As previously reported on this blog, FDA published final rules to implement the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control (HARPC) provisions for human and animal food under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on September 17, 2015. Small businesses may be eligible for certain exemptions and have later compliance dates than larger businesses covered by these rules. View Full Post
On February 20, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied a petition for a health claim for the consumption of cranberry products and the reduction in risk of recurrent urinary tract infection (UTIs) in healthy women and notified Ocean Spray that FDA will instead review the petition as a request for a qualified health claim instead under the Better Nutrition Information for Consumer Health Initiative (July 10, 2003), which is implemented by FDA guidance documents, (1) Interim Procedures for Qualified Health Claims in the Labeling of Conventional Food and Human Dietary Supplements and (2) Interim Evidence-based Ranking System for Scientific Data. View Full Post
The Codex Alimentarius (Codex al.) is a collection of standards, guidelines, codes of good practices and recommendations adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). The CAC is the central part of the joint FAO/WHO program setting international food standards recognized in country trade disputes.  View Full Post
A California court has granted an injunction enjoining various growers associations from providing Proposition 65 cancer warnings for crops grown with glyphosate.  In a motion for preliminary injunction, National Association of Wheat Growers et al. v. Zeise, the court held that a Proposition 65 warning conveying that glyphosate causes cancer would not be “factually accurate” and would be “misleading to the ordinary consumer” because almost all other regulators (i.e. View Full Post
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conway has delayed the release of a draft law renewing farm and nutrition programs due to opposition to cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also colloquially known as the “Food Stamps” Program. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to more than 47 million eligible, low-income individuals and families, and is authorized and subsidized by the Farm Bill. View Full Post
As previously reported on this blog, USDA published the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule on January 19, 2017. The rule established minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements for chickens based on the type of production and stage of life, as well as added new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter. View Full Post
As previously covered on this blog, Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on distributors of sweetened beverages (including soda and diet soda, non-100% fruit drinks; sports drinks; flavored water; energy drinks; pre-sweetened coffee or tea; and non-alcoholic beverages intended to be mixed into alcoholic drinks) was conceived by city leaders as a revenue generating measure to fund local health and education needs. View Full Post
The United States and the European Union (EU) have not traded live shellfish for nearly eight years. Since 2010, U.S. shellfish imports have not been allowed to enter the EU, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not permitted the import of live, fresh or fresh-frozen molluscan shellfish from the EU since the 1980s. View Full Post