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FDA finds Brazilian GM sugar safe

Genetically modified raw and refined sugar from Brazilian sugarcane can be sold in the U.S. after FDA sent a letter to a Brazilian company clearing the insect-resistant sugarcane as safe earlier this month.


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UK sugar tax has “minimal impact” on consumer behaviour, claims analysts

The UK’s sugar tax has had minimal impact on consumer behaviour since its implementation in April this year, judging by the results of a new survey.

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Food & Health Policy

Fight against sugar weighs on long-term outlook for world consumption

World sugar consumption is expected to rise in the short term, but demand growth in major markets is likely to slow in the coming years. Consumer concerns over health is one of the factors weighing on the consumption outlook for the sweetener.

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Day ahead – August 17, 2018: WOTUS court decision, SNAP work requirements debate, NAFTA, US-China trade talks a focus

A federal judge's ruling brought the Obama-era Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule back into effect in 26 states. Meanwhile, a key GOP senator urged farm bill conferees to boost work requirements for SNAP and trade issues including NAFTA and US-China talks continue to be a focus.

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Concerns emerge over USDA's ERS, NIFA reorg, relocation plans

Concerns have emerged among scientists and others that USDA's announced plan to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) could presage efforts to cut staff and reduce funding for the agencies in the future.

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Russian embargo on Western products stimulates local production

The Russian ban on agricultural products from Western countries as well as President Vladimir Putin’s aim to make the country self-sufficient, seem to have stimulated important branches of Russia’s agricultural industry.

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US, Mexico closing in on NAFTA 2.0 deal

US and Mexican officials are signaling a preliminary agreement on lingering NAFTA issues between the two countries is making progress and is poised to be reached by the end of the month. Progress includes key areas like automotive and environmental rules.

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FDA to survey consumers to help shape ‘Healthy People 2030’ Goals

FDA’s Healthy People 2030 initiative will survey U.S. consumers to measure trends in food safety, diet knowledge, attitudes and behavior that could help inform policy and food safety education campaigns to contamination exposures and help “support” Nutrition Facts labeling over the next decade.
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USDA files new, ‘non-smiley’ symbols for GMO disclosure with patent office

USDA has filed six new symbols that are less “smiley” than the three controversial alternatives originally included along with the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) for labeling of GMO foods with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to “certify that a product…is a bioengineered food.”

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Supplement industry to be hit hard by trade tariffs

The Trump administration’s escalating trade war will have a big impact on U.S. dietary supplements and vitamin companies, which depend heavily on ingredients from China, the Natural Products Association (NPA) said in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer last month.

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Judge looks to FDA letter to CSPI in Odwalla win on ‘No Added Sugar’ claim

Coca-Cola subsidiary Odwalla has won a California class action challenge, in which plaintiffs argued that the “no added sugar” claims on the company’s 100% fruit juices violated FDA regulations and misled consumers.

 

 

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FDA finds Brazilian GM sugar safe

Genetically modified raw and refined sugar from Brazilian sugarcane can be sold in the U.S. after FDA sent a letter to a Brazilian company clearing the insect-resistant sugarcane as safe earlier this month.


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Russian embargo on Western products stimulates local production

The Russian ban on agricultural products from Western countries as well as President Vladimir Putin’s aim to make the country self-sufficient, seem to have stimulated important branches of Russia’s agricultural industry.

European Food Law Europe

Consumers Report finds heavy metals in baby, toddler products

A new study by Consumer Reports (CR) tested 50 products marketed to babies and toddlers and found measurable levels of at least one heavy metal in each product, leading for new calls that FDA set aggressive targets for lead, cadmium, and inorganic arsenic in infant and children’s food.

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USDA files new, ‘non-smiley’ symbols for GMO disclosure with patent office

USDA has filed six new symbols that are less “smiley” than the three controversial alternatives originally included along with the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) for labeling of GMO foods with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to “certify that a product…is a bioengineered food.”

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Crop protection and fertilizer firms must prioritise sustainability issues

Use of agrochemical fertilisers and pesticides in the future is inseparable from the question of sustainability. In speculating as to how the sustainable use of agrochemicals will develop, it is worth looking at the current and future political and social landscape.

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NOSB meeting set for October as AMS considers changes to organic policies

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is holding an October meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to discuss substances petitioned for addition to, or deletion from, the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the list in 2020, and policy guidance.

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USDA files new, ‘non-smiley’ symbols for GMO disclosure with patent office

USDA has filed six new symbols that are less “smiley” than the three controversial alternatives originally included along with the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) for labeling of GMO foods with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to “certify that a product…is a bioengineered food.”

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Farm bill debate neglects nutrition title, say three former USDA secretaries

In light of the heated debate over whether to impose new work requirements on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, three former USDA secretaries said a more important issue has been largely neglected in discussion of the farm bill's nutrition title – improving diet quality for recipients.

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NOSB meeting set for October as AMS considers changes to organic policies

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is holding an October meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to discuss substances petitioned for addition to, or deletion from, the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the list in 2020, and policy guidance.

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Food Technology

FDA finds Brazilian GM sugar safe

Genetically modified raw and refined sugar from Brazilian sugarcane can be sold in the U.S. after FDA sent a letter to a Brazilian company clearing the insect-resistant sugarcane as safe earlier this month.


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Lab-grown meat wins political support in Norway

The youth wing of Norway’s Liberal Party wants to cut state financial support for red meat production and instead direct that money to research on laboratory-produced meat or so-called “clean meat”.

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AMS brings poultry standards in line with new FSIS ‘roaster’ definition

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the poultry standards to make them consistent with how the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) defines “roaster or roasting chickens” for labeling compliance.

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Day ahead – August 17, 2018: WOTUS court decision, SNAP work requirements debate, NAFTA, US-China trade talks a focus

A federal judge's ruling brought the Obama-era Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule back into effect in 26 states. Meanwhile, a key GOP senator urged farm bill conferees to boost work requirements for SNAP and trade issues including NAFTA and US-China talks continue to be a focus.

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Russian embargo on Western products stimulates local production

The Russian ban on agricultural products from Western countries as well as President Vladimir Putin’s aim to make the country self-sufficient, seem to have stimulated important branches of Russia’s agricultural industry.

European Food Law Europe

US, Mexico closing in on NAFTA 2.0 deal

US and Mexican officials are signaling a preliminary agreement on lingering NAFTA issues between the two countries is making progress and is poised to be reached by the end of the month. Progress includes key areas like automotive and environmental rules.

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