FDA's last installment of its FSMA regulations includes enhanced recordkeeping requirements for certain foods, which is supposed to enable faster identification and rapid removal of potentially contaminated food from the market and ultimately reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths.
Although the mid-term election results aren't final, House Republicans may have a very thin majority in the next Congress to pass a farm bill that will be a top priority for many in the party's rural base.
Several Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee whom Republicans had targeted for defeat won re-election instead, helping stem the massive mid-term losses that first-term presidents have traditionally faced. Meanwhile, Senate control remained up in the air after Democrats flipped a seat in Pennsylvania.
A new U.S. Government Accountability Office report suggested the FDA commissioner should direct the agency to track the dates of the last pre- and postmarket reviews for all food contact substances in a way that allows FDA to readily identify substances that may warrant postmarket review.