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Court blocks Arkansas law restricting label claims on meat alternatives

Plant-based meat advocates have prevailed in their bid to block Arkansas from enforcing a state law that bars use of traditional “meat” terms like “hot dogs” and “burgers” on meatless products.

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Canadians should prepare for food price sticker shock, report says

Canadian grocery bills are about to skyrocket with households expected to pay $12,677 for food in 2020, up 4% from 2019, says 2020 Canada’s Food Price Report, which is highly regarded for its accuracy in predicting year-over-year food prices.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New front opens in US-EU trade war, biotech rule revamp, UK election

Champagne and cheeses from France could be hit with a U.S. import tariff of up to 100% unless the EU member state rolls back on its new Digital Services Tax (DST).

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Nutrition Programmes

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Day ahead – Dec. 10, 2019: USMCA deal at hand; USDA nutrition nominee and a farm group retiree

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) appears headed toward the conclusion that most hoped for – an agreement to allow US ratification of the deal to move ahead. This comes as the White House made a key USDA nutrition nomination and a long-serving farm group leader is calling it quits.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: No ‘special case’ for CBD, counter claims over dairy demand

Hemp-derived CBD will not be fast-tracked for approval to be used in foods and supplements, according to a leading FDA official, who added that the agency has ongoing concerns over the lack of safety data.

Environment and Conservation Labeling

US Washington week: FY 2020 ag spending, US-China trade & RFS in focus

The House and Senate are in session, with the House continuing to focus on the impeachment activities. The Senate is expected to finalize at least one package of spending measures for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.

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Food Safety & Standards

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Day ahead – Dec. 13, 2019: Trade, spending developments, Hahn vote, Hemp rule comments

Reports Thursday (Dec. 12) signaled major progress in US-China talks and on a Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending agreement. Meanwhile, the Senate approved Stephen Hahn’s nomination to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Farm Bureau Federation called for more time to comment on USDA’s hemp production rule.

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Day ahead – Dec. 12, 2019: FY 2020 spending, Interest rates, FDA feedlot bill

Attention remains on a potential Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending agreement between the White House and Congress. Meanwhile, expectations that the Federal Reserve will not hike rates in 2020 could be a boost for farmers and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced a bill to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to investigate feedlots during foodborne illness outbreaks.

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CSPI raises concerns about a sudden uptick in US sales of antimicrobials for food animals

Concerned that sales of medically important antimicrobials for food animals rose in the US rose by 9% between 2017 and 2018, one consumer group is urging FDA to further tighten safeguards by ensuring antibiotics are only prescribed for use in food animals for a limited duration and for carefully defined purposes.

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