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Dec 18, 2007 | 12:00 PM CST

REACH Guidance on Chemical Safety Reports

European Union member states and the European Commission will meet December 19–20, 2007 to discuss draft guidelines for preparing chemical safety reports required under REACH.

Dec 18, 2007 | 11:17 AM CST

FDA Guidance Doc for Food Importers and Filers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published guidance to aid operators of food importing establishments, storage warehouses and filers.

Dec 14, 2007 | 10:30 AM CST

Supervision for Chinese Imports

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the People’s Republic of China to enhance the safety of food and feed imported into the United States from China.

Dec 12, 2007 | 10:22 AM CST

Comment: Chinese Import Backlash is a Two-Way Street

In July, according to a number of media reports, import authorities at the Chinese port of Zhuhai blocked a shipment of barbecue-flavored Pringles due to the presence of potassium bromate, which is legal within specified amounts in the United States, but prohibited in China (and elsewhere)

Dec 12, 2007 | 09:38 AM CST

US Food Supply Growing Riskier: FDA Science Board

An urgent report just issued by the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Subcommittee on Science and Technology titled "FDA Science and Mission at Risk" identifies a number of shortfalls among the group's resources, resulting in "a food supply that grows riskier each year"

Dec 07, 2007 | 02:44 PM CST

Potassium Bromate in Pringles?

According to media reports (including a bulletin from the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association), import authorities at the Chinese port of Zhuhai blocked a shipment of barbecue-flavored Pringles in July due to the presence of potassium bromate, which is legal within specified amounts in the United States, but prohibited in China (and elsewhere).

Dec 06, 2007 | 11:24 AM CST

Essential Oils REACH Update

The European Federation of Essential Oils (EFEO) has released its latest Circular Letter (22), providing updates on REACH and declarations of allergens in food products.

Dec 06, 2007 | 11:11 AM CST

General Mills Petitions FDA

General Mills, Inc. filed a food additive petition with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that the food additive regulations be amended to provide for the safe use of ultraviolet radiation for the reduction of pathogens and other microorganisms in aqueous sugar solutions and potable water intended for use in food production.

Dec 06, 2007 | 11:02 AM CST

Banned Botanicals List Emerging

As a part of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) draft guidance document for the safety assessment of botanicals, due later this month, a list of botanicals that should be banned from use in food products will be produced.

Dec 03, 2007 | 02:18 PM CST

EU Chemical Classification and Labeling Update

The Portuguese Presidency of the European Union has warned that legislation harmonizing EU chemical classification and labeling rules with United Nations standards must be adopted during the first half of 2008 or risk jeopardizing the implementation of REACH.