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Consumer group, FSIS disagree over impact of plant suspension under NPIS

An April 11 notice suspending federal inspection at a poultry plant that participated in a USDA pilot is sparking questions about food safety controls at plants operating at faster line speeds with fewer online inspectors. But USDA officials say the notice shows the program works and inspectors do catch violations.

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EPA rolls out rule to curb use of ‘secret science’ in rulemaking

The Trump administration on Tuesday (April 24) proposed a new rule to restrict the type of data EPA is allowed to use to support future regulations, a sweeping change that could impact virtually every agency rulemaking.

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Podcast: World sugar production and consumption

Sugar production is expected to exceed demand this season and next – but will policy initiatives such as taxes on soft drinks have an impact on consumption?

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Interview: ‘Despite livestock rule setback, future for US organic sector looks positive’

A recent dispute over an organic livestock management rule has put the sector at odds with the Washington administration over whether animal welfare provisions should extend to organics.

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House lawmakers urge USDA to withdraw proposed new swine inspection rule

More than 60 House lawmakers are urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to immediately withdraw USDA’s controversial proposed New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) rule, because they say the unlimited increase in swine slaughter line speeds would endanger worker safety, public health and animal welfare.

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France adopts new law on naming of meat substitutes

French MPs have voted in favour of legislation that bans producers from labelling plant-based products with meat-related names. The law will effectively ban foods marketed as vegetarian “steaks” and vegan “cheese”.

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FSIS officials explain delisting of Vietnamese catfish establishments ahead of audit

The delisting of 49 out of 62 Vietnamese catfish establishments eligible to ship products to the United States just ahead of an expected equivalency audit of Vietnam’s catfish inspection system has raised suspicion, but Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) officials say most of the delisted plants haven’t shipped product here in the last seven months.

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Download the new EU & US Organics Sector special report!

With sales growth of around 10% annually, the organics sector is on a strong upward curve. This special report for IEG Policy subscribers looks at the challenges and opportunities for the future of the organic industry in the EU, US and around the world.

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EU-Mexico deal ‘gives away’ cheese names, hurts Mexico, U.S. dairy says

The EU-Mexico trade deal that appears to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names is ringing alarm bells for U.S. dairy producers.

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EU dairy exporters to gain from Mexico trade deal

The recent conclusion of the EU-Mexico trade agreement is set to deliver a trade boost for European dairy exporters, with tariff-free access for skimmed milk powder (SMP) and other products, as well as geographical indication protection for certain cheeses.

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'Natural' lawsuit filed against Bai Brands for malic acid

Beverage manufacturer Bai Brands is misleading consumers with product labels that suggest its antioxidant soft drinks are made from only natural ingredients but contain malic acid, according to a class action filed last week in a California federal court.

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EU dairy exporters to gain from Mexico trade deal

The recent conclusion of the EU-Mexico trade agreement is set to deliver a trade boost for European dairy exporters, with tariff-free access for skimmed milk powder (SMP) and other products, as well as geographical indication protection for certain cheeses.

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Consumer group, FSIS disagree over impact of plant suspension under NPIS

An April 11 notice suspending federal inspection at a poultry plant that participated in a USDA pilot is sparking questions about food safety controls at plants operating at faster line speeds with fewer online inspectors. But USDA officials say the notice shows the program works and inspectors do catch violations.

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EU cites salmonella concern as reason for Brazilian poultry import ban

The European Commission has explained its decision to ban imports from some of Brazil’s largest poultry suppliers, effectively accusing the South American country of doing too little to address risks posed by Salmonella.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

EU dairy exporters to gain from Mexico trade deal

The recent conclusion of the EU-Mexico trade agreement is set to deliver a trade boost for European dairy exporters, with tariff-free access for skimmed milk powder (SMP) and other products, as well as geographical indication protection for certain cheeses.

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NOAA gives shrimp, abalone importers until Dec. 31 for traceability program

After Congress mandated the change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed this week that foreign shrimp and abalone must comply with its sweeping seafood traceability program by Dec. 31, 2018.

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EU cites salmonella concern as reason for Brazilian poultry import ban

The European Commission has explained its decision to ban imports from some of Brazil’s largest poultry suppliers, effectively accusing the South American country of doing too little to address risks posed by Salmonella.

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Citrus disaster funds, trade fears, catfish and lab meat discussed at Perdue hearing

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday he has considered a range of options to help Florida’s citrus industry to access funds and plans next week to roll out new programs to distribute the $2.36 billion in federal disaster relief money for agricultural losses sustained in Hurricane Irma. 

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Dairy industry hails three new substances approved for organic foods

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has found a bright spot in USDA’s controversial review of the list of substances used in organic production, and has commended the agency for allowing the use of cellulose, agar-agar and glucono deltalactone in organic food production.

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Strawberries top EWG's ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

For the third year running, strawberries top the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) "Dirty Dozen" list of produce with the most pesticide residues.

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Food Technology

Food must be subject to “new levels of transparency”, says report

Consumer demand for information about the food they eat means that “radical transparency” will shape the future of the industry, from farm to supermarket, over the coming years, a new report predicts.

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FSIS officials field questions on proposed new swine inspection rule

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) officials fielded questions on training for slaughter plant staff to conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem sorting under the proposed New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) during a Monday (April 16) webinar on the rule.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: FDA warns about chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma

FDA has advised consumers not to eat chopped, bagged romaine grown in Yuma, Ariz. as the agency is investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. The new warning is likely to rock the leafy greens industry in Arizona that complies with the nation’s most stringent food safety standards.

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EU-Mexico deal ‘gives away’ cheese names, hurts Mexico, U.S. dairy says

The EU-Mexico trade deal that appears to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names is ringing alarm bells for U.S. dairy producers.

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Groups welcome lawmakers' call for Canada dairy policy to be addressed in NAFTA 2.0

Elimination of Canada's protectionist trade policies for dairy, specifically its Class 7 pricing program, in ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations, is being called for by a bipartisan group of 68 House members.

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EU dairy exporters to gain from Mexico trade deal

The recent conclusion of the EU-Mexico trade agreement is set to deliver a trade boost for European dairy exporters, with tariff-free access for skimmed milk powder (SMP) and other products, as well as geographical indication protection for certain cheeses.

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