The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its “Blueprint for the Future” (Blueprint) as part of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative. Launched in April 2019, this effort seeks to build upon FDA’s work implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by establishing a new approach to food safety that

Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement on July 10, 2020, describing the agency’s intentions and approach to resuming domestic inspections in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. After temporarily suspending inspections in March 2020, FDA is working toward restarting on-site inspections during

There are numerous regulatory and practical issues borne out of COVID-19 that are facing the food industry, many of which are increasingly playing out at the state level. As states grapple with so-called “re-opening” of retail establishments, including restaurants and foodservice operators (including retailers offering ready-to-eat foods), some noteworthy trends and insight into requirements and

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently provided an update from FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn M.D. and Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas on the forthcoming New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint (Blueprint), which will outline the agency’s strategy to create “a more digital, traceable, and safer food system” over

As part of the COVID-19 “lockdown measures” in Dubai, all dine-in restaurants, cafés, and food establishments were temporarily closed as of 25 March 2020. As from 24 April 2020, the Dubai government began the process of easing certain lockdown measures. This facilitated the reopening of food establishments, subject to certain restrictions. This alert provides an

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently provided an update regarding its plans for conducting routine surveillance inspections of domestic and foreign facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. FDA announced in March that it would temporarily postpone foreign and domestic inspections, with the exception of certain “mission-critical” inspections, as identified on a case-by-case basis. In

On April 21, 2020, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (Chipotle) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in connection with norovirus and Clostridium perfringens outbreaks that occurred between August 2015 and July 2018. Chipotle agreed to pay $25 million in criminal fines and implement a number of systematic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Constituent Update announcing the Agency temporarily is exercising enforcement discretion to provide labeling flexibilities for redirecting to retail meat and poultry products originally intended for food service. Importantly, FSIS’s enforcement discretion applies only to food that already has been produced. FSIS

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to present new questions and challenges, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to update its website to provide additional information and guidance to the food industry. Since FDA initially issued guidance last week, the agency has supplemented this guidance with six additional questions and answers concerning

In our memo of March 19, we summarized federal government policy identifying the Food and Agriculture and Transportation industries as two of the nation’s 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors. In The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, the government emphasizes that “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry . . . such as . .