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Food Safety Whistleblower Regulations on the Way

Otto von Bismarck once said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Fortunately, the government that makes the laws does want to see the sausage being made and, as such, has instituted new...more

FDA Proposes Regulations on Safe Food Transport

In early February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its seventh and final major rule as part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The proposed rule seeks to prevent the contamination...more

Keeping It Clean: FDA Proposes New Food Transportation Rule

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it will publish the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Proposed Rule after hosting a series of public meetings. This proposed rule will be the...more

Safeguarding FSMA's Protectors: OSHA Issues Interim Whistleblower Reporting Regulations

Our colleague, Alyson Palmer, noted on our Food Liability Law Blog that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an interim final rule on February 13, 2014 creating the process for handling...more

OSHA Issues Interim Final Rule for FSMA Whistleblower Claims

The new rule contains important guidance regarding several aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s whistleblower provision. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an interim final...more

OSHA Issues New Rule for Food Safety Whistleblowers

Effective Thursday, February 13, 2014, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule governing the agency's future handling of whistleblower complaints under Section 402 of the FDA Food...more

A Preview Of Expected 2014 FDA And Legislative Actions Relating To The Food Industry

In This Issue: - Food Safety Modernization Act ..Produce Safety ..Human Food Risk Analysis ..Foreign Supplier Verification ..Accreditation of Food Safety Auditors ..Animal Food Risk...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Food Safety Modernization Act [Video]

Regulations have just been published impacting the food and animal food industries. The United States is undergoing its most comprehensive effort to reform U.S. Food Safety and Security Laws in more than 70 years. The Food...more

FDA Proposal Seeks to Prevent Food Terrorism

As FDA implements the various sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) through rulemaking, the agency continues to convey a pragmatic approach complicated by regulatory reality. With its latest proposal, FDA...more

Food Safety Modernization Act Hits The Animal Food Industry

On October 29, 2013 (the “Publication Date”), the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published in the Federal Register its latest set of proposed regulations implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”). The...more

Newest Food Safety Rules Approach Deadline

In June, a federal judge in California ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to issue proposed rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) by November 30, 2013. In July, the agency requested an...more

FDA FSMA Extension of Comment Period Announced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will soon extend for 60 days the comment period on its proposed rules for (1) Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals...more

FDA Releases Good Manufacturing Practices for Animal Food

Proposed requirements dictate a substantial upgrade of the current regulatory standard of care. On October 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued a proposed rule—Current Good Manufacturing...more

Agribusiness Alert: FDA Proposes Significant Regulatory Rules under FSMA related to Imported Foods, the Accreditation and Auditing...

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released for public comment two significant regulations promulgated under the 2011 Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new regulations relate to food produced and processed...more

Food for Thought: Understanding FDA's Proposed Rules for Importers of Food and Dietary Supplements and How They May Impact Your...

With approximately 15% of all food consumed in the United States coming from overseas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has renewed its focus on imported food safety and now seeks to place risk-based preventive...more

Should I Eat That? New Rules Propose Significant Requirements on Importers of Food and Dietary Supplements - Dietary Supplements...

As an ever-increasing amount of food we eat is from overseas, the challenge of assuring that imported food meets the same safety standards as food grown and produced in the United States continues. On July 29, 2013, the U.S....more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 5, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..VitaRain “Natural” Caffeine Claims Against Costco Rules Preempted ..Court Refuses To Certify Most “All Natural” Claims Against Kashi and Bear...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

Food Safety Regulatory Update: Court Imposes Deadlines on FDA to Promulgate and Implement FSMA Rules by 2015

On June 21, 2013, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order requiring the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to publish regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act...more

Federal Court Orders the FDA to Issue New Food Safety Rules by June 2015

Each year about 48 million people (one in six Americans) report food-borne illnesses. On January 4, 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) was signed into law....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

Food Defense Strategy Exchange

I attended, and was privileged to be asked to speak at, the 4th Annual Food Defense Strategy Exchange hosted by Tyco Integrated Security recently in Chicago. It was really a great event, with meaningful participation by...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

FDA Proposes New Rules Regarding Growing, Harvesting, Packing And Holding Domestic And Foreign Produce

On January 5, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as part of a continuing overhaul of the United States’ food safety laws under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), published proposed rules regarding the...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

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