FDA proposes new funding across multiple US food safety systems

USA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new funding across multiple aspects of US food safety system which is meant to solidify the agency’s capabilities in food safety management. Additional funding aims to support innovations in technology and the new requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act…

PureCircle’s Reb M stevia sweetener receives regulatory approval in Singapore

ASIA – The world’s leading producer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle has announced that it has received approval for expanded use and applications of its next generation stevia leaf sweetener, Reb M in Singapore. The approval allows PureCircle to market the stevia leaf ingredient to food and beverage companies in Singapore for production of zero- and…

FDA advances implementation of agric water requirements for produce safety

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced that it is advancing new tools and science for implementing agricultural water requirements for produce safety. The agency has said the additional initiatives are meant to ensure the feasibility of federal requirements and incorporate lessons learned from recent outbreaks related to Romaine…

FDA lifts import ban on genetically engineered salmon, advocates for safe biotechnology

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lifted an import ban on genetically engineered salmon as part of the efforts in advancing development of safe biotechnology innovations in the country. The 2016 import ban prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the US until the agency finalizes on guidelines on how it should be…

USDA’S FSIS issues best practices guideline in response to customer complaints

USA - Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a best practices guideline to help the meat and poultry industry respond to customer complaints related to adulterated or misbranded products. The guidance reinforces the need for the industry to clearly respond to customer complaints of foreign materials…

USDA and FDA announce formal agreement to jointly regulate cell-cultured food products

USA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced a formal agreement to jointly regulate cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. The two agencies said they will jointly oversee the production of human food products developed using the cell-cultured technology.…

FDA unveils new strategy to protect food from deliberate adulteration

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced new advanced steps to protect food products from intentional adulteration or contamination. According to FDA, the new measures supports the agency’s compliance with the intentional adulteration (IA) rule set forth under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to prevent intentional adulteration…

USDA strengthens partnerships to prevent African Swine Fever entering the country

USA – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced additional steps to protect the United States from African swine fever (ASF) which is widely spreading internationally. The strengthened actions aim to protect the country’s swine industry from the disease which has since spread to China. This follows the protections announced earlier by the…

FDA unveils strategy to advance food safety and oversight of imported food

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced a new strategy to advance its food safety mission and modernize oversight of imported food. The FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Deputy, Frank Yiannas have outlined steps the federal agency will undertake to promote FDA’s food safety and the implementation of the…

Irish food safety authority develops DNA scanning tool to fight food fraud

IRELAND - The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has developed a new DNA scanning tool that identifies the entire DNA content of food with an aim to fight food fraud. The tool can identify all the ingredients and their biological sources in a food, thus helping regulators and consumers fight food fraud as well…