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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 4.16.13

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Food & Beverage Manufactures Still Unsure Regarding FSMA Guidelines

Survey provides insights into how manufacturers are handling government expectations

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law two years ago, however most food and beverage regulations were just released this past January. A new study by iRely has found that while the guidelines have been pending for some time, many process manufacturers are still either uncertain or unaware of how the new regulations will affect their production processes.

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FDA Requests Budget Increase to Ensure Safety of Food Supply

Administration said last week that 94 percent of proposed increase will come from new fees to support FSMA and ability to oversee imported food

The proposed budget for the FDA would total $4.65 billion for fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1, 2013. The budget seeks a 21.4 percent increase of $821 million over the baseline fiscal year 2012 enacted budget, and an 11.2 percent increase of $470 million over the fiscal year 2013 (continuing resolution) budget. However, virtually all of these increases (about 94 percent) would come from user fees from the food, drug, and cosmetics industries as opposed to federal appropriations.  

Nanotech-Based Biosensor Can Detect Listeria in Food

Could be produced inexpensively for use in the field, researchers say

A nano-biosensor capable of detecting Listeria monocytogenes in food has been developed by researchers in Maine. The assay detected L. monocytogenes artificially inoculated on wild blueberries with specificity over other pathogens, the researchers reported.

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