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Countdown on food safety comments

The November 15 comment deadline for FDA’s proposed food safety regulations is quickly approaching! OTA is actively working to draft comments based on member feedback and we invite you to weigh in on how the proposed food safety practices may affect your operations. To assist this process, OTA is providing members with a presentation on our draft […]

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Senators Warren, Udall call for FDA to provide GE labeling framework

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) have sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to finalize policies on the labeling of GE ingredients marketed as food products or additives. “We encourage the FDA to implement a regulatory framework that will promote transparency for consumers while providing […]

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FDA releases new data on arsenic in rice levels in products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday released data collected from tests on more than 1,300 samples of rice and rice product samples that measured arsenic levels, both total arsenic and inorganic arsenic, the more toxic form. FDA scientists have determined that the levels of inorganic arsenic found in the samples are too low […]

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Arsenic findings to be released this week

Analytical findings from an inter-laboratory study testing methodology to measure arsenic in white rice, brown rice, kelp and apple juice are scheduled to be discussed Tuesday, Aug. 23, during a session at the annual AOAC International meeting in Chicago, IL. The analytical findings were gathered from 41 laboratories from around the world including multiple U.S. […]

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Tour stop: Quincy Columbia Basin Irrigation District

The group also visited the Quincy Columbia Irrigation District, a municipality that delivers irrigation water to thousands of acres of high desert farmland located in the Columbia River Basin. Without this water source and service, agriculture in this area would not be possible. In this region, organic produce (such as organic apples) comes in direct […]

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FSMA Produce Safety listening session with FDA

In conjunction with the FDA farm tour, a six-hour produce listening session with FDA was held to facilitate further discussion of the proposed requirements for agricultural water and biological soil amendments. The session also focused on the alternatives and variances FDA has provided to these two specific provisions. The room was packed with stakeholders, with […]

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Final comment extension for proposed rules

FDA announced last week that it has extended the comment period for two key proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new deadline for comments on the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption is […]

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Save the date: FDA public meeting to be held in Washington, D.C.

FDA has announced the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Proposed Rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies public meeting. The meeting will be held September 19-20 in Washington, D.C. This is the first in a series of three public meetings FDA plans to hold on these FSMA proposed rules.

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OTA attends FDA public meetings on proposed FSMA rules

Last week, Gwendolyn Wyard (OTA’s Regulatory Director, Organic Standards and Food Safety) provided brief comments at a public meeting in Portland, OR, on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) two new proposed rules to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The meeting was the third in a series of three FDA public […]

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FDA prohibits certain uses of cephalosporin in livestock

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week issued an order prohibiting certain uses of the cephalosporin class of antimicrobial drugs in cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys, effective as of April 5. FDA took the action to preserve the effectiveness of cephalosporin drugs for treating disease in humans. These antimicrobial drugs are already prohibited in […]

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