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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.

Departments: From the Editor

At press time, the FDA finally released two new proposed rules under FSMA

Columns: Food Defense and Protection

Specialists in government, industry, and academia are exploring ways to protect the nation’s food supply against intentional contamination and adulteration from sabotage, terrorism, economic fraud, and other illegal action

Columns: Preparing for FSMA Compliance: Are You Ready?

Best practices that will help your organization with compliance

Features: Global Food Partnerships

FSMA’s impact on international policies and trade

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News: Meat, Livestock Groups Seek Injunction Against Country-of-Origin Labeling

Following up on a lawsuit filed in early July, a group of meat and livestock trade organizations asked a federal court on July 26 to grant an injunction against the implementation of the USDA’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) regulations...The rule is “arbitrary and capricious, offering little benefit to consumers while fundamentally altering the meat and poultry industry,” according to a statement.

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News: FDA Publishes 2 FSMA Rules; Asks for Extension on 2 More

The foreign supplier verification rule requires that imported foods meet the same safety standards as domestically-produced foods, and put the burden of meeting those standards on the importing companies, which will have to prove their foreign suppliers have adequate controls in place...But some hurdles still stand in the way of full FSMA implementation.

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