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20-11-2018

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels and setting of import tolerances for pyraclostrobin in various crops

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels and setting of import tolerances for pyraclostrobin in various crops

Published on: Mon, 19 Nov 2018 In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant BASF SE submitted two requests to the competent national authority in Germany. The first one, to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRL) for the active substance pyraclostrobin in various crops and to set import tolerances for sugar canes and American persimmons; the second one to set import tolerances for pineapples and passion fruits/maracujas. The data submitted in support of the request...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

16-11-2018

Setting of an import tolerance for pyraclostrobin in rice

Setting of an import tolerance for pyraclostrobin in rice

Published on: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant BASF SE submitted a request to the competent national authority in Germany to set an import tolerance for the active substance pyraclostrobin in rice. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive a maximum residue level (MRL) proposal for rice. Based on the risk assessment results, EFSA concluded that the short‐term intake of residues resulting from the use of p...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

15-11-2018

Assessment of genetically modified LLCotton25 for renewal of authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐RX‐010)

Assessment of genetically modified LLCotton25 for renewal of authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐RX‐010)

Published on: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 Following the submission of application EFSA‐GMO‐RX‐010 under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 from Bayer, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (GMO Panel) was asked to deliver a scientific risk assessment on the data submitted in the context of the renewal of authorisation application for the herbicide‐tolerant genetically modified LLCotton25, for food and feed uses, import and processing, excluding cultivation within the EU. The d...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

15-11-2018

Assessment of genetically modified maize MZHG0JG for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐DE‐2016‐133)

Assessment of genetically modified maize MZHG0JG for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐DE‐2016‐133)

Published on: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 The scope of application EFSA‐GMO‐DE‐2016‐133 is for food and feed uses, import and processing of genetically modified (GM) maize MZHG0JG in the European Union. Maize MZHG0JG was developed to confer tolerance to the herbicidal active substances glyphosate and glufosinate‐ammonium. The molecular characterisation data and bioinformatic analyses do not identify issues requiring food/feed safety assessment. None of the identified differences in the agronomic/phenotypic and com...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

14-11-2018

FDA alerts doctors, patients about risk of complications when certain implanted pumps are used to deliver pain medications not approved for use with the devices

FDA alerts doctors, patients about risk of complications when certain implanted pumps are used to deliver pain medications not approved for use with the devices

FDA alerted health care providers and patients about the serious complications that can occur when using medications not approved for use with implanted pumps that deliver medication into the spinal fluid to treat or manage pain.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

13-11-2018

Questions on antimicrobial resistance

Questions on antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is a major public health issue in France: resistance to antibiotics calls into question the efficacy of treatments for infections occurring in humans and animals alike. At its annual symposium on this issue, ANSES will be presenting the result of its two reports on national trends in resistance in animals (Resapath report) and sales of veterinary antimicrobials.

France - Agence Nationale du Médicament Vétérinaire

10-11-2018

Pest categorisation of Popillia japonica

Pest categorisation of Popillia japonica

Published on: Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Popillia japonica(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) for the EU. P. japonica is a distinguishable species listed in Annex IAII of Council Directive 2000/29/EC. It is native to Japan but established in the USA in the early 20th century. It spreads from New Jersey to most US states east of the Mississippi, some to the west and north into Canada. P. japonica feeds on over 700 plant species. Adults attack folia...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

1-11-2018

Pest categorisation of Conotrachelus nenuphar

Pest categorisation of Conotrachelus nenuphar

Published on: Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The EFSA Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), for the EU. C. nenuphar is a well‐defined species, recognised as a serious pest of stone and pome fruit in the USA and Canada where it also feeds on a range of other hosts including soft fruit (e.g. Ribes,Fragaria) and wild plants (e.g. Crataegus). Adults, which are not good flyers, feed on tender twigs, flower buds and leaves. Femal...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

31-10-2018

Updated review of the existing maximum residue levels for imazalil according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 following new toxicological information

Updated review of the existing maximum residue levels for imazalil according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 following new toxicological information

Published on: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 In compliance with Article 43 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, EFSA received a mandate from the European Commission to provide an update of the reasoned opinion on the review of existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for imazalil published on 5 September 2017, taking into account the additional information provided on the toxicity of the metabolites R014821, FK‐772 and FK‐284. EFSA did not derive MRL proposals from the post‐harvest uses reported on citrus fru...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

31-10-2018

Guidance on the scientific requirements for health claims related to muscle function and physical performance

Guidance on the scientific requirements for health claims related to muscle function and physical performance

Published on: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 EFSA has asked the Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) to update the guidance on the scientific requirements for health claims related to physical performance published in 2012. The update takes into account the experience gained by the NDA Panel with the evaluation of additional health claim applications, changes introduced to the general scientific guidance for stakeholders for health claims applications and information collected from ...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

30-10-2018

Pest categorisation of Sternochetus mangiferae

Pest categorisation of Sternochetus mangiferae

Published on: Mon, 29 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The European Commission requested EFSA to conduct a pest categorisation of Sternochetus mangiferae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a monophagous pest weevil whose larvae exclusively feed on mango seeds, whereas adults feed on mango foliage. S. mangiferae is a species with reliable methods available for identification. It is regulated in the EU by Council Directive 2000/29/EC where it is listed in Annex IIB as a harmful organism whose introduction into EU Protec...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

30-10-2018

Pest categorisation of Aleurocanthus spp.

Pest categorisation of Aleurocanthus spp.

Published on: Mon, 29 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Aleurocanthus spp., a well‐defined insect genus of the whitefly family Aleyrodidae (Arthropoda: Hemiptera). Difficulties within the taxonomy of the genus give doubt about the ability to accurately identify some members to species level. Nevertheless, the genus is thought to currently include about ninety species mainly reported from tropical and subtropical areas. The genus is listed in Council Dir...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

20-10-2018

Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review for pyraflufen‐ethyl

Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review for pyraflufen‐ethyl

Published on: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The applicant, Nichino Europe Co. Ltd., submitted application request to the competent national authority in the Netherlands to evaluate confirmatory data that were identified for pyraflufen‐ethyl in the framework of the maximum residue level (MRL) review under Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 as not available. The submitted data were sufficient to confirm the MRLs for citrus fruits, tree nuts, pome fruits, stone fruits, table and wine grapes, curra...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

17-10-2018

Applicability of in silico tools for the prediction of dermal absorption for pesticides

Applicability of in silico tools for the prediction of dermal absorption for pesticides

Published on: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Based on the “Human in vitro dermal absorption datasets” published as supporting information to the revised EFSA Guidance on Dermal Absorption, in silico models for prediction of absorption across the skin have been evaluated. For this evaluation, a systematic literature search and review was performed, identifying 288 publications describing mathematical models for prediction of dermal absorption. Eleven models potentially relevant to the regulatory assessm...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

17-10-2018

Pest categorisation of Stagonosporopsis andigena

Pest categorisation of Stagonosporopsis andigena

Published on: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Stagonosporopsis andigena, the causal agent of black blight of potato, for the EU. The pest is a well‐defined fungal species and reliable methods exist for its detection and identification. S. andigena is present in Bolivia and Peru. The pest is not known to occur in the EU and is listed in Annex IAI of Directive 2000/29/EC as Phoma andina, meaning its introduction into the EU is prohibited. The ma...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

17-10-2018

Pest categorisation of Thecaphora solani

Pest categorisation of Thecaphora solani

Published on: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of the fungus Thecaphora solani, the causal agent of smut of potato, for the EU. The identity of the pest is well established and reliable methods exist for its detection and identification. T. solaniis present in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. The pathogen is not known to occur in the EU and is listed in Annex IAI of Directive 2000/29/EC, meaning its introducti...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

16-10-2018

Pest categorisation of Cronartium harknessii, Cronartium kurilense and Cronartium sahoanum

Pest categorisation of Cronartium harknessii, Cronartium kurilense and Cronartium sahoanum

Published on: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Cronartium harknessii, Cronartium kurilense and Cronartium sahoanum, which are well‐defined and distinguishable tree fungal pathogens of the family Cronartiaceae. In 2018, these species were moved from the genus Endocronartium to the genus Cronartium. These pathogens are not known to be present in the EU and are regulated in Council Directive 2...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

16-10-2018

Pest categorisation of Melampsora farlowii

Pest categorisation of Melampsora farlowii

Published on: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Melampsora farlowii, a well‐defined and distinguishable fungus of the family Melampsoraceae. M. farlowii is the causal agent of a leaf and twig rust of hemlocks (Tsuga spp.) in eastern North America. The pathogen is regulated in Council Directive 2000/29/EC (Annex IAI) as a harmful organism whose introduction into the EU is banned. M. farlowii ...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

12-10-2018

FDA advances investigation into whether more than 40 e-cigarette products are being illegally marketed and outside agency's compliance policy

FDA advances investigation into whether more than 40 e-cigarette products are being illegally marketed and outside agency's compliance policy

FDA advances investigation into whether more than 40 e-cigarette products are being illegally marketed and outside agency's compliance policy

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

11-10-2018

Wild boar in focus: Review of existing models on spatial distribution and density of wild boar and proposal for next steps

Wild boar in focus: Review of existing models on spatial distribution and density of wild boar and proposal for next steps

Published on: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 This report provides a review of existing models for predicting the spatial distribution and abundance of wild boar at various scales (global, continental, national and regional) in order to inform the development of a new model to produce estimates of wild boar abundance at European level. The review identifies and discusses a range of models based on a wide variety of data types, corresponding to those targeted by the data collection model set by ENETwild,...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

9-10-2018

Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, LLC Announces Recalls Because of Possible Health Risk

Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, LLC Announces Recalls Because of Possible Health Risk

Johnston County Hams’ country ham was recalled due to its potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes; therefore, Ukrop’s made the decision that any products that contained country ham or came into contact with equipment used to process the country ham are being recalled due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

9-10-2018

Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment for the active substance flumioxazin in light of negligible exposure data submitted

Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment for the active substance flumioxazin in light of negligible exposure data submitted

Published on: Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The conclusions of EFSA following the peer review of the initial risk assessment carried out by the competent authority of the rapporteur Member State, Czech Republic, for the pesticide active substance flumioxazin are reported. The European Commission requested EFSA to conduct a peer review and provide its conclusions on whether exposure of humans to flumioxazin can be considered negligible, taking into account the European Commission's draft guidance on th...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

19-9-2018

National dietary survey in 2012‐2016 on the general population aged 1‐79 years in the Netherlands

National dietary survey in 2012‐2016 on the general population aged 1‐79 years in the Netherlands

Published on: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 During the years 2012‐2016, the Dutch National Food Consumption survey was conducted in the Netherlands. For the survey, a random sample was drawn from consumer panels stratified by age and gender and maintained representative to the population with regard to region, address density and educational level. Complete results were obtained for 4,313 persons (response rate 65%); including toddlers, children, adolescents, adults and elderly. Pregnant or lactating ...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

13-9-2018

FDA provides update on its ongoing investigation into valsartan products; and reports on the finding of an additional impurity identified in one firm’s already recalled products

FDA provides update on its ongoing investigation into valsartan products; and reports on the finding of an additional impurity identified in one firm’s already recalled products

FDA update on the ongoing investigation into valsartan impurities, recalls and current findings.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

11-9-2018

Novel foods: a risk profile for the house cricket (Acheta domesticus)

Novel foods: a risk profile for the house cricket (Acheta domesticus)

Published on: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Novel foods could represent a sustainable alternative to traditional farming and conventional foodstuffs. Starting in 2018, Regulation (EU) 2283/2015 entered into force, laying down provisions for the approval of novel foods in Europe, including insects. This Approved Regulation establishes the requirements that enable Food Business Operators to bring new foods into the EU market, while ensuring high levels of food safety for European consumers. The present ...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

11-9-2018

Modelling of inactivation through heating for quantitative microbiological risk assessment (QMRA)

Modelling of inactivation through heating for quantitative microbiological risk assessment (QMRA)

Published on: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 EFSA regards the household as a stage in the food chain that is important for the final number of food‐borne infections. The fate of a pathogen in the private kitchen largely depends on consumer hygiene during preparation of food and on its proper cooking, especially in the case of meat. Unfortunately, detailed information on the microbiological survival in meat products after heating in the consumer kitchen is lacking. The aim of the study was to improve th...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

11-9-2018

Assessment of occupational and dietary exposure to pesticide residues

Assessment of occupational and dietary exposure to pesticide residues

Published on: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Plant protection products (PPPs) are pesticides containing at least one active substance that drives specific actions against pests (diseases). PPPs are regulated in the EU and cannot be placed on the market or used without prior authorisation. EFSA assesses the possible risks of the use of active substances to humans and environment. Member States decide whether or not to approve their use at EU level. Furthermore, Member States decide at national level on ...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

11-9-2018

Livestock Health and Food Chain Risk Assessment

Livestock Health and Food Chain Risk Assessment

Published on: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The EUFORA fellowship programme ‘Livestock Health and Food Chain Risk Assessment’ was proposed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), a British governmental institution responsible for safeguarding animal and plant health in the UK. The working programme, which was organised into four different modules, covered a wide range of aspects related to risk assessment including identification of emerging risks, risk prioritisation methods, scanning surveilla...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

10-9-2018

Health Canada updates Canadians on estimates of health risks for recalled valsartan drugs containing NDMA

Health Canada updates Canadians on estimates of health risks for recalled valsartan drugs containing NDMA

OTTAWA –Health Canada is sharing the results of its review of potential long-term health effects involving valsartan drugs that were found to contain the impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Health Canada scientists have assessed the available data to determine the potential increased risk of developing cancer, to help put the risk into context for Canadians.

Health Canada

10-9-2018

Jay Trends Inc. recalls Tempered Glass of the Sunbeam Linear Fire Table

Jay Trends Inc. recalls Tempered Glass of the Sunbeam Linear Fire Table

In some circumstances the tempered glass pane may break or shatter unexpectedly into small pieces and may pose laceration injuries to consumers.

Health Canada

1-9-2018

Spodoptera frugiperda partial risk assessment

Spodoptera frugiperda partial risk assessment

Published on: Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 EFSA was asked for a partial risk assessment of Spodoptera frugiperda for the territory of the EU focussing on the main pathways for entry, factors affecting establishment, risk reduction options and pest management. As a polyphagous pest, five commodity pathways were examined in detail. Aggregating across these and other pathways, we estimate that tens of thousands to over a million individual larvae could enter the EU annually on host commodities. Instigat...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

29-8-2018

Hellolife, Inc. Issues Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Neuroveen, Respitrol, Thyroveev and Compulsin due to Possible Microbial Contamination

Hellolife, Inc. Issues Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Neuroveen, Respitrol, Thyroveev and Compulsin due to Possible Microbial Contamination

HelloLife, Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI is initiating a voluntary recall of four different products, Neuroveen, Respitrol, Thyroveev and Compulsin, within expiry, to the retail and consumer level due to possible microbial contamination. Neuroveen has been tested and found to be contaminated with Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Burkholderia cepacia. Compulsin has been identified as containing Burkholderia cepacia. Respitrol and Thyroveev are still pending bacterial identification. Each product being recalled...

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

29-8-2018

Review of the existing maximum residue levels for sintofen according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Review of the existing maximum residue levels for sintofen according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Published on: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 According to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, EFSA has reviewed the maximum residue levels (MRLs) currently established at European level for the pesticide active substance sintofen. To assess the occurrence of sintofen residues in plants, processed commodities, rotational crops and livestock, EFSA considered the conclusions derived in the framework of Commission Regulation (EC) No 33/2008, as well as the European authorisations reported by Member ...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

29-8-2018

Safety assessment of the process ‘General Plastic’, based on Starlinger Decon technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials

Safety assessment of the process ‘General Plastic’, based on Starlinger Decon technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials

Published on: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 This scientific opinion of the EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel) deals with the safety evaluation of the recycling process General Plastic (EU register No RECYC153), which is based on the Starlinger Decon technology. The decontamination efficiency of the process was demonstrated by a challenge test. The input of this process is hot caustic washed and dried poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) flakes orig...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

29-8-2018

Update of the tolerable upper intake level for vitamin D for infants

Update of the tolerable upper intake level for vitamin D for infants

Published on: Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) carried out a public consultation to receive input from the scientific community and all interested parties on the draft Scientific Opinion on the update of the tolerable upper intake level for vitamin D for infants. This draft Scientific Opinion was prepared by the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA Panel) and endorsed by the Panel for public consultation by written procedure on 9 April 20...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

22-8-2018

Santevia Water System Inc. recalls PureEasy Shower Filter

Santevia Water System Inc. recalls PureEasy Shower Filter

The housing can unexpectedly separate releasing the mineral contents into the eyes.

Health Canada

21-8-2018

Companies can now apply for authorisation to produce cannabis bulk and cannabis primary products

Companies can now apply for authorisation to produce cannabis bulk and cannabis primary products

On 1 July 2018, a new executive order entered into force which gives companies the possibility of cultivating medicinal cannabis and producing cannabis bulk and cannabis primary products from Danish-grown cannabis.

Danish Medicines Agency

17-8-2018

Animal Drug Under Fee Amendments Reauthorized Through September 2023 to Allow for FDA’s Continued Timely Review of Animal Drug Applications

Animal Drug Under Fee Amendments Reauthorized Through September 2023 to Allow for FDA’s Continued Timely Review of Animal Drug Applications

On 8/14/18, the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2018 was signed into law to reauthorize ADUFA and AGDUFA. These programs help FDA maintain a predictable and timely animal drug review process, foster innovation, and expedite access to new therapies for animals.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10-8-2018

Westminster Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levothyroxine and Liothyronine (Thyroid Tablets, USP) Due to Risk of Adulteration

Westminster Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levothyroxine and Liothyronine (Thyroid Tablets, USP) Due to Risk of Adulteration

Westminster Pharmaceuticals, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots, within expiry, of Levothyroxine and Liothyronine (Thyroid Tablets, USP) 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg, & 120 mg to the wholesale level. These products are being recalled as a precaution because they were manufactured using active pharmaceutical ingredients that were sourced prior to the FDA’s Import Alert of Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., which as a result of a 2017 inspection were found to have deficiencies with Current Good Ma...

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

26-7-2018

Medical Devices Safety Update Volume 6, Number 4, July 2018

Medical Devices Safety Update Volume 6, Number 4, July 2018

Be aware of cross-reactivity with home-use self-test ovulation kits, TGA undertakes product safety review into intragastric balloon systems

Therapeutic Goods Administration - Australia

19-7-2018

K9 Natural Ltd recalls K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast Raw Pet Food 11lb bags

K9 Natural Ltd recalls K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast Raw Pet Food 11lb bags

K9 Natural Ltd is voluntarily recalling K9 Natural Frozen Chicken Feast 11lb bags, batch number #150517, that were imported into the Canadian market in July 2017 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No other K9 Natural products are affected in Canada.

Health Canada

19-7-2018

Valsartan-Containing Products: Update Health Professional and Consumer on Recent Recalled Products

Valsartan-Containing Products: Update Health Professional and Consumer on Recent Recalled Products

The investigation into valsartan-containing products is ongoing and there are currently three voluntary recalls related to the NDMA impurity detected in the valsartan

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

11-7-2018

Phase I clinical trials and non-commercial clinical trials now exempt from fees

Phase I clinical trials and non-commercial clinical trials now exempt from fees

Fees are no longer charged for Phase I clinical trials and non-commercial clinical trials of medicines. This is the result of the Growth Plan for Life Science and the Budget for 2018. The new rules entered into force on 1 July 2018.

Danish Medicines Agency

28-6-2018

Ambient air quality: ANSES recommends the surveillance of 1,3-butadiene and the enhanced monitoring of ultrafine particles (UFPs) and carbon black

Ambient air quality: ANSES recommends the surveillance of 1,3-butadiene and the enhanced monitoring of ultrafine particles (UFPs) and carbon black

The European monitoring strategy for air quality relies heavily on quality standards for a number of pollutants. Advances in knowledge on the toxicity of substances and their emissions in the atmosphere have shown that certain pollutants that may have an impact on human health are not currently taken into account in regulatory monitoring. ANSES therefore received a formal request from the Ministries of Ecology and Health to propose a list of new priority pollutants for this air quality monitoring to supp...

France - Agence Nationale du Médicament Vétérinaire

21-6-2018

Now Health Group Inc. Recalls Select Now Real Food® Zesty Sprouting Mix Because of Possible Health Risk

Now Health Group Inc. Recalls Select Now Real Food® Zesty Sprouting Mix Because of Possible Health Risk

NOW Health Group, Inc. (NOW), of Bloomingdale, Illinois, is recalling its NOW Real Food® Zesty Sprouting Mix – Product Code 7271, Lot #3031259 and Lot #3038165 – because its primary ingredient, Crimson Clover Seeds, has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may b...

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

6-6-2018

CARDIOSAVE Hybrid Intra-aortic Balloon Pump by Maquet Datascope Corp.: Class I Recall - Due to Fluid Ingress that May Affect Device Operation and Interrupt or Delay Therapy

CARDIOSAVE Hybrid Intra-aortic Balloon Pump by Maquet Datascope Corp.: Class I Recall - Due to Fluid Ingress that May Affect Device Operation and Interrupt or Delay Therapy

Maquet Datascope Corp. is recalling the IABP due to a design issue that allows fluid (such as saline) to seep into the device. The fluid can cause corrosion of internal components such as the electronic circuit boards, and lead to device malfunction (e.g., sudden stops) which can cause a delay or interruption in therapy. Device failure may result in immediate and serious adverse health consequences, including death.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

29-5-2018

Pious Lion Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Health Risk

Pious Lion Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Health Risk

Pious Lion located in Asheville, NC is voluntarily recalling two of their Kratom products: Pious Lion Pure Premium Potent Limited Release Pink Bali, 1 oz and Pious Lion Pure Premium Potent White Maeng DA, Bright Uplifting Energy, 4 oz due to the presence of Salmonella . Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhe...

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

24-5-2018

FDA Approves Semintra, the First FDA-approved Animal Drug for the Control of Systemic Hypertension in Cats

FDA Approves Semintra, the First FDA-approved Animal Drug for the Control of Systemic Hypertension in Cats

The FDA has approved Semintra (telmisartan oral solution), the first FDA-approved animal drug to control systemic hypertension in cats. Semintra is an oral solution administered either directly into the cat’s mouth or on top of a small amount of food.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

23-5-2018

Golden International Corporation  Issues Public Safety Warning For Stolen Tilapia Because  of Possible Health Risk

Golden International Corporation Issues Public Safety Warning For Stolen Tilapia Because of Possible Health Risk

Golden International Corporation of Renton, WA is issuing a public safety notice for 405 cartons of stolen frozen tilapia, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection wi...

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

21-5-2018

Ziyad Brothers Importing Recalls Tahini Because of Possible Health Risk

Ziyad Brothers Importing Recalls Tahini Because of Possible Health Risk

Ziyad Brothers Importing is voluntarily recalling certain lot codes of Ziyad Brand Tahini because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into ...

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

8-5-2018

New Tariff for fees collected by the Icelandic
Medicines Agency

New Tariff for fees collected by the Icelandic Medicines Agency

Tariff No 404/2018 for marketing authorisations, annual fees and other licence fees for medicinal products and other related products, collected by the Icelandic Medicines Agency, was published in the Official Journal on 25th of april 2018 and came into force on the 7th of May 2018.TARIFF No 545/2017 for inspections and registration regarding medical devices remains the same. 

IMA - Icelandic Medicines Agency

8-5-2018

Neurovascular Stents Used for Stent-Assisted Coiling (SAC): Letter to Health Care Providers - Recommendations Associated With the Use of These Devices in the Treatment of Unruptured Brain Aneurysms

Neurovascular Stents Used for Stent-Assisted Coiling (SAC): Letter to Health Care Providers - Recommendations Associated With the Use of These Devices in the Treatment of Unruptured Brain Aneurysms

The FDA has received reports associated with the use of these devices in the treatment of unruptured brain aneurysms that suggest some events of peri-procedural stroke and/or death may have been related to procedural risks or patient selection related factors. These factors include patients who had serious co-morbidities resulting in a reduced life expectancy, or who were intolerant to required anticoagulation or anti-platelet therapy.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

19-4-2018

Certain Kratom-Containing Powder Products by Viable Solutions: Recall -Possible Salmonella Contamination

Certain Kratom-Containing Powder Products by Viable Solutions: Recall -Possible Salmonella Contamination

Viable Solutions of Nampa, ID has initiated a recall of certain Kratom-containing powder products, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result...

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

19-4-2018

NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom by NGB Corp.: Recall - Possible Salmonella Contamination

NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom by NGB Corp.: Recall - Possible Salmonella Contamination

NGB Corp. of West Jordan, Utah is voluntarily recalling NxtGen Botanicals Maeng Da Kratom labeled bottles of encapsulated product because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infec...

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

18-3-2018

Medical Devices Safety Update Volume 6, Number 2, March 2018

Medical Devices Safety Update Volume 6, Number 2, March 2018

Preventable alarm issues; Review into cochlear implants; NHS cylinder alert; recent safety alerts

Therapeutic Goods Administration - Australia

17-1-2018

TGA actions after review into urogynaecological surgical mesh implants

TGA actions after review into urogynaecological surgical mesh implants

Update - Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) mid-urethral slings

Therapeutic Goods Administration - Australia

16-9-2016

All Danish Wholesale Distribution Authorisations now appear from EudraGMDP

All Danish Wholesale Distribution Authorisations now appear from EudraGMDP

All Danish Wholesale Distribution Authorisations have been updated to the applicable European format and entered into the common EU database, EudraGMDP, which is available to the general public.

Danish Medicines Agency

14-11-2018

The @US_FDA issues a safety communication cautioning doctors & patients of the risks associated w/ using medications that are not approved for use w/ implanted pumps that are delivered into the spinal fluid to treat or   manage pain:  https://go.usa.gov/x

The @US_FDA issues a safety communication cautioning doctors & patients of the risks associated w/ using medications that are not approved for use w/ implanted pumps that are delivered into the spinal fluid to treat or manage pain: https://go.usa.gov/x

The @US_FDA issues a safety communication cautioning doctors & patients of the risks associated w/ using medications that are not approved for use w/ implanted pumps that are delivered into the spinal fluid to treat or manage pain: https://go.usa.gov/xPfuw  #FDA #MedicalDevice pic.twitter.com/kgDSx2PQzn

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

17-9-2018

Scientific guideline:  Concept paper on the need for revision of the guideline on the investigation of medicinal products in the term and preterm neonate - Revision 1, draft: consultation open

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on the need for revision of the guideline on the investigation of medicinal products in the term and preterm neonate - Revision 1, draft: consultation open

The Guideline on the investigation of medicinal products in the term and preterm neonates was prepared during the period from 2007 to 2009 and came into effect in 2010 (EMEA/536810/2008). Considerable experience of assessing PIP applications covering neonatal age subset has been gained since then and it has become apparent that some essential questions arise repeatedly during the assessment of Paediatric Investigation Plans (PIP) applications for products intended to be investigated and used in neonates....

Europe - EMA - European Medicines Agency

20-8-2018

Tune into CDC Facebook today at 2 pm ET for a Facebook Live chat on contact lens wear and care.  https://www.facebook.com/CDC/  #OnePairTakeCarepic.twitter.com/Akf1Dz93Xx

Tune into CDC Facebook today at 2 pm ET for a Facebook Live chat on contact lens wear and care. https://www.facebook.com/CDC/  #OnePairTakeCarepic.twitter.com/Akf1Dz93Xx

Tune into CDC Facebook today at 2 pm ET for a Facebook Live chat on contact lens wear and care. https://www.facebook.com/CDC/  #OnePairTakeCare pic.twitter.com/Akf1Dz93Xx

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

29-6-2018

New warnings on labels of medicines containing neuromuscular blocking agents

New warnings on labels of medicines containing neuromuscular blocking agents

New requirements for neuromuscular blocking agent containing medicines come into effect on 2 July

Therapeutic Goods Administration - Australia

29-5-2018

EU/3/18/2025 (Pharma Gateway AB)

EU/3/18/2025 (Pharma Gateway AB)

EU/3/18/2025 (Active substance: Modified mRNA encoding human methylmalonyl-coenzyme A mutase encapsulated into lipid nanoparticles) - Orphan designation - Commission Decision (2018)3393 of Tue, 29 May 2018 European Medicines Agency (EMA) procedure number: EMA/OD/017/18

Europe -DG Health and Food Safety