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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. 

Latest From Margarita Raycheva

FDA identifies animal grazing fields as likely source for three romaine outbreaks last fall

In a much-anticipated report issued Thursday (May 21), FDA has identified nearby cattle and potential animal fecal contamination as the likely sources of last fall’s three outbreaks of E.coli in romaine lettuce and leafy greens from the Salinas Valley, Calif.

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

FDA and USDA sign MOU to allow USDA to exercise DPA authority in FDA-regulated facilities

In the latest move to shield the food supply chain from impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA and FDA announced Tuesday (May 19) the two agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a process to prevent interruptions at FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit and vegetable processing plants.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Consumer Brands forms coalition to advocate for funding, smart policies to regulate CBD products

The Consumer Brands Association (CBA) has banded together with industry and law enforcement groups to create a new coalition to advocate for uniform federal policies on CBD regulation.

US Food Policy Additives

FSIS to apply lessons learned from 2017-2018 Listeria outbreak in ready-to-eat ham

The investigation of a 2017-2018 outbreak of Listeria in ready-to-eat deli ham – which was the first multistate outbreak of Listeria in products regulated by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service since 2005 – has led FSIS to consider updating directives for Listeria verification and to seek new research on cooking guidance for lower water activity products.

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

PBFA releases voluntary standards for plant-based yogurt labels

The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) has released a set of voluntary labeling standards for plant-based "yogurts" – another product category whose labeling terminology has been caught in the crossfire of the ongoing battle over the appropriate labeling for plant-based “meats” and “dairy.”

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

New York Times report stirs new controversy over EPA’s lack of regulation for perchlorate in water

A New York Times report suggesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving to abandon Obama-era plans to establish a standard for perchlorate in drinking water is worrying environmental advocates who say the move would violate an existing court order and have lasting negative effect on public health.

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