FDA and CDC Provide Update on E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

FDA and CDC have posted updates for the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce harvested in Salinas, California. FDA and states continues to investigate the cause of this outbreak.  FDA immediately sent investigators to three farms identified in the traceback investigation.  Investigators have sampled soil, animal droppings, compost, water and other environmental sources.  These samples along with other information collected…

FDA Raises Health Concerns Regarding CBD

The agency issues warnings to consumers and manufacturers By NACS Online // December 02, 2019 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently updated its position on CBD, saying that the cannabis derivative may have the potential to harm users, reports Marketwatch. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from the cannabis plant and is believed to be nonintoxicating.…

Trump Pursues Federal E-Cigarette Age Hike

The White House aims to raise the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 By NACS Online // November 11, 2019 WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump Friday announced that his administration will pursue raising the federal minimum age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 as a way to combat youth vaping, reports AP News.…

Statement on consumer warning to stop using THC vaping products amid ongoing investigation into lung illnesses

By Food and Drug Administration, Acting Commissioner Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless MD  //  October 04, 2019 Over the past several weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been working tirelessly along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal, state and local partners to investigate the distressing incidents of…

FDA Dashboard Will Track Food Safety

New tool evaluates success of government’s safety efforts By NACS Online // October 03, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, the FDA launched a dashboard, which the agency will use to post metrics relating to implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) law, reports Food Safety News. Written by Ned Sharpless, FDA acting commissioner of foods and…

Labor Department Lifts Overtime Pay Threshold

The final rule extends coverage to 1.3 million more U.S. workers By NACS Online  // September 25, 2019 WASHINGTON—On September 24th, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final overtime rule, making 1.3 million additional American employees eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). When the final rule takes effect on…