FDA

Investigation on E. coli outbreak linked to California romaine continues

The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, continues its investigation into the potential source of a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce grown in California this fall. As of Jan.... more »

PMA vice president hired by FDA for produce safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has hired James Gorny, Vice President of Food Safety and Technology at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) as the FDA's Senior Science Advisor for Produce Safety. Gorny will assume... more »

FDA Commissioner talks regulation of hurricane-hit crops

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., has issued a statement about crops impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and FDA’s work with farmers affected by the storms. Read the full statement below. ... more »

Compliance guide issued under Produce Safety Rule

The FDA has issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG),  to help small businesses comply with the Produce Safety Rule mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) standards. The "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting,... more »

ASTA welcomes USDA plant breeding policy

USDA released for pre-publication a proposed rule-making notice related to plant breeding innovation. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has been actively engaged in discussions with the agency throughout the rule-making process. The association is... more »

FDA issues draft guidance for sprout operations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance to assist sprout operations subject to the Produce Safety Rule (80 FR 74353), and primarily focuses on assisting such operations in complying with the... more »

Preventive Controls guidance issued for small businesses

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued small entity compliance guidances under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to assist small and very small businesses with the implementation of the Preventive Controls for... more »

Plan for food safety recalls before they happen

Preparing for a food safety recall can be daunting, but a little planning can go a long way, according to Amy Philpott, a senior director at Watson Green, a communications firm based in Washington, D.C.... more »

North Carolina awarded $5.3M for produce safety program

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) recently received a five-year, $5.3 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration to enhance produce safety. The funding will be used to ensure that North... more »

NSAC applauds final rule on food facility registration

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has issued a statement welcoming the issuance of the FDA's final rule amending the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements for food facility registration. Read the statement below. The local and... more »


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