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US Food Policy

Blockchain could improve halal traceability, technology firm says

With Muslim consumers seeking stronger assurances over the authenticity of Halal meat products, blockchain technology is increasingly being seen as an answer to global compliance issues.

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Food & Health Policy

Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues

GOP lawmakers voice concerns over the potential for new automobile import duties and negative effects on agriculture trade that could be seen. Meanwhile, changes are coming to streamline the H-2A farmworker visa program and Republicans continue to mull the farm bill.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

GMO rule will impact ‘natural’ lawsuits, but consumer expectations still key, lawyer says

USDA’s final rule on labeling for GMOs will provide some clarity in lawsuits involving “natural” claims, but consumer expectations will remain a key consideration, Evangelia Pelonis, partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, said Tuesday (May 22) at Prime Label’s 30th Annual Food Labeling conference in Washington D.C.

US Food Policy Food Policy

Deregulation is not dominating food label rules and that’s a good thing, lawyers say

While much has been made of the deregulatory environment ushered in by the Trump administration, there’s been no shortage of rules in the food labeling space over the last year and a half, and that’s a good thing because it can help protect companies from lawsuits, two prominent lawyers said Tuesday (May 22) at Prime Label’s 30th Annual Food Labeling conference in Washington D.C.

US Food Policy Food Policy

Food attorney lays out issues with GMO labeling proposal

Though USDA’s highly anticipated draft rule on genetically modified (GM) ingredients disclosure is finally out, some areas of the rule are still up for discussion and companies need to act fast if they have want the agency to reconsider its approach.

US Food Policy Biotechnology

Day ahead – May 22, 2018: House farm bill vote redo expected in June, trade talk updates

A redo vote on the House farm bill is likely June 22 according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, there are new updates on US-China and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade discussions.

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Labeling & Advertising

GMO rule will impact ‘natural’ lawsuits, but consumer expectations still key, lawyer says

USDA’s final rule on labeling for GMOs will provide some clarity in lawsuits involving “natural” claims, but consumer expectations will remain a key consideration, Evangelia Pelonis, partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, said Tuesday (May 22) at Prime Label’s 30th Annual Food Labeling conference in Washington D.C.

US Food Policy Food Policy

Deregulation is not dominating food label rules and that’s a good thing, lawyers say

While much has been made of the deregulatory environment ushered in by the Trump administration, there’s been no shortage of rules in the food labeling space over the last year and a half, and that’s a good thing because it can help protect companies from lawsuits, two prominent lawyers said Tuesday (May 22) at Prime Label’s 30th Annual Food Labeling conference in Washington D.C.

US Food Policy Food Policy

Food attorney lays out issues with GMO labeling proposal

Though USDA’s highly anticipated draft rule on genetically modified (GM) ingredients disclosure is finally out, some areas of the rule are still up for discussion and companies need to act fast if they have want the agency to reconsider its approach.

US Food Policy Biotechnology
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Food Safety and Standards

Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Consumer groups urge FDA to enhance traceability by adopting FSMA provisions

In the wake of an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that has yet to be resolved, a coalition of consumer groups is calling on FDA to take steps to swiftly improve traceability of high-risk produce such as leafy greens.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

EPA sued for glyphosate residue records

A consumer group has sued EPA for failing to release records related to FDA's testing of food for the herbicide glyphosate.

US Food Policy Crop Inputs
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Traceability and Supply Chain

Deregulation is not dominating food label rules and that’s a good thing, lawyers say

While much has been made of the deregulatory environment ushered in by the Trump administration, there’s been no shortage of rules in the food labeling space over the last year and a half, and that’s a good thing because it can help protect companies from lawsuits, two prominent lawyers said Tuesday (May 22) at Prime Label’s 30th Annual Food Labeling conference in Washington D.C.

US Food Policy Food Policy

Food attorney lays out issues with GMO labeling proposal

Though USDA’s highly anticipated draft rule on genetically modified (GM) ingredients disclosure is finally out, some areas of the rule are still up for discussion and companies need to act fast if they have want the agency to reconsider its approach.

US Food Policy Biotechnology

Ireland set to commence beef sales to China after plants get Beijing approval

Ireland will soon be able to send its first beef shipments to China as the first tranche of production facilities are approved by Beijing, the Irish Agriculture Ministry has indicated.

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Farm Policy

Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Senate subcommittee approves FY 2019 bill with increases to ag research, FDA food safety

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved a FY 2019 spending bill for USDA/FDA on May 22 that rejected much of the cuts proposed by the Trump administration and included a $15 million increase for FDA’s food safety program.

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House Appropriations Committee passes FY 2019 bill with food policy amendments

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill by a 31-20 vote on May 16, but not until members engaged in a debate about cell-based meat regulation and horse slaughter.  

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Food Technology

What threat does ‘lab-grown’ meat pose to the traditional livestock sector?

It is now five years since so-called ‘artificial meat’ was successfully grown in a Dutch laboratory at a cost in excess of $300,000 per lb. But cost of production of this proteinaceous substance, claimed to be an exact nutritional substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat produced on the farm, has now fallen dramatically.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

IEG Policy’s Top 10 for April: Alcohol labelling, GMA forecasts, Farm Bill progress and CAP leaks

It was another eventful month in both Washington and Brussels last month, with significant developments in food and drink labelling, farming policy, and legislation related to the organic sector.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Tyson-backed firm sets roadmap for affordable lab-grown meat

Rapid technological advances should make it possible to produce lab-grown meat at affordable prices within the next two to three years, an Israeli startup company indicated this week as it secured funding from U.S. meat giant, Tyson Foods.
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Trade Policy

Day ahead – May 24, 2018: US presses China on ag imports, biofuels meeting on tap

The US is pushing China to more than double its imports of US ag goods. Meanwhile, a biofuels policy meeting will be held today and the Commerce Dept. launched a Section 232 investigation on automobile imports.

US Agricultural Policy China

DeLauro calls on Perdue to stop talks involving imports of China-raised chicken

Concerned that USDA may be moving forward with plans to allow China-raised poultry to be imported to the United States, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to step away from discussing chicken imports after reports surfaced of a meeting among high-level officials. 

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – May 22, 2018: House farm bill vote redo expected in June, trade talk updates

A redo vote on the House farm bill is likely June 22 according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, there are new updates on US-China and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade discussions.

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