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The economic downturn in recent years adversely affected the readiness of local and state food safety agencies to respond to foodborne illness outbreaks. A report that the National Environmental Health Association distributed in May found that budget cuts and financial constraints led to stagnating salaries, staff reductions, inadequate or underfunded training, and a decreased ability to respond to outbreaks.
A controversy that was brewing over the use of byproducts from beer production as animal food may have been turned aside by an FDA official’s recent reassurances regarding language in the proposed animal feed rule. Brewers and others have raised concerns that, as written, language in the animal feed rule of FSMA would have a significant economic impact on the beer brewing industry and on farmers who rely on the byproducts of brewing for use as animal feed.
On April 21, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to accept a Senate-passed bill that would make the state the first to require food makers to label products that contain genetically modified crops. Vermont’s Governor, Peter Shumlin, has said he will sign the bill, which would take effect in July 2016.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently announced that it will review en banc the case that declares USDA’s Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) rule unconstitutional. This follows the March 28, 2014 ruling that had the court upholding COOL, saying the rule can indeed be enforced. New oral arguments will now take place on May 19, 2014.
Examining how FDA's budget request for Fiscal 2015 will affect FSMA implementation, FDA inspections, industry user fees, and more
Food industry employers may need to take a hard look at their processes for handling employee complaints about perceived food safety issues, given the provisions of a new interim final rule about how whistleblower complaints will be handled in the future.
The increased production of genetically modified crops around the globe has led to a higher number of incidents of low levels of GMOs being detected in traded food and feed, according to a FAO survey. As a result, there have been trade disruptions between countries with shipments being blocked by importing countries and destroyed (burned) or returned to the country of origin.
FDA recently entered into a consent decree with the Center for Food Safety that sets firm deadlines for the agency’s submission of final rules implementing the FSMA to the Federal Register for publication.
Last month, the FDA published an interim final rule to further safeguard infant formula in the U.S. The rule, which sets standards for manufacturers to produce safe infant formula that supports healthy growth, is accompanied by two draft guidance documents for industry.
Identifying how ‘data quality challenges,’ high-risk facilities, and budgets factor into the future of FDA’s inspection capability