Food, Drug & Agriculture

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On October 22, 2018, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries in cooperation with the Future of Privacy Forum and the Center for Information Policy Leadership organized a workshop entitled “Can GDPR Work for Health Research.”  In the first session, the workshop discussed the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) on clinical trials in the EU.  The second session was devoted to further use of health data for scientific research.  Among other things, this…
As reported by multiple outlets, Stephen Ostroff, FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine, will retire January 5. Ostroff assumed the role of Deputy Commissioner in 2016, previously serving as the acting FDA Commissioner on two occasions. Walmart’s Vice President for Food Safety and Health, Frank Yiannas, is set to replace Ostroff. Yiannas will have a different title, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, reflecting FDA’s ongoing efforts to reorganize the agency.…
Last Friday, we wrote about the amended proposed permanent cannabis regulations that are now in a 15-day notice-and-comment period for each California agency—the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”), Department of Public Health (“DPH”), and Department of Food and Agriculture (“DFA”). Each of the proposed rules can be found here, here, and here. The next round of written public comments is due to each agency by November 5, 2018. It’s important then for…
Not long ago we published, as a guest post, a 50-state survey of state tolling statutes that governed whether, and under what circumstances, actions dismissed on a non-merits basis could be refiled notwithstanding the running of the applicable statute of limitations in the interim. Bexis had never really thought much about these kinds of statutes before – but in preparing the post for publication, he did. That led to an idea. Bexis being Bexis, he…
MOUNT VERNON, WA — They’re out there on the front lines waging a battle against dangerous pathogens that can contaminate your food and make you sick or even kill you. Yet most people don’t even think about them when they buy their food. Who are these food-safety soldiers? None other than the farmworkers, the people who harvest and pack the fruits and vegetables you buy. Most people don’t see them simply because they’re often working…
Editor’s Note: Workshops like this one below in King County, WA are being held around the country to help growers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule.  Cornell University, FDA, and USDA have formed an alliance to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements included in the latest  Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Training sessions based on the alliance’s standard curriculum are being held all across the…
A Ready-to-Eat (RTE) single-serve condiment manufacturer from New York and a shelf-stable RTE hot sauce manufacturer are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of federal food safety rules. The FDA sent warning letters to the companies in September and August of 2018 and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed 15 working days to respond to FDA warning letters. Failure to promptly correct violations can result in legal…
The probability of infection by low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) through eating contaminated raw poultry meat or raw table eggs is “negligible”, according to estimates from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA said there is a high level of uncertainty on the transmission pathways for poultry and wild birds due to the limited number of studies. Avian influenza viruses are either high or low pathogenic viruses (HPAI and LPAI). A few of them such…