The U.S. House of Representatives passed Food Safety Enhancement Act in the final days of the 111th Congress. Now the bill heads for the desk of President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. You may find a copy of the latest available GPO version of the text - this is not final - here, courtesy of Charles Woodhouse. This provisional text (240 pages) was extracted from the 2,000 pages of HR 3082. Alternatively, you may go here and scroll down to p. S10745).
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Despite unusual bipartisan support, the bill could still die because the Senate must be reconciled with version passed earlier by the House of Representatives. The Senate's version includes an local-food producers' exemption introduced by Senator Jon Tester.
An article of the passage is available here in the New York Times.
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Marion Nestle provides a good summary of the report here.A multitude of nutrition rating, or guidance, systems have been developed by food manufacturers, government agencies, nutrition groups, and others in recent years with the intent of helping consumers quickly compare products’ nutritional attributes and make healthier choices. Ratings are typically communicated to shoppers through symbols placed prominently on food packaging, usually on the front, or on retail shelf tags. Unlike the Nutrition Facts panel, these rating systems and symbols are unregulated, and different systems focus on different nutrients. The variation may confuse consumers, and questions have been raised about the systems’ underlying nutritional criteria.
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The 2nd EFFL Summer Academy in Global Food law & Policy will be held on July 26-30, 2010, at the beautiful Villa La Collina on the shores of the Como Lake, Italy. Building on the successful previous edition, the academy will offer scientific reflection and discourse on key legal and policy issues in European and World food law as well as information and updates on the latest developments. This will be achieved through a dynamic, informal and highly interactive five-day programme, which includes lectures, presentations, discussion groups and social activities. The faculty of the academy consists of food experts coming from relevant authorities, European and US institutions, academia, legal practice and the industry.
Alberto ALEMANNO Associate Professor of Law HEC, Paris
David BYRNE S.C. Former EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection
Dirk DETKEN Head of the Units Legal & Policy, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Marsha A. ECHOLS, Director of the World Food Law Institute, Washington D.C.
André EVERS, Food and Veterinary Office, European Commission
Andreas KADI, Chief Science Officer, Red Bull GmbH
Susanne KETTLER, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Director, Coca-Cola Company
Vittorio SILANO, Chair of the Scientific Committee, European Food Safety Authority
The summer academy will cover main aspects of the law and policy of food regulation. Thereby, it will give a broad overview on the subject from a legal as well as a public policy point of view. In particular, it will discuss on the following:
- The global and international food regulation (WTO, SPS/Codex Alimentarius, WHO/FAO)
- The State of Play of WTO trade disputes (Hormones II, COOL, Australia Apples, EC-Poultry) and EU Food regulation (Food Supplements, enriched foodstuffs, novel food and Food Improvement Agents Package)
- The emergence of private standards
- Food quality and labelling issues
- The new challenges facing EFSA (Health Claims; Animal Cloning; Safety and claims of botanical) and its relationships with US FDA/USDA
- The risk analysis framework as applied in the food regulation sector
- The system of official controls
- Data sharing, protection and compensation in pre-market approval regimes
Please apply no later than May 30, 2010.
Further information, please visit: http://www.lexxion.de/2nd-effl-academy/
Thursday, May 06, 2010
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the following testimony, "Food Safety: FDA Could Strengthen Oversight of Imported Food by Improving Enforcement and Seeking Additional Authorities.” GAO-10-699T, May 6 available at: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-699T
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10699thigh.pdf
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
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Friday, April 30, 2010
Institute for Food Laws & Regulations
Food Labeling WorkshopThis workshop presents the FDA requirements for US food labeling. The workshop format and materials are designed to provide a user-friendly approach for those new to food labeling and also provide a thorough system and reference for those experienced with food label design and review. The workshop format allows time for questions. The focus is practical, and students are encouraged to bring problem labels for hands-on review.
July 28-29, 2010 · Lansing, Michigan
For more information, click here.
Early bird discount (by May 14, 2008): $895
International Food Laws and Regulations
Food Regulation in the United States
Food Regulation in the European Union
Food Regulation in Latin America
Food Regulation in Canada
Codex Alimentarius (The Food Code)
IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention)
Food Regulation in Asia
New Summer Course Offering:
Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety (OIE)
Learn more about IFLR at:
www.IFLR.msu.edu or call (517) 355-8295
Institute for Food Laws and Regulation
Michigan State University, 140 G.M. Trout Building, East Lansing, MI 48824
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[Y]ou may be surprised to find that the global burden of disease attributable to foodborne illness, which is perhaps the most basic information needed to push forward research and action on foodborne illness, is not known. Why is there such an apparent lack of interest in documenting the scope of illnesses that affect people from all countries? One reason may be a common misconception that foodborne diseases are mild and self-limiting. A second and very important reason is that it’s often incredibly difficult to attribute foodborne illnesses and deaths to a specific foodstuff. And a third reason is that there is no well-heeled funder providing the impetus and cash to tackle foodborne illness, unlike other global problems such as HIV, malaria and TB.
In 2007, the WHO launched an international initiative to tackle foodborne disease. The WHO Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases aims to quantify how many people die from, or are affected by, all major foodborne causes each year. The FERG (Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group) initiative, led by Claudia Stein and Jorgen Schlundt from the WHO, aims to set the problem of foodborne illness incontext. . .
FERG has commissioned research seeking to quantify burdens of different foodborne diseases. Early reports were presented at the meeting and revealed the shocking level of the problem. A systematic review by Christa Fischer-Walker and Robert Black from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the US revealed that there are a whopping 5 billion episodes of diarrhea in children aged >5 annually, with 3.2 billion cases in South-East Asia. Specific inspection of papers reporting deaths revealed that there were more than 1.15 million estimated deaths from diarrhea in South East Asia and Africa each year in children >5; this is almost a million more deaths than was previously estimated. The paucity of data was laid bare by these preliminary results, with no data for China, Latin America, the Middle East. Pathogens in the spotlight in these systematic reviews were the usual suspects, including E. coli, Shigella, Vibrio cholerae, Campylobacter and Salmonella. This is not a burden solely borne by those living in poverty—455 million episodes of diarrhea each year in the Americas and 419 million episodes each year in Europe. The data are so limited that these global estimates are virtually bound to underreport the problem. . . .
The Twelfth Annual Joint Annual Meeting of the
Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS)
Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS)
with the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) June 2 to June 6, 2010.
Hosted by Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
For more information click here.