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    The Trump Administration or Whistleblowers: Which Might Have More Impact on FSMA Compliance?

    For small businesses, defined by the FDA as a business that employs fewer than 500 persons, there are fewer than 200 days left to become compliant with FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Human/Animal Food rules (the actual compliance deadline is September 18, 2017).

    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.

    Six Steps to Help Reduce Sodium in Your Product Formulations

    Sodium reduction is an important topic and is something the public health community and the FDA have been spending a lot of time evaluating, specifically looking at how to decrease the sodium intake in the American diet. And when the FDA starts to release guidance documents, you know regulation is right around the corner. This is why so many companies are taking the draft voluntary guidance seriously.

    Voluntary Sodium Reduction: How We Got Here

    On June 1, 2016, FDA released a draft voluntary guidance which outlines short-term (two years) and long-term (ten years) targets to help reduce the American’s average sodium intake by 11.8 percent and 23.3 percent respectively. But where did the FDA get these targets, and why sodium?

    What’s Up with Voluntary Sodium Reduction?

    On June 1, 2016, FDA released a draft voluntary guidance which outlines short-term (two years) and long-term (ten years) targets to help reduce the American’s average sodium intake by 11.8 percent and 23.3 percent respectively. So why is there a need to reduce sodium intake for Americans? 

    Sensient Flavors & Fragrances Talks Regulatory Affairs

    This interview was originally published by SmartBrief

    Penny Marsh, global director of regulatory compliance at Sensient Flavors & Fragrances, recently completed her second master’s degree — a Master of Jurisprudence in Global Food Law from Michigan State University — when she decided she needed a new challenge. So, she is learning to play the violin through instructional videos she watches on her iPad.

    All About Food Policy: Coffee Talk with Baylen Linnekin

    GMOs, FSMA and menu labeling are all hot topics right now in the world of food policy and regulation. To further discuss the latest updates, we sat down with Baylen Linnekin, Executive Director for Keep Food Legal, Adjunct Professor at George Mason School of Law, and Columnist at Reason, to explore his take on a few of these key issues. 

    What's Frustrating Food Manufacturers?

    As the ever-changing landscape of the food supply chain industry evolves, more and more food manufacturers are becoming frustrated with certain pieces to the audit puzzle. 

    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.

    Are You Prepared for the New Menu & Vending Labeling Rules?



    In November 2014 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final regulations to implement the menu and vending labeling provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Food policy and regulation expert Beth Johnson, MS, RD, of the DC advisory firm Food Directions, LLC advised that, “given the abundance of information required and the necessary changes needed, organizations should begin preparing now.”