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FSIS Proposes New Recordkeeping Requirements for Ground Beef Processors/Retailers

The proposal, if adopted, will require new recordkeeping by both processing establishments and retail facilities that grind raw beef products....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

FDA clarifies its stance on cheese making. On June 13, the FDA issued a clarification stating it “does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making, nor is there any requirement in effect...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

GMA, others say 2009 FDA guidance on use of the term “evaporated cane juice” has caused chaos in food industry. In 2009, the FDA told manufacturers not to use the term “evaporated cane juice” on the grounds that the...more

USDA’s New Poultry Production Regulations Put Georgia Workers and the Public at Risk

Georgia is part of the U.S. poultry belt — the area of the country with the greatest concentration of chicken and turkey meat processing plants. Many jobs in the poultry production industry are extremely hazardous. Jobsite...more

Insuring Your Business - March 2014: Is That Covered? Timely Reporting of Food Claims

When food producers and distributors are faced with a product recall, one of the most common questions is: How soon, if at all, do you report the claim to your insurance company? The answer is simple—you should be reporting...more

New Wave of Prop 65 Notices Target Rice Industry

This week, Consumer Advocacy Group (CAG), a non-profit organization that files numerous Proposition 65 (Prop 65) lawsuits each year, issued notices of violation alleging that 15 companies violated California law by selling...more

FDA Proposes Food Defense Rule to Protect Against Intentional Adulteration

New mandate would apply to major U.S. and international food processors and handlers. On December 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued a proposed rule, Focused Mitigation Strategies to...more

New FDA Food Safety Rules Will Affect Foreign Food Suppliers, Foreign Food Producers, U.S. Food Importers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released two proposed rules, one governing foreign supplier verification and the other governing third-party audits and certification. Comments are due by November 26, 2013....more

Current Developments in U.S. Food Regulation

The issue of food regulation, while not novel, has received increasing media and legislative attention. In 2013, an entire issue of Natural Resources & Environment will be devoted to the topic of food law and regulation. In...more

Years Later, PCA Employees Indicted

I had the following email exchange earlier this year with a concerned client: Client (in late January 2013): "Hi Steve, I was wondering if you knew of any cases where employees were prosecuted for not following...more

FDA Food Safety Rulemaking Tour Heads to the Northwest

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting on FDA’s proposed food safety rules in Portland, OR on March 27-28. The rules implement portions of the recent Food Safety Modernization Act by...more

“Food Fraud Database”: a New Tool to Protect Against Tainted Ingredients

Last week, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (“USP”), a scientific nonprofit that sets standards for food ingredients, medicines and dietary supplements enforceable by the Food and Drug Administration, released an updated...more

FDA Proposes Significant Changes to Food Safety Regulations to Secure Nation's Food Supply

Food companies and farmers should be aware that they have approximately 4 months to provide their comments to the FDA regarding its proposed new food safety standards. On January 4, 2013, the FDA proposed two new regulations...more

FDA Releases New Food Safety Rules

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released drafts of two long-awaited food safety rules as part of the agency’s ongoing implementation of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The first proposed rule...more

Rise in Food Contamination Calls for Proactive Risk Management in 2013

Despite improvements in food safety over the last two decades, 2012 saw no shortage of recalls due to food contamination. For example, one Indiana farm recalled all cantaloupes from its 2012 growing season after the fruit was...more

FDA Releases Two More Rules Implementing the Food Safety and Modernization Act

As we previously reported, President Obama signed the Food Safety and Modernization Act (“FSMA“) in January 2011 to help ensure the safety and security of foods in the United States. On January 7, 2013, the U.S. Food and...more

FDA Warning Letters to Sprout Growers Highlight Complicated Legal Issues Associated with Warning Letters and Guidance Documents

Since 1996, there have been at least 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with different types of raw and lightly cooked sprouts caused mostly by Salmonella and E. coli. In 1999, in response to numerous...more

FDA Must Improve Monitoring of Food Safety

According to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services, every year 128,000 Americans are hospitalized and 3,000 die from food poisoning. The FDA is responsible for safeguarding the food supply and for inspecting...more

Congress Passes New Food Safety Bill

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Illinois Food Safety Attorney The Food Safety Modernization Act was recently passed by Congress at the end of December 2010 in an effort to reduce the number of people that are sick,...more

New Food Safety Law Facing Funding Hurdles

Now that President Obama has signed historic food-safety legislation into law, the coalition of food industry, public interest and consumer groups that supported the new law must convince the new Congress – including the...more

President Obama Signs New Expansive Food Safety Law

In the flurry of legislation passed by the 111th Congress in its final days, the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) cleared the Senate by unanimous voice vote on December 20, passed the House 215-144 the following day,...more

China Food Safety Laws

Wall Street Journal op-ed on what China needs to do to improve its food safety laws....more

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