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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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Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

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GMO rule will impact ‘natural’ lawsuits, but consumer expectations still key, lawyer says

USDA’s final rule on labeling for GMOs will provide some clarity in lawsuits involving “natural” claims, but consumer expectations will remain a key consideration, Evangelia Pelonis, partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, said Tuesday (May 22) at Prime Label’s 30th Annual Food Labeling conference in Washington D.C.

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Deregulation is not dominating food label rules and that’s a good thing, lawyers say

While much has been made of the deregulatory environment ushered in by the Trump administration, there’s been no shortage of rules in the food labeling space over the last year and a half, and that’s a good thing because it can help protect companies from lawsuits, two prominent lawyers said Tuesday (May 22) at Prime Label’s 30th Annual Food Labeling conference in Washington D.C.

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Advocate suggests planned FSIS rule could deregulate equivalency process

One of the rules that appeared in the latest Unified Agenda would remove lists of foreign countries eligible to export meat products to the United States from Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations and, instead, post them on the agency’s website. But that change is raising concerns FSIS may eliminate rulemaking for equivalency determinations in the future.

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USDA told to reject petition to bar ‘meat’ label on lab-grown protein products

The majority of the more than 6,000 comments urged USDA last week to reject a petition from the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) that would prohibit use of the terms “meat” or “beef” on plant-based and lab-grown proteins marketed as alternatives to traditional meat, but for widely different reasons.

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House Appropriations Committee passes FY 2019 bill with food policy amendments

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill by a 31-20 vote on May 16, but not until members engaged in a debate about cell-based meat regulation and horse slaughter.  

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