Category Archives: US

FSMA, FSMA, FSMA – New Proposed Rules

Over the summer, pharmacy the FDA issued two much-anticipated proposed rules under FSMA: the Proposed Rule for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVPs) and the Proposed Rule regarding Accreditation of Third Party Auditors.

Remember that FSMA is focused on preventing food safety issues.  These two new proposed rules target imported food.  They require that foods imported to the U.S. meet the same safety standards as food produced domestically. They are part of the FDA’s overall “preventive framework”, sales which includes standards for produce safety [Proposed Rule here], information pills rules regarding preventive controls for human food [Propose Rule here] and requirements for industry around verification that the FDA’s safety standards are met (to which these new proposed rules apply). Continue reading

My Thoughts on the Government’s Role in the Fight Against Obesity

Hello readers!  Here’s a post I wrote for Huffington (link to posting here) that I thought you might find interesting

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Getting My Regulatory Geek On – What I Learned at Food Week

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the  FDLI’s Food Week 2013.  I attended two days of the four day conference – the Food Advertising, Labelling and Nutrition day (on Wednesday) and the Food Safety day (on Thursday).  I learned a lot, and met some interesting people with great regulatory practices. Continue reading

The Government’s Policing of Food Advertisements and Labels – the US and Canada

Happy Tuesday!  Thought you might be interested in an article containing some of my thoughts on the Federal Trade Commission’s  policing of food advertising (i.e. POM Wonderful case) and what’s happening in Canada -

In case you don’t feel like clicking away from this site, here’s the text of the article. Enjoy!

Competitive industry may place pressure on bureau Continue reading

Assessing the Impact of the Proposed (FSMA) Rules

Check it – I (along with some other super smart people) was interviewed for, and quoted in, this fantastic article which appeared in today’s edition of International Trade Today by Broker Power  -  The article looks at the impact of the two Proposed Rules (under FSMA) on importing and exporting facilities.

New FDA Food Safety Rules Could Close Doors for Small Businesses and Developing Countries (Reprinted with permission of Warren Communications News) Continue reading

The US Food Safety Modernization Act – Progress!

Happy New Year readers!  I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and that you are well-rested and ready to tackle 2013 (bring it!).

For my first posting of the New Year, physician I’m delighted to report on progress in the wide world of food safety.

As many of you know, I have been closely following the FDA’s progress in implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – it’s been slow and many of the deadlines provided for in the Act have come and gone. Continue reading

Food and Canada’s Trade Negotiations

Here’s my latest posting from Huffington Post:

How Trade Negotiations Could Affect Your Groceries

The average Canadian likely knows more about the “Caramilk secret” than it does about the issues currently on the table in two major trade negotiations that could significantly impact the Canadian food industry.  Clues about the status of the talks and the issues on the table have largely come only through leaked information and speculation. Continue reading

POM Wonderful? Looks like the FTC doesn’t think so…


Earlier this week, recipe a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Administrative Law Judge upheld a FTC complaint against the makers of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements.  The FTC complaint was made back in September of 2010 as part of the agency’s “ongoing efforts to uncover over-hyped health claims in food advertising”. Continue reading

And the beef (recall) goes on…

Update:  the Canadian beef recall has now moved south of the border, buy more about leading  the Seattle branch of Sysco, vcialis 40mg the largest food-service distributor in the recall 16, physician 800 pounds of ground-beef patties.  Sysco purchased the beef from New Food Classics and sold it to a single customer, which operates restaurants in Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Texas.  The names of the restaurants has not been disclosed. Continue reading

Where’s the Beef?

A recent recall on frozen beef products in Canada is causing quite the stampede.  The current recall involves over 135 products, viagra buy store sold under various brand names that may be contaminated with E. coli. The recall relates to beef products produced over a period of seven months, healing from July 1, purchase 2011 to February 15, 2012, including some products that have been distributed nationally through restaurants and institutional establishments.  To date, one person has fallen ill from a product from the plant. Continue reading