Undeclared allergens in a global ingredient supply chain

These days, simply eating a meal is like taking a journey around the world, whether you realize it or not. Thanks to increasingly interlocked global trade, there might be ingredients in your food from another hemisphere.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, between 10% and 15% of all food consumed in the U.S. […]

FDA to hold meeting on FSMA import rule, third party accreditation

Those interested will have several opportunities to attend public meetings hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about two proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules.

The first meeting will cover the foreign supplier verification rule, which requires importers to ensure foods and animal feed being shipped the U.S. are “produced in a […]

New certification service for egg-containing products available

Two U.S. regulatory agencies have unveiled a new export certification program for food products containing egg.

The new program, established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will help companies certify exports, which often is required by companies outside the U.S. and foreign governments. These certifications help […]

Russia to U.S.: To resume imports, provide ractopamine details

In the wake of import restrictions on U.S. turkey, beef and pork products, Russia has requested information on monitoring programs for the feed additive ractopamine.

Russia wants a “full description” on how the U.S. monitors for ractopamine, including sensitivity information, limit of detection and how often the studies are conducted, Russian veterinary and phytosanitary agency […]

Chinese ractopamine rules go into effect

Starting today, companies that export pork from the U.S. to China must provide documentation certifying the products are free of the feed additive ractopamine.

The new requirements follow import restrictions imposed on U.S. beef, pork and turkey by Russia in February.

Ractopamine is used to promote lean muscle growth in cows, pigs and turkeys. It […]

FSMA update: International capacity building plan announced

A plan to prevent food safety issues abroad before the products reach the U.S. was unveiled today.

The international food safety capacity building plan “provides a strategic framework for FDA’s international food safety capacity-building activities,” according to a statement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

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As senators push for action on Russian import restrictions, China looks at ractopamine

A group of U.S. senators have called on U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to quickly resolve a Russian ban on U.S. pork, beef and turkey products because of a disagreement over the feed additive ractopamine.

Earlier this month, Russia enacted import restrictions on the products over concerns they may contain ractopamine, a feed additive that […]

Japan to allow more imports of U.S. beef

Japan is set to loosen restrictions imposed on the import of U.S. beef after a case of mad cow disease was discovered in the U.S. in 2006.

Beginning Feb. 1, Japan will allow the import of beef and beef products derived from cattle younger than 30 months old, according to Food Safety News.

Currently, beef […]

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Poultry vaccinations credited for U.K.’s big drop in Salmonella – Food Safety News

Just how big of a drop? Lab-confirmed cases fell from roughly 18,000 in 1993 to just […]

Two year anniversary of FSMA marked with release of two key rules

It’s been a long road toward new regulations aimed at bolstering food safety in the U.S.

But today, on the two year anniversary of President Obama signing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two key rules for a public comment period of 120 days.

The […]