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How OMB Changed FSMA’s Import Rule

In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted the latest batch of Office of Management and Budget revisions on proposed Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. Consumer advocates were not pleased with what they saw. The biggest changes OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) made were with regard to the proposed rule for Foreign… Continue Reading

White House Says FDA Inspections Were ‘Sharply Curtailed’ During Shutdown

Routine inspections of domestic and international food facilities by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were “sharply curtailed” during the 16-day government shutdown in October, according to a report released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Thursday afternoon. Although the agency continued inspections where there was imminent threat to health or life, the… Continue Reading

Three Food Safety Rules Grow Moldy at OIRA as Import-Related Outbreaks Continue

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About 15 percent of all foods we consume are imported. Looking at some particular categories, the numbers are far more striking: imports make up 91 percent of our seafood, 60 percent of our fruits and vegetables, and 61 percent of our honey. Most of these imports come from developing countries that lack any effective health… Continue Reading

As Canada Moves Forward, Rule to Label Mechanicallly Tenderized Meat in U.S. Still Stuck at OMB

A U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to require labeling for mechanically tenderized meats, which can be risky if pathogens are pushed into the cut beyond the exterior and the meat is not thoroughly cooked, has now been under review at the White House Office of Management Budget for eight months, far exceeding the 90-day limit… Continue Reading

Documents Show OMB Weakened FDA’s Food Safety Rules

The White House Office of Management and Budget significantly weakened the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s draft food safety rules, documents posted on the Federal Register last week show. The hundreds of pages of documents, first discovered and reported by Food and Chemical News (subscription only) on Friday, confirm what food safety insiders had suspected… Continue Reading

Documents Show White House Edits to FSMA Rules

Food Chemical News is reporting that documents released on regulations.gov on Feb. 28 reveal cuts made by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the implementing regulatory package for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Those apparent cuts include striking out requirements for food companies to test for microbial contamination of environments and finished… Continue Reading

New Country-of-Origin Labeling Regulations: No New Law

After an Appellate Body of the World Trade Association (WTO) struck down the USA’s County of Origin Labeling (COOL), the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the international panel did not have the authority to change American law. With a fast-approaching May 23 deadline to be in compliance with the WTO, the U.S. Department… Continue Reading

White House: Sequestration Would Mean Big Cuts to Food Safety Inspections

If Congress allows the sequester to kick in on March 1, cuts to food safety would be one of the “most damaging” consequences of the automatic budget reductions, according to a memo put out by the White House on Friday. The analysis by the Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget said the U.S. Food… Continue Reading

Proposal to Label Mechanically Tenderized Meat Remains Under Review at OMB

A proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to label mechanically tenderized beef products is now under extended review at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Food safety advocates, the meat industry and FSIS said they do not know details about the status of the review or… Continue Reading