Google News article The FDA has issued a new safety guidance that requires manufacturers to report whether their foods are safe or unsafe when they reach consumer shelves, and the company behind an FDA-approved meat substitute called Tampax has issued its own guidance.
In addition, the company announced it is now making a change to its packaging, which it says is “more environmentally friendly.”
The announcement comes after months of controversy over the Tampox brand of chicken and turkey substitute, which the company said was produced with environmentally friendly methods.
Tampos, which have been popular among parents for years, have also become a hot topic for consumer and environmental groups after they were shown to contain high levels of arsenic, mercury and other toxic metals.
The FDA issued the new guidelines on Wednesday, after several groups, including the Environmental Working Group, Consumers Union and the Environmental Defense Fund, filed a lawsuit in October claiming that the product was unsafe.
Tampingax is made from a plant that produces the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, which is known to cause severe illness.
The company is also the manufacturer of an antibiotic called Tetracycline, which can be used to treat bacterial infections.
The company said that the food safety guidance is aimed at making sure manufacturers know whether their products are safe to consume and that it is the FDA’s responsibility to monitor compliance with the guidelines.
The Food and Drug Administration said that Tampozes are approved by the agency for use in poultry and turkey because of the “safety profile” of the bacteria in the plant, but it said the FDA does not have authority to mandate safety testing of products made from bacteria that is not produced by a human.
Tamps are sold in the U.S. and Canada.
Tampox has not released its packaging yet.