Saturday, November 17, 2018
There were 147 recalls in Q2, according to the Stericycle Recall Index. While that is a 7% increase over Q1, it’s still the second-lowest quarter since the beginning of 2016. At the same time, recalled FDA food units jumped more...
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) represents a sweeping revamp and upgrade to the nation’s food safety system. The Act’s seven rules not only change how the industry needs to approach food safety, but also they impose requirements in...
Consumers have significant health concerns about foods labeled as “bioengineered” (BE)  according to new research from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. The BE labels were recently proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and if adopted,...
On May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. The GDPR is the EU’s new data privacy law that sets strict requirements for how EU residents’ personal data is collected and used. Even though this is...
For small businesses, the compliance date for the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule for human food was September 18, 2017. For animal food, the compliance date is September 17, 2018. FSMA defines small businesses as having fewer than 500 full-time equivalent...
Update 3/8/2018: Today, Trump signed proclamations making the tariffs official. They will go into effect in 15 days. Canada and Mexico are exempted. The food and beverage industry has been swift to react to Trump’s proposed 25% tariff on steel...
This August, new amendments to the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, aka Proposition 65, will be in force. The law requires companies to label products with warnings if they contain any of the chemicals...
The USDA and HHS announced today that they will soon begin taking public comments on the proposed priority topics and supporting scientific questions that will guide the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). This is the...
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...

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