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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 1.28.2014

Features

How Insurance Works with Labeling and Duty-to-Warn Lawsuits

Food processors can use existing and new insurance policies in cases involving alleged violations of Prop 65

Labeling and duty-to-warn cases continue to emerge as a key area of risk for food and beverage companies. These companies should understand the nature of these claims, the extent to which their insurance policies may cover these claims, and steps they may need to take to secure coverage if a claim arises. One of the fastest growing risks in this area stems from cases alleging violations of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986—better known as Prop 65.

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Curbing Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

FDA guidance document asks for voluntary relabeling of medically important antimicrobials

A guidance document issued by the FDA in December aims to phase out the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs for food production purposes. The document asks companies that make animal pharmaceuticals to voluntarily revise the labels of these products to remove production uses—such as enhancing animal growth or improving feed efficiency—and restrict these antimicrobials to therapeutic uses under veterinary oversight.

FSIS Gives Canadian Meat Inspection System Barely Passing Grade

U.S. audit finds the country’s meat inspections merely ‘adequate’

An audit from the USDA’s FSIS has given the Canadian Food Inspection Agency a grade of “adequate” in the wake of a review of its meat inspection system. That’s the lowest acceptable rating it could receive and still be permitted to import food to the U.S. The audit report, issued in December, was based on tours of seven processing facilities, two labs, and five CFIA offices conducted in October and November of 2012.

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