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Presidential Council Calls for New Antibiotics in Upcoming Report on Antibiotic Resistance

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During its 30th official meeting held this past Friday, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) discussed and voted to approve its upcoming report on antibiotic resistance. According to PCAST co-chair Dr. Eric Lander, the report calls for a new interagency task force and a standing advisory council, additional funds to strengthen… Continue Reading

Advocate Groups Reach Out to President’s Science Advisors Ahead of Antibiotics Meeting

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will meet Friday to discuss its work on antibiotic resistance and nanotechnology and to hear from speakers about oceans policy. A group of public health, consumer, and environmental protection organizations have sent a letter to PCAST expressing concern that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s… Continue Reading

School Waivers From New Nutrition Standards Could Become Bridge to 2015

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New language offered by the House Appropriations Committee would allow schools than can demonstrate economic hardship to obtain a temporary waiver from new nutrition standards for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. In 2015, the standards might undergo revisions. Language released Monday by the committee said the waiver language was included at the request of local… Continue Reading

Is the GRAS Process Broken?

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From spices to preservatives, U.S. food manufacturers have access to thousands of globally sourced substances to enhance the flavor, texture, and appeal of their products. But some question whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adequately regulates the safety of these abundant substances. Groups such as The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Natural Resources… Continue Reading

Pew Report: Where FSIS Can Improve Salmonella Regulation

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Since 2012, there have been two multi-state outbreaks of Salmonella tied to Foster Farms chicken – the second of which is still ongoing. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 523 people in 29 states and Puerto Rico have been sickened in total. And, because of the underdiagnosis of Salmonella,… Continue Reading

Report: Problems Posed by Animal Agriculture Have Worsened in Recent Years

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In the past five years, policies by the Obama administration and Congress have worsened the problems that animal agriculture poses to public health, the environment and animal welfare, according to a new report by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. The new report, released Tuesday, serves as an update to a 2008 report… Continue Reading

Consumer and Public Health Groups: FDA Should Not Delay FSMA Implementation

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(The FDA’s important food safety work, like the rest of the agency’s mission and much of the federal government, is currently on hold due to the government shutdown.  But once the agency gets back to work – which we hope is very soon – we urge them to continue to implement the Food Safety Modernization… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Two Major Rules to Boost Oversight of Imported Foods

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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

Health Advocates Disappointed With Senate Version of ADUFA

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Monday released its version of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) without the provisions that would have beefed up the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s annual reporting of antibiotic sales for use in food animal production. The move disappointed health and agriculture reform advocates who… Continue Reading

Stakeholders Offer Broad Range of Feedback on FSMA in First Public Meeting

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration heard a broad range of feedback from stakeholders on its draft food safety rules – on preventive controls and produce safety – in a public meeting held late last week in Washington, DC. While everyone from consumer advocates to produce growers offered a variety of input, asked lots of… Continue Reading