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OTA attends FSMA implementation workshop

This past week, OTA’s Regulatory Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety Gwendolyn Wyard and OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis attended a stakeholder workshop on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Discussed were next steps in the implementation of FSMA, with a focus on execution and […]

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OTA submits comments on FDA’s Animal Feed Rule

Monday, March 31, marked the close of the comment period for the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on its Proposed Preventive Controls for Animal Feed and Pet Food Rule. Under the proposed rule, facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold animal feed and pet food would be required to develop and implement a […]

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Animal feed comment deadline Monday, March 31

If you are a manufacturer of organic animal feed or pet food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposed food safety rule will likely impact you. The deadline for submitting comments to FDA on proposed rules implementing the animal feed and pet food provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is Monday, March 31. Under the proposed Preventive Controls for Food for […]

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FDA announces proposed updates to Nutrition Facts Panel

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday published proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts panel on food packages in the Federal Register. The proposed changes affect all packaged foods, except certain meat, poultry and processed egg products, which are regulated by USDA. The proposal would update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods […]

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Omnibus appropriations bill released

Congressional appropriators yesterday released an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2014, including funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and related agencies. The bill is expected to begin moving through the House this week, and must pass both the House and Senate before being sent to the […]

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FDA to revise FSMA rule on compost and manure

As announced in a special OTA News Flash on Dec. 20, the work of OTA’s Food Safety Task Force has made a significant impact on the future of food safety regulations for the organic sector!  In response to public comments, FDA released a statement on key provisions of the proposed produce safety rule that will be revised and […]

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OTA to attend FDA meeting on animal feed food safety rule

OTA’s Regulatory Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety will be attending a Public Meeting on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed Preventive Controls for Food for Animal Food Facilities on December 6 in Sacramento, CA. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed rule to establish current good manufacturing practice […]

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OTA submits final comments to FDA on FSMA proposals

On behalf of its members, OTA has submitted final comments toFDA on the proposed Produce Safety Rule and the proposed Preventive Controls Rule. OTA’s comments were guided by three critical factors: 1) FDA’s mandate to establish science-based and risk-based minimum standards that will minimize the risk of serious adverse health consequences or death; 2) FDA’s mandate to develop rules that do not […]

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FDA extends comment deadline on FSMA proposals

Because the official government portal for regulatory activity has experienced intermittent technical difficulties, some people have been prevented from successfully submitting comments to FDA on its proposed food safety standards. As a result, FDA has extended the comment period through this week. Comments are now due by midnight Eastern on Friday, November 22. OTA continues […]

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OTA to meet with FDA on GMO labeling issues

This week, Laura Batcha (OTA’s Executive Vice President and Interim Co-Executive Director) and OTA’s Regulatory Director for Organic Standards and Food Safety Gwendolyn Wyard will meet with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staff to discuss FDA’s goal to release final guidance for industry on voluntarily making claims indicating whether foods have been produced with […]

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