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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,…
Reposted from Keller and Heckman’s Blog, The Daily Intake The San Francisco City Attorney, in coordination with the City’s Board of Supervisors, announced on March 20, 2019 that it will introduce legislation to prohibit the sale and delivery of e-cigarettes in the City unless such products have been established as “appropriate for the protection of the public health” through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) process.  Notably, the City Attorney…
The San Francisco City Attorney, in coordination with the City’s Board of Supervisors, announced on March 20, 2019 that it will introduce legislation to prohibit the sale and delivery of e-cigarettes in the City unless such products have been established as “appropriate for the protection of the public health” through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) process.  Notably, the City Attorney did not indicate any intention to prohibit the sale
This article was first published by EU Food Law on March 19, 2019. Marketing Cannabidiol (CBD) in the EU has become more complex and, in some cases, is subject to national restrictions. Shops selling products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) are popping-up across Europe drawing more and more attention on the legality, write Katia Merten-Lentz and Manon Ombredane of international law firm Keller & Heckman. Cannabis sativa L is a well-known plant made up of more than 480…
This article originally appeared in World Food Regulation Review, Vol. 28, Number 9, February 2019. This article aims to present and explain the main topics on the agenda of the forthcoming 51st session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives, taking place in Jinan from 25 to 29 March 2019. In next month’s WFRR issue (March), a similar article will summarize the main decisions resulting from CCFA51. ___________________________________________________________ The forthcoming 51st meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Committee…
This article originally appeared in World Food Regulation Review, Vol. 28, Number 9, February 2019. The European Union (EU) succeeded in implementing one of the world’s highest standards of food safety. But each food scandal brings to light new gaps in the legislation and enforcement. After the Spanghero case (the so-called “horse meat scandal”), it is time again for public bodies to propose further steps to protect both food business operators and consumers against food fraud. By…
As previously reported on this blog, there has been considerable discussion around the regulation of cell-cultured meat both at the federal and state levels. Earlier this month, USDA and FDA published a formal agreement regarding federal agency oversight of human food produced using cell technology. Under the formal agreement, FDA will oversee cell collection and the development/maintenance of cell banks up and until the harvesting stage, where regulatory oversight will then transfer to USDA,…
A recent class action lawsuit that claimed a manufacturer misrepresented its laundry detergent products as “all natural” when they, in fact, contained synthetic ingredients, has resulted in a $1.5 million settlement. A New York federal court gave preliminary approval to the settlement, which also requires the company to add qualifying language that states “contains naturally derived and other ingredients” and to add a “USDA Certified Bio-Based” label. The company must modify its website content to…
As previously reported on this blog, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) introduction of the Dairy Pride Act  in 2017 was met with controversy. On March 14, 2019, Sen. Baldwin, along with Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), reintroduced The Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, milk, and cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act (DAIRY PRIDE Act). The legislation is cosponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Debbie…
  The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has tasked the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) of OEHHA’s Science Advisory Board with evaluating whether cannabis (marijuana), marijuana (cannabis) smoke, cannabis extracts, and Δ-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been shown to cause reproductive toxicity (developmental toxicity endpoint).  Chemicals identified as reproductive toxicants by the DARTIC are added to the Proposition 65 list. OEHHA is initiating the development of hazard identification materials on cannabis chemicals…