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FDA Permits Three Exceptions From Sanitary Transportation Rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  has published three waivers  to the now final Sanitary Transportation rule mandated by the  Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The waivers are for businesses whose transportation operations are subject to separate State-Federal controls. They include: Businesses holding valid permits that are inspected under the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments’ Grade… Continue reading FDA Permits Three Exceptions From Sanitary Transportation Rule

Nuts over Nutella

Ah, the classic Nutella spread. Part chocolate, part hazelnut, and just 200 calories of pure deliciousness. Or is it 100 calories? Do you classify your serving as 1 tablespoon or 2? That’s what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know. Nutella is currently classified as a dessert topping. The serving size is two… Continue reading Nuts over Nutella

Mail you’d rather not get

It starts with an unannounced arrival in the lobby. A produce company is operating in full swing at its chopped bag salad plant when investigators with the Food and Drug Administration come calling for a random inspection. For the next two weeks, investigators’ eyes are on everything, pouring through records, food safety plans, collecting samples… Continue reading Mail you’d rather not get

Bugs are in your food, and it’s FDA approved

Red lipstick has been a timeless staple in pop culture for as long as the beauty world can remember. But did you know the secret behind the pop of color is actually due to crushed-up insect extract? That’s right. Bugs are the secret to fiery red lips as well as other products such as cheek… Continue reading Bugs are in your food, and it’s FDA approved

Why are there regulations on milk?

How did regulations start? As people moved to the cities, the milk supply became unhealthy.  Milk had to be transported longer distances and was held at higher temperatures for longer times. As a result, many people, especially children, became sick and died after consuming contaminated milk. In the late 19th century, public health reformers started… Continue reading Why are there regulations on milk?

What Does That Food Label Mean?

In the US, food labels are required for most prepared foods.  They are mandated to list several things such as calories and dietary fiber. The label must also include any vitamins or minerals added to enriched foods.  Specific additives such as color additives must also be listed.  Finally, the FDA requires labeling of ingredients that… Continue reading What Does That Food Label Mean?

FDA and the PMO

  Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food as it Relates to Dairy Products Produced under the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) FDA website as of 02 December 2015. PMO.1. Do facilities operating under the PMO meet the requirements of the final preventive controls rule? The preventive controls provision of FSMA (section 103) does not… Continue reading FDA and the PMO

FDA Seeking Information on Raw Milk Cheese

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started collecting public comments on cheese made from unpasteurized milk. Agency officials want any information or scientific data that would help them identify and evaluate measures that might minimize the impact of pathogens in raw milk cheese. The public comment period will remain open for 90… Continue reading FDA Seeking Information on Raw Milk Cheese

FDA and USDA Under One Roof?

Gavel and book.

A bill recently introduced by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) calls for a single, independent food safety agency.  The Safe Food Act 2015 would combine the responsibilities of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under one roof within the Department of Health and Human Services. Read the bill… Continue reading FDA and USDA Under One Roof?