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Illinois law aims to convince FDA to add sesame to allergen list

Illinois' newly enacted law mandating sesame be listed as a food allergen is likely preempted by federal law, but advocates of the measure hope it will spark a national trend and spur FDA to add the ingredient to its list of allergens.

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No-deal Brexit: How will European agri-food trade adjust?

Trade flows in agriculture and food products in western Europe and beyond are set for significant upheaval at the end of October when the UK leaves the European Union. The precise impacts are hard to predict with any accuracy - but they are likely to create considerable shockwaves.

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Environmentalists unconvinced by EPA glyphosate review

Environmentalists are pushing back at EPA's assessment that the public faces no health concerns from glyphosate residues on food, suggesting the agency lacks the data to support its position and has failed to adequately assess the risks to children.

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Tesco updates its’ salmon standards to encourage sustainable feed use

British retailer Tesco has updated its salmon standards in order to encourage suppliers to use more sustainable feed ingredients such as algal oil rich with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

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Increase in Spain’s organic farming area

The Spanish organic agricultural area increased by 8% to 2.24 million hectares in 2018, strengthening its EU leadership, according to the Spanish ministry of agriculture (Mapa).

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Climate change endangers German potato, wheat and maize production, NGO warns

Droughts will become more and more frequent in Germany, with severe consequences for the country’s farming sector and food production, a prominent environmental group has warned.

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Ireland failed to fully implement EU pesticide rules, audit finds

Progress on reducing the use of pesticides on Irish farms is difficult to measure because of a lack of targets and indicators, EU investigators have found

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EU rice tariffs hurt Cambodian farmers, federation says

EU duties have caused a sharp decline in Cambodia’s rice exports to the bloc, which has been “acutely felt” by almost 500,000 farming families, the country’s rice sector has claimed.

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Mercosur and EFTA may announce conclusion of FTA this week

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) may announce an agreement with the Mercosur countries later this week.

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Plant-based group slams milk producers’ petition on non-animal dairy labels

Plant-based advocates are urging FDA to reject a milk producers’ petition requesting the agency adopt a new approach to labeling of plant-based "dairy" and require such products be labeled as “imitation” or “substitutes” when using traditional dairy terms.

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USDA, EPA clash over plan to rescind some small refiner exemptions

Officials at a White House meeting Thursday with President Donald Trump on biofuels discussed possible actions put forth in a memo from USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue that was obtained by several media outlets. Perdue recommended rescinding “seven or eight” of the 31 small refiner exemptions (SREs) that were granted by EPA August.

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USDA gives details on MFP 2 trade damage methodology

Details on the methodology used to calculate trade damage and trade aid payments under the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP 2) were released by USDA's Office of the Chief Economist.

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Tesco updates its’ salmon standards to encourage sustainable feed use

British retailer Tesco has updated its salmon standards in order to encourage suppliers to use more sustainable feed ingredients such as algal oil rich with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

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Slovak parliament to deliberate on meat origin bill

Eva Antošová, a lawmaker for the co-ruling Slovak National Party (SNS), has announced plans by the party to amend the country’s Food Law. The new amendment will require local restaurants and caterers to inform their customers on the origin of the meat they use to prepare meals.

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Spanish Supreme Court rules EU anti-fraud office right about tuna customs fraud

The European anti-fraud office (OLAF) has welcomed a ruling in the Spanish Supreme Court that upholds its findings on a €9.7 million customs fraud.

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German packaging laws have tightened, USDA notes

The USDA has highlighted the need for food and drink exporters to be aware of the more environmentally-sensitive packaging requirements in Germany.

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Researchers zero in on baffling red-meat allergy caused by tick bites

Researchers studying a baffling red-meat allergy caused by tick bites and affecting only humans have moved a step closer, perhaps, to one day being able to treat the condition.

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Plant-based group slams milk producers’ petition on non-animal dairy labels

Plant-based advocates are urging FDA to reject a milk producers’ petition requesting the agency adopt a new approach to labeling of plant-based "dairy" and require such products be labeled as “imitation” or “substitutes” when using traditional dairy terms.

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Day ahead – August 23, 2019: China falling short on US soybean buys

China is falling short of meeting its pledge to purchase 20 million tonnes of US farm goods, USDA Undersecretary for Trade Ted McKinney said. Meanwhile, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson was critical of USDA's second round of trade aid and attention is focused on Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell's speech today in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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FDA to issue one last guidance on the new Nutrition Facts mandates

With the deadline fast approaching for food makers to adopt the new and revised Nutrition Facts Panels, FDA has been cranking out guidances to clarify the requirement and is now just one document away from completing its major advice on the new ingredient labels.

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