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Columns: RIP, Food Safety Legislation?

I am writing this letter on November 3, one day after the GOP’s massive gains in the midterm election, in which they were projected to gain at least 60 seats in the House. That’s the biggest gain by any major party since 1948.

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News: FDA Needs $5 Billion, Former Official Says

President Obama’s FY 2011 budget allots some $1.37 billion for food safety programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the agency requires about five times that to keep the nation’s food supply safe, according to former FDA Associate Commissioner of Foods David Acheson, MD.

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News: Comments Sought on In-Plant Video Monitoring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) seeks comment by Dec. 14 on its new draft guidelines aimed at assisting meat and poultry establishments in the use of in-plant video monitoring to improve operations.

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News: FDA Announces New Food Safety Mission

A new white paper from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlining the agency’s new process for assessing the safety of overseas products has one food safety expert questioning the plan’s practicality.

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News: Egg Rule Inspections Begin

On Sept. 28, food safety inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began inspecting more than 600 egg-producing farms under the new “egg rule,” which requires producers with 50,000 or more laying hens to implement Salmonella-prevention measures and maintain records. The plan is for the FDA inspectors to visit all of these plants, which supply more than 80% of the nation’s eggs, within the next 15 months.

News: Food Safety Legislation Spurs Insurance Changes

Despite being stalled in the Senate, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, which would give the FDA greater authority in ordering recalls of contaminated food, is propelling insurance companies to offer coverage for such recalls, an industry insider said.

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News: FDA to Evaluate Genetically Modified Salmon

A panel of scientific advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met September 19-20 to evaluate findings from staff concluding that genetically engineered salmon from Aqua Bounty Technologies Inc. are safe to eat and pose little risk to the environment.

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News: Will Hagen Expand E. coli Policy at FSIS?

Newly sworn-in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen, MD, should make an expanded assault on Escherichia coli, one of her top priorities for her first few months in the position, said an attorney who has litigated foodborne illnesses since 1993.

News: Initial Reportable Food Registry Numbers Released

The initial findings of the Reportable Food Registry, presented via teleconference in late July, revealed 125 primary reports regarding incidents affecting food safety. “We’re putting out this report [now] so that the public can know what we’re learning,” said Michael R. Taylor, JD, Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Over time, we hope that this will build a body of information that can be useful for tracking trends and understanding...

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News: Senate Food Safety Bill

Senate Democrats are working on an agreement with Republicans that they hope will allow the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (S. 510) to reach the Senate floor for debate in September, according to a Senate staffer familiar with the discussion.

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