budget Committee FSMA Funding Needed to Fill ‘Significant’ Gaps

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Many questions directed at outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg during a Senate budget hearing on Thursday concerned funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and details of the law’s rules. The agency’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 asks for a total of $1.5 billion for food safety and nutrition, including a $109.5-million increase… Continue Reading

Budget Subcommittee Zeroes in on FDA’s Request for More FSMA Funding

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The increased funding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in fiscal year 2016 was one of the key topics of discussion Wednesday during a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. Outgoing FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg made her last appearance before the committee since she is… Continue Reading

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg Leaving the Agency Next Month

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The commissioner’s job at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming open at the end of March. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, the 59-year-old physician who graduated from Harvard Medical School, announced Thursday that she would be leaving her post next month after serving for almost six years. Dr. Stephen Ostroff, chief scientist at… Continue Reading

Senator Wants More Information on Apple-Linked Listeria Outbreak

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is pressing the Food and Drug Administration for more information regarding the Listeria outbreak connected to prepackaged caramel apples that sickened 32 people in 11 states and contributed to the deaths of at least three. Klobuchar wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to ask that the agency “expediently work to analyze… Continue Reading

The Food Safety News Nominees for Santa’s 2014 Naughty List

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How did the media, our professional associates in corporate and government information, Maine Governor Paul R. LePage, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel, Sheldon Lavin, POTUS (the president of the United States), and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg end up on the Food Safety News 2014 naughty list? It’s complicated. Make yourself an eggnog and sit… Continue Reading

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

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Food Safety News wrote a lot about antibiotic resistance this year — particularly the debate surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals, introduced in December 2013, and conversations sparked by the 16-month outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms-brand chicken that… Continue Reading

FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling for Restaurants, Vending Machines

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Calorie counts are coming to menus and vending machines near you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has finalized its two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations. “Strikingly, Americans eat and… Continue Reading

Senators Want More Antibiotics Information From FDA

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Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Monday to ask for more information regarding the agency’s efforts to curb the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production. The senators called Guidance #213 and the proposed rule on Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs)… Continue Reading

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

FDA Commissioner Promises Guidance to Help Reduce Dietary Sodium

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg is promising in media interviews that new sodium guidance, probably dependent on voluntary compliance by the food industry, is coming soon. The American diet of processed and restaurant foods — not so much the salt shaker on the table — is responsible for our average per-person consumption… Continue Reading