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FDA to Begin “Intentional Adulteration” Inspections in March 2020

23 April 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on 17 April that routine inspections to verify compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s intentional adulteration rule will begin in March 202...Read More


Mainland China Added to APHIS’ African Swine Fever List

26 March 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has added mainland China to the list of countries affected by African swine fever, effective 26 March....Read More


U.S. Could Allow Imports of Fresh Jujube Fruit from Mainland China

25 March 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking input from interested parties by 24 May on an analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importati...Read More


Maryland May Become First U.S. State to Ban Polystyrene Food Containers

25 March 2019

Maryland is poised to become the first U.S. state to ban expanded polystyrene foam food containers. A bill recently passed the Democratic-majority Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland State Se...Read More


Deadline to Comply with Certain Provisions of Produce Safety Rule Extended

18 March 2019

The FDA has extended certain compliance dates associated with its November 2015 final rule setting forth standards for the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce for human consumption. Sp...Read More


Import Restrictions Lifted on Genetically Engineered Salmon

14 March 2019

The FDA announced on 8 March that it is deactivating a 2016 import alert that prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the United States. Various consumer and environmental groups have bl...Read More


Public Consultation Launched, Seeking Feedback, with a View to Evaluating EU Law on Food Contact Materials

5 March 2019

The Commission’s notice initiating the consultation notes that food contact materials (FCMs) are all materials that come into contact with food, including packaging, kitchenware and tableware, and the...Read More


FDA Unveils New Strategy for Imported Food

28 Feb 2019

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced on 25 February changes to his agency’s strategy for ensuring the safety of food imported into the United States. Gottlieb’s statement...Read More


Environmental Health Group Expects Continued Action by U.S. States to Address Toxic Chemicals

14 Feb 2019

Safer States, a network of diverse consumer organisations and coalitions with shared environmental and health concerns, recently issued a press release highlighting on-going legislative efforts at the...Read More


Argentina Implements New Technical Requirements for Food-Contact Cellulosic Materials and Containers

24 Jan 2019

Argentina has incorporated into its domestic legal regime (1) Mercosur Common Market Group Resolution 40/15 on cellulosic materials, containers and equipment intended to be in contact with food and (2...Read More


New Food Safety Regulations Enter into Force in Canada

17 Jan 2019

Canada on 15 January implemented new food safety regulations that according to Canadian authorities will usher “a new era of food safety for Canadians.” According to a press release from the Canadian ...Read More


Food Safety Inspections, Other Trade Issues Among FDA’s Enforcement Priorities

17 Jan 2019

The Food and Drug Administration plans to further increase its inspections to ensure the safety of foreign food suppliers in 2019, posing a significant challenge for importers who could face entry del...Read More


EU Lawmakers Reach an Agreement over New Directive on Single-use Plastics

8 Jan 2019

Single-use plastic products are defined as those made wholly - or partly - of plastic and those which are typically intended to be used just once - or for a short period of time - before they are thro...Read More


EU Opens New Quotas, Reduces Tariffs for Large Number of Products

4 Jan 2019

Council Regulation 2018/2069 is the first of the two new Regulations. It amends Regulation 1387/2013 (a so-called Framework Regulation), which suspends the autonomous common customs tariff duties on c...Read More


U.S. Issues National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

24 Dec 2018

The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule establishing the new national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard, which requires food manufacturers...Read More


Clarifications to California’s Proposition 65 Warning Requirements under Consideration

27 Nov 2018

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment will hold a hearing on 17 December and will accept input from interested parties by 31 December on a proposal to clarify recent changes co...Read More


Authorisation for Food Contact Use of 26 Substances Proposed to be Withdrawn

15 Nov 2018

The FDA is accepting comments through 14 January 2019 on a petition to withdraw authorisation for the use of 26 ortho-phthalates in various food contact applications because these uses have been perma...Read More


FDA Issues Mandatory Food Recall Guidance

7 Nov 2018

The FDA issued on 5 November final guidance regarding mandatory food recalls. The agency notes that it is committed to evaluating all applicable evidence in determining whether an article is adulterat...Read More


Canada Establishes Maximum Residue Limit for Trifloxystrobin

6 Nov 2018

Maximum residue limits (MRLs) for Trifloxystrobin proposed by Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), for food imported to and sold in Canada have been ado...Read More


Taiwan Revises its Food Allergen Labeling Regulations

6 Nov 2018

On August 21, 2018, the Taiwan Drug and Food Administration (TFDA) issued a new regulation governing food allergen labeling on packaged food, which comes into effect on July 1, 2020. Some foods contai...Read More

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