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FSMA Questions Dominate Town Hall Session With Top Food Safety Regulators


Michael Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told the audience at the Food Safety Summit’s Town Hall on Thursday to expect a document explaining the principles guiding the agency’s internal work for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Taylor was joined at the event in Baltimore… Continue Reading

New England Farmers Don’t Much Care For Produce Rule


Local farmers filed into the Augusta State Armory in Maine and onto New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College campus in the past couple of days to register their opposition to the produce rule the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is promulgating as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: FDA’s Taylor Discusses New Import Rules


As the 2013 International Association of Food Protection conference was getting underway Sunday, a large notification told attendees of the Charlotte, NC meeting that a special last-minute presentation had been added to the program: Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, would be appearing on the final day of… Continue Reading

Wrigley Halts Rollout of Caffeinated Gum in Response to FDA Concerns


Chewing gum and mint giant Wrigley announced last week that it will temporarily remove its new caffeinated gum from the market after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressed concerns over the product’s safety. The gum was greeted with skepticism immediately after its release late last month by FDA and consumer groups alike. The federal… Continue Reading

Hagen, Taylor Urge Public to Engage in Lengthy Policymaking Process

Next FSMA rules could be out this summer

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The public should not hesitate to be more involved in the food safety policymaking process, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen and Michael Taylor, the nation’s two leading food safety officials, told an audience at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore late last week. Dr. Hagen is Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture… Continue Reading

Stabenow, Taylor to Keynote National Food Policy Conference


Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will keynote the National Food Policy Conference that kicks off today in Washington, DC. The conference, which goes until tomorrow, and is organized by Consumer Federation of America,… Continue Reading

Q&A With Michael Taylor Part II: Sequestration, Pet Food and Antibiotics


Part II of Food Safety News’ conversation with Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, covers sequestration, pet food, antibiotics and whether he plans to retire anytime soon. Q: Right now your agency is looking at cuts, not increases. Some estimate that FDA is taking essentially… Continue Reading

Q&A With Michael Taylor, Part I: The Next FSMA Rules and Imports


A conversation  with FDA Deputy Commissioner of Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor on the coming foreign supplier verification rule and how the Food Safety Modernization Act aims to overhaul import oversight Q: I know you can’t talk timing specifics, but what can you tell us about the yet-to-be-released FSMA rules that the food industry… Continue Reading

In China, Taylor Emphasizes Importance of Consumer Confidence


U.S. Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor discussed consumer confidence issues at the China International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo in Shanghai, China last week. Taylor said that while public health is the primary goal of food safety, the consumer confidence that results from it is “an important goal… Continue Reading

Taylor: Sequestration Would Be “Huge Blow” to Food Safety Progress

Unless Congress does something dramatic, most government agencies will see an automatic 8 percent budget cut as of the first of the year — a consequence of the deal struck during the contentious fight over raising the debt ceiling in 2011. As Food Safety News reported yesterday, the impending sequestration has the Alliance for a… Continue Reading