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Columns: Food Safety Outlook for 2015
The U.S. food system’s New Year resolutions include working within government budgets, meeting inspection goals, and forming better ties with China
In his 2016 budget plan, President Barack Obama proposed consolidating the food safety oversight now under the purview of the FDA and the Agriculture Department’s FSIS into a single new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency would direct food safety inspections, enforcement, applied research, and responses to food-poisoning outbreaks.
New York Senator Charles Schumer has issued a call for the FDA to increase inspections at food warehouses throughout the country, citing some 90 warnings issued by the agency in 2014 to food facilities about insanitary conditions that included, in multiple cases, dead rodents and rodent feces.
The draft EIS focuses on four key areas in the produce safety rule: definition of covered farms, water quality standards, biological soil amendments of animal origin, and actions taken with respect to domesticated and wild animals on farm lands. Only the water quality standards have been identified as potentially having a significant adverse environmental impact.
Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing not only threatens the sustainability of the seafood industry but also the safety and quality of seafood available to consumers. Recommendations issued in December by the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud will, if implemented, take action on illegal fishing and make it a diplomatic priority.
Revised provisions to four proposed rules in the FDA’s FSMA surprised few industry experts, but they say the changes clarify the original rules, first proposed in 2013, and could give them more teeth. The four revised rules cover preventative controls of human food, produce safety, preventive controls for animal food, and foreign supplier verification programs.
On October 20, the World Trade Organization released its compliance panel report regarding the revised U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. The results from the report found COOL to indeed be in violation of global trade rules that require imports to be treated no less favorably than domestic products.
Columns: Moving Toward Laboratory Standards
As the move towards laboratory standards slowly progresses, food labs should not wait on a federal mandate to raise the bar on quality testing
Columns: The Fight Over Food Label Changes
Industry submits an avalanche of objections to FDA’s proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label
The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit claim program isn’t solely concerned with R&D: Eligible SR&ED costs and claims may be initiated, supported, or documented in other operational areas, especially quality assurance and food safety.