Friday, February 23, 2018
This week, the White House released its proposed 2019 budget. It includes both items from the 2018 budget that have not yet been enacted and new items in the form of eliminations and reductions. Let’s look at the implications...
The two primary agencies responsible for overseeing food safety announced this week that they’ve signed a formal agreement to work more closely in the future. The agreement identifies three main areas where the agencies will increase their coordination, at...
The FDA announced today that the agency does not intend to enforce certain provisions of FSMA, at least until additional rulemaking can take place. The enforcement discretion applies to four rules: Preventive Controls (PC) for Human Food Preventive Controls...
Pests and sanitation problems top the list of the FDA’s most frequently cited inspection observations in food facilities for FY 2017. The list, released last month, aggregates the observations cited on FDA Form 483s, which are filed “when, in...
For the past 15 years, Hunter Public Relations has conducted an annual survey of 1,000 American adults to see which food and beverage news stories resonated most with readers. Here are the top headlines of 2017. #1 - Amazon’s...
December 14 update: The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections by a 3-2 vote. On December 14, the FCC is expected to vote on a measure that eliminates net neutrality. This move could have dire consequences for everyone who uses...
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today provided local food service professionals the flexibility they need to serve wholesome, nutritious, and tasty meals in schools across the nation. The new School Meal Flexibility Rule, published today, makes targeted...
FSMA is supposed to bring more, and more intense, FDA inspections of domestic food facilities. But, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the FDA has some work to do to make sure that...
To help businesses meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing a new software tool to help owners and operators of...
The FDA announced today on its website that it intends to extend the compliance dates for the new nutrition facts label. The original compliance date was July 26, 2018, for manufacturers with more than $10 million in annual sales and...

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