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McConnell ready to press FDA on CBD

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pressing the Senate Appropriations Committee to include language into the FDA funding bill requiring the agency to issue formal enforcement discretion that could effectively allow the interstate sale of foods and dietary supplements that contain hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). 

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FSIS to consider scrapping 'spring lamb' regulation

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is considering a petition to repeal the definition of ‘spring lamb’ so that products can be labelled as such on a year-round basis.

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EU Court to rule on €25.7 million Starbucks was forced to repay Netherlands in 2015

The European Court of Justice will September 24 hand down a key judgement in cases challenging the Commission’s October 2015 ruling that the Netherlands had to claw back up to €30 million in illegal tax breaks from Starbucks.

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Irish meat sector faces ‘meltdown’ under looming no-deal Brexit

A new report from Ireland’s Central Bank suggests the country’s beleaguered beef sector could be tipped over the edge if its main export market – the UK – leaves the EU without a deal.

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Think tank calls on EU to ban imports driving deforestation

A think tank focusing on agricultural policies has called on the EU to ban imports of any agri-food product contributing to deforestation and suggests introducing a certification scheme based on satellite monitoring to blacklist culprits.

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Milk farmers protest low prices, ten years after “historic” milk pouring strikes

European farmers have called for high milk prices again this weekend as they remembered the large-scale milk pouring actions undertaken ten years ago.

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Thailand could be next in line for ASF outbreak

Authorities in Thailand are urging farmers and consumers not to panic amid fears the country may be next to suffer an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).

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Approval decisions on GMOs referred back to EU Commission

The European Commission has been left to sign off its own proposals to approve two genetically modified maize lines after EU member states failed for a second time to reach a majority vote in favour. The outcome will result in a delay in granting the formal approvals for import and use in food and feed.

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US-China deputy-level talks this week with mixed signals on 'interim deal' prospects

US and Chinese trade negotiators will meet this week in Washington, DC, for deputy-level talks, with higher-level talks expected to follow amid recent moves signaling a modest deescalation in the ongoing trade war.

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Controversy around CCC funding for trade aid, ARC, PLC payments continues

Lawmakers from both parties continue to push back on an effort by some House appropriators to place limits on additional funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) – used to make trade aid and some farm support payments – as the House works to assemble a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open after October 1.

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USDA upholds slaughter of non-ambulatory disabled pigs

A petition from animal welfare groups to require prompt, humane euthanasia of non-ambulatory disabled (NAD) pigs upon ante-mortem inspection at slaughter facilities--thus keeping them out of the food supply--was denied by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in a Sept. 16 response. 
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Senate appropriations subcommittee clears USDA/FDA spending bill

The Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $151.7 billion appropriations bill to fund federal agriculture and nutrition programs in fiscal 2020, including $23.1 billion in discretionary funding for USDA and FDA.

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EU Court to rule on €25.7 million Starbucks was forced to repay Netherlands in 2015

The European Court of Justice will September 24 hand down a key judgement in cases challenging the Commission’s October 2015 ruling that the Netherlands had to claw back up to €30 million in illegal tax breaks from Starbucks.

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Thailand could be next in line for ASF outbreak

Authorities in Thailand are urging farmers and consumers not to panic amid fears the country may be next to suffer an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).

Animal Health Food Safety and Standards

Approval decisions on GMOs referred back to EU Commission

The European Commission has been left to sign off its own proposals to approve two genetically modified maize lines after EU member states failed for a second time to reach a majority vote in favour. The outcome will result in a delay in granting the formal approvals for import and use in food and feed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Czech lawmakers vote to cut VAT on draft beer , restaurants

The Czech parliament has voted to approve a bill drafted by the country’s Ministry of Finance to lower the value-added tax (VAT) on draft beer from 21% to 10%, and cut the tax rates on meals and non-alcoholic beverages consumed at restaurants and other catering outlets from 15% to 10%.

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McConnell ready to press FDA on CBD

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pressing the Senate Appropriations Committee to include language into the FDA funding bill requiring the agency to issue formal enforcement discretion that could effectively allow the interstate sale of foods and dietary supplements that contain hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). 

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

USDA upholds slaughter of non-ambulatory disabled pigs

A petition from animal welfare groups to require prompt, humane euthanasia of non-ambulatory disabled (NAD) pigs upon ante-mortem inspection at slaughter facilities--thus keeping them out of the food supply--was denied by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in a Sept. 16 response. 
US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Senate appropriations subcommittee clears USDA/FDA spending bill

The Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $151.7 billion appropriations bill to fund federal agriculture and nutrition programs in fiscal 2020, including $23.1 billion in discretionary funding for USDA and FDA.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Thailand could be next in line for ASF outbreak

Authorities in Thailand are urging farmers and consumers not to panic amid fears the country may be next to suffer an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).

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