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Tag Archives: FDA Inspections

The Food Safety Lawyer On Sampling: USDA, FDA and Companion Samples

Posted in Food Safety News, Food Safety Regulations
In recent years, both USDA and FDA have become far more aggressive in their regulatory enforcement activities, inspections of food processing facilities and investigation of outbreaks. As FDA and USDA industry lawyers, we regularly assist companies both avoiding and responding to these issues. Notably, with respect to meat products, USDA has begun focusing more aggressively … Continue Reading

Another Step Forward For The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009

Posted in Food Safety News, Food Safety Regulations
Following recent increases in public and media attention focused on food-borne illness, outbreaks and recalls, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. The proposed legislation is designed to enhance FDA food safety-related authority.  The bill, H.R. 2749, passed the committee unanimously with an amendment that would exempt … Continue Reading

Food Safety Enhancement Act Seeks To Impose New Inspection Fees On Food Companies

Posted in Food Safety News, Food Safety Regulations
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has released a discussion draft of the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 which, if passed, would require food manufacturers to pay an annual fee of $1,000 to fund increased inspections by the FDA. Under the draft bill, high-risk food production facilities would be inspected by the FDA every 6 to … Continue Reading

Proposed Food Safety Legislation Gains Industry Support

Posted in Food Safety News, Food Safety Regulations
Over the last decade, there have been numerous attempts to reform our food safety laws. As our ability to identify food-borne illnesses and outbreaks continues to improve (special thanks to the CDC, PulseNet and OutbreakNet), at least some weaknesses that were rarely, if ever, considered are now being found. Thus, although most meals consumed in this … Continue Reading