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FDA food programs boosted $13.8 million under compromise spending bill

The new funding bill aimed at averting the latest shutdown hands FDA an additional $13.8 million for food programs and directs the agency to fund a list of priorities, including imported food inspections, standards of identity and labeling efforts, and foodborne outbreak responses.

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OIE reports global progress on antimicrobial use, improvement needed on regulatory framework

A new report by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) shows there has been global progress on the regulation and monitoring of antimicrobial use in animals.

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Green MEP calls for cautious approach to lab meat development in EU

A Green MEP has urged caution with cell-cultured meat development in the EU, calling for the bloc to apply the precautionary principle to prevent risks to human health or the environment.

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Day ahead – February 14, 2019: Trump considering postponing tariff hike deadline, Congress moves on bill to avert shutdown, USDA, FDA given deadline on cell-cultured meat

President Donald Trump is reportedly mulling an extension of the March 1 tariff-hike deadline as US-China talks continue. Meanwhile, the House and Senate are set to vote on a funding package to avert another shutdown and appropriators gave USDA and FDA a deadline to reach a deal on regulatory responsibilities for cell-cultured meat.

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Denny’s becomes latest restaurant to drop medically important antibiotics in chicken

Denny’s has become one of the first full-service restaurant chains to pledge, as of March 1, to source only chicken not treated with medically important antibiotics, a move one group said was in response to investor pressure.

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Stay lifted on KIND class action targeting 'natural' and 'non-GMO' claims

A New York federal judge has lifted a stay on a class action lawsuit challenging KIND's use of "all natural" and "non-GMO" on its snack bar labels.

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Industry groups question NYC sugar reduction initiative

A new push by New York City to get companies to cut sugar in certain manufactured foods by 2025 is causing ripples through the food industry, as more industry players are questioning how the voluntary effort may progress in the future.

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Food safety experts “have key responsibility” to build resilience in face of climate change

The global food supply chain can be more resilient and stable to prevent supply chain shocks as the effects of climate change disrupt the system, a London conference heard today. And food safety experts have a key role in ensuring that resilience is in place throughout the chain, delegates were told.

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Labeling & Advertising

Court denies appeal of false advertising Ginkgo case

A federal appeals court has kept alive a false advertising class action challenging label claims that promote the cognitive benefits of Ginkgo dietary supplements.

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FDA probe suggests poor ag water sanitation may have played a role in latest romaine outbreak

While FDA’s investigation of the latest outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce leaves many unanswered questions, it does offer a glimpse into the practices at the one California farm where the pathogen was found and suggests ineffective treatment of agricultural water may have played a role in the contamination.

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Stay lifted on KIND class action targeting 'natural' and 'non-GMO' claims

A New York federal judge has lifted a stay on a class action lawsuit challenging KIND's use of "all natural" and "non-GMO" on its snack bar labels.

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Food Safety and Standards

FDA food programs boosted $13.8 million under compromise spending bill

The new funding bill aimed at averting the latest shutdown hands FDA an additional $13.8 million for food programs and directs the agency to fund a list of priorities, including imported food inspections, standards of identity and labeling efforts, and foodborne outbreak responses.

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USDA, FDA would report plan to regulate cell-based meat plan this spring under spending bill

Lawmakers are looking to set a tight deadline for FDA and USDA to hash out a formal strategy for joint regulation of cell-cultured meats, a move likely driven by an anxious meat industry eager to hand USDA the lead.

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Green MEP calls for cautious approach to lab meat development in EU

A Green MEP has urged caution with cell-cultured meat development in the EU, calling for the bloc to apply the precautionary principle to prevent risks to human health or the environment.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

With hemp legal, firms should be careful how CBD is labeled, warns legal expert

While it may be a “bridge too far” for FDA to approve of cannabidiol, or CBD, in food and supplements in the near term, the 2018 Farm Bill has eased restrictions on hemp products. But companies should make sure they follow labeling and supplier guardrails so they are not targeted by regulators, said Jason Sapsin, counsel at Faegre Bakes Daniel LLP.

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Food safety experts “have key responsibility” to build resilience in face of climate change

The global food supply chain can be more resilient and stable to prevent supply chain shocks as the effects of climate change disrupt the system, a London conference heard today. And food safety experts have a key role in ensuring that resilience is in place throughout the chain, delegates were told.

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Day ahead – February 11, 2019: US-China trade talks in Beijing, US cotton acreage expected to climb, China reports new ASF outbreak

Deputy-level trade talks between the US and China kicked off in Beijing. Meanwhile, a National Cotton Council (NCC) survey expects US cotton acreage will climb 3% this year and China reported a new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).

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Farm Policy

Brashears urged to revoke line speed waiver for Georgia chicken plant

A consumer group wasted little time testing newly appointed Mindy Brashears at USDA this week when it asked her to revoke the line speed waiver for a Georgia poultry plant after it failed to consistently meet Salmonella performance standards.

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Day ahead – January 29, 2019: Government report release schedules pending, Commodity payments to farmers, US charges Huawei

Many updated government report release schedules are still pending now that the shutdown has ended. Meanwhile, commodity payments to farmers are expected to reach $17.2 billion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and the US leveled criminal charges at Chinese technology company Huawei.

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USDA petitioned to ban hydroponics from using the organic seal

USDA’s decision to allow hydroponic produce to use the organic label has been a disappointing one for some farmers, and now the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has petitioned the agency to stop “soil-less” producers from using the organic seal.

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Food Technology

USDA, FDA would report plan to regulate cell-based meat plan this spring under spending bill

Lawmakers are looking to set a tight deadline for FDA and USDA to hash out a formal strategy for joint regulation of cell-cultured meats, a move likely driven by an anxious meat industry eager to hand USDA the lead.

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Green MEP calls for cautious approach to lab meat development in EU

A Green MEP has urged caution with cell-cultured meat development in the EU, calling for the bloc to apply the precautionary principle to prevent risks to human health or the environment.

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Cornell scientists work on new tool for controlling pathogens in food manufacturing facilities

Scientists at Cornell University are on the way to develop a new tool to help control the presence of pathogens, such as Listeria at food manufacturing facilities.

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Trade Policy

Day ahead – February 15, 2019: Trump to sign budget package, More US-China trade talks next week, Auto tariffs report headed to Trump

President Donald Trump will sign the spending package approved by the House and Senate, avoiding another government shutdown. Meanwhile, more trade talks between the US and China are on tap for next week and the US Department of Commerce is set to deliver a report on auto tariffs to Trump.

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Day ahead – February 14, 2019: Trump considering postponing tariff hike deadline, Congress moves on bill to avert shutdown, USDA, FDA given deadline on cell-cultured meat

President Donald Trump is reportedly mulling an extension of the March 1 tariff-hike deadline as US-China talks continue. Meanwhile, the House and Senate are set to vote on a funding package to avert another shutdown and appropriators gave USDA and FDA a deadline to reach a deal on regulatory responsibilities for cell-cultured meat.

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Fight over USMCA approval heats up, partisan split seen on enforcement

Ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the US Congress is gaining attention but there are political fault lines surfacing on key areas.

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