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Canadian study finds voluntary sodium reduction targets aren’t enough

A new Health Canada study finds voluntary targets for reducing sodium in processed food has led to a "much lower than anticipated" reduction in sodium, suggesting the agency should look to a more active sodium monitoring program or public reduction commitments from food companies to jump-start reformulation.

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Sanderson Farms gears up for vote on antibiotic-free chicken

Top officials with Sanderson Farms Inc. are recommending shareholders reject a vote to switch to antibiotic-free (ABF) chicken next month, insisting there’s an oversupply of ABF chicken, the change would prove too costly and studies show these policies do little to reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance. 

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Bill aims to prevent mislabeling, adulteration and fraud in imported foods

A new bill introduced in the House last week aims to protect consumers and American food manufacturers against mislabeling, adulteration, and fraud by enhancing the transparency and traceability of imported food products and ingredients through a new USDA program.

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Canadian study finds voluntary sodium reduction targets aren’t enough

A new Health Canada study finds voluntary targets for reducing sodium in processed food has led to a "much lower than anticipated" reduction in sodium, suggesting the agency should look to a more active sodium monitoring program or public reduction commitments from food companies to jump-start reformulation.

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Six EU member states call for rethink on glyphosate use

Six EU member states have urged the European Commission to go further than the recent five-year renewal of the herbicide, glyphosate, and take steps towards ending the use of the active ingredient.

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Alcohol groups ask FDA for 'simplified' nutrients under menu labeling

Some alcoholic beverage groups have asked FDA to give the alcohol industry more flexibility under the new menu labeling mandates that will go into effect in May and allow alcoholic beverages to use a “simplified format” for supplemental nutrient disclosure and disclose only a slimmed down number of nutrients under the new requirement. 

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Canadian study finds voluntary sodium reduction targets aren’t enough

A new Health Canada study finds voluntary targets for reducing sodium in processed food has led to a "much lower than anticipated" reduction in sodium, suggesting the agency should look to a more active sodium monitoring program or public reduction commitments from food companies to jump-start reformulation.

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FDA denies qualified health claim for vitamin D, reduced risk of MS

Bayer AG will not be able to make a qualified health claim linking vitamin D to a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) after FDA announced Jan. 12 it had denied the company's petition.

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Food Safety and Standards

Day ahead - January 18, 2018: Trade talk, shutdown drama & China's economy

Trade junkies have a lot of mull as issues from NAFTA to China continue in the headlines in Washington. Plus, the prospect of a government shutdown still looms with a House vote likely today on another temporary spending plan while China's economy continues to percolate.

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Bill aims to prevent mislabeling, adulteration and fraud in imported foods

A new bill introduced in the House last week aims to protect consumers and American food manufacturers against mislabeling, adulteration, and fraud by enhancing the transparency and traceability of imported food products and ingredients through a new USDA program.

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FSIS to start posting Salmonella performance categories for poultry plants again

Posting the status of individual poultry plants in meeting Salmonella standards will give plants an added incentive to reduce pathogen numbers, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) officials said during a Tuesday (Jan. 16) webinar.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

The EU's GI schemes for food and agriculture products

The European Union is the world’s most enthusiastic proponent of geographical indication labelling schemes, and the number of products protected under its schemes continue to grow significantly each year. 

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International regulation of GIs for food and agriculture products

International legislation to protect products labelled with geographical indications (GIs) have been in force, in different forms, since the late 19th century.

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Podcast: Brexit, the CAP and a future UK agriculture policy

The European Commission did not mention the UK's withdrawal from the EU at all in its future CAP communication released late last year, but it is clear that Brexit will have a major impact on the formation and construction of the bloc's agriculture policy after 2020. 
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Farm Policy

USDA proposes rule to change substances permitted for organics

Changes to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) provisions of USDA's organic regulations were proposed in document set for publication the Federal Register January 17.
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Perdue optimistic about NAFTA chances

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Monday he is optimistic about changes USDA has made to lift the regulatory burden on U.S. farmers and about reaching a deal on an improved North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Democrats question USDA’s motives in staff changes

Democrats on the Senate Agriculture Committee are raising questions about the reassignments of at least a dozen USDA career staff and the role of USDA General Counsel-nominee Stephen Vaden in the job changes
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Food Technology

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week: 
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Six EU member states call for rethink on glyphosate use

Six EU member states have urged the European Commission to go further than the recent five-year renewal of the herbicide, glyphosate, and take steps towards ending the use of the active ingredient.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week

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Trade Policy

WTO compliance panel mostly sides with US in China poultry dispute

A WTO compliance panel agreed with US allegations that China failed to comply with a previous World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that found antidumping and countervailing duties were levied on US broiler products in a manner inconsistent with China's WTO obligations.
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Day ahead - January 18, 2018: Trade talk, shutdown drama & China's economy

Trade junkies have a lot of mull as issues from NAFTA to China continue in the headlines in Washington. Plus, the prospect of a government shutdown still looms with a House vote likely today on another temporary spending plan while China's economy continues to percolate.

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Australia launches WTO complaint over Canadian measures for imported wine

A World Trade Organization (WTO) complaint over Canadian measures regarding wine sales in the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia was launched by Australia today (January 16), according to a document circulated to other WTO members.

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