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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...

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...

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'...

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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.

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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.

Regulation Uncertainty Kills A Product Line

August 21, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet, causing cheesemakers to pull popular product lines.               

Consumer Group Asks Food Facilities to Accurately Label Sugars

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Citizens for Health | News | Comments

One of the country's oldest consumer action groups, the Citizens for Health, has filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration to compel food manufacturing facilities to spell out the type of sweeteners they add to products.     

The Fight Continues Over Proposed Changes to Food Labels

August 4, 2014 2:56 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An article in Chemical & Engineering News points out that while the Nutrition Facts label has remained largely the same for 20 years, nutrition science has not. Industry groups argue that because added and natural sugars are chemically the same, the distinction is unnecessary.

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Experts Work to Create At-Home Caffeine Detection Test for Drinks

July 31, 2014 8:10 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose has the FDA thoroughly inspecting all foods and beverages with added amounts of caffeine. Now, scientists are working to create an at-home test that detects the stimulant in almost all beverages.

Court Reverses Ruling On Public Hearings About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court ruled the FDA isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed. The court said the FDA isn't required to hold hearings because it has made no official finding that antibiotics pose a health risk.

Teen's Death Leads FDA to Inspect Caffeine in Food, Drinks

July 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, ANN SANNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The caffeine overdose of an 18 year old Ohio student has led to investigations by the Food and Drug Administration of the powder's safety in energy drinks and food, as manufacturers have added caffeine to candy, nuts and other snack foods in recent years.

Do We Really Need a Nutrition Label to Tell Us What's Unhealthy?

July 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The Nutrition Facts label facelift is getting a lot of attention lately. Health experts say consumers need a label with a clear statement telling them whether a food is healthy. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I've never read the Nutrition Facts label on my food.

Health Advocates: Nutrition Labels Are Not Enough

July 17, 2014 9:00 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials say the nutrition facts on food labels do not provide enough information to help consumers make healthy choices. They would like to see labels on the front of products with a clear statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided. 

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Consumer Trends: Online Recipe Tool Shields Against Food Poisoning

July 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Ad Council | News | Comments

Foodborne illness is a serious public threat in the U.S. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. Now, a new online tool created by the USDA automatically inserts critical food safety steps into user recipes.

Trial Delayed for 3 Charged in Deadly Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

July 14, 2014 8:28 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2009 salmonella outbreak of a Georgia peanut plant, Peanut Company of America, will be put on trial two weeks later than planned. Authorities traced salmonella that killed nine people and sickened more than 700 people to the peanut company in Blakely, Georgia.

FDA Investigates Energy Drinks on Safety Concerns

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Renewed concerns are surfacing as caffeine-containing energy drinks have surged in popularity. Last year, Congress pressed the FDA to look into the safety of caffeine. The FDA has since begun an internal evaluation of caffeine and is expected to issue guidelines.

Teen's Caffeine Overdose Raises Concern on Added Amounts in Food

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The caffeine overdose in a healthy teen has gotten the attention of the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration about the increasing amounts of caffeine in a whole range of foods. The agency is investigating the safety of energy drinks and energy shots.

The FDA, ConAgra, Coca-Cola Share Food Allergen Control Strategies

June 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

To clarify allergen-related policy and practices, industry experts from the FDA, Johns Hopkins University, ConAgra and the Coca-Cola Co. presented in a Food Safety Summit workshop, “Food Allergen Control Update,” at the Baltimore Convention Center. 

FDA Wants to Oversee Companies Using Nanotechnology

June 25, 2014 8:15 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA regulators want companies to consult with them before launching nanotechnology products, though the decision whether to go to market will essentially rest with manufacturers. The FDA doesn't make the call on the overall safety of nanotechnology.

Colo. Woman Sues Chia Company after Contracting Salmonella

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Navitus Naturals of California is facing a lawsuit from a Fort Collins, Colo., woman who said she was diagnosed with salmonella in March, three months after she began consuming the company's chia powder. Navitas and other companies have recently recalled the powder.

Will Food Companies Reduce Salt Content? FDA Hopes So

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty. The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels.

Food Sentry: Why Are Dogs Getting Sick From Chicken Jerky Treats?

June 13, 2014 11:37 am | by Food Sentry | News | Comments

Food Sentry, a global food monitoring service, thinks it understands why the FDA cannot seem to figure out why dogs are getting sick from Chinese-made chicken jerky treats. Analyst Scott Witt believes hexavalent chromium could be to blame for the contamination.

Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

Cheese Society Refutes FDA Law on Wood Aging Shelves

June 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Cheese Society | News | Comments

The American Cheese Society is strongly against the FDA's ruling of discontinuing wooden boards in the cheese making process due to unsanitary surfaces. The ACS says no foodborne illness outbreak has been found to be caused by the use of wood as an aging surface.

FDA: Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging Are Unsanitary

June 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says the use of wooden boards in the the aging process of cheese is unsanitary, despite the integral part wooden boards have played in a cheesemakers operations. Will this be the end of artisan cheeses as we know it?

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