Food safety advocates pleased with FDA funding

Food safety advocates are applauding the big increase in funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Under the budget bill approved last week by Congress, the Food and Drug Administration will get a nearly 105 million dollar increase for food safety. That’s more than double the increase House and Senate appropriations bills… Read more »

FDA decision on GMO labeling pleases Agriculture

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The nation’s largest farm group says the FDA’s decision on food labeling is a huge victory for agriculture.  The Food and Drug Administration, on Thursday, denied petitions from groups that were trying to force mandatory labeling of products containing Genetically Modified foods. The Center for Food Safety had filed the petition on behalf of 22… Read more »

Lawsuits threatened over GE salmon approval

Food safety and environmental advocacy groups are lashing out at the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon. The Center for Food Safety says it plans to sue the FDA over its decision. The organization calls AquAdvantage salmon a “dangerous contaminant” and says the FDA “has neglected its responsibility to protect the public”. A spokesperson for… Read more »

FDA moves forward on Food Safety Modernization Act

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new food safety standards for produce farms and imported foods. The new rules are mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The produce safety rule establishes science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce. The foreign supplier verification rule requires food importers to verify that foreign suppliers… Read more »

Petition filed to change FDA egg rule

The National Chicken Council is urging the Food and Drug Administration to change its rules on “surplus” hatching eggs to offset the negative market impact still in place from the Avian Influenza outbreak. The Council’s Tom Super says the FDA changed surplus egg storage at broiler facilities in 2010 – requiring them to be kept… Read more »

NASDA calls for funding to implement food safety law

  The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is calling on Congress to adequately fund implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA). The law is intended to improve the safety and security of the nation’s food supply, focusing on prevention of foodborne illness. It was passed in 2010, but Nebraska director of… Read more »

Pork producers urged to prepare for ’17

Pork producers are urged to get ready for antibiotic use changes that go into full effect in 2017.  Bob Thaler, a swine specialist with South Dakota State University Extension, says the Food and Drug Administration rule means producers won’t be allowed to use antibiotics for feed efficiency and will need a prescription for disease prevention… Read more »

Health benefit of trans fat ban questioned

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A nutrition expert says the government’s ban on artificial trans fats in processed foods won’t have a huge impact on health. Jeremy Davis, assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, says the removal of partially hydrogenated oils, where trans fats are found, will not have the effects the Food and Drug Administration says it will. HEALTHY… Read more »

White House wants updated biotech product strategies

The White House is ordering three federal agencies to update their strategies for regulating biotech products. A memorandum telling the USDA, EPA and FDA to “prevent unnecessary barriers to future innovation and competitiveness” says the agencies must improve “transparency, coordination, predictability and efficiency” while they continue “to protect health and the environment.” The White House-established… Read more »

High oleic oils on rise as trans fats on the way out

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Expect to see more high oleic oils as ingredients and eventually at the store. What is high oleic food oil?  It’s an oil with health properties that are healthy for the heart.  High oleic sunflower oil and soybean oil are a few examples. Russ Sanders’ company, DuPont Pioneer, makes Plenish oil from high oleic soybeans. Plenish has no… Read more »