Democrats, Republicans Agree US FDA’s Food Safety Programs Need Help, Disagree On How
Commissioner Califf Candid About Agency Funding, Abbott Nutrition Plant Problems
Democrats on Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee support increasing funding for FDA’s regulation of food product manufacturing and marketing, but Republicans advise Commissioner Robert Califf the agency should do more with authority it already has and without adding to its budget.
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Agency sends letters to manufacturers and other businesses involved in production and distribution “to assist industry in improving the microbiological safety of powdered infant formula.” Information from “routine surveillance inspections” of facilities and “for-cause inspections to follow up on consumer complaints” noted in letters.
Draft details modifications to AOAC International’s PER rat bioassay method to show a formula meets quality factor of sufficient biological quality of protein, one factors FDA considers in evaluating submissions.