The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory Actions, which outlines the rulemaking actions currently under development in each federal agency. This memorandum summarizes the major actions that may be of particular interest to the food industry that are being planned by the U.S. Food and Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reached a settlement with the two consumer groups that sued FDA in October 2018 to compel the agency to implement the traceability provisions in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The consent order, which was approved by the district court judge on June 11, 2019, establishes

On May 31, Hogan Lovells will offer an important training program on conducting a vulnerability assessment under the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration final rule (IA rule), which is part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This 1-day workshop will deliver the standardized “Conducting Vulnerability Assessments” training curriculum developed by

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas recently issued a public statement on steps to usher the U.S. into a new era of smarter food safety (the Statement). The Statement reflects on the evolution of our food system from an “around

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Guidance detailing its intent to exercise  enforcement discretion for the requirements of the Produce Safety rule as they apply to entities growing, harvesting, packing, and holding almonds, pulse crops, wine grapes, and hops. FDA received feedback from these entities that they should be exempt after it

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas recently issued a statement addressing new steps included in the President’s 2020 Budget proposal to advance FDA’s food safety program and expand food safety monitoring. The statement details how FDA would use requested funds, if provided by Congress, to build a “smarter, more technologically advanced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the second of three installments of its Draft Guidance to support compliance with the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule. Under the IA rule, the last of the major FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules to be released, food facilities must

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released the “FDA Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food” (the Strategy), which outlines the agency’s approach to ensuring the safety of the ever-rising volume of imported foods. The Strategy sets out four food safety goals: 1) preventing food safety problems in the foreign supply

As previously reported, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are operating under significantly reduced functions since funding for the agency lapsed on December 22, 2018. Recently, there have been a number of media reports with updated information from FDA Commissioner Gottlieb regarding

This week, the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) released the online course “Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Using Key Activity Types” (KAT Course). This course satisfies the training requirement in the Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration final rule (IA rule) to conduct a vulnerability assessment if using the Key Activity Types method. Below,