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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

Contaminated Cheese Products Kill in California

Listeria monocytogenes returned to hospitals and media headlines as another outbreak killed a Californian and sickened seven others. ...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

The U.S. Food Supply: Danger in the Meat Department

A shortage of inspectors in the meat industry raises the specter of contaminated meat on the dinner tables of America. What you do not know can hurt you. ...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

Food Contamination: Who Is Minding Our Food Providers?

One of the alarming aspects of the recent government shutdown was the feeling that no one was watching our food supply. Even with oversight in place, foodborne illnesses, also known as food poisoning, sicken one out of every...more

Latest Recalls Of Contaminated Products Highlight Negligence In The Food Supply System

You do all you can to promote a healthy diet for your family. Your efforts may include carefully reading labels, excluding artificial ingredients, limiting fats and sugars and increasing fruits and vegetables. ...more

A "Shift in Perspective": FDA Proposes Food Defense Rule to Protect against Terrorism; Burdens Food and Dietary Supplement...

On December 24, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register proposed new rules that are intended to protect the food supply from intentional "adulteration" (i.e., contamination)...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

Particularly Egregious Product Failures Cause For Punitive Awards

Most nutrition experts agree that Americans could stand to eat less red meat and more fish. ...more

Advertising News & Analysis - August 8, 2013

In this issue: - Register Now for ERA D2C Convention - NAD Turns up the Heat on "Up To" Claims - The 411 on Calling Cell Phones? It's About to Change - FDA Targets Safety of Imported Food -...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

Is Your Food Safe to Eat?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one in six people suffer a food-borne illness in the United States each year. Sweeping new rules proposed by the FDA in January are intended to reduce the amount of...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 Shifts Focus to Prevention with Publication of Proposed Food Safety Rules

On January 4th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published two long-awaited proposed food safety rules aimed at preventing foodborne illness. The proposed rules implement the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act...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

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