European Union prepares for changes to food labels

On the heels of proposed changes to U.S. food labels from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comes changes to the European Union (EU) food regulations.

The changes aren’t new regulations, but requirements of laws that are going to finally come into effect this year. EU Regulation 1169/2011, was originally proposed in late January 2008, […]

Agriculture appropriations bills move through subcommittees

Last week, the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Related Agencies met to markup their respective agriculture appropriations bills.

The bill would include $1 billion for the


Chinese leaders promise harsh food safety measures

Responding to a growing lack of confidence in the safety of the food available in China, the People’s Daily reported that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the government will strictly enforce laws and regulations, pledging the most stringent supervision and toughest punishment for unscrupulous producers and negligent officials.

The article stated that Li said the […]

FSMA sanitary transport rule announced

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A rule aimed at preventing contamination of human and animal food during transport announced today marks the final major rule to come from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The proposed rule would create criteria for sanitary transportation methods, including proper refrigeration, cleaning between shipments and ensuring food is protected […]

U.K. moves to prevent counterfeit alcohol

A new plan in the United Kingdom (U.K.) will help assure consumers that the spirits they purchase actually are what they’re marketed as.

The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme aims to help protect the integrity of U.K.-made spirits, such as Scotch, from confusion with counterfeits or lower quality substitutions. Under the plan, HM Revenue & Customs […]

Mechanically-tenderized beef comment period extended

The comment period on labeling mechanically-tenderized beef products has been reopened following a request by trade associations.

The proposed rule would require the use of the label “mechanically tenderized” on raw or partially-cooked beef products that have been tenderized using needles or blades. The concern comes as the blades or needles may inadvertently transfer pathogens […]

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Year end sees sea of regulatory flux – The Acheson Group

From leafy greens to a plan to reduce Salmonella, there’s a lot going on at the […]

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Fall 2013 White House regulatory plan includes many food safety rules – Food Safety News

Many food safety items, including rules surrounding mechanically-tenderized beef […]

FDA announces program priorities

Reducing foodborne illnesses tops the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN) priority list for 2013-2014.

The goals, which are set to help focus CFSAN’s priorities, revolve around public health, ongoing developments and new provisions set up under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The updated priorities also reflect emerging issues, such as food […]

FDA extends comment periods on preventive controls, produce rule

Following the release of two new proposed rules last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the comment period on two previously-released rules to give interested parties extra time to consider connections between them.

In its announcement of the foreign supplier verification and third party audit rules in July, the FDA noted […]