The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken a step toward issuing new food safety regulations aimed at thwarting terrorists.
On Friday, the agency sent the White House draft rules that are designed to protect the food supply.
According to a White House description, the new regulations will require producers to “protect against the intentional adulteration of food” and “establish science-based minimum standards” for dealing with “intentionally introduced” hazards to the country’s food supply.
“This rulemaking is part of a larger agency effort to focus on bolstering food defense throughout the food chain,” the White House said.
Companies that make biofuels from corn husks, soy and other materials are mounting a last-ditch lobbying campaign to prevent a weakening of the U.S. renewable-fuel mandate, saying a lower requirement would set back an industry that is ready to blossom.
The Environmental Protection Agency, responding to complaints from refiners and fossil-fuel oil producers, has proposed a reduction in the amount of renewable fuels that refiners must blend into gasoline and diesel next year, according to a draft obtained by Bloomberg on Oct. 10.
In our last newsletter, we wrote about the DOL’s (Department of Labor’s) Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) concerning the projection of retirement income on ERISA participant benefit statements. Since that article was published, a number of plan sponsor and service provider organizations have filed their comments with the DOL, and the comment period has now expired. This article contains a general summary of the comments and our view of the next steps.
A European Commissionproposal to regulate electronic cigarettes as pharmaceuticals has run into substantial roadblocks. On October 8, the European Parliament passed an amendment to the Commission’s proposal. As amended, the proposal would subject e-cigarettes to the same regulatory regime as normal cigarettes. In the wake of upheaval, a final vote on the proposal has been delayed to help build a consensus.
WASHINGTON – On Oct. 28, the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) hosted a conference on FDA regulation of tobacco, featuring a number of industry speakers including director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Mitch Zeller. According to Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog, Zeller and other speakers echoed the sentiments famously expressed by Professor Michael Russell that “people smoke for nicotine, but they die from tar.”
HHS Predicted Obamacare Exchange Sign Up Would Take 28 Minutes
White House approved HHS 28 minute estimate for Obamacare exchange application time in April
BY: Elizabeth Harrington
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimated consumers would take an average of 28 minutes to sign up for Obamacare, according to a notice the agency sent to the White House in February.
More than 2,600 people reportedly died during clinical trials for new drugs in India between 2005 and 2012. It is perhaps no surprise that the Indian Supreme Court recently demanded that the government create a strict regulatory plan before the end of the year for clinical trials to ensure the safety of the human subjects who participate in them.
When the FDA finally issues its proposed regulations on electronic cigarettes, which may be as soon as the end of the month, what will they look like? Probably pretty familiar, experts said.
The first step is likely to be just bringing the nicotine-vapor devices officially under the agency’s tobacco control authority and up to speed with the age, marketing, and packaging restrictions that have long been in place for conventional cigarettes.