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Antibiotic Resistance: New Data and Continued Battles

For good reason, concerns around antibiotic-resistant bacteria continue to be a focus in a variety of places. One demonstration of this was the array of action taking place over just a few days last week: While the FDA and CDC were releasing new publications on the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) intended to increase transparency, participation, and collaboration in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, federal regulators were being called to task on the lack of regulation of the same.


The Cyclospora Uptick – What’s Going On and What Can We Do?

Cyclospora has been in the news a great deal over the last few years, and we thought it would be a good idea to look at the history of this bug, and ask a few questions as to why it has suddenly come into the news. Until just before the turn of the century, Cyclospora was considered to be a travelers’ disease, observed only in those who had traveled to regions where infections were endemic. Then in 1996, an outbreak went rampant ..


The FDA Third Party Auditing Program – Will There Be Any Takers?

As discussed in last week’s newsletter, FDA issued Draft Guidance on Model Accreditation Standards for Third-Party Auditor/Certification Body Accreditation for Food Safety Audits with recommendations on the qualifications that third-party auditors/certification bodies, and their auditing agents, should have in such areas as education and experience. After considering several voluntary consensus standards and identifying those most

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You May Need to Revisit your Budgets–FDA Proposed User Fees Aren’t Chump Change …

In an amendment to the proposed rule on third-party accreditation, FDA has proposed that four main groups be assessed user fees, estimated to range from $18,853 to $35,850 based on the amount of work FDA would expect to perform for each activity. With the proposed FSMA rule on Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies  now in

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