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News: Reviews Mixed on FDA’s Proposed Food Defense Rule

The FDA’s release in December of a proposed rule that would require the nation’s largest food businesses to take steps to prevent intentional food adulteration met with little surprise, though some in the food industry feel the guideline is both too specific and too broad.

Columns: Systems Recognition: Designation Will Be Challenging for Most Countries

If a foreign country is able to achieve a ‘comparable’ food safety system, it can cut through the regulatory red tape and make it easier for its food producers to export to the U.S.

Columns: GM Foods: Can We Afford for States to Set Their Own Regulations?

Besides unintended consumer consequences, food quality and safety managers would have to manage conflicting GMO labeling standards for identical products across multiple states

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News: Consumer Organizations Against Proposed USDA Poultry Rule

Last year, the USDA FSIS proposed a new regulation that would allow poultry processing plants to increase line speeds from 32 turkeys per minute to 55 turkeys per minute. Although the rule was designed to improve food safety by automating some aspects of the inspection process, consumer organizations feel the proposed changes do not account for the expected adverse impacts that a faster line speed will have on worker health and safety.

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News: Proposed Rule on Animal Food Production Released

The preventive controls in the proposed regulations would apply to domestic and imported animal food, including pet food, animal feed, and raw materials and ingredients. The CGMPs, while similar to the proposed human food CGMPs, are not identical; they do not address certain practices that do not pertain to animal food, such as allergen cross-contact, according to the FDA.

Columns: Getting Imported Foods on the Straight and Narrow

With globalization adding more complexities to supply chain, FDA’s recently proposed rules aim to assure imported products meet the same standards as those produced domestically

Columns: Will FSVP Shed Light on Food Safety or Keep it in the Dark?

Deciding which of the two competing options under proposed FSVP rules will be more beneficial for food processors, foreign stakeholders, and consumers

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Features: Will the Proposed Import Rules Cause Big Impact for Little Companies?

Given the huge responsibility now being put on small- and medium-sized companies to insure the safety of their imported food, it is obvious the risk of doing business has just gone up considerably, along with the cost. Even if the supplier is in a county where FDA approves the food safety system, and even if the local government provides the inspectors, it is reasonable to expect there will be a cost for the resulting report and that cost is likely whether the inspector is from the government or is a...

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News: FDA Sets Definition of ‘Gluten-Free’ for Labeling

Some consumers with celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities have objected to the standard, saying they experience reactions at exposure levels lower than 20 parts per million of gluten. However, support organizations for people with gluten intolerances, including the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Gluten Intolerance Group, have supported the FDA’s labeling rule.

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News: FDA Guidance on Preventing Salmonella in Free-Range Chicken

In late July, the FDA issued guidance for Salmonella prevention measures involving eggs from free-range hens, the last of three groups to come under 2009’s Egg Safety Rule. According to the guidance, which is still in a comment period, producers who keep outdoor-access chickens (including those certified as organic by the FDA) are required to take steps to keep wild birds, cats, rodents, and other animals that can be vectors for disease, out of the indoor sections and porches of poultry houses.

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