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It’s Time to Take Stock of Your Food Company’s FDA Registration
It’s Time to Take Stock of Your Food Company’s FDA Registration

Registration allows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond quickly and efficiently to food-safety related issues and incidents. Is your company in compliance?

Reduction in the Number of Food Facilities with Valid U.S. FDA Registrations
Reduction in the Number of Food Facilities with Valid U.S. FDA Registrations

Why are there fewer food facilities with valid U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registrations than expected? What could this trend mean to the food industry?

Traceback Investigations: Mapping the Maze
Traceback Investigations: Mapping the Maze

Tracebacks are painstaking efforts that require investigators to be both detectives and scientists.

FDA’s Right to Take Photographs in Your Facility: Or Not
FDA’s Right to Take Photographs in Your Facility: Or Not

How do confidentiality agreements affect representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who show up for a routine inspection or investigation? Read more for what you need to know.

FDA Seeks Industry Input on How to Facilitate Consumer Notification of Adulterated Foods
FDA Seeks Industry Input on How to Facilitate Consumer Notification of Adulterated Foods

What precisely should be reported in order to make the Reportable Food Registry effective in protecting consumers? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants your input. To that end, it has extended until August 18, 2014, the period for submitting comments on the proposed rulemaking.

A New Paradigm for Validation, Verification and Monitoring
A New Paradigm for Validation, Verification and Monitoring

Validation, verification and monitoring are critical components of food safety and quality management programs.

Leveraging FDA’s cGMPs and HACCP Regulations to Protect Your Company
Leveraging FDA’s cGMPs and HACCP Regulations to Protect Your Company

Proactive compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulations may minimize your exposure to contamination outbreaks and recalls, government investigations and lawsuits.

Who Is “Qualified” to Implement FSMA?
Who Is “Qualified” to Implement FSMA?

At present, it is unclear who at a food company is a “qualified individual” for purposes of implementing the new requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Regulation of Antimicrobials in Food Packaging
The Regulation of Antimicrobials in Food Packaging

Historically, FDA exercised jurisdiction over the safety of antimicrobials used in or on food, except those used on raw agricultural commodities.

Liability for Imported Foods & the Foreign Supplier Verification Program
Liability for Imported Foods & the Foreign Supplier Verification Program

As approximately 15 percent of all food in the United States is reportedly imported, it is no surprise that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has focused on foreign supplier verification. How do these regulations impact you?

FDA Pegs Food Industry With Primary Responsibility For Implementing And Monitoring FSMA Reforms
FDA Pegs Food Industry With Primary Responsibility For Implementing And Monitoring FSMA Reforms

By placing primary responsibility for food safety on the industry itself, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to dedicate its resources to providing technical expertise, setting and fostering compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and modifying protocols as needed.

By-Products in Animal Food: Not Getting a Free Pass
By-Products in Animal Food: Not Getting a Free Pass

Breweries and distilleries have long sold spent grains, a by-product of the brewing process, as an ingredient for animal feed. How will they fare under the Food Safety Modernization Act?

Vermont’s New Genetic Engineering Labeling Law: Hold the Celebration
Vermont’s New Genetic Engineering Labeling Law: Hold the Celebration

Advocates of genetic engineering disclosure are enthusiastically but perhaps prematurely celebrating Vermont’s anticipated enactment of the nation’s first operative labeling disclosure requirement for foods that are themselves, or by ingredient, the product of a genome modified by human intervention. Find out why this legislation may never be implemented.

View from the Specialty Tea Industry: Extending the Food Safety Net
View from the Specialty Tea Industry: Extending the Food Safety Net

Importers will become the front line for food safety if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandates verification of compliance with U.S. food safety laws by foreign suppliers.

Are You Making High-Risk Food? FDA Wants To Know
Are You Making High-Risk Food? FDA Wants To Know

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed a risk-ranking model for determining high-risk foods, as it requires a data-driven, comprehensive assessment tied to public health risk. How do your food products stack up?

 

FSMA-Related Whistleblower Claims Are On the Rise
FSMA-Related Whistleblower Claims Are On the Rise

The lawsuit that two consumer advocacy groups brought to compel deadlines for final publication of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has been settled against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more about the implications of the agreement.

What’s in This Stuff? FDA’s Recent Guidance on Dietary Supplements and Novel Ingredients
What’s in This Stuff? FDA’s Recent Guidance on Dietary Supplements and Novel Ingredients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published two new guidance documents on ingredients in liquid dietary supplements and traditional beverages that could affect the way you do business.

 

Preparation Is Key to Staying off FSMA’s Annual Mandatory Recall Report
Preparation Is Key to Staying off FSMA’s Annual Mandatory Recall Report

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to submit to Congress an annual report on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s exercise of its new mandatory recall authority.

 

FDA’s “Tentative” Determination Regarding Trans Fat: A Food Safety Assessment
FDA’s “Tentative” Determination Regarding Trans Fat: A Food Safety Assessment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the first step in a process that will likely ban the use of trans fats in most if not all processed foods. What are the food safety implications?

 

Will Your HACCP Plan Be Acceptable under FSMA?
Will Your HACCP Plan Be Acceptable under FSMA?

The requirements described in the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls-proposed regulation indicate that FDA will be taking longer and harder looks at what food processors are doing to ensure the safety of what they are manufacturing.

 

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