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Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling GMO's to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling.  

Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 1, 2014 2:34 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

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New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus

November 26, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

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FDA Guards Against Food Spoilage, Contamination

November 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Specialists in a FDA laboratory in Arkansas use their sense of smell to detect odors of...

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Infographic: Sugar Consumption Increases Over 3 Decades

November 12, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Obesity Society | News | Comments

As the FDA considers a new food label detailing the amount of added sugars in foods, new research shows this non-nutritive calorie source has crept into the American diet over the past three decades.              

Q&A: How Packaging Suppliers Support Canneries During Salmon Season

November 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Crown Holdings, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.

US Adult Consumption of Added Sugars Increased by More Than 30 Percent

November 5, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Obesity Society | News | Comments

As the United States Food and Drug Administration considers a new food label detailing the amount of added sugars in foods, new research shows this non-nutritive calorie source has crept into the American diet over the past three decades.

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FDA's Proposed Fish Advisory Could Increase Mercury Poisoning

November 3, 2014 11:45 am | by Mercury Policy Project | News | Comments

A new advisory recommending increased fish consumption for pregnant women could increase mercury poisoning in newborns, according to physicians and consumer groups. Groups point out that recommendation to simply "eat more fish" is oversimplified and unlikely to achieve the intended benefits.

Marathon Ventures Recalls Macadamia Nuts For Salmonella

November 3, 2014 9:45 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Marathon Ventures, Inc. announced that it is voluntarily recalling various retail and bulk packages containing raw macadamia nuts as a precautionary measure because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.        

FDA to Hold Public Meeting on Updates to Redbook

October 29, 2014 10:27 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold an open meeting on December 9, 2014 to receive input from the public on updating the Guidance for Industry “Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients,” also known as the “Redbook.”

FDA Develops Online Module to Help Ensure Proper Seafood Labeling

October 24, 2014 9:29 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Proper identification of seafood is important throughout the seafood supply chain to ensure that appropriate food safety controls are implemented and that consumers are getting the type of seafood they expect and for which they are paying.  

FDA Reminds Egg Product Exporters of New USDA Procedures

October 22, 2014 11:14 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds exporters of food products containing eggs or egg products regulated by FDA that export certificates for these products will be issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as of November 10, 2014. 

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Maryland Firm Recalls Nearly 28K Pounds of Lamb Products

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | by FDA | News | Comments

E.&B.’s Natural Way is recalling approximately 27,948 pounds of raw lamb products because they were not presented at the border for USDA-FSIS Import Inspection. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.  

Mass. Firm Recalls 115K Pounds of Chicken Products

October 17, 2014 9:43 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Shop Packaging LLC, a New Bedford, Massachusetts establishment, is recalling chicken wing products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.                             

Onion Growers Relieved by Water Rule Change

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Onion growers say their customers may be more demanding than the federal government has been in setting new rules for irrigation water quality.                              

Calif. Company Recalls Pumpkin Seed Pesto

October 14, 2014 3:02 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

California Olive and Vine, LLC of Sutter, California is taking precautionary measures and recalling Pumpkin Seed Pesto because of its irregular lab results. The pesto may be contaminated with a botulism toxin that can lead to serious illness or death.

Real Foods Issues Recall on Mexican Cheddar Dip

October 14, 2014 10:56 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Real Foods of Seattle, Washington is recalling 96 units of its Mexican Cheddar Dip product due to an undeclared allergen. The product was distributed and sold throughout the state.                   

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SunBurst Foods Issues Recall For Nearly 150 Products

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by FDA | News | Comments

SunBurst Foods of Goldsboro, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling all of its SunBurst, Fresh Bites and Private labeled products which are currently in the market because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Flavors Fuel Food Industry, Remain a Mystery to Consumers

October 9, 2014 2:37 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Five consumer and environmental groups sent a letter to the FDA expressing their concern about the flavor industry, which determines the safety of its own ingredients. The letter noted that safety is sometimes declared based on scientific data that isn't publicly available.

Infographic: FDA Warning Letters Study

October 9, 2014 7:17 am | by Sparta Systems | News | Comments

As of June 30, 2014, there has been 267 Warning Letters issued, which suggests a downward trend for the total amount of warning letters for the year. Among the letters received through June, 44 percent were in the Food and Beverage industry. 

FDA Registration Renewal Period For Food Facilities Begins Oct. 1

October 1, 2014 10:00 am | by David Lennarz, Vice President, Registrar Corp | News | Comments

The registration renewal requirement was established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 and requires that food facilities renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of every even-numbered year.   

Sugar: The Curious Ingredient Hiding in Plain Sight

September 25, 2014 9:31 am | by TED-Ed | Videos | Comments

While sugar is easy to spot in candy, soft drinks and ice cream, it also hides out in foods you might not expect. Robert Lustig decodes confusing labels and sugar's many aliases to help determine just how much of that sweet carbohydrate makes its way into our diets.

Update: FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

New proposals by the Food and Drug Administration would make it easier for farmers to meet water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer.         

Infographic: Anticipated Impact of FSMA on Manufacturers, Brand Owners

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports on food manufacturers' perceptions of FSMA and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.        

FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business. The FDA is tweaking earlier proposals that included water and soil quality standards that farms big and small say are too burdensome.

Potential Added Sugar, Portion Rules May Drive Packaging Changes

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Marcelo Ferrer, Director, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc | Articles | Comments

The FDA is intent on improving its labeling standards to encourage healthier eating. The effort, if it happens as proposed, will shine an uncomfortable light on added sugars, calorie counts and portion sizes, and will likely drive changes in formulations and sizing. 

Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA in February sent a letter to Rockland-based Linda Bean's citing the firm for "significant violations" in the way it processed seafood. As one of Maine's largest lobster processors, the company is now under investigation by the federal agency.

New Gluten-Free Ingredient May Cause Allergic Reaction

August 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Lupin, a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, is showing up as a wheat replacement in an increasing number of gluten-free products. But now, the USDA is issuing an alert to consumers to actively read food labels before buying these products.

3 Things to Consider to Mitigate Risk in the Food Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Management, IBS | Articles | Comments

The government has in recent years boosted its oversight of the food supply chain through the most aggressive regulatory overhaul since the mid-20th Century. Yet, every year hundreds of voluntary recalls threaten the reputation of the brands that sell them.

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