The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating about 80 percent of the U.S. food supply, encompassing all foods and food ingredients introduced into or offered for sale in interstate commerce, except for meat, poultry, certain processed egg products, and catfish, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In this episode of Food Safety Matters, we are joined by Brian Ronholm, Director of Food Policy for Consumer Reports, who lends his insight as a consumer advocate and former regulator to a discussion around food regulatory policy and food safety legislation. We dissect a variety of current events in food safety, such as toxic heavy metals in baby foods and food additives legislation, from multiple perspectives, including industry, consumer, regulatory, and consumer advocate.
As part of the agency’s Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a report detailing the results of targeted inspections and microbiological testing of leafy greens grown in Salinas Valley, California during the region’s 2022 harvest season.
In a recent webinar organized by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, a top policy and legislation official from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided insight to the agency’s approach to regulating cannabidiol (CBD) and kratom in foods and dietary supplements.
FDA's Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) require importers to verify that their foreign suppliers of food for human and animal consumption meet applicable FDA safety standards. More specifically, FSVP requires that importers verify that their suppliers are producing food using processes and procedures that offer the same level of public health protection as the preventive controls requirements in the Good Manufacturing Practices and Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food rules and the Produce Safety Rule, and that the food is not adulterated and properly labeled with respect to allergens. As the program progresses, FDA remains committed to fulfilling its public health mission. Through continuous monitoring, FDA targets high-risk products and supply chains to ensure the efficient use of resources and the most impactful FSVP inspections.
In 2011, the same year that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network to serve as the agency's focal point for response coordination and evaluation of foodborne illness outbreaks. The primary role of FDA CORE is to conduct outbreak surveillance, manage the response efforts, and initiate post-outbreak activities related to incidents involving multiple illnesses linked to FDA-regulated human food, dietary supplements, and cosmetic products. This article explores the evolution, work, and perpetual improvement of the CORE Network.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new webpage listing retail food safety resources and information, along with a new job aid about time/temperature control foods according to the FDA Food Code.
FDA recently published revisions to one guidance for industry and withdrew another. Specifically, FDA released revisions to the Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) Draft Guidance, and withdrew its guidance onchlorpyrifos residues due to the U.S. Court of Appeals voiding EPA's ban on food tolerances for the pesticide chemical.
On Demand: From this webinar, you will learn an invaluable understanding of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 204 from the architect of Rule 204, Frank Yiannas, which will demystify its nuances and progress.