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    • FSIS Begins the Process of Rule Making for Labeling of Cultured or Cell-Based Meat and PoultrySeptember 9th, 2021

      As readers of our blog know, FDA and the Food Safety Inspection Service of the USDA (FSIS) agreed to jointly oversee the production of human food products using animal cell culture technology.  Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed in March 2019, FDA will oversee cell …

    • Time is (Not) on Your Side: January 1, 2022 Bioengineered Food Disclosure Deadline is Fast ApproachingJuly 13th, 2021

      While some of us are just starting to recover from graduations, ends of fiscal years, or just looking forward to a summer vacation and listening to the Rolling Stones, time is decidedly not on your side if you have not yet determined if your food …

    • In Seventeen Years will the Cicadas Around FDA’s White Oak Campus Find Complete Culinary Acceptance? Stay TunedJune 3rd, 2021

      As has been widely covered in local and national press in and around the Washington, DC area, this month marks the once every seventeen year emergence of the Brood X cicadas.  These insects are so plentiful in local areas with trees, including FDA’s aptly named …

    • HP&M’s Food, Beverage & Supplement Wrap Up: February 2021March 4th, 2021

      Welcome to the latest edition of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.’s monthly wrap up of food, beverage and supplement news, including regulations, guidances, events, and whatever else is catching our eye. Food & Beverage Transition: As of this writing, Janet Woodcock is Acting Commissioner of Food …

    • HP&M’s Food, Beverage & Supplement Wrap Up: January 2021February 8th, 2021

      Welcome to the latest edition of HPM’s monthly wrap up of food, beverage and supplement news, including regulations, guidances, events, and whatever else is catching our eye. It’s been quite a January, hasn’t it? Food & Beverage Transition: As of this writing, Janet Woodcock is Acting …

    • HP&M’s Food, Beverage & Supplement Wrap Up: December 2020January 6th, 2021

      Welcome to the final 2020 edition of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.’s monthly wrap up of food, beverage and supplement news, including regulations, guidances, events, and whatever else is catching our eye.  Happy New Year, everyone. Food & Beverage Make Every Bite Count: USDA and HHS …

    • Intentional Genomic Alteration Gets Approval For Food and Therapeutic UsesDecember 23rd, 2020

      FDA had approved an intentional genomic alteration in animals for food uses or therapeutic uses, but not both – until last week. With some fanfare, FDA announced just such an approval of an alteration in a line of domestic pigs. The pigs are referred to as GalSafe …

    • HP&M’s Food, Beverage & Supplement Wrap Up: November 2020December 7th, 2020

      Welcome to the latest edition of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.’s (“HP&M”) monthly wrap up of food, beverage and supplement news, including regulations, guidances, events, and whatever else is catching our eye. Tooting our own Horn:  HP&M has been named the “Law Firm of the Year” …

    • HP&M’s Food, Beverage & Supplement Wrap Up: October 2020November 4th, 2020

      Welcome to the latest edition of HP&M’s monthly wrap up of food, beverage and supplement news, including regulations, guidances, events, and whatever else is catching our eye. Food & Beverage Are your cows happy? Check out Karin’s blog post on corporate social responsibility claims. Is it a …

    • FDA Wants to Know about Sugars That Do Not Act Like “Traditional Sugars”October 23rd, 2020

      As we previously reported, FDA was petitioned to exempt allulose, a monosaccharide, from being included as a carbohydrate, sugar, and added sugar in the Nutrition Facts box, as well as recognize that the number of calories for this monosaccharide is less than the 4 calories …

    • FDA Requests Comment on Labeling of Cell-Derived Seafood Products Except… Wait For It… CatfishOctober 9th, 2020

      FDA published a constituent update and Federal Register notice asking for comment on a number of questions pertaining to labeling of “foods comprised of or containing cultured seafood cells.” The notice discusses the basis for FDA’s jurisdiction over such products, as well as misbranding provisions that FDA considers relevant. …

    • HPM’s Food, Beverage & Supplement Wrap Up: September 2020October 8th, 2020

      Welcome to the inaugural edition of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.’s monthly wrap up of food, beverage and supplement news, including regulations, guidances, events, and whatever else is catching our eye.  (Yes, we know that beverages and dietary supplements are “food” within the meaning of …

    • A Couple of Firsts in Food EnforcementSeptember 22nd, 2020

      Last week brought a reminder that the government can bring to bear a range of legal theories – some old, some new – in pursuing alleged violations of food safety requirements. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a sentence levying $17.25 million in criminal penalties …

    • FDA Releases Blueprint For “Smarter Food Safety”July 16th, 2020

      After a few months’ delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, FDA released its blueprint for adapting to ongoing and anticipated changes in the food system, titled New Era of Smarter Food Safety: FDA’s Blueprint for the Future.  The blueprint is the result of discussions that …

    • CBD Gets the Slow-WalkMarch 13th, 2020

      Last week, FDA submitted to Congress the report on CBD (“CBD Report”) that the agency was directed to prepare by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. Concurrently, the Commissioner issued a statement that summarizes the agency’s progress to date, and a consumer update that emphasizes …