AG/FDA Blog

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance For Sprout Seed Producers

Sprouts are associated with numerous foodborne illness outbreaks. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), more than 2,600 documented illnesses have been associated with consuming contaminated sprouts since 1996. Much of the challeng… Read More
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EPA and DHA – Qualified Health Claims for Conventional Foods and Dietary Supplements

FDA has issued an enforcement discretion letter that authorizes qualified health claims (QHC) that relate consuming eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) omega-3 fatty acids in food and dietary supplements to reducing the risk of hype… Read More
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Added Sugars in Pure Honey and Maple Syrup, and Other Single-Ingredient Sugars and Syrups, and in Dried Cranberry and Cranberry Beverage Products

Today, FDA published notice of the availability of a final guidance for industry, entitled: The Declaration of Added Sugars on Honey, Maple Syrup, Other Single-Ingredient Sugars and Syrups, and Certain Cranberry Products (June 2019).  The final guid… Read More
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FDA Proposes New Fluoride Limits for Bottled Water

On April 3, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule that lowers the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in some bottled water products. If finalized, the rule would place an upper limit of 0.7 milligrams per liter of fluo… Read More
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FDA Begins to Move on CBD Policy and Enforcement

Earlier this week, the FDA made significant movement on issues and policy involving cannabis and its components, including cannabidiol (CBD).  The agency issued a notice in the Federal Register announcing a hearing and requesting comments on “scie… Read More
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FDA’s Final Rule on Intentional Adulteration of Food: Public Meeting and Guidance

FDA has announced a public meeting to discuss its recent Draft Guidance for industry on the agency’s intentional adulteration of food regulation, promulgated under FSMA, i.e., “Mitigation Strategies to Protect Against Intentional Adulteration”… Read More
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Categories: FDA, Uncategorized

FDA Extends Compliance Date for The Produce Rule's Agricultural Water Requirement

As initially announced last week by outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., the compliance dates for  FDA’s agricultural water quality requirements under the “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing… Read More
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Categories: FDA, Uncategorized

"Low-Carb" Food Labeling

The keto (ketogenic) diet, paleo diet, and low-carb diets for diabetics are not well-served by FDA’s food labeling regulations presently.  A nutritional tenet of each of these diets is keeping carbohydrate consumption low.  A low-carb diet limits… Read More
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Categories: FDA

Part 110 Lives Another Day

Yesterday FDA withdrew its directive to remove and reserve the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) for Human Food regulations found in 21 C.F.R. Part 110. This is not groundbreaking as the cGMP requirements in Part 110 were codified into Part… Read More
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Categories: FDA

FDA Announces FY 19 User Fee Rates for Third Party Certification Program

Yesterday, FDA announced in the Federal Register, the Agency’s 2019 user fee rate for recognized accreditation bodies and accredited certification bodies, and the fee rate for accreditation bodies applying to be recognized in the third-party certif… Read More
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