First, thank you to the people that work at the FDA.  Yes, I have often been a critic of the organization (or lack thereof), but the people at the FDA have always been heroes.

In December of 2023 I wrote to the FDA urging them to take a hard look at

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A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate is calling for stricter regulation of “Generally Recognized as Safe” substances and the creation of a new FDA office to assess the safety of chemicals in America’s food supply.

 Senator Edward J. Markey, D-MA, introduced the Ensuring Safe and Toxic-Free Foods Act,

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The U.S. Senate on Feb. 15 voted to return Dr. Robert Califf to the role of FDA commissioner, bringing needed leadership to an agency that plays a vital role in protecting public health.

While Califf faces historic challenges in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic and the
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In a rare move, the top administrator at the FDA on Tuesday posted a statement about warning letters the agency sent this past week. The comments from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb renewed FDA’s warnings to consumers about teas and other products containing kratom. 

Such products, made with the leaves from a
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The Food and Drug Administration recently issued a “GRAS No Objection Letter” for Parabel USA Inc.’s trademarked Lentein plant protein, according to the ingredient producer.

Parabel CEO Anthony Tiarks said getting a “no objection letter” from FDA goes beyond their strict compliance to industry standards “and reaffirms our company’s values
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Consumer Reports, published by the 7 million-member nonprofit Consumers Union, last week reported on survey results showing the public expects laboratory-produced meat from cultured animal cells to be clearly labeled. The results show the public favors different language that those pushing the new products.

“By an overwhelming margin, our survey
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The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) recently launched its online Flavor Ingredient Library, a free resource for researchers, the media, and consumers seeking information on substances that are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use as flavor ingredients. The library includes all such flavor ingredients, links to related 
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A team of scientists is genetically engineering plants to produce antimicrobial proteins known as colicins, which can then be extracted and applied to contaminated meat and produce to kill E. coli bacteria. In a study published earlier this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team 
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