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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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E. coli outbreak prompts new harvest/origin labeling system to return romaine to market

FDA said Monday (Nov. 26) it has narrowed down the area for the latest E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce to central coastal regions of northern and central California and announced a new labeling plan that should allow industry to start bringing romaine lettuce grown in other areas slowly back into the market.

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Canadian meat and dairy producers worried about upcoming revisions to Canada Food Guide

While the United States is just beginning to revise the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2020-2025, Canada has completed a three-year review of the Canada Food Guide and is preparing to release the first portion of the new dietary recommendations by the end of the year.

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Consumers told not to eat romaine lettuce due to another E. coli outbreak

FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday (Nov. 20) they are investigating a new multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 likely linked to romaine lettuce and urged consumers to avoid eating that product until further notice. The new advice to pull all product from retail and restaurants, regardless of where it was grown, is likely to rock an industry still struggling from an earlier outbreak.

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FDA approves qualified health claim linking consumption of high-oleic acid edible oils to reduced risk of heart disease

FDA announced on Monday (Nov. 19) that it has approved a qualified health claim that links consumption of oleic acid in edible oils, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, or canola oil, to reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

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U.S. Right to Know asks FTC to investigate industry marketing statements on sucralose

The watchdog group U.S. Right to Know (USRK) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether advertising of sucralose by companies such as Tate & Lyle and Coca-Cola may be deceptive and possibly harmful to consumers. 

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Webinar outlines practical applications in cutting-edge studies on produce safety

A new Cornell University study focused on microbial contamination of surface water may hold answers to questions raised by this year’s deadly outbreak of E.coli in romaine lettuce.

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