FDA Issues Fee Rates Under Food Safety and Modernization Act for Domestic and Foreign Facility Reinspections, Failure to Comply with Recalls, and Importer Reinspection

The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) provides that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assess fees for certain domestic and foreign facility reinspections, failure to comply with recall orders, and importer reinspections. On August 1, 2011, the FDA announced these fees for fiscal year...

CDC Advisory Committee recommends lead poisoning be deemed to start at 5 mcg per dL

Prior posts have noted a number of studies over recent years that have demonstrated the adverse impact of lead at levels below that traditionally considered as indicating "lead poisoning", 10 mcg/dL. Lead poisoning continues to be a serious health problem for young children, especially those...

FDA to decide by end of March 2012 whether to ban BPA from food and beverage packaging

Prior posts have noted the numerous studies that have been conducted (using animal models) on BPA. It has also been noted that a low level of BPA is present in nearly all U.S. residents (although some research suggests the levels present are higher than generally suggested). Further, research in the...

FDA Rejects Ban on BPA (Bisphenol A) from Food Packaging

Prior posts have noted the numerous studies involving various animals that have indicated the potential estrongenic effects from exposure to BPA. Prior posts have also noted that the primary vector of exposure is cash register receipts. In 2008, the NRDC petitioned FDA to remove BPA from food packaging...

FDA Rejects BPA Ban

By Elise N. Paeffgen , Associate, Alston & Bird LLP The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from food packaging. FDA never responded to NRDC's petition, forcing NRDC's hand to file suit in 2010...

FDA Announces Ban on BPA in Bottles and Sippy Cups

By Katherine M. Rahill, Partner, Jenner & Block On July 17, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a final rule amending its food additive regulations to ban the use of polycarbonate resins in baby bottles and sippy cups. Bisphenol A ("BPA") is a key component...

FDA Reports 12% of U.S. Spice Imports Contaminated With Insect Parts And Rodent Hairs...What's In Your Salad?

New York Times reporter Gardiner Harris has reported that an FDA study found that about 12 percent of spices brought to the United States are contaminated with insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and other things, based upon an analysis of spice imports. According to FDA officials, it is unclear...