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    FSMA and the New Congress: What’s Likely and Unlikely to Happen

    With this post, we’d like to say that we're not trying to make a political statement for or against anyone. We're simply trying to assess the new dynamics unfolding in Washington and how that might affect the companies we serve. We consistently see a lot of interaction from various government agencies with TraceGains content, and we appreciate the work that you've done and continue to do to implement FSMA. It's important work and we know your jobs aren't easy. With that said, we invited Marc Sanchez, FDA and regulatory attorney, to help us sort out the likely and unlikely.

    FDA Inspections: Rights and Reasonableness

    When it comes to FDA inspections, it’s rules, and the new rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act's (FSMA) inspections, what are the core rights and responsibilities of your facility?

    Friday Food News: Dole’s Outbreak, Final Guidance for Menu Labeling, and FSMA Whistleblowers

    From the announcement of Dole's criminal investigation, to the final guidance release for the menu labeling law, below are some interesting reads from this week:

    Friday Food News: FSMA Final Rules, Lawsuit Over GMO Salmon, and More Companies Labeling GMOs

    From the final rule on sanitary transportation being submitted, to even more big companies labeling their GMOs, below are a few interesting reads from this week:

    Friday Food News: Senate Spilt on GMOs, FSMA Funding, and General Mills to Label GMOs

    From the split vote via the Senate on GMO labeling to General Mills' announcement on labeling its product's GMO ingredients, below are a few interesting reads from this week:

    Friday Food News: Taylor Steps Down, Baby Boomers Are Snacking, and Lawmakers Drink Raw Milk

    From the announcement of Michael Taylor’s departure from the FDA, to a handful of West Virginia lawmakers falling ill after consuming raw milk, below are a few interesting reads from this week:

    Friday Food News: FDA Final FSMA Rules on Produce and Imports

    This week’s Friday Food News is all about FSMA and the finalization of the latest three rules.

    FDA’s Food Safety Challenge Heats Up

    The first ever FDA Food Safety Challenge will be heating up on July 7 as the finalists, selected in early May, head toe to toe—or should we say beaker to beaker—on Demo Day. The finalists will present their refined concepts before the selected Challenge judges and a live audience of stakeholders in food and food safety. The Challenge winner/ winners (there could be more than one) will then be announced publicly in late July.

    Preparing for an FDA Audit

    As a result of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), food inspections are on the rise. Under FSMA, all high-risk facilities must be inspected by January 2016, repeating every three years; all other facilities must be inspected by January 2018, repeating every five years.

    Menu and Vending Labeling: Frequently Asked Questions

    Even with the final rules for menu and vending labeling being published by the FDA back in November of 2014, there are still questions as to what is covered, what’s not and who has to comply.