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Q&A session at National Food Policy Conference

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At the risk of sounding naive, Michael Taylor said Tuesday that he’s still feeling “great” about the progress made on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Taylor knew he was in front of a tough audience since he said it during a question-and-answer session with a… Continue Reading

Investigation of GRAS Highlights Allergy to Peanut-Related Lupin

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The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) published a lengthy investigative report on Tuesday summarizing the safety concerns associated with GRAS (generally recognized as safe) food additives, the controversies surrounding how they’re determined, and barriers to regulating them. The report’s key illustration of the concerns about GRAS was a peanut-related legume called lupin — sometimes spelled “lupine” —… Continue Reading

WHO Uses World Health Day to Shine Light on Food Safety

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Food safety is so important to everyone around the world that the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicated this year’s World Health Day — celebrated each year on April 7 — to spreading awareness of it. As readers of Food Safety News know, food contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances can lead to long-lasting… Continue Reading

The Future is Now for the Food Safety Modernization Act

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We all knew FSMA was a big deal when Congress passed it a little over four years ago. After a decade of illness outbreaks, import safety problems, and market disruptions that shook consumer confidence and imposed billions of dollars in costs on the food system, Congress mandated a paradigm shift to prevention — to establishing a… Continue Reading

FDA’s Taylor: Proposed 2016 Funding Critical for FSMA Implementation

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This year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was allocated an additional $27.5 million for food safety activities, and, under the president’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, the agency would get another $109.5 million. In a Tuesday FDA blog post, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor explained why the increase in funding is… Continue Reading

Taylor, Ronholm Praise Food Safety Educators

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In addressing attendees of the 2014 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference in Arlington, VA, last week, Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the Food and Drug Administration, and Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Brian Ronholm praised the work of the Partnership for Food Safety Education and other food safety educators. “I say all the time… Continue Reading

LGMA Training Video Features Foodborne Illness Victims

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A new food safety video for California farm workers features the stories of foodborne illness victims. Together, STOP Foodborne Illness and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) produced a video that will be used during training for workers who produce leafy greens in California. It features the stories of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush –… Continue Reading

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

Settlement Reached in GRAS Lawsuit Against FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to finalize its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). The decision is part of a settlement agreement with the Center for Food Safety (CFS), which sued the agency last February, seeking to vacate FDA’s 1997 proposed rule on GRAS. The… Continue Reading

FDA Seeks to Mesh Public and Private Food Safety Accountability

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(This article by Tom Karst, national editor of The Packer, was first published Oct. 19, 2014, and is reposted here with his permission.) ANAHEIM, CA—The last word on food safety regulations for the produce industry won’t be written next year, even though the Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) has committed to publish final versions of the… Continue Reading