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Growing concerns about antibiotic-resistant bacteria are outlined in a recent report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, in a White House National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic Bacteria, and in a Presidential Executive Order. All aim at directing national and international attention toward correction action, including changes in antibiotic use in food production.
Proposed revisions to four rules in the FDA FSMA are intended to make the original proposals more flexible and practical. The revisions are based on comments received from farmers and others directly affected by the original proposals, and the revisions are now open to public comment.
Time is running out as FDA sets up teams to plan how to implement final food safety rules starting next year
Columns: Pesty Food Management
Start the FSMA compliance process by first dealing with bothersome pest problems—incorporate a rigorous management plan into overall operating procedures
Concluding that voluntary recordkeeping has not been “sufficiently effective,” the USDA has issued a proposed recordkeeping rule for all makers of raw ground beef products, which would require them to keep detailed information on all their meat sources.
Features: China’s New Dairy Market Regulations
The new regulation, announced in mid-June 2014, is likely to impact foreign brands’ current share of over 60 percent of the milk powder market in China, valued at a total of USD 9.75 billion as of 2013. The policy states that the target for local Chinese brands is set to be 80 percent of market share by 2018, a drastic change from the status quo.
Guidance documents issued by the FDA in late June describe the agency’s “current thinking” on its approach to regulation of nanotechnology products, including its use in food production. The FDA states that use of nanotechnology is not “intrinsically benign or harmful.”
The U.S. FDA welcomes an “open dialogue” with the artisanal cheesemaking community and state officials to discuss the safety of aging certain types of cheeses on wooden shelving. In a constituent update on June 11, the FDA said that recent reports that the agency is taking steps to end the practice of using wooden boards to age cheese “are not accurate.”
USDA’s FSIS and the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards in meat, poultry, and processed egg products.