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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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NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

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Nestlé speeds up shift from single-use plastic

Nestlé has stepped up its efforts to tackle plastic waste and meet its goal of make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, unveiling what it called a “broader vision and action plan.”

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School nutrition group seeks changes in USDA's Smart Snacks at School

Now that USDA has met their requests for loosening the rules on school nutrition requirements related to sodium, milk and whole grains, school nutrition professionals are seeking to alleviate the mandates of another Obama-era school food program.

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Nebraska joins states looking to regulate labeling of cell- and plant-based meats

Following the lead of Missouri, more U.S. states are considering enacting statutes that regulate the labeling of plant- and cell- based meat products.

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Policy-makers urged to promote high fibre diet following WHO study

Governments should strengthen nutrition policies to encourage a high fibre diet, according to a study commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which found that a high intake of dietary fibre and whole grains is associated with reduced risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

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Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

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Mott's calls on court to sink 'natural' lawsuit

Mott's is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging its "natural" claims are misleading, arguing the class action is baseless and preempted by federal law.

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Judge continues stay on Annie's Homegrown 'natural' class action

A federal judge has opted to continue a stay on a lawsuit that alleges the presence of a widely-used food thickener and stabilizer in Annie's Homegrown's salad dressing products undermines the company's "natural" claims.

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Food Safety and Standards

Meat and poultry recalls jumped 83% since 2013, new report shows

Meat and poultry Class 1 recalls have jumped 83% and overall recalls for food products have increased 10% since 2013, according to a new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund released on Thursday (Jan. 17).

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As shutdown continues, FSIS inspectors approach breaking point, advocates warn

As the shutdown continues, food safety advocates and experts are warning that USDA meat and poultry inspectors may not be able to do their job without pay for much longer.

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Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

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Meat and poultry recalls jumped 83% since 2013, new report shows

Meat and poultry Class 1 recalls have jumped 83% and overall recalls for food products have increased 10% since 2013, according to a new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund released on Thursday (Jan. 17).

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Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Farm Policy

State ag officials urge end to the shutdown

State agriculture officials are urging the Trump administration and Congress to strike a deal to re-open the government, warning that the partial shutdown is having "immediate and cascading effects" on farmers and ranchers.

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House passes USDA/FDA appropriations, but bill stymied in the Senate

The Democrat-led House voted to reopen USDA and FDA and passed the Senate version of the FY 2019 Appropriations bill, but not before Republicans called the spending bill a “charade” and “dead on arrival.”

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Stabenow seeks info on farmer, USDA impacts from shutdown

Concerns over impacts USDA agencies, farmers and USDA employees has prompted a key lawmaker to seek details from USDA on the situation.

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Food Technology

Nestlé speeds up shift from single-use plastic

Nestlé has stepped up its efforts to tackle plastic waste and meet its goal of make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, unveiling what it called a “broader vision and action plan.”

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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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Commission not planning to review legislation on GMOs for the time being

The European Commission is not planning to re-evaluate the EU’s current legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) following last July's ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), a representative from the institution has said.

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Day ahead – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Day ahead – January 17, 2019: Shutdown update, US authorities focusing on Huawei, Ag nominees on list sent to Congress

President Donald Trump continues to insist he will not compromise with Democrats over border wall funding to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, US authorities may soon issue indictments of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets and three USDA nominees were included on a list of nominations submitted to the Senate Wednesday (January 16).

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