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Margarita Raycheva

Margarita “Maggie” Raycheva is a specialist news analyst working for IEG Policy’s US Food Policy channel. She covers news related to FDA, food labeling and FSMA

She joined Food Chemical News as a freelancer in November 2016 and as a full-time staff member in February 2017. Margarita has 10 years of experience in journalism, including six years of covering education in the United States. She has contributed stories to the Washington Post and a number of statewide publications in Maryland, and produced award-winning pieces on teen jobs and the controversial use of seclusion rooms in schools in the United States.

Margarita holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, film and broadcasting from Cardiff University and a master’s degree in newspaper, print and online journalism from Syracuse University. 

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Former FDA-er Mike Taylor urges Perdue to ‘withdraw and reconsider’ damaging Codex move

Mike Taylor, a veteran food safety expert and former top-ranking administrator at both FDA and USDA, has joined the ranks of those who oppose USDA’s recent plan to relocate the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of the Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. 

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United Fresh, FDA talk FSMA inspections at meeting

Concern about the criteria FDA would use in Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce inspections was just one of topics raised at a Wednesday meeting between United Fresh Produce Association members and FDA.

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Dannon celebrates roll out of non-GMO Project yogurts amid criticism from dairy producers

Dannon on Monday (Sept. 18) announced the release of its first Non-GMO Project verified yogurts, marking a key step toward achieving the Dannon Pledge - a major commitment to practices focused on sustainable agriculture, transparency and natural ingredients. 

US Food Policy Biotechnology

USDA releases audit of China poultry program

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released the final audit report confirming that China’s food safety inspection system for poultry processing is equivalent to that in the United States.

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Some groups voice concerns about Perdue’s plan to move GIPSA to AMS

While some industry groups have praised the Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s recent decision to move components of the Grain Inspection Packers  and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) program to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), others are not happy with the proposal. 

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: USDA releases audit of China poultry program

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Wednesday (Sept. 13) released the final audit report confirming that China’s food safety inspection system for poultry processing is equivalent to that in the United States. 

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