USDA and FDA to jointly regulate animal cell-cultured food products

USA - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have reached a consensus that both the agencies should jointly oversee the regulation of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. The joint regulatory framework will see FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A…

Poor personal hygiene, cross contamination among foodborne illness risk factors in fast food restaurants, FDA report

USA – The Food and Drug Administration has released findings from the first phase of a 10-year study indicating that among the foodborne illness risk factors that needed improvement were poor personal hygiene, improper food holding/time and temperature and cross-contamination with the equipment. According to FDA, more than half of all food poisoning outbreaks in…

FDA considers requirement to label sesame as an allergen on packaged foods

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation into the prevalence and severity of sesame allergies in the United States with a possible consideration for a requirement to label sesame as an allergen on packaged foods. Sesame is not required to be disclosed as an allergen, and in some circumstances,…

USDA, EPA and FDA sign joint agency to educate Americans on reducing food wastes

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has announced the signing of a joint agency formal agreement under the Winning on Reducing Food Waste initiative. The agreement is aimed at improving coordination and communication across federal agencies attempting to better…

FDA to examine use of ‘milk, cheese, and yogurt’ terms in labeling plant-based products

USA - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States is reviewing the use of dairy food names like ‘milk’, ‘cheese’, ‘yogurt’ in the labeling of plant-based food and beverages. The FDA is stepping up approaches to modernize standards of identity including requirements for the content and sometimes the methods used to produce…

Authority orders bottler to shut down on Classy Water standards controversy

ETHIOPIA - The Ministry of Trade has cautioned the public against Classy Water bottled by Belay Industrial Plc on water quality issues, leading to the closure of the facilities, reports Fortune. The warning to avoid and stop drinking the product was issued on 20 September 2018 by the ministry saying a batch of bottled water…

EFSA to review potential hazards and safety levels of food contact material bisphenol A

EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has unveiled a new working group of scientific experts to evaluate recent technological data on the potential hazards and safety limits of the food contact material bisphenol A (BPA). The re-assessment, set to start this month will be carried out by EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials,…

U.S. FDA announces new export certification program for certain food products

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a new export certification program, along with the fees that will be assessed, for certain FDA-regulated food products. According to FDA, the fees will apply to products, such as produce, grains, processed foods, food additives, color additives, food contact substances, and infant formula. “The…

FDA supports exemption of coffee from California’s cancer warning law

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it supports the proposed regulation that exempts coffee from a Proposition 65 that demands cancer warning on a number of products. In a letter to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, FDA said the move follows a careful review of the most…

FDA links foods prepared with liquid nitrogen at point of sale with health problems

USA - The Food and Drug Administration agency of the United States has warned consumers and retailers of the potential health effects from food products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen at the point of sale, immediately before consumption. According to the health department agency, liquid nitrogen considered to be non-toxic, can cause severe damage to…