Category Archives: FDA

FDA Finalizes Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Rules

The 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act did not cover nutrition labeling for restaurants and other ready-to-eat-foods. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act updated the labeling requirements to include chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments (i. e. chain … Continue reading

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USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides very useful information on their website. Check out Meat and Poultry Labeling Terms if you are at all curious what producer’s statements really mean. Are you curious about the definitions of various … Continue reading

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Food Safety and Modernization Act

I just received the following email and urge you to follow the link and learn about the impact of this new Federal regulation. Hi folks Most  have you have heard about the Food  Safety and Modernization Act. Upon first inspection … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Regulate GMO Alfalfa

Monsanto Company and Forage Genetics International have petitioned seeking a determination of nonregulated status of alfalfa designated as event KK179, which has been genetically engineered to express reduced levels of guaiacyl lignin. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Docket No. … Continue reading

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Mimolette

I have enjoyed Mimolette for a number of years now. It is a hard cheese which gets harder as it ages, deep orange in color with a slight caramelized tone. It is probably most like a well made aged cheddar. It keeps … Continue reading

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

A Consumer Reports (Nov 2008) poll found that 95% of respondents thought food from genetically engineered animals should be labeled and a MSNBC (Feb 2011) poll found that 96% of voters believe genetically modified foods should be labeled.  Recently Just … Continue reading

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Produce Safety Proposed Rule Q & A

The Produce Safety Proposed Rule defines “farm” as: The proposed rule would define “farm” to mean a facility in one general physical location devoted to the growing and harvesting of crops, the raising of animals (including seafood) or both. “Farm” … Continue reading

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Food Safety Modernization Act

The FDA has published their Food Safety Capacity-Building Plan as required by Section 305 of the recently enacted Food Safety Modernization Act. This act provides for the FDA to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods as … Continue reading

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Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon

Food and Drug Administration, Docket # FDA-2011-N-0899, has issued their Draft Environmental Assessment and Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact concerning a Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon and extended the public comment period. Written and/or electronic comments are welcomed (?) through … Continue reading

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FDA Proposed Rule: Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food

Released for public comment on 14 January 2013, Docket Number FDA-2011-N-09203, comments due by 16 May 2013 on their proposed rule on preventive controls for human food that focuses on preventing problems that can cause foodborne illness.These rules would apply to both … Continue reading

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