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Advocacy groups sue FDA over delaying FSMA high-risk requirements

FDA has abdicated its responsibilities and is putting “millions” at risk of foodborne illness by missing a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mandate that requires FDA to list "high risk" foods and subject them to more recordkeeping requirements.

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Gottlieb announces Ostroff to retire, Walmart’s Frank Yiannas to step in as chief food regulator

In a surprise move, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday (Oct. 18) that Stephen Ostroff will retire in January as FDA’s top food safety official, and Walmart’s Frank Yiannas will be heading the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

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IDFA asks FDA to prioritize modernizing yogurt standards of identity

Now that FDA is making steps to modernize standards of identity for foods, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is using the opportunity to again urge the agency to revise the “outdated” standards of identity for yogurt.

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Stakeholders urge NOSB to pay close attention to farm bill, other organic changes

Ahead of an Oct. 24 meeting of the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB), stakeholders weighed in on several hot topics, including strengthening USDA’s oversight of foods carrying the organic label.

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Advocates give failing grades to top burger chains for poor antibiotic policies

Twenty-two of the top 25 burger chains received a failing grade from six advocacy groups Wednesday, because the chains have not implemented policies that ban uses of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion and disease prevention.

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Farm bill prospects now lawmakers are on campaign trail

US farm bill writers are still aiming to get a bill done yet in calendar 2018 even as the 2014 Farm Bill provisions expired at the end of September. Lawmakers left Washington to hit the campaign trail last week, but work has not stopped on trying to get some kind of agreement hammered out between the "big four" in the farm bill process.

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Blockchain technology could solve many global food supply chain problems, speakers say

Blockchain technology could help solve many of the global food supply chain problems, speakers said recently at the Food Forward meeting, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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Chipotle appeals class certification in 'non-GMO' claims case

Chipotle has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court decision granting class certification to customers in three states who allege the restaurant chain misled them with its "non-GMO" menu claims.

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Stakeholders urge NOSB to pay close attention to farm bill, other organic changes

Ahead of an Oct. 24 meeting of the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB), stakeholders weighed in on several hot topics, including strengthening USDA’s oversight of foods carrying the organic label.

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Eco-certified salmon farms are not meeting sustainability criteria, global review claims

A report released today by the NGO SeaChoice claims that salmon farms across the world are failing to stick to the criteria for sustainability laid down by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) despite the farms carrying the ASC’s eco-logo.

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Fish farm certification body defends use of eco-logo in face of criticism

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has defended its record of advancing the sustainability of salmon farms globally following criticism from the NGO SeaChoice.

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US suspends pork imports from Poland pending checks on ASF controls

The US has suspended imports of fresh and frozen pork from Poland due to concerns that some suppliers may not be sticking to protocols on African Swine Fever (ASF).

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Gottlieb announces Ostroff to retire, Walmart’s Frank Yiannas to step in as chief food regulator

In a surprise move, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday (Oct. 18) that Stephen Ostroff will retire in January as FDA’s top food safety official, and Walmart’s Frank Yiannas will be heading the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

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Fish farm certification body defends use of eco-logo in face of criticism

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has defended its record of advancing the sustainability of salmon farms globally following criticism from the NGO SeaChoice.

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US suspends pork imports from Poland pending checks on ASF controls

The US has suspended imports of fresh and frozen pork from Poland due to concerns that some suppliers may not be sticking to protocols on African Swine Fever (ASF).

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Gottlieb announces Ostroff to retire, Walmart’s Frank Yiannas to step in as chief food regulator

In a surprise move, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday (Oct. 18) that Stephen Ostroff will retire in January as FDA’s top food safety official, and Walmart’s Frank Yiannas will be heading the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

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Farm Policy

Stakeholders urge NOSB to pay close attention to farm bill, other organic changes

Ahead of an Oct. 24 meeting of the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB), stakeholders weighed in on several hot topics, including strengthening USDA’s oversight of foods carrying the organic label.

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Farm bill prospects now lawmakers are on campaign trail

US farm bill writers are still aiming to get a bill done yet in calendar 2018 even as the 2014 Farm Bill provisions expired at the end of September. Lawmakers left Washington to hit the campaign trail last week, but work has not stopped on trying to get some kind of agreement hammered out between the "big four" in the farm bill process.

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US Washington week ahead: House and Senate gone from DC

The House and Senate are on recess until November 13.
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Food Technology

Blockchain technology could solve many global food supply chain problems, speakers say

Blockchain technology could help solve many of the global food supply chain problems, speakers said recently at the Food Forward meeting, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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JUST’s Josh Tetrick says cultured meat companies will go abroad absent swift decision on regulation in U.S.

Just ahead of a joint meeting between USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and FDA, Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of JUST, a San Francisco-based food company that produces plant-based foods and is also developing cell-based meat, is urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to work with FDA to agree soon on how the emerging products will be regulated.

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FSIS to start using two new chemistry testing methods Nov. 5

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will begin using two newly revised Chemistry Laboratory Guidebook methods after Nov. 5 – to allow for analysis of arsenic and for screening, not just quantification, of hormones in beef muscle – the agency recently announced.

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Day ahead – October 19, 2018: Perdue on hurricane aid package, EPA's Wheeler discusses E15, China downplays soybean supply concerns

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said he expects another aid package from Congress to address recent hurricane damage. Meanwhile, EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said his agency can move forward with its E15 plans without the help of Congress, and Chinese officials sought to downplay concerns about soybean supplies.

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Day ahead – October 18, 2018: US Treasury declines to name China a currency manipulator, US-China trade talks remain on hold, US-EU trade tensions

The US Treasury report on foreign currency policies of major US trading partners did not name China as a currency manipulator. Meanwhile, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said trade talks with China remain on hold and US and European Union (EU) officials traded blame over the lack of progress towards a trade deal.

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UK will not bow to US demands over regulatory standards, says trade secretary

The United Kingdom will have to accept that its commitment to keeping high food regulatory standards post-Brexit will impose limitations when it comes to doing future trade deals with countries such as the United States, UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox said today (October 17).

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