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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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FDA rejects petition to allow interstate sales of raw milk with warning labels

FDA has denied a petition asking for enforcement discretion against unpasteurized milk sales in interstate commerce  even if products are sold with a warning label and safe handling instructions.

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