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Ingrid Mezo

Washington, D.C.

Ingrid Mezo is a specialist news analyst working for IEG Policy’s US Food Policy channel. She covers food policy and regulation for meat, poultry and catfish; food additives and the 'generally recognized as safe' (GRAS) process; and other food-related issues.

Ingrid joined Food Chemical News as a freelancer in 2014, and joined as a staff member in August 2015. She previously covered the medical device industry over a five-year period, having started her journalism career working for a weekly community newspaper.

Separately, Ingrid worked as a veterinary technician for 20 years, primarily in emergency and critical care for dogs and cats.

She is a 2005 graduate of American University, with a dual major in literature and in communications, with a print journalism focus. Prior to that, she studied zoology at the University of Maryland.

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Following complaints about transparency, FSIS opens docket on NCC poultry line speed petition

After a consumer group complained about a lack of transparency surrounding a Sept. 1 petition from the National Chicken Council (NCC) to allow faster poultry line speeds, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Friday (Oct. 13) opened a docket on regulations.gov to accept comments on the petition.

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Codex Committee on Food Hygiene to discuss draft food safety controls, histamine guidances

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) will need to resolve several key issues at its Nov. 13-17 meeting in Chicago before a draft revision of its hygiene standards and food safety controls guidelines can move forward. 

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Advocacy groups send Iowa’s ‘ag-gag law’ to court

Advocacy groups challenged the constitutionality of Iowa’s “ag-gag law” on Tuesday (Oct. 10) in hopes of striking down another law that criminalizes undercover investigations at farms and slaughterhouses. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, the lawsuit charges the 2012 law violates the rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.

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Updated: Cook County sugary drinks tax fizzles out

Cook County residents will no longer have to pay a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages starting Dec. 1 after the full County Board voted 15-2 to repeal the measure on Wednesday (Oct. 11). 

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Granting NCC petition to increase poultry line speeds would violate federal rules, F&WW says

Food & Water Watch (F&WW) is urging USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to reject a Sept. 1 petition from the National Chicken Council (NCC) to allow faster line speeds in the slaughter inspection system, arguing the agency would violate rulemaking procedures if it grants the petition.
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Retailers, customers to be hurt by San Francisco’s antibiotics reporting bill, FMI says

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is urging San Francisco lawmakers not to move forward with legislation that would require large stores in the city to disclose antibiotics used in meat and poultry products, saying the bill would add costly reporting and recordkeeping requirements for products, including those that are already marketed as organic or antibiotic-free.

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