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Europe’s concerns over glyphosate heightened by US ruling

A ruling by a US court that found Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkiller caused a school groundsman’s cancer has triggered the German government and retailers in the UK to consider action to restrict the controversial active substance.

Europe North America European Agricultural Policy

Food & Health Policy

Day ahead – August 15, 2018: USDA food donation purchases, Turkey raises tariffs on US goods, Russia opens more land to foreign investment

USDA announced it will buy milk, beef and poultry products for food donation programs. Meanwhile, Turkey announced it has raised import tariffs on a host of US products and Russia made several million acres of land available for investment by China and other foreign countries.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

APHIS finalizes rule on indemnity payments for HPAI, with biosecurity changes

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adopting a final rule, with biosecurity requirement changes, that specifies new conditions for payment of indemnity claims in outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

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World’s soils need improvement to boost food production, says FAO

About one third of the Earth’s soil is degraded and its’ improvement is essential to boost food production to prevent hunger and malnutrition, the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Washington state voters to decide on an anti-soda tax measure

Washington State voters will have to think about soda taxes when they hit the polls in November.

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Farm bill debate neglects nutrition title, say three former USDA secretaries

In light of the heated debate over whether to impose new work requirements on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, three former USDA secretaries said a more important issue has been largely neglected in discussion of the farm bill's nutrition title – improving diet quality for recipients.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Canada to revise sodium reduction targets for packaged, restaurant foods

Canadian health officials signaled plans last month to revisit voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry and create a new sodium monitoring program, stirring criticism from industry.

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Labeling & Advertising

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Supplement industry to be hit hard by trade tariffs

The Trump administration’s escalating trade war will have a big impact on U.S. dietary supplements and vitamin companies, which depend heavily on ingredients from China, the Natural Products Association (NPA) said in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer last month.

US Food Policy Trade Disputes

Judge looks to FDA letter to CSPI in Odwalla win on ‘No Added Sugar’ claim

Coca-Cola subsidiary Odwalla has won a California class action challenge, in which plaintiffs argued that the “no added sugar” claims on the company’s 100% fruit juices violated FDA regulations and misled consumers.

 

 

US Food Policy Advertising

Gottlieb suggests in tweets he wants to clarify 'organic,' 'antibiotic free' claims

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb caused a stir Tuesday (Aug.7) when a series of his tweets suggested – in very general terms – that he plans to offer more clarity on the meaning of food packaging claims such as “organic” and “antibiotic free.”

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Food Safety and Standards

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week's updates include new pesticide residue petitions for uses of fenproxyimate, dinotefuran, and glufosinate-ammonium on a variety of foods.
US Food Policy Additives

APHIS finalizes rule on indemnity payments for HPAI, with biosecurity changes

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adopting a final rule, with biosecurity requirement changes, that specifies new conditions for payment of indemnity claims in outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

World’s soils need improvement to boost food production, says FAO

About one third of the Earth’s soil is degraded and its’ improvement is essential to boost food production to prevent hunger and malnutrition, the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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Traceability and Supply Chain

Crop protection and fertilizer firms must prioritise sustainability issues

Use of agrochemical fertilisers and pesticides in the future is inseparable from the question of sustainability. In speculating as to how the sustainable use of agrochemicals will develop, it is worth looking at the current and future political and social landscape.

Environment and Conservation Crop Inputs

NOSB meeting set for October as AMS considers changes to organic policies

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is holding an October meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to discuss substances petitioned for addition to, or deletion from, the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the list in 2020, and policy guidance.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

DeLauro seeks timeline in FDA’s Cyclospora probe

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is questioning FDA’s handling of a Cyclospora outbreak linked to Fresh Express’ salad mix, particularly an 18-day gap between the recalls of McDonald’s salad on and the Caito Foods’ wraps on July 30.

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Farm Policy

Farm bill debate neglects nutrition title, say three former USDA secretaries

In light of the heated debate over whether to impose new work requirements on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, three former USDA secretaries said a more important issue has been largely neglected in discussion of the farm bill's nutrition title – improving diet quality for recipients.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

NOSB meeting set for October as AMS considers changes to organic policies

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is holding an October meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to discuss substances petitioned for addition to, or deletion from, the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the list in 2020, and policy guidance.

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USDA faces lawsuit over missed deadline for final GMO regs

USDA, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Bruce Summers, administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), have been slapped with a lawsuit after missing the deadline earlier this week to issue Congressionally mandated regulations for the new GMO labeling law.

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Food Technology

Lab-grown meat wins political support in Norway

The youth wing of Norway’s Liberal Party wants to cut state financial support for red meat production and instead direct that money to research on laboratory-produced meat or so-called “clean meat”.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

AMS brings poultry standards in line with new FSIS ‘roaster’ definition

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the poultry standards to make them consistent with how the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) defines “roaster or roasting chickens” for labeling compliance.

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Neltner urges FDA to release revised Redbook to modernize food additive evaluations

FDA has been quiet on updating its roadmap for food safety assessments commonly referred to as the Redbook, but a consumer advocate says he hopes the agency moves ahead with shoring up the scientific foundation of chemical reviews.

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Trade Policy

Day ahead – August 15, 2018: USDA food donation purchases, Turkey raises tariffs on US goods, Russia opens more land to foreign investment

USDA announced it will buy milk, beef and poultry products for food donation programs. Meanwhile, Turkey announced it has raised import tariffs on a host of US products and Russia made several million acres of land available for investment by China and other foreign countries.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – August 14, 2018: EPA's Wheeler remarks on WOTUS, primary elections, Chinese firm seeks pork export shift

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says a new  proposed waters of the US (WOTUS) rule is coming in the next 60 days. Meanwhile, primary elections are taking place today in four states and China's WH Group said it expects to boost US pork exports to Japan, South Korea & Mexico to avoid impacts from US-China trade fight.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – August 13, 2018: US-Mexico NAFTA talks continue, US-Japan trade policy talks, pressure on Congress to pass farm bill

The US and Mexico are continuing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0) talks. Meanwhile, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and his Japanese counterpart pledged in talks late last week to expand bilateral trade and pressure continues to mount on Congress to finalize a new farm bill before the November elections.

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