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On April 25, France adopted an executive order banning the placement of foods containing titanium dioxide on the market for one year beginning January 1, 2020.  See our blog on the topic here. On May 13, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), published a statement on the risk review performed by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES).  EFSA concluded, in part, that the ANSES evaluation did not identify…
As previously reported by Food Industry Executive based on a report and press release from Stericycle Expert Solutions, recalls within the consumer products, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device, and food and beverage industries were all down in the first quarter of 2019.  This is the first time since 2012 that recalls were down across all industries monitored by Stericycle. Stericycle believes that the reduction in recalls “were largely due to reduced oversight from the government shutdown…
The International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) is an international group of cosmetics regulatory authorities including members from Brazil, Canada, the European Union, and the United States.  These members and industry trade associations meet annually to discuss safety and regulatory issues.  The ICCR multilateral framework is intended to harmonize regulations and reduce regulatory burden while maintaining consumer safety.  The next meeting will be held July 9-11 in Montreal, Canada. FDA announced (84
The French Authorities will suspend the marketing of foods containing (titanium dioxide – TiO2, E 171) as of January 2020. Links below, except the last one, are to the French documents. On April 25, the French government adopted an executive order, implementing the recent Agriculture and Food Law (No. 2018-938). It contains the conclusion from the French Food Safety Agency’s (ANSES) opinion issued on April 15, 2019 showing data gaps and uncertainties regarding…
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) amended the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to create the current regulatory framework for dietary supplements.  At the time the law was passed, there were roughly 4,000 dietary supplements on the market in the United States.  The number of dietary supplements on the market is now estimated to be between 50,000 and 80,000.  Under DSHEA, producers of dietary supplements with new dietary ingredients must provide…
In November 2018, FDA announced that it had tested 26 kratom products with “disturbingly” high heavy metal levels.  Also known as Mitragyna speciose, kratom grows naturally in Southeast Asia and has opioid-like properties.  The Daily Intake blogged on the topic here. Besides concerns regarding kratom’s opioid-like properties, FDA also has taken action and issued its only mandatory recall order due to Salmonella contamination. On April 3, FDA released a summary of the heavy…
Drs. Susan Mayne, head of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), and Dennis Keefe (head of CFSAN’s Office of Food Additive Safety) published a post on the FDA Voices blog on March 21 discussing FDA’s  Voluntary Plant Biotechnology Consultation Program (the Consultation Program) and the Plant and Animal Biotechnology Action Plan. Under the Consultation Program, which has been in existence since 1995 and has conducted 184 consultations,…
In February 2018, The Daily Intake Blog reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) were soliciting “public comments on the proposed priority topics and supporting scientific questions that will guide the development of the upcoming 2020-2025” edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (the 2020 DGA).  The DGA is a set of recommendations intended to help people make healthy eating choices and it…
Section 904(a)(3) of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Tobacco Control Act, (FDCA) requires manufacturers and importers to report the quantities of Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents (HPHCs) found in their tobacco products, or in the smoke produced by their products, by brand and sub-brand.  21 U.S.C. § 387d(a)(3).  This requirement was extended to all deemed products such as e-cigarettes, e-liquid, cigars, hookah and pipe tobacco when the Deeming Rule…
As we previously reported, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a November 16, 2018 joint press release, announced an agreement on joint regulation of cell-cultured meat.  Though the framework was not released at the time, the press release indicated that under the agreement, FDA will oversee “cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A transition from…