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Webinar set for FSMA transportation rule

The FDA will host a webinar on April 25  to discuss pieces of the Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. The webinar will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.  Under this rule, anyone transporting human and animal food—including shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers—must follow sanitary transportation procedures, such as properly refrigerating food, ensuring vehicles are sufficiently cleaned between loads and protecting food during transportation. Depending on the…  » Read more

FDA publishes Sanitary Transportation rule

The FDA has finalized a new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent food contamination during transportation. The rule will require those involved in transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for sanitary transportation, such as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads and properly protecting food during transportation. The rule implements the Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 (SFTA) as well…  » Read more

FSMA transportation final rule to be made public

The FDA has submitted the sanitary transportation final rule to the Federal Register for publication. The goal of the final rule is “to prevent practices that create food safety risks, such as failure to properly refrigerate food, inadequate cleaning of vehicles between loads, and failure to properly protect food during transportation.” The rule on the sanitary transportation of human and animal food would establish requirements for: Vehicles and transportation equipment: The design and maintenance of vehicles and transportation…  » Read more

FDA announces funding for implementing FSMA

The FDA has allocated $19 million to help state agencies support implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Specifically, these funds will be used to support implementation of the Produce Safety rule, which became final in November 2015 and establishes enforceable safety standards for the production and harvesting of produce on farms. Implementation of the produce rule is dependent on partnerships between FDA and the states. To support that partnership, the FDA announced the availability of…  » Read more

FDA issues guide on reducing acrylamide in food

The FDA has issued final guidance to the food industry to help growers, manufacturers and food service operators take steps to reduce levels of acrylamide in certain foods. Acrylamide is a chemical that may form in certain foods during high-temperature cooking, such as frying, roasting and baking, the FDA said. The National Toxicology Program characterizes the substance as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” The FDA’s guidance recommends that companies be aware of the levels of acrylamide in the foods…  » Read more

FDA seeking comments on raw manure as fertilizer

The FDA wants input from stakeholders as it develops the framework for a risk assessment on the use of raw manure and other biological soil amendments of animal origin as fertilizer on produce farms. The FDA proposed, and recently finalized, the Produce Safety rule mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The agency said it is concerned about the potential of raw manure and other such amendments to contain disease-causing bacteria. Growers see raw manure and other such amendments…  » Read more

FDA grant establishes two regional centers for food safety training

The FDA announced the award for two regional centers for food safety training and outreach. In 2015, the FDA and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Grant Program, intended to provide funding for training, education and technical assistance consistent with standards being established under FSMA. Grants issued through this program will fund a National Coordination Center and four Regional Centers, which will be involved in both key components of…  » Read more

Innate second generation potato receives FDA safety clearance

The Food and Drug Administration has completed its food and feed safety assessment of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate potatoes. The FDA concluded that these Russet Burbank Generation 2 potatoes are not materially different in composition, safety, and other relevant parameters, from any other potato or potato-derived food or feed currently on the market, according to a company press release. Simplot will still need to complete its registration with the EPA for…  » Read more

Produce groups to host webinars on FSMA final rules

Industry members will have an opportunity to interact with FDA and ask questions about three final Food Safety Modernization Act rules and their implementation requirements via two free webinars. Each of the 90-minute webinars is hosted by Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association, in partnership with regional produce associations. Registration is now available online. The webinar covering the produce safety rule will be Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. EST. The webinar covering the…  » Read more

Trio of final FSMA rules published in Federal Register

FDA has published three final rules that are key components of the revised Food Safety Modernization Act. The rules are accessible through the online Federal Register links below. The Produce Safety rule establishes science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce that are designed to work effectively for food safety across the wide diversity of produce farms. The Foreign Supplier Verification Program rule requires food importers to verify that foreign suppliers are producing food…  » Read more

More final FSMA rules submitted to Federal Register

FDA has submitted the final produce safety, foreign supplier verification and third party accreditation rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act to the Federal Register for publication, as required by the court. An additional rule, one covering preventive controls, was submitted Aug. 31. Documents submitted to the Federal Register can publish several days after they are submitted, with larger documents taking longer to process and display. The FDA said it is committed to sharing information…  » Read more

APHIS deregulates Simplot’s Generation Two Innate potato

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service  (APHIS) has deregulated J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation Russet Burbank Innate potato. The second generation of Simplot’s Innate potato contains four traits: 1) reduced bruising and black spots; 2) reduced asparagine; 3) resistance to Late Blight; and 4) enhanced cold storage capability. Simplot’s Innate potato varieties are genetically engineered using genes from wild and cultivated potatoes. Simplot is waiting completion of EPA registration and Food and Drug…  » Read more

Simplot’s Innate potatoes receive FDA safety clearance

The Food and Drug Administration has completed its evaluation of J. R. Simplot’s genetically engineered Innate variety potatoes and has concluded that the potatoes “are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts” in this press release. Simplot’s Innate varieties of Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic will be available in limited quantities in 2015 in the fresh and fresh-cut markets. A second generation of Innate potatoes are currently under review by the USDA and…  » Read more

Simplot’s Innate varieties achieve federal milestones

The first two generations of the J.R. Simplot Company’s genetically engineered (GE) Innate potato varieties achieved individual federal milestones.Generation one received a determination of nonregulated status from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The APHIS document has been published in the Federal Register on and is available online. The first generation of Simplot’s Innate potatoes includes Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic. The three GE varieties were developed with the following traits:…  » Read more

FDA issues draft guidance on acrylamide

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a non-binding draft guidance to help growers, manufacturers and food service operators take measures to reduce acrylamide levels in certain foods. The document covers raw materials, processing practices and ingredients affecting potato-based foods, cereal-based foods and coffee. The draft guidance is part of a number of activities initiated by the FDA to study acrylamide in food. You can read the draft guidance here.