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US Food Policy

US cheese exports to China slashed nearly 50% in first half of 2019

US cheese exports to China dropped by 46% during the first half of 2019, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) reported this month.

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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

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Seventh Asian country reports outbreak of ASF

Asia’s problems with African Swine Fever worsened on Wednesday (August 14) as Myanmar confirmed its first case of the disease.

Animal Health Farm Policy & Programs

Smithfield launches plant-based protein brand

Smithfield, the world’s largest pork processor, has joined the rush to expand into meat alternatives with the launch of a new plant-based protein portfolio.

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Cargill’s canola-based aquafeed cleared for US cultivation

A canola-based alternative to omega-3 fish oil developed by Cargill for use in aquafeed has been approved for cultivation in the US.

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New study shows ‘substantial’ burden of sesame allergy in the US

While FDA weighs whether to add sesame to the Big Eight list of allergens, a new study shows sesame allergies likely affect at least 1 million children and adults in the US and estimates 0.49% of the population may have a current sesame allergy.

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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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Judge refuses to lift stay of Sargento 'natural' lawsuit

A federal judge has continued a stay on a lawsuit challenging deli food maker Sargento's use of the term "natural" on its cheese products, rejecting the plaintiff's concern that FDA appears to have shown little interest in addressing the controversial label claim.

US Food Policy Biotechnology

New study shows ‘substantial’ burden of sesame allergy in the US

While FDA weighs whether to add sesame to the Big Eight list of allergens, a new study shows sesame allergies likely affect at least 1 million children and adults in the US and estimates 0.49% of the population may have a current sesame allergy.

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Food Safety and Standards

California moves ahead with plan to ban chlorpyrifos

California environmental officials have taken the next step towards imposing a statewide ban on banning chlorpyrifos, sending notices on Wednesday (Aug. 13) to registrants that their product registrations will be cancelled because of concerns about the public health risks from the widely-used insecticide.

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Yuma's romaine cleared of pathogenic bacteria in FDA's small cooler study

The embattled Yuma, Ariz. growing region received some good news this week as FDA reported results of a 2018 sampling assignment of romaine lettuce taken from commercial coolers that found no Salmonella and one E. coli sample that turned out not to be pathogenic.

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US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

General Mills lays out strategy for reducing pesticide use

General Mills is scoring points for sharing plans to reduce pesticide use in its agricultural supply chain, detailing its strategies for promoting regenerative agriculture and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques as well as expanding organic production and promoting pollinator health.

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Seventh Asian country reports outbreak of ASF

Asia’s problems with African Swine Fever worsened on Wednesday (August 14) as Myanmar confirmed its first case of the disease.

Animal Health Farm Policy & Programs

USDA adds Vietnam, Cambodia to list of ASF-affected regions

Vietnam and Cambodia were added to the list of regions where African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed, following detection of the disease in both countries' pork herds earlier this year, according to notices from USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) dated August 8 and published today (August 14) in the Federal Register.

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Farm Policy

DeLauro, Merkley ask OIG to probe swine rule for FSIS handling of food safety data

USDA’s Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) ongoing probe into the swine slaughter rule should be expanded to look at the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) handling of data used to back food safety and animal welfare claims, says an Aug. 2 letter from Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

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Groups release poll finding Americans oppose faster lines in hog plants

With USDA’s final swine inspection rule awaiting White House review, a new poll released by consumer and worker safety groups shows the public overwhelmingly opposes increasing line speeds at slaughter plants.

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Origins of livestock rule, enforcement of organic standards discussed at NOP hearing

Some lawmakers on Wednesday (June 17) called on USDA to help struggling organic farmers by acting fast to finalize a much-anticipated Origins of Livestock rule for organic production.

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Food Technology

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: CAP set for delay, UN climate report, cell-based meat

A lack of clarity over the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), largely due to the uncertainty around Brexit, could mean the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will not be implemented until 2023.

CAP Food Technology

US and Brazilian agri giants join forces to produce plant-based burgers

Brazil’s Marfrig is joining the race to develop plant-based meat alternatives through a new tie-up with US agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).

Agribusiness Food Technology

Cell-based meat companies may be ready for market before US regs are set

FDA and USDA have made important strides towards crafting a regulatory framework for cell-based meat, but the landscape remains confusing and the agencies may be pressured to consider approving products before they've ironed out all the details, according to a former top FDA food attorney.

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Trade Policy

Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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Day ahead – August 15, 2019: China threatens a response to new US tariffs

China warned it would respond if new US tariffs take effect September 1 as scheduled. Meanwhile, a Japanese official said talks with the US toward a mini ag and auto trade deal are making progress and a Gallup poll revealed one in seven Americans use CBD-based products.

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US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

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