With the government shut down, many public health agencies are constrained in their ability to perform routine compliance and enforcement activities. In the case of FDA and USDA, as long as the shutdown persists, some of the agency's routine food safety activities will be put on hold.
The new Farm Bill, which legalizes the production of hemp, may provide expanding opportunities for the food industry seeking to use hemp-derived ingredients in food products. We provide an explanation of the new Farm Bill’s Hemp Provisions, and what it might mean for your company.
With more and more states legalizing cannabis, and FDA receiving increased pressure to weigh-in, more and more food companies are now exploring how cannabis could be utilized as an ingredient in a wide range of food products.
Are you ready for your first FSVP Inspection?
FIC is proud to introduce the newest member of its food industry consulting and legal team.
Staying abreast of which food products are being targeted for alleged Proposition 65 violations can be daunting. As a result, Food Industry Counsel has created the “FIC Prop 65 Notice Reporter” to help food product manufacturers and retailers determine which food products are at risk.
Food safety is one of the highest regulatory priorities of FSIS. As a result of recent industry efforts driven by FSIS policy changes, we have witnessed a significant reduction in the numbers of foodborne illness outbreaks and recalls being reported annually.
The holidays are my most favorite time of year. And, they are getting close. Already, local stores have begun displaying and selling Christmas decorations in anticipation of the millions of families across the nation who will adorn their trees, homes and yards with bright and inviting lights.
Although most readers of this post will conduct their business under the watchful eye of continuous federal inspection, there is something far more distracting and onerous than having to manage the daily criticism of FSIS onsite inspectors.
On April 6th, 2016, FDA published its final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. The Rule is one of seven proposed under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Less than ten years ago, E. coli O157:H7 was in the news almost daily. Indeed, each year, tens of millions of pounds of raw ground beef were being recalled by industry because of the presence of this harmful bacteria.
FDA compliance can sometimes be tricky. This is especially true with the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and FDA’s new aggressive enforcement policy.
I have written often on the topic of FDA’s continuing efforts to overhaul the safety of the U.S. food supply. Over the past decade, the agency has used a numerous tools, including new regulations, new inspection policy, and new initiatives to encourage broader food safety compliance.
USDA and FSIS maintain a tight grasp over the meat and poultry industries. As a result, it’s critical when facing issues with FSIS, that you partner with a firm that can bring the highest level of expertise to help achieve and maintain compliance.
The business of producing food is complex. Products often incorporate a wide variety of ingredients sourced from locations throughout the world. Moreover, food is often perishable and business success depends on providing products that are as fresh as possible.
When it comes to selling food, speed is usually an advantage. Many companies pride themselves on their ability to deliver a quality product faster than their competitors, and many consumers when shopping for groceries will seek out foods they can quickly prepare in their homes.