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Teenager Pens Children’s Book to Help Create Food Safety Superstars

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Dana Dziadul, a 16-year-old from Wake Forest, NC, has been a tireless advocate for food safety since she became a victim of foodborne illness, and she is now the author of a free children’s book about safe food practices. “Food Safety Superstar” teaches kids four practices for staying safe: washing hands, cleaning counters and tables,… Continue Reading

Taylor: Reproposed FSMA Rules Are ‘Close’

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Don’t expect comment period extensions for the reproposed rules regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s what Michael Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told attendees Wednesday at the United Fresh Produce Association Washington Conference. He said he had hoped to be discussing details of the reissued produce… 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

Why FDA Needs FSMA Resources Now

Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine responds to funding questions

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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

Food Safety Advocates Plead for More FSMA Funding

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As Congress goes about determining agency funding levels for fiscal year 2015, public health groups are urging members of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees on agriculture to provide increased funding to the Food and Drug Administration to support implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “We are writing to underscore the fact that… Continue Reading

FSMA Questions Dominate Town Hall Session With Top Food Safety Regulators

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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

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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

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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

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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