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Letter From the Editor: A ‘Herculean Accomplishment’


Mike Taylor

Only two more Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules remain to be finalized. Final rules for Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration are due out next spring. But with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release last week of final FSMA rules on Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accredited Third Party Verification, long-sought reform… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Taylor and Almanza Share the Same Stage in Portland


Tuesday’s schedule at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting in Portland, OR, featured the “Mike and Al Show” competing with lunch, but there still was a large crowd at the Oregon Convention Center to hear two of the nation’s top food safety officials. Mike Taylor, Deputy FDA Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: We’re Off to IAFP in Portland

Portland and Mt. Hood

The 2015 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) got underway yesterday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR. We will be in the Rose City today through Tuesday because IAFP is always one of the most newsworthy food safety events of the year, and this one will be no different…. Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Time to Call Your Members of Congress



One of the surprises of my life is how much of my time has been spent on various regulatory systems. I fondly remember all my political science professors on such topics as constitutional law, state and local government, federalism, and even Marxism taught by the department commie (I told him to hold the Karl but… Continue Reading

Food Safety News Hands Santa Nice List Nominees for 2014


Merry Christmas! Whether today finds you celebrating the birth of Christ, the Winter Solstice, or about to observe Kwanzaa, the one thing everyone can agree on is that we need more nice people in this world. Food Safety News is pleased to present our sixth-annual nominations for Santa’s nice list. As we did during the… Continue Reading

FDA’s Associate Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine to Retire


On Monday, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Michael Taylor, informed agency staff that Linda Tollefson will be retiring from her position as Associate Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine on March 1. Tollefson started at FDA in 1984 as an epidemiologist with Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), eventually becoming… Continue Reading

Institute Releases Latest Buzz From Caffeine Workshop


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today released a 150-page summary of the two-day workshop held in August 2013 to examine the potential health impacts from consuming caffeine in dietary supplements and foods. Presenters included experts from across the country and even Canada. The document does not contain any recommendations or position statements from IOM, but… Continue Reading

The Annual Food Safety News Christmas Day ‘Nice List’

Santa making list

Editor’s note: We continue with our Food Safety News holiday tradition by publishing our fifth annual Christmas Day “nice” list, calling out a few folks we think are worthy of some positive mention based on their contributions to food safety during the past year. This year, we separated the “naughty,” published yesterday, from today’s “nice.”… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Two Major Rules to Boost Oversight of Imported Foods


Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing two long-awaited rules aimed at improving the safety of imported foods, which now make up about 15 percent of the U.S. food supply. The measures, mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act, will require that importers verify their suppliers are employing prevention-based food safety practices and… Continue Reading

Free Range Chickens Brought Under Egg Safety Rule


The draft guidance for free range chickens coming out today might also have a calming effect on nervous fruit and vegetable growers, says Mike Taylor, who runs the food side of the business at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Laying hens on smaller farms that roam… Continue Reading