New FDA Rule Changing Retail Food Establishment Definition

Under the Food Safety and Modernization Act, the federal Food and Drug Administration is proposing to increase the number of establishments that would be exempted from registration requirements as Retail Food Establishments.  The proposed rule was published in the April 9 issue of the Federal Register and will be open to public comment until June…

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FDA Wants $5B and 70 Percent More Staff

In the 2015 federal budget submitted by President Obama, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had requested $4.9 Billion in spending and a 70 percent increase in staff.  The agency claims that the funds and additional personnel are necessary for it to meet its obligation under the mandates of the Food Safety and Modernization Act…

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Extension Sought on FDA Sanitary Transportation Rule Comment Period – CML Alert

Various US food and agricultural organizations have formally requested that the Food and Drug Administration extend the comment period until August 29, 2014 on its proposed rule regarding sanitary transportation of human food.  The present comment period on the rule, published in the Federal Register earlier this year, ends May 31, 2014.  The summary of…

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New Proposed Government Rule

Just to keep those of you who may own CMLs or otherwise transport food products alert, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed new rule for the sanitary transportation of food, that will require certain shippers of food to take steps to prevent contamination during transport.  The proposal would create a host of…

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Comment Period On Trans-Fat Ban Extended

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the standard 60 day comment period by an additional 60 days on the agency’s proposal to remove partially hydrogenated oils from its list of ingredients that are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS).  This new regulation, should it be finalized, will effectively ban trans-fats from all foods.  The…

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FDA Moves To Ban Trans Fats

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday published a Federal Register notice that partially hydrogenated oils (P.H.O.s) should no longer be considered safe – the end result of which will be a total ban on artificial trans fats.  Notice in the Federal Register constitutes a preliminary determination that PHOs are not “generally recognized…

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What the FDA Menu-labeling Regs Really Mean

Paul Frumkin of Nation’s Restaurant News breakdown the 183 page report from the FDA: So you don’t quite feel up to struggling through all 183 pages of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed menu-labeling regulation? Don’t worry. The editors of Nation’s Restaurant News have read through the epic document and attempted to address many…

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