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US plans to make food importers meet domestic standards

US plans to make food importers meet domestic standards | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

26 July 2013, Bloomberg News, Stephanie Armour -- "Food imported into the United States will have to meet the same safety standards as domestic products under a government proposal that would put more responsibility for policing safety on companies and their suppliers.

 

Importers will have to verify that foreign suppliers have controls to prevent contamination, and the U.S. will establish a system to recognize organizations that accredit industry-run inspectors, according to two regulations proposed Friday.

 

The rules stem from the $1.4 billion Food Modernization Safety Act, passed in 2011 after hundreds of people were poisoned.

 

About 15 percent of the U.S. food supply originates outside the nation’s borders, including 50 percent of fresh fruits and 20 percent of fresh vegetables. The new rules focus on supply-chain management, providing extra consumer protection as the Food and Drug Administration said it’s only capable of inspecting less than 2 percent of imports.

 

“We all share the goal and are committed to being sure imported food is as safe as domestic food, and it’s a challenge,” Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for food, said in an interview. “We’re in the midst of a process to make sure there are the right prevention standards that protect consumers and protect the food system.”

 

The new regulations for importers to meet the safety standards will cost the industry as much as $500 million a year, Taylor later said on a conference call.

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'Got aspartame in your kids' milk?' FDA urged to reject flavoured milk sweetener petition

'Got aspartame in your kids' milk?' FDA urged to reject flavoured milk sweetener petition | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

17 May 2013, Food Navigator -- SumOfUs, an American consumer group  has plastered its new "Got Aspartame in your kids’ milk?" on buses traveling to and from U.S. Food and Drug Administration headquarters.  This is a last effort campaign to stop food regulaors from changing milk labeling criteria. 

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Still fuel for caffeine gums after Wrigley halts production on FDA concerns

Still fuel for caffeine gums after Wrigley halts production on FDA concerns | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

20 May 2013, Food Navigator -- "There is still a market for caffeine gums even after US Food and Drug Administration concerns prompted Wrigley to suspend production of its new Alert gum, according to private label gum maker Fertin Pharma."

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Former FDA official on GMO labeling: ‘Science doesn’t always win’

Former FDA official on GMO labeling: ‘Science doesn’t always win’ | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

17 May 2013, NutraIngredients -- "Whether the food industry likes it or not, when it comes to GMO labeling, the “train appears to have left the station”, according to former FDA associate commissioner of foods Dr David Acheson."

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