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Regulatory issues


Regulatory Issues
The most pressing regulatory issues of 2008

FDA Denies Petition on Whole Grain Descriptors
Currently, hundreds of products are marketed with “whole grain” statements, despite ambiguity concerning the regulatory status of descriptors such as “good” and “excellent” source.

When FDA smells a rat
In cases of adulterated food, it isn't necessary for the government to prove that a defendant intended to violate the law

What’s in a name?
FDA and USDA propose new principles for food standards of identity.

Generally recognized meaning of GRAS
The GRAS exception exists so FDA does not spend valuable resources reviewing things that clearly are safe.

Safety in (registration) numbers
In accordance with new bioterrorism legislation, FDA publishes proposed facility registration and import notification rules

More red tape
FDA proposes recordkeeping and administrative detention rules

New rules on reporting contamination
Manufacturers will not have the option of handing recalls quietly. Information may even appear on FDA’s web site.

Regulatory Roundup
As the legislative year grinds to a halt, here’s what’s left – and what will be on the table when things pick up again.

E.U. issues new GMO regulations
The new rules may represent a step forward -- and the most that any proponent of genetically modified foods can realistically hope for

Science and food safety
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently published a report entitled "Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food." If you haven't heard about this report yet, there's a good chance you will in the future.

A tiny bit of regulation
In addition to questions about how FDA will address food nanotechnology is the question of consumer acceptance. Hopefully, we will not see a repeat of the war against genetically modified foods.

Security, safety and efficiency
Two years ago, no one could have predicted that food security would so dominate FDA's priorities for 2003 and beyond

Food Safety Warnings
Two developments regarding the preemption of state food safety warnings the food industry should know.

Pros and cons of food recall authority
There are reasons why giving FDA recall powers may not have a positive impact on food safety.

A Stronger, Safer FDA
The agency's number one goal is "efficient, science-based risk management"

Democrats eye regulatory changes
We may see the creation of a Food Safety Administration, taking all food safety activities from FDA, USDA and EPA.

Labeling reconsidered for irradiated foods
Irradiation may not eliminate food poisoning, but it would be a big step in the right direction.

Natural acrylamide in food faces FDA scrutiny
Are warnings for acrylamide in foods informative, premature or preempted?

FDA may cut food-contact program
The agency’s proposed budget may mean an end to the efficient and speedy Food Contact Notification Program … and two- to five-year waits for reviews.

Aspartame gets scrutinized again
The sweetener is the most scrutinized food additive present in the diet. Regulatory bodies around the world have agreed many times on its safety.

Guard against intentional contamination
The food industry is fortunate Congress and FDA have not developed more specific requirements for food security.

Food Allergen Update
At the end of 2006, FDA issued Edition 4 of its Food Allergen Guidance for Industry.

News bites


An analysis of the FDA food safety plan
Two associates of Washington law firm Keller and Heckman LLP listened in on an FDA audioconference about the Food Protection Plan presented Nov. 6.

Meat Safety Under the Microscope
The initial bull market for beef created huge trade for low-priced, good quality meat. But it also opened the door to food safety and health issues.

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