Sunday, January 30, 2011

FDA's First Year Report on the Reportable Food Registry

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) report on the first year of the Reportable Food Registry states that the data, "represent an important tool for targeting inspection resources, bringing high risk commodities into focus, and driving positive change in industry practices–all of which will better protect the public health." Commodities that feature prominently in the Reportable Food Registry will receive additional FDA attention because the Food Safety Modernization Act mandates risk-based allocation of FDA resources.

Advancing Public Health Obesity Policy Through State Attorneys General

Jennifer Pomeranz and Kelly Brownell with the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity have authored "Advancing Public Health Obesity Policy Through State Attorneys General." The article refers to the role played by state attorneys general in public health policy on tobacco. They contend that attorney generals "can be leaders in formulating and effectuating obesity and food policy solutions." The article also takes note of recent actions by state attorney generals have taken regarding purported misleading labeling of food and beverage products.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Toxic Waste Candy?

FDA announced the recall of Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars, all flavors due to elevated lead levels.

This puts a new twist on truth in labeling.