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Joan Murphy

Washington, D.C.

Joan Murphy is the senior editor in charge of IEG Policy’s US Food Policy channel, where she provides comprehensive reporting on US food regulatory issues.

For more than two decades, she has written for Food Chemical News, covering legislation on Capitol Hill that impacts the food industry and food safety and labeling regulations as they develop in government agencies.

Before joining Informa, she served as a reporter for a public health association newspaper where she wrote on a wide variety of health issues. Before that, she reported on environmental policy issues for Washington, D.C.-based newsletters.

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Revising lead standards for wine and adding new standards for methylmercury in seafood are among a host of recommendations on the agenda for next month's Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) meeting in the Netherlands.

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FDA says rye, barley should not qualify for major food allergen list

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Details still lacking on FDA’s budget request

Breaking down the FY 2019 budget request for FDA and reporting on how the administration would spend the money on food programs has always been based on the handy FDA budget justification document. But not this year.

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McDonald’s slims down Happy Meals

McDonald’s has announced sweeping changes to its iconic Happy Meal menu as the fast-food giant strives to make meals healthier in 120 markets by 2022.

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Holiday notice: Presidents Day

In observance of Presidents Day, the IEG Policy/US Food Policy website will not be updated on Monday, Feb. 19. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
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Walmart’s blockchain efforts showcased at congressional hearing

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