The guidance describes two processes through which companies may voluntarily inform the FDA of the steps they have taken to ensure the safety of foods from their genome-edited plant varieties: premarket consultations for higher risk foods and voluntary premarket meetings for lower-risk foods.
The Remote Grading Pilot for Beef allows a USDA grader to assess beef carcass characteristics and assign the official quality grade from a remote location, reducing costs and location as barriers to participation in voluntary grading services. The pilot program is part of USDA’s efforts to increase competition in agricultural markets and create a fairer playing field for small- and mid-size farmers and ranchers.
In 2022, CORE evaluated 65 incidents, responded to 28 and issued advisories for 11—a slight increase from 2021. The investigations in 2022 included E. coli, Cronobacter, hepatitis A virus, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella which were linked to a variety of products, including produce, dairy and fish.
Dr. Michelle Catlin has been appointed Chief Scientist of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services. She took on the new role on December 31, 2023.
The FDA has introduced new tools and answers to FAQs to inform stakeholders about the Food Traceability Rule and help covered entities come into compliance.
The recent large scale recalls of infant formula and resulting nationwide shortages highlighted the risks of Cronobacter in vulnerable populations. Sally Powell Price, Regulatory Expert Food and Beverage Safety at MilliporeSigma, which is the Life Sciences business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany in the U.S. and Canada, and Andrew Lienau, Food Regulatory and Validation Senior Expert at MilliporeSigma, discuss the risks of Cronobacter infection, a new testing assay that offers more rapid results, and coming changes to the regulation of infant formula due to growing concerns surrounding the dangers of Cronobacter.
The updates to the CFSAN Online Submission Module are intended to eliminate the need to use the FDA’s Electronic Submission Gateway (ESG) and to provide more secure communication between FDA and submitters.
The USDA has appointed 21 new members to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF), which provides impartial scientific advice and recommendations to federal food safety agencies. Members include experts in microbiology, risk assessment, epidemiology, public health, food science and other relevant disciplines.
The updates include instructions for annual environmental sampling of Cronobacter and Salmonella at powdered infant formula facilities and instruction for FDA notification should a sample test positive for Cronobacter or Salmonella, or if a sample is found to have nutrients that are above or below required levels per the agency’s infant formula regulation.
Stakeholders have six months to submit comments on the two new chapters—Food Allergen Program and Acidified Foods—that were recently added to FDA Guidance Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food.