FDA Gains Access Database of Chemicals in Foods

Chemicals in Food


Big Food to divulge chemical info

Food companies are trying to beat the federal government’s push to make chemicals in food more transparent.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents America’s biggest food companies, is set to announce a major new initiative Wednesday that will give the Food and Drug Administration access to a large database of safety information for chemicals used in processed foods, from Twinkies to almond milk.

Pressure has been building on FDA for years to look more closely at food chemicals, which are mostly self-approved by food companies relying on publicly available science and panels of industry-paid experts. But the agency hasn’t gotten around to it.

The move makes GMA look good. But even the sharpest critics of how the food industry uses food chemicals, whose safety assessments are often not shared with FDA, are welcoming the voluntary industry move. So is the agency.

For more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/big-food-to-divulge-chemical-info-110395.html?hp=f2 


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27 thoughts on “FDA Gains Access Database of Chemicals in Foods

  1. WH

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    Vice President Biden attends an event for the New Hampshire-Louisiana Victory Fund
    One Penn Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:10 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell
    Oval Office

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Economy, Ukraine and Iraq
    White House

    President Obama meets with members of the National Security Council; Vice President Biden also participates
    The Situation Room

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    Vice President Biden attends an event for the Democratic National Committee
    Private Residence, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. Big Food to divulge chemical info

    Food companies are trying to beat the federal government’s push to make chemicals in food more transparent.

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents America’s biggest food companies, is set to announce a major new initiative Wednesday that will give the Food and Drug Administration access to a large database of safety information for chemicals used in processed foods, from Twinkies to almond milk.

    Pressure has been building on FDA for years to look more closely at food chemicals, which are mostly self-approved by food companies relying on publicly available science and panels of industry-paid experts. But the agency hasn’t gotten around to it.

    The move makes GMA look good. But even the sharpest critics of how the food industry uses food chemicals, whose safety assessments are often not shared with FDA, are welcoming the voluntary industry move. So is the agency.

    For more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/big-food-to-divulge-chemical-info-110395.html?hp=f2

  3. August 26, 2014

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Turkey to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Ankara, Turkey to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President-elect of the Republic of Turkey on August 28, 2014.

    Mr. Jess L. Baily, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the United States to the Republic of Turkey, will attend the Inauguration.

  4. I Have a Dream

    I Have a Dream” is the famous name given to the ten minute public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. King’s delivery of the speech on August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. Delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters, the speech is often considered to be one of the greatest and most notable speeches in human history and was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address. According to U.S. Representative John Lewis, who also spoke that day as the President of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, “Dr. King had the power, the ability, and the capacity to transform those steps on the Lincoln Memorial into a monumental area that will forever be recognized. By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations.”

    The King Center http://www.thekingcenter.org/Default.aspx

    I Have a Dream Text and Audio from AmericanRhetoric.com

  5. Economy in U.S. Expands 4.2%, More Than Previously Forecast

    Aug 28, 2014 5:37 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    The economy in the U.S. expanded more than previously forecast in the second quarter, propelled by the biggest gain in business investment in more than two years that bodes well for the rest of 2014.

    Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 4.2 percent annualized rate, up from an initial estimate of 4 percent and following a first-quarter contraction, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 77 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3.9 percent gain. Corporate profits climbed by the most in almost four years.

    The improvement has carried over into the second half with companies such as General Electric Co. (GE) seeing more orders for equipment and a strengthening job market underpinning consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy. Better prospects for growth signal Federal Reserve officials will continue to wind down monthly asset purchases.

    “The economy is clearly doing better,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York, said before the report. O’Sullivan was the second-best forecaster of GDP in the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “Business spending is picking up. We’ll see stronger consumer spending in coming months.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-28/economy-in-u-s-expands-4-2-more-than-previously-forecast.html

  6. Consumer Comfort in U.S. Climbs to Five-Week High on Employment

    Aug 28, 2014 6:45 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Confidence among U.S. consumers climbed to a five-week high as an improving labor market helped bolster attitudes of unemployed Americans and those at the lower end of the income scale.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to 37.3 in the week ended Aug. 24 from 36.6 in the prior period. Views of household finances advanced to an almost four-month high and a gauge of whether it’s a good time to shop also increased.

    Payroll gains on pace for the best year since 1999 are helping bolster confidence across income levels and among jobless Americans, whose claims for unemployment benefits are lingering near a more than eight-year low. Cheaper prices at the gas pump and limited inflation are providing some comfort for households whose paychecks have been slow to increase.

    “Items like personal incomes and the employment rate are critical,” said Gary Langer, president of Langer Research Associates LLC in New York, which produces the data for Bloomberg. “We’ve seen progress in these and therefore we’re seeing progress in consumer sentiment.”

    Other reports today showed the economy expanded more than previously projected in the second quarter and applications for unemployment benefits were little changed last week.

    Gross domestic product climbed at a 4.2 percent pace from April through June after shrinking 2.1 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said. The pickup was led by the biggest gain in business investment in more than two years.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-28/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-climbs-to-five-week-high-on-employment.html

  7. Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Increase More Than Forecast

    Aug 28, 2014 7:00 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Contracts to purchase previously owned homes rose more than forecast in July, a sign of renewed momentum in residential real estate.

    The pending home sales index gained 3.3 percent after a 1.3 percent decrease in June that was larger than initially reported, the National Association of Realtors said today in Washington. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for the index to advance 0.5 percent.

    A pickup in hiring, rising property values and historically low interest rates are lifting home sales and prompting builders to break more ground. Faster wage growth and easier access to credit would give a bigger boost to the market.

    “Housing is on a gradual glide path of improvement,” Gennadiy Goldberg, TD Securities USA LLC, said before the report. “If you had more wage growth people would be more inclined to buy homes.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-28/pending-sales-of-u-s-existing-homes-increase-more-than-forecast.html

  8. Jobless Claims in U.S. Little Changed as Economy Strengthens

    Aug 28, 2014 6:00 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was little changed last week near the lowest level in seven years as employers held on to staff in an improving economy.

    Claims decreased by 1,000 to 298,000 in the week ended Aug. 23 from 299,000 in the prior period, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 46 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an increase to 300,000.

    Claims have been hovering near the lowest levels since 2007 as the labor market continues to make progress. Now, it’s up to hiring to cut slack enough to force employers to raise pay, which, in turn, could spur more household spending.

    “Businesses are feeling better about the economic outlook,” said Ryan Wang, an economist at HSBC Securities USA Inc. in New York, who correctly projected the jobless claims number at 298,000. “The improvement in the job market is also helping with consumer confidence.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-28/jobless-claims-in-u-s-little-changed-as-job-market-strengthens.html

  9. President Obama Asks Todd Park to Continue Administration Service in New Role after Returning to Silicon Valley

    Lindsay Holst August 28, 2014

    President Obama today announced that he has asked U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President Todd Park to take on a new role for the Administration as a technology advisor based in Silicon Valley. Park will begin the new role in September after he and his family have returned home to California.

    Park’s focus will be recruiting more top tech talent like Mikey Dickerson into government and identifying innovative ways to improve the quality of government digital services, two central goals of the President’s Smarter IT Delivery agenda. He will also help ensure that the Administration has an on-the-ground sense of how technology is evolving and can craft policy and initiatives accordingly.

    President Obama said today, “From launching the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, to opening up troves of government data to the public, to helping spearhead the successful turnaround of HealthCare.gov, Todd has been, and will continue to be, a key member of my Administration. I thank Todd for his service as my Chief Technology Officer, and look forward to his continuing to help us deploy the best people and ideas from the tech community in service of the American people.”

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/28/president-obama-asks-todd-park-continue-administration-service-new-role-after-return

  10. Top Immigration Court Hands Huge Win to Battered Women Seeking Asylum. Conservatives Freak Out.

    Women’s rights groups call it a win. Fox News calls it a path to “instant US citizenship.”

    Aug. 28, 2014 11:29 AM EDT By Molly Redden – motherjones

    On Tuesday, the country’s top immigration court ruled that some migrants escaping domestic violence may qualify for asylum in the United States. The decision, from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), is a landmark: It’s the first time that this court has recognized a protected group that primarily includes women. The ruling offers a glimmer of hope to asylum-seekers who have fled horrific abuse. The decision has also infuriated conservatives, who claim that the ruling is a veritable invitation to undocumented immigrants and marks a vast expansion of citizenship opportunities for foreigners.

    The case involved a Guatemalan woman who ran away from her abusive husband. “This abuse included weekly beatings,” the court wrote in its summary of her circumstances. “He threw paint thinner on her, which burned her breast. He raped her.” The police refused to intervene, and on Christmas 2005, she and her three children illegally entered the United States.

    Before Tuesday’s decision, immigration judges routinely denied asylum to domestic violence victims because US asylum law does not protect people who are persecuted on account of their gender. The law only shields people who are persecuted because they are members of a certain race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or particular social group. Tuesday’s ruling, however, recognized “married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship” as a unique social group—giving the Guatemalan woman standing to make an asylum claim.

    For more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/doj-immigration-court-domestic-violence-asylum-conservative-backlash

  11. August 28, 2014


    James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

    4:09 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I want to say a few words on a number of topics and take a few questions before the long Labor Day weekend.

    First, beginning with the number one thing most Americans care about — the economy. This morning, we found out that our economy actually grew at a stronger clip in the 2nd quarter than we originally thought. Companies are investing. Consumers are spending. Over the past four and a half years, our businesses have now created nearly 10 million new jobs. So there are reasons to feel good about the direction we’re headed.

    But as everybody knows, there’s a lot more that we should be doing to make sure that all Americans benefit from the progress that we’ve made. And I’m going to be pushing Congress hard on this when they return next week.

    Second, in Iraq, our dedicated pilots and crews continue to carry out the targeted strikes that I authorized to protect Americans there and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground.

    As Commander-in-Chief, I will always do what is necessary to protect the American people and defend against evolving threats to our homeland. Because of our strikes, the terrorists of ISIL are losing arms and equipment. In some areas, Iraqi government and Kurdish forces have begun to push them back.

    And we continue to be proud and grateful to our extraordinary personnel serving in this mission.

    Now, ISIL poses an immediate threat to the people of Iraq and to people throughout the region. And that’s why our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader, comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL. And that starts with Iraq’s leaders building on the progress that they’ve made so far and forming an inclusive government that will unite their country and strengthen their security forces to confront ISIL.

    Any successful strategy, though, also needs strong regional partners. I’m encouraged so far that countries in the region — countries that don’t always agree on many things — increasingly recognize the primacy of the threat that ISIL poses to all of them. And I’ve asked Secretary Kerry to travel to the region to continue to build the coalition that’s needed to meet this threat. As I’ve said, rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy, but I’m confident that we can — and we will — working closely with our allies and our partners.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/28/statement-president

  12. West Wing Week 08/29/14 or “Choose the Harder Right Instead of the Easier Wrong”

    Published on Aug 28, 2014

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the White House honored two important anniversaries, for Women’s Rights and Civil Rights, and the President announced new actions to improve access to quality healthcare for veterans.
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  13. WH

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama departs the White House
    South Lawn

    12:45 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    1:00 PM
    1:55 PM
    President Obama arrives New York
    Westchester County Airport

    2:00 PM
    2:40 PM
    President Obama attends a DNC roundtable
    Private Residence, New Rochelle, New York

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:35 PM
    President Obama attends a DNC event
    New York City, NY

    5:00 PM
    5:20 PM
    President Obama departs New York
    Westchester County Airport, White Plains, New York

    6:00 PM
    6:10 PM
    President Obama arrives Rhode Island
    T.F. Green Airport

    7:00 PM
    7:35 PM
    President Obama attends a DCCC event
    Private Residence, Newport, Rhode Island

    8:00 PM
    8:50 PM
    President Obama departs Rhode Island
    T.F. Green Airport, Warwick, Rhode Island

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM
    10:05 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews
    Travel Pool Coverage

    10:20 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

  14. Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Unexpectedly Increased in August

    Aug 29, 2014 7:10 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in August, showing a brightening in Americans’ moods as the labor market gains traction.

    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan final sentiment index rose to 82.5 from 81.8 in July. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 80 after a preliminary August reading of 79.2.

    Payroll gains at their strongest pace since 1999 and muted firings are keeping consumers upbeat about the economic outlook. Stronger wage increases and more broad-based improvement in the labor market may be needed to return sentiment to pre-recession levels and help spur the consumer spending that accounts for about 70 percent of the economy.

    “The main driver of consumer confidence is the job market, and that’s improving,” Michael Carey, chief economist for North America at Credit Agricole CIB in New York, said before the report. “You’re going to continue to see payroll gains, and some of those people who were not fully employed” will return to the market, providing “a boost to overall labor income.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-29/michigan-consumer-sentiment-index-rises-to-82-5-from-81-8.html

  15. Treasury Market Rally Is Stronger Than Every Economist Predicted

    Aug 29, 2014 8:45 AM PT By Wes Goodman and Mariko Ishikawa – bloomberg

    This year’s Treasury market rally has been stronger than every economist surveyed by Bloomberg News predicted.

    Ten-year yields that slid to 2.32 percent yesterday were lower than the levels projected by all 66 economists surveyed for their Sept. 30 forecasts. Even as the Federal Reserve scales back the bond-purchase program it has used to support the U.S. economy, Treasuries are drawing demand as yields in Europe fall to records amid speculation the European Central Bank will increase its efforts to cut borrowing costs. Fighting in Ukraine is spurring investor appetite for the safest securities.

    “The bond market still has more room to rally,” said Ali Jalai, a bond trader in Singapore at Scotiabank, a unit of Bank of Nova Scotia, one of 22 primary dealers that trade directly with the Fed. “The consensus is that the ECB will announce some sort of bond-buying program.” In Ukraine, “it seems to be getting bigger and bigger every day,” he said.

    The U.S. 10-year yield was little changed at 2.34 percent at 11:45 a.m. in New York, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader data. It has fallen from 3.03 percent at the end of 2013. The price of the 2.375 percent note maturing in August 2024 fell 2/32, or 63 cents per $1,000 face value, to 100 8/32.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-29/treasury-market-rally-is-stronger-than-every-economist-predicted.html

  16. August 29, 2014

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Iran Designations

    Today we took additional steps in our effort to maintain pressure on the government of Iran. Specifically, the Departments of Treasury and State imposed sanctions on several companies and individuals engaged in activities such as assistance to Iran’s nuclear program, support for terrorism, or aiding Iran’s evasion of international sanctions. Just as we announced these measures and continue to enforce pre-existing sanctions on Iran, the United States remains committed to working with our P5+1 partners toward a long-term, comprehensive solution that provides confidence that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful. Our actions today and since the start of the talks are consistent with our commitments under the Joint Plan of Action, which provided limited relief of certain sanctions in exchange for Iranians steps that halted its nuclear program and rolled it back in key respects.

  17. Moving Forward on International Regulatory Cooperation

    Howard Shelanski August 29, 2014 12:01 PM EDT

    As part of President Obama’s effort to achieve smarter and more effective approaches to international regulation, today I am pleased to announce the release of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Forward Plan. The Forward Plan represents a significant pivot point for our regulatory cooperation relationships with Canada, and outlines new federal agency-level partnership arrangements to help institutionalize the way our regulators work together.

    The Forward Plan will remove duplicative requirements, develop common standards, and identify potential areas where future regulation may unnecessarily differ. This kind of international cooperation on regulations between the United States and Canada will help eliminate barriers to doing business in the United States or with U.S. companies, grow the economy, and create jobs.

    Regulatory cooperation has to mean more than just “aligning” specific rules across the border; such a rule-by-rule approach is neither practical nor scalable enough to meet our ever-changing regulatory environments. We need to think more broadly and creatively on how to build cooperative frameworks to achieve our economic and regulatory policy goals in a more dynamic manner.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/29/moving-forward-international-regulatory-cooperation

  18. August 29, 2014

    Remarks by the President at a DNC Event — Purchase, New York

    Private Residence

    Purchase, New York

    4:49 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. How is everybody doing? (Applause.) I just want to begin by saying thank you to the Wolf family. As Robert mentioned, he and Carol and Luke and James, they have been great friends for years now. I don’t think I was ever behind Dennis Kucinich in the polls. (Laughter.) That doesn’t ring a bell. But it is true that Robert was a huge supporter before a lot of people knew how to pronounce my name. And anybody who is a friend of Robert’s knows that once he’s your friend, he doesn’t stop. He’s there for you through thick and thin, and I could not be prouder to know him. (Applause.)

    You also have an outstanding congresswoman here — Nita Lowey is here. Where did Nita go? There she is. (Applause.) We love Nita.

    You know, it’s a little warm in here. I’m going to take off my jacket. My tan suit is a lot cooler. (Laughter.) This one is a little warmer. But let me just — let me start off by saying this — Robert mentioned what things were like when I was first starting politically, when I had first broken on the national scene. But I want to talk a little bit about what things were like right before I was President.

    At the time, we were in the midst of two wars, and we were about to plunge into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. And when Ronald Reagan ran in 1984, and first in 1980, he asked a simple question: Are you better off than you were four years ago? And the one thing that I can say is that because of the incredible resilience and strength of the American people, but also because we made some good decisions even though they were tough at the time, we are better off as a country than we were when I came into office. (Applause.)

    And when you think about what was happening then, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. The economy was actually contracting at a faster pace than had happened during the Great Depression. Today, we’ve now seen 53 straight months of job growth, over 10 million jobs created. Unemployment rate has come down faster this year than any time in the last 30 years. The deficit has been cut by more than half. We have seen record corporate profits. The stock market has not just recovered but actually gone well beyond where we were pre-crisis.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/29/remarks-president-dnc-event-purchase-new-york

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