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US Food Policy

FDA releases first results of large-scale sampling of fresh herbs, avocado products

FDA on Friday (Feb. 23) shared initial results from two large-scale sampling assignments focused on fresh herbs and avocado products – the latest commodities to be subjected to the agency’s new, more targeted approach to pathogen sampling of commodities.

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Food & Health Policy

Support for menu labeling, updated food labels cuts across party lines: CSPI poll

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has released a new poll that suggests an overwhelming majority of consumers support menu labeling in restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores, regardless of their party affiliation.
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FDA calls on companies to pull kratom off the market, reports new outbreak

While FDA continues to monitor an ongoing, multistate outbreak of salmonellosis linked to kratom, the agency is also ramping up efforts to remove the controversial ingredient from the market.

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US Washington week ahead: Lawmakers out of DC for holiday-shortened week

Activity in Washington will be focused on agriculture and the Fed for the week ahead as Congress is out on their week-long Presidents' Day break.

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Labeling & Advertising

FDA says rye, barley should not qualify for major food allergen list

Barley and rye will not be added to the food allergen list anytime soon as FDA denied a 2008 petition asking for these to be included under the packaging disclosure law to protect people with gluten sensitivities.

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OTA argues against dismissal of lawsuit over organic livestock rule

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) says it has standing to sue USDA for refusing to implement the controversial Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule in a response to the government’s request to throw out the case.

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NSF International launches new DNA verification mark for dietary supplement ingredients

Amid mounting scrutiny over whether dietary supplements truly contain the ingredients they market to consumers, a new verification program from NSF International, the DNA Authenticated™ mark, will for the first time allow supplements ingredients suppliers to show on-label proof of the identity and purity of their raw ingredients.

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Food Safety and Standards

Codex committee to discuss lead levels in food, methylmercury in seafood

Revising lead standards for wine and adding new standards for methylmercury in seafood are among a host of recommendations on the agenda for next month's Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) meeting in the Netherlands.

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Sanitation record at HIMP plants worse than traditional plants, F&WW finds

An analysis of food safety performance data by Food & Water Watch (F&WW) shows that the five hog slaughter plants piloting the New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) had substantially more carcass contamination and sanitary violations over a five-year period than five comparably-sized hog plants operating under traditional inspection.

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NSF International launches new DNA verification mark for dietary supplement ingredients

Amid mounting scrutiny over whether dietary supplements truly contain the ingredients they market to consumers, a new verification program from NSF International, the DNA Authenticated™ mark, will for the first time allow supplements ingredients suppliers to show on-label proof of the identity and purity of their raw ingredients.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

FDA uses new data on Salmonella in updated spice risk profile

FDA has updated its 2013 risk profile on pathogens and filth in spices to reflect new data indicating that prevalence of Salmonella in most types of retail spices in the United States tends to be significantly lower than that found in imported spice shipments.  

US Food Policy Traceability & Supply Chain

Walmart’s blockchain efforts showcased at congressional hearing

Walmart’s Frank Yiannas discussed the potential benefits of blockchain technology for the food industry – from enhanced traceability to reducing food waste – at a congressional hearing this week.

US Food Policy Traceability & Supply Chain

Walmart’s Frank Yiannas identifies ‘mega trends’ for food safety professionals

Progress in winning the war on foodborne disease has stalled, while “mega trends” in food safety will influence the world of microbiology for years to come, said Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety at Walmart, at a Feb. 6 meeting sponsored by 3M Food Safety
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Farm Policy

OTA argues against dismissal of lawsuit over organic livestock rule

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) says it has standing to sue USDA for refusing to implement the controversial Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule in a response to the government’s request to throw out the case.

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USDA report finds little worry from pesticide food residues

More than 99% of food sampled by the USDA in 2016 had pesticide residues below federal tolerances and 22% had no detectable residues.

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Organic bills generate excitement among organic food and rice groups

While the organic industry is hailing a new bill that would increase federal funding for organic research, the USA Rice Federation has expressed support for a different bill – one that seeks to address the problem of fraudulent organic imports into the United States.

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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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GMA’s Pamela Bailey to retire this year

After nearly 10 years leading the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Pamela Bailey announced today (Feb. 12) she plans to retire later this year and pass the reins to a new GMA leader at a time when GMA is facing mounting challenges.

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Walmart’s Frank Yiannas identifies ‘mega trends’ for food safety professionals

Progress in winning the war on foodborne disease has stalled, while “mega trends” in food safety will influence the world of microbiology for years to come, said Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety at Walmart, at a Feb. 6 meeting sponsored by 3M Food Safety
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Trade Policy

Day ahead - February 23, 2018: USDA balance sheet details & biofuels the focus

USDA's fresh look at 2018/19 is not a lot different than the current 2017/18 outlook but does feature slightly lower carryovers for corn, soybeans and wheat. The White House has called a meeting of Cabinet officials next week on US biofuels policy, according to Reuters, while Indonesia is heading to the WTO on US biodiesel import duties.

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USDA's Perdue offers mild reassurance on NAFTA talks at USDA meeting

Trade remains one of the major issues for US agriculture, including the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations, and USDA's leader tried to offer some assurance on that topic in remarks to the USDA Outlook Forum near Washington, DC.

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Day ahead - February 22, 2018: Biodiesel duties and USDA outlook keys

The US Department of Commerce has weighed in on final duties on imports of biodiesel from two countries while agriculture attention will also be on USDA's Outlook Forum near Washington, DC, with attention on acreage and price expectations for the coming 2018/19 marketing year.

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