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FSIS finalizes swine slaughter modernization

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is facing a storm of criticism, and possibly even a legal challenge, after finalizing its controversial plan to modernize hog slaughter inspections, but agency officials say the new rule is backed by sound science and does not compromise food safety.

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Senate appropriations subcommittee clears USDA/FDA spending bill

The Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $151.7 billion appropriations bill to fund federal agriculture and nutrition programs in fiscal 2020, including $23.1 billion in discretionary funding for USDA and FDA.

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Day ahead – Sept. 18, 2019: House stopgap issues, Fed in focus, sulfite testing

Several issues are continuing to delay the House consideration of a stopgap spending plan. Meanwhile, focus remains on the Federal Reserve which is expected to again trim interest rates following a two day meeting and the FDA is eyeing a new method for testing for sulfites in food.

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McConnell ready to press FDA on CBD

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pressing the Senate Appropriations Committee to include language into the FDA funding bill requiring the agency to issue formal enforcement discretion that could effectively allow the interstate sale of foods and dietary supplements that contain hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). 

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FSIS to consider scrapping 'spring lamb' regulation

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is considering a petition to repeal the definition of ‘spring lamb’ so that products can be labelled as such on a year-round basis.

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Pret calls on court to dismiss 'natural' class action

Pret A Manger is again urging a New York federal judge to dismiss a class action challenging its use of the term "natural" on several of its food products, arguing the lawsuit is an "unjustified crusade" that is not based in reality.

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Only 1% of farming subsidies benefit the environment, research finds

Most of the world’s farming subsidies have a negative impact on the climate and environment and should be urgently reformed, a research group has warned.

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Chipotle ready to settle non-GMO class action

Chipotle looks set to pay $6.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by consumers in three states who allege the company misled them with its "non-GMO" menu claims.

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FSIS to consider scrapping 'spring lamb' regulation

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is considering a petition to repeal the definition of ‘spring lamb’ so that products can be labelled as such on a year-round basis.

Labeling Markets

Pret calls on court to dismiss 'natural' class action

Pret A Manger is again urging a New York federal judge to dismiss a class action challenging its use of the term "natural" on several of its food products, arguing the lawsuit is an "unjustified crusade" that is not based in reality.

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Chipotle ready to settle non-GMO class action

Chipotle looks set to pay $6.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by consumers in three states who allege the company misled them with its "non-GMO" menu claims.

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Food Safety and Standards

USDA upholds slaughter of non-ambulatory disabled pigs

A petition from animal welfare groups to require prompt, humane euthanasia of non-ambulatory disabled (NAD) pigs upon ante-mortem inspection at slaughter facilities--thus keeping them out of the food supply--was denied by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in a Sept. 16 response. 
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Thailand could be next in line for ASF outbreak

Authorities in Thailand are urging farmers and consumers not to panic amid fears the country may be next to suffer an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).

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Day ahead – Sept. 18, 2019: House stopgap issues, Fed in focus, sulfite testing

Several issues are continuing to delay the House consideration of a stopgap spending plan. Meanwhile, focus remains on the Federal Reserve which is expected to again trim interest rates following a two day meeting and the FDA is eyeing a new method for testing for sulfites in food.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

Italy sees benefits for cheese and wine exports in US-China spat

Italy’s agri-food exporters hope to benefit from a new gap opening up in the US food market after the administration of US President Donald Trump introduced new tariffs on Chinese exports, including tariffs on “a long list of imitation Italian cheeses, ranging from Reggiano to Provolone, from Parmesan to Romano that are obtained from cow’s milk and not sheep’s milk”.

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Food poisoning outbreaks on the rise in Japan

The annual number of food poisoning outbreaks in Japan grew in 2018, mainly due to parasitic infestations.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New EU Commissioners, German glyphosate ban, sugar measures

IEG Policy reported last week how Poland’s Janusz Wojciechowski looks set to be the next EU Agriculture Commissioner. The current incumbent, Ireland’s Phil Hogan, is moving to replace Cecilia Malmström as Trade Commissioner.

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USDA upholds slaughter of non-ambulatory disabled pigs

A petition from animal welfare groups to require prompt, humane euthanasia of non-ambulatory disabled (NAD) pigs upon ante-mortem inspection at slaughter facilities--thus keeping them out of the food supply--was denied by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in a Sept. 16 response. 
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FSIS finalizes swine slaughter modernization

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is facing a storm of criticism, and possibly even a legal challenge, after finalizing its controversial plan to modernize hog slaughter inspections, but agency officials say the new rule is backed by sound science and does not compromise food safety.

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USDA’s rule to crack down on organic fraud out soon, USDA official says

USDA’s soon-to-be-released organic enforcement rule will have a “profound impact” on regulations and, in turn, the US and foreign organic market, predicted Jennifer Tucker, deputy administrator of USDA’s National Organics Program, who spoke at a Baltimore meeting on Friday (Sept. 13).

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Food Technology

Plant-based seafood makers keen to ride wave of interest in meat alternatives

Buoyed by the success of plant-based meat alternatives, developers of plant-based seafood are bullish on the potential to take a sizable bite out of the $1 trillion global seafood market.

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Singapore developer of cell-based shrimp eyes 2021 commercial launch

Singapore-based Shiok Meats is on course to commercialize its cell-based shrimp in Asia by 2021, company CEO and co-founder Sandhya Sriram told attendees at a conference held last week by the Good Food Institute (GFI).

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Experts outline limits, opportunities for blended animal/plant-based products

The plant-based food industry is not just growing but also diversifying, as more producers – including meat giants Perdue and Tyson – are experimenting with products that blend animal- and plant-based proteins. 

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Day ahead – Sept. 18, 2019: House stopgap issues, Fed in focus, sulfite testing

Several issues are continuing to delay the House consideration of a stopgap spending plan. Meanwhile, focus remains on the Federal Reserve which is expected to again trim interest rates following a two day meeting and the FDA is eyeing a new method for testing for sulfites in food.

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US tariffs on EU agri-food products loom after WTO approval

EU agri-food exporters may soon face additional US tariffs due to a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies.

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Day ahead – Sept. 17, 2019: Ag spending, US-Japan trade deal, China pork auction

Work continues in the Senate on the ag spending plan and in the House on a stopgap continuing resolution (CR). Meanwhile, the White House notified Congress it plans to enter into a trade agreement with Japan with an executive agreement on digital trade and China will auction 10,000 tonnes of pork reserves as it continues to grapple with African swine fever (ASF) impacts.

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