Lawmakers propose legislation to bolster FDA oversight
WASHINGTON The Energy and Commerce Committee has proposed draft legislation that would bolster the strength of the Food and Drug Administration’s global safety oversights for food, drug and cosmetic products, according to published reports.
The bill would create a registry of domestic and international drug, medical device, food and cosmetic facilities that either sells products in the United States or import products into the country. The bill, which was proposed by Reps. John Dingell, D-Mich., Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Diana DeGette, D-Mich., would impose annual registration fees on those firms to help cover the agency’s enforcement costs.
For example, the proposed legislation would require U.S. food facilities and those exporting food to the United States to pay $2,000 per facility, per year to register with the FDA. The fee would generate about $600 million, more than doubling the FDA’s current food safety budget.
Under the provisions of the bill, the agency would have the same recall authority for drugs that it has with medical devices, meaning it would be able to order recalls. The legislation also covers a broad range of other changes, including that drug makers list on drug labels where active ingredients come from and calling for the FDA to inspect drug facilities every two years. That’s currently the standard for domestic drug facilities, but not for foreign ones.
Titled the Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2008, the legislation builds on four existing bills, congressional probes and a groundswell of discontent about the state of the FDA. Food and drug makers, as well as consumer advocates, have increasingly lobbied for more FDA funding, saying the agency is not adequately policing the huge universe of foods, drugs and other products it regulates. But federal budget proposals have fallen short of what they say is needed.
The first hearing on the draft is set for April 24. Others are expected with final legislation to follow.
Canus introduces olive oil/wheat protein skin care line
WATERBURY, Vt. Canus Goat’s Milk, which makes goat’s milk-based skin care products for adults and children, has developed a new line of skin care products made with olive oil and wheat protein.
The new all-natural Olive Oil & Wheat Protein line includes soap bars, soap packs, body butter, body wash and lotion. Prices range between $2.99 and $11.99.
Like all Canus products, the new Olive Oil & Wheat Protein is made with goat’s milk packed with proteins, vitamins and minerals. Wheat protein carries nitrogen to skin cells, providing lubrication and protection for sensitive skin. Olive oil is an antioxidant that helps protect skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, the company stated.
Canus Goat’s Milk, which was founded in Quebec, Canada, is currently based in Waterbury. Canus produces more than 60 different goat’s milk-based skin care products that are distributed in Europe, across North America and in the Far East.
Dr. Fresh Tooth Talk Tour educates kids on dental health
LOS ANGELES Dr. Fresh, the maker of the FireFly toothbrush, is aiming to educate students in Southern California elementary schools through its Tooth Talk Tour.
The tour, which kicked off in late 2007 in Southern California, visiting schools in many underserved communities, is expected to expand to additional schools in the coming months.
Schools participating in the tour receive a visit from the FireFly, the “flashy” character that has become the emblem of the Dr. Fresh approach to brushing. The FireFly appears at assemblies for grades K-5. After each assembly, every child attending receives a gift bag that includes a tooth brushing chart and a FireFly toothbrush.
“Not all of our families have access to adequate oral care and even the purchase of a toothbrush can be a hardship for them,” stated Debbie Worchell, a third grade teacher at Camellia Avenue School in North Hollywood. “Dental disease is high on the list of reasons for missed school, so as educators we are grateful to have a resource like this.”