50-State Survey: State Laws and Regulations Addressing Fluoridation in Water

Research studies have proven the safety and benefits of fluoride, which keeps teeth strong and reduces cavities. Community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical and dental organizations. This resource provides a summary of the laws and regulations regarding fluoridation in water in each of the 50 U.S. states.

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Issue Brief: Organic Food Labeling

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the National Organics Program (NOP), which dictates the production and handling standards for food that is marketed as organic. The NOP also establishes a national standard regarding the use of the term “organic” in food labeling. This issue brief outlines the four permissible uses of the term as they relate to the percent of organic ingredients included in the food product.

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Issue Brief: Plant-Based Beverages Labeled as Milk and the FDA's Standard of Identity Regulations

The growing popularity of plant-based beverages like almond milk and soymilk has been accompanied by legal controversy. Leading groups in the dairy industry argue that these products cannot legally call themselves “milk” and that the potential product confusion has nutritional ramifications for consumers. This issue brief examines the major legal underpinnings of this debate and current developments at the Food and Drug administration with regard to this issue.

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50 State Survey: Epinephrine Entity Stocking Laws

In recent years, a growing number of states have adopted epinephrine entity stocking laws. These laws allow authorized entities like restaurants, amusement parks and sports arenas to obtain and store auto-injectable epinephrine, or EpiPens, and administer the drug to individuals experiencing anaphylaxis. The following is a survey of states’ epinephrine entity stocking laws.

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Issue Brief: Epinephrine Entity Stocking Laws

In recent years, a growing number of states have adopted epinephrine entity stocking laws. These laws allow authorized entities like restaurants and sports venues to obtain and store auto-injectable epinephrine, or EpiPens, and administer the drug to individuals experiencing anaphylaxis. This issue brief provides an overview of key components of epinephrine entity stocking laws.

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Resource: Food Allergy Policy

Issue brief on food allergies and anaphylaxis in school-aged children, and state and federal legislative reform efforts to prevent and treat severe allergic reactions in schools; and fact sheet on state laws addressing EpiPen use in schools.

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Issue Brief: FDA's Ban on Partially Hydrogenated Oils

On June 17, 2015, the FDA made the final determination to ban the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in the food by declaring them no longer generally recognized as safe (GRAS) in human food. This issue brief provides information on PHOs, what it means to lose GRAS status, and the FDA’s ban on PHOs.

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Primer: FSMA Section 105 - Standards for Produce Safety

Section 105 of the Food Safety Modernization requires the FDA to create minimum science-based safety standards for produce. This primer provides an overivew of section 105 and the regulations proposed by the FDA to ensure produce safety, as well as recent revisions to the regulations.

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50 State Compilation: Raw Milk Statutes

This document provides a listing of links to state statutes on raw milk consumption and sales.

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Raw Milk: The Risks of Consumption and State Regulation of Sales

Each state is responsible for regulating the sale of raw milk within its borders. These resources provide information on the laws and regulations of raw milk in each state and Washington D.C.

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