Celeb chefs seek lawmaker support of GMO bill

Some celebrity chefs reportedly will sit down to a Chipotle meal with several U.S. lawmakers to push companion bills that would require food products containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such. One of the chefs, Tom Colicchio, a Bravo TV “Top Chef” judge, is a board member of Food Policy Action, which supports… Read more »

FDA finalizes calorie label rule

Every restaurant chain, grocery store take-out counter, convenience store, amusement park and movie theater would have to post calories for most or all of their menu items under a final rule by the Food and Drug Administration. So would most vending machines. The FDA says Americans consume about one-third of their calories away from home… Read more »

FDA ups fish consumption recommendations

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Fish friendly recommendations for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms are coming from the Food and Drug Administration.  Rima Kleiner, a Registered Dietitian who consults with the National Fisheries Institute, says it’s a huge shift from the FDA’s previous recommendations from 10 years ago. While there are trace amounts of mercury in fish, she says Omega-three fatty acids in… Read more »

Groups sue FDA over ractopamine drugs

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is among a half-dozen groups suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its approval of ractopamine-bssed animal drugs. The beta-agonist is added to feed to increase growth in livestock (cattle and pigs). In two separate challenges, the groups say the FDA did not properly assess food… Read more »

FDA update on supplement/drug interactions

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What should we know about taking supplements with medications? We should know it is potentially unhealthy. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer update warning of the potential interactions between medications and dietary supplements. The FDA saus some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication and others may decrease it. The… Read more »

FDA settlement on additives issue

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to finalize its rule on food additives it deems “Generally Regarded as Safe” (Also known as GRAS). The rule was proposed 17 years ago but last year, the Center for Food Safety sued the FDA accusing the agency of allowing companies to sell products that had not been… Read more »

Lawmakers want NARMS budget doubled

Three U.S. Senators are asking the White House to nearly double the budget for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) in fiscal year 2016, according to Politico.com. The request by Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Dianne Feinstein of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York comes days after President Obama established a task force,… Read more »

Animal food industry weighs in on regs

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and associated groups take issue with the FDA’s proposed regulations for animal food safety under the Food Safety and Modernization Act. Richard Sellers, regulatory affairs director of the AFIA, tells Brownfield the safety record in the animal feed and pet food industries is quite good, “We’ve got an enormous safety… Read more »

Changes coming in antibiotic use

An editorial in the Los Angeles Times praises drug companies and the livestock industry for their positive response to the FDA’s voluntary guidelines curbing overuse of agricultural antibiotics. The Times calls it an “extraordinary achievement for the FDA” that 25 animal drug companies have agreed to new drug labels prohibiting the use of antibiotics for… Read more »

Companies agree to antibiotic phase-out

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The Food and Drug Administration says 25 out of 26 animal drug companies it asked to phase out growth promoting antibiotics used in meat animals have agreed to do that. The FDA says the companies have, in writing, agreed to stop labeling the main antibiotics used for treating humans as acceptable for use in animal… Read more »