Congratulations to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

August 25th, 2008

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If you are a regular reader of our daily blog, and according to Spend Matters you should be. You are aware of how important food safety is to SafeSourcing as a company and to our employee’s in general. Our SafeSourceIt™ North American Supplier Database supports thirty (30) safety and eco focused certifications that our suppliers are held accountable too when offering their products to retailers. We applaud all organizations that work towards that end.

The following is taken directly form the FDA website and appears an rss feed in our daily safety alerts.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a public hearing on allergen advisory labeling on September 16, 2008, at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Harvey W. Wiley Building in College Park, Maryland. Formal notice of the Hearing published in the Federal Register on August 8, 2008 (FR 73 46302).

FDA is developing a long-term strategy to assist manufacturers in using allergen advisory labeling that is truthful and not misleading, conveys a clear and uniform message, and adequately informs food allergic consumers and their caregivers. To that end, FDA is soliciting comments and information to assist the agency in determining how manufacturers currently use advisory labeling, how consumers interpret different advisory labeling statements, and what wording is likely to be most effective in communicating to consumers the likelihood that an allergen may be present in a food. The agency is also interested in receiving comments about whether consumers find advisory labeling helpful for making food purchasing decisions. This public hearing is the first step in closing existing knowledge gaps in developing our long-term strategy.

The hearing will include presentations by agency officials, invited speakers and members of the public. The Federal Register Notice and information regarding Registration are available on the FDA Web site.

Please support this important initiative, and as always we look forward to your comments.

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