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Trump EPA nominee criticized for food, pesticide industry ties

Environmentalists and consumer groups are trying to rally opposition to the Trump administration's nominee to head the EPA's chemical safety office, arguing his close ties to the food, chemical, and pesticide industries render him unsuitable for the job. 

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United Fresh, FDA talk FSMA inspections at meeting

Concern about the criteria FDA would use in Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce inspections was just one of topics raised at a Wednesday meeting between United Fresh Produce Association members and FDA.

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Global companies vow to harmonize date labeling by 2020

Around 400 large consumer goods companies operating across 70 countries have agreed to standardize food date labels worldwide by 2020 in order to reduce food waste, a major contributor to climate change. 

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Cook County retailers say beverage sales drop nearly 50% in first month of tax

Cook County retailers reported declines in beverage sales as high as 47% in the first month of the sweetened beverage tax, according to a new analysis released Wednesday (Sept. 20) by the Illinois Food Retailers Association and Can the Tax Coalition.

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Consumer groups, FDA file motion to stay menu labeling lawsuit, require new guidance by Dec. 31

Both parties are asking a federal court to stay a lawsuit against FDA over the delay in requiring businesses to comply with the menu labeling rule and to set a Dec. 31 deadline for the agency to issue guidance that addresses industry concerns in meeting the rule.

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Global companies vow to harmonize date labeling by 2020

Around 400 large consumer goods companies operating across 70 countries have agreed to standardize food date labels worldwide by 2020 in order to reduce food waste, a major contributor to climate change. 

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Appeals court strikes down San Francisco billboard soda warnings

A three-judge federal appeals court panel on Tuesday (Sept. 19) struck down San Francisco’s requirement for black box health warnings for sugary drinks on billboard ads and bus stop signs, finding it “unduly burdened and chilled protected speech.”

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Dannon celebrates roll out of non-GMO Project yogurts amid criticism from dairy producers

Dannon on Monday (Sept. 18) announced the release of its first Non-GMO Project verified yogurts, marking a key step toward achieving the Dannon Pledge - a major commitment to practices focused on sustainable agriculture, transparency and natural ingredients. 

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Food Safety and Standards

Federal agencies to hold October meeting on whole genome sequencing

Federal food safety agencies will host a public meeting Oct. 26 and 27 at the USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. to discuss their practices and plans for collecting and analyzing whole genome sequence (WGS) data, as well the state of the science and other issues surrounding this technology, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday (Sept. 21).

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Produce meeting touches on Farm Bill, FSMA, NAFTA and immigration reform

Congressional lawmakers need to hear from the produce industry on the importance of maintaining support for fruits and vegetables in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as the Farm Bill is renegotiated and on the dire need for immigration reform, speakers said at a Tuesday (Sept. 19) United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA) meeting. 

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Food industry backs U.S. Codex Office move out of FSIS

The Food Industry Codex Coalition wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Monday expressing support for moving the U.S. Codex Office to the trade mission area as part of his reorganization plan. 

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Traceability and Supply Chain

Podcast: What does Brexit mean for food labelling?

UK food labelling has on a number of occasions been seen to be out of step with the rest of the EU, so can we expect even more divergence post-Brexit as British exporters seek out new global markets?

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Court upholds seafood traceability rule

Despite opposition from seafood importers, a federal judge has ruled that a seafood monitoring rule that requires a new traceability system for seafood “at-risk” for fraud and illegal fishing was lawfully implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and can take effect as planned. 

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Walmart, Tyson Foods among companies joining IBM to trace food using blockchain

Walmart, Tyson Foods and Unilever are teaming up with other leading retail and food companies and IBM to use blockchain technology to help track food supplies and find foodborne contamination faster, the companies announced Tuesday (Aug. 22).

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New audit finds weaknesses in USDA oversight of organic imports

USDA said it’s already taken steps to improve oversight of imported organics after a new audit found the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) lacked sufficient controls over these products.

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States’ administration of SNAP could throw wrench in Farm Bill reauthorization

Problems with the states’ administration of the federal Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have the potential to become a point of contention during the reauthorization process for the next Farm Bill, it became clear during a Thursday (Sept. 14) Senate Agriculture committee hearing. 

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USDA contests organic ‘sunset’ challenge

USDA has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its revisions to the process for reviewing non-organic and synthetic substances used in organic farming.

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Food Technology

Federal agencies to hold October meeting on whole genome sequencing

Federal food safety agencies will host a public meeting Oct. 26 and 27 at the USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. to discuss their practices and plans for collecting and analyzing whole genome sequence (WGS) data, as well the state of the science and other issues surrounding this technology, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday (Sept. 21).

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Trump EPA nominee criticized for food, pesticide industry ties

Environmentalists and consumer groups are trying to rally opposition to the Trump administration's nominee to head the EPA's chemical safety office, arguing his close ties to the food, chemical, and pesticide industries render him unsuitable for the job. 

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week:
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Former FDA-er Mike Taylor urges Perdue to ‘withdraw and reconsider’ damaging Codex move

Mike Taylor, a veteran food safety expert and former top-ranking administrator at both FDA and USDA, has joined the ranks of those who oppose USDA’s recent plan to relocate the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Office of the Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. 

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USDA trade nominee keen to reform Codex

The international organization tasked with developing food safety standards has been politicized over the past decade and needs to be reformed, according to the Trump administration's nominee to serve as USDA's top trade official.

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Produce meeting touches on Farm Bill, FSMA, NAFTA and immigration reform

Congressional lawmakers need to hear from the produce industry on the importance of maintaining support for fruits and vegetables in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as the Farm Bill is renegotiated and on the dire need for immigration reform, speakers said at a Tuesday (Sept. 19) United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA) meeting. 

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