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NACS says menu labeling costs seven times higher than FDA estimated

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is waging a battle on three fronts to address issues with menu labeling regulations. 
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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: U.S. consumer risk low from European egg scandal, USDA says

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it has not received egg products from the Netherlands and the health risk for U.S. consumers is low in the wake of the widening European egg scandal.

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Illinois county, USDA reach agreement on soda tax provisions

Officials in Cook County, Ill. appear to have resolved the soda tax issues with USDA officials, who earlier this month said the hotly contested new measure was in breach of federal law and threatened to cut millions in funding for the entire state of Illinois unless the problem was corrected.
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New FSIS guidance includes overly restrictive cooling requirements, Tyson and others say

New draft guidelines from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the control of pathogen growth in heat-treated, ready-to-eat (RTE) and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products include overly restrictive new cooling requirements, Tyson Foods, Inc. and others told the agency this week.

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Labeling & Advertising

NAD tells Sanderson Farms to reign in ads on ‘raised without antibiotics’ claims

The National Advertising Division (NAD) has recommended that poultry producer Sanderson Farms stop advertising that “raised without antibiotics” claims on the labels of competing products are a marketing gimmick or trick. But NAD found the company can use statements that no chicken sold in grocery stores has antibiotics in it. 

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Court rejects Quaker Oats ‘100% Natural’ class actions

A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed several class actions that allege Quaker Oats is misleading consumers with "100% Natural" food labels, ruling that the claims are preempted by federal food labeling laws and regulations.

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Kellogg must answer for health claims in products with high sugar content, judge rules

Cereal giant Kellogg is not off the hook for a lawsuit alleging the company made misleading health claims about its cereal and breakfast bars despite high sugar content. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh granted in part and denied in part Kellogg’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit in a 64-page ruling filed on Aug. 10.  

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Food Safety and Standards

FDA takes bolder stance against businesses refusing photos during inspections

FDA is getting bolder in penalizing businesses that refuse to let FDA inspectors to take photos during routine investigations, legal experts are warning.

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New FSIS guidance includes overly restrictive cooling requirements, Tyson and others say

New draft guidelines from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the control of pathogen growth in heat-treated, ready-to-eat (RTE) and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products include overly restrictive new cooling requirements, Tyson Foods, Inc. and others told the agency this week.

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Advocates urge Perdue not to increase poultry line speeds, citing health risks

Thirty-nine advocacy groups urged Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Wednesday (Aug. 16) to oppose any increase in line speeds in poultry plants, arguing the current line speed already exposes the nation’s 250,000 poultry workers to serious risk of injury, and that a faster line speed would also increase food safety risks.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

CDC reports double rate of Cyclospora infections this year

Federal health officials are alerting health care providers that reported cases of infections from the food- and waterborne Cyclospora parasite have more than doubled this year.
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Environmental groups still pushing for a shot to defend seafood traceability rule

The environmental groups, which stepped up in March to defend the Obama-era Seafood Traceability Rule, are not giving up on efforts to protect the new measure.
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FSMA, labeling concerns stand out in Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2018 report

The Senate Appropriations Committee had plenty to say about FDA's implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and food labeling priorities in a report accompanying the FY 2018 spending bill released on Friday (July 21).
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Farm Policy

Senate Democrats float bill to force ban on chlorpyrifos

Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to force EPA to ban chlorpyrifos, arguing the Trump administration illegally abandoned an agency plan to revoke food tolerances for the organophosphate insecticide.
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Organic industry disappointed priority regs shelved in AMS Unified Agenda

The organic industry is disappointed that the Trump administration's first Unified Agenda for USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) shelved several priority regulations for the organic industry, particularly an origin of organic livestock rule that had been in the works for years.
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FSIS proposed rule on new hog inspection system expected in August

The Trump administration's first Unified Agenda for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) forecasts the agency will issue a controversial proposed rule to establish a new inspection system for swine slaughter establishments sometime in August.
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Food Technology

Appeals court hears GE salmon document dispute

Environmentalists challenging FDA's approval of AquaBounty Technologies' genetically engineered salmon are urging a federal appeals court to force the agency to turn over additional documents related to its decision.

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Impossible Foods defends GE burger as safe amid controversy

Impossible Foods, the maker of a meatless burger that emulates the taste of a real meat patty, is trying to set the record straight and reaffirm the safety of its product, after advocacy groups accused the company of putting the product on the market without verifying it was safe for human consumption.
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Food, ag industries raise concerns about GMO disclosure delay

A coalition of major food and agriculture industry groups is urging the Trump administration to ensure USDA meets its July 2018 statutory deadline to complete federal GMO disclosure rules.
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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: U.S. consumer risk low from European egg scandal, USDA says

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it has not received egg products from the Netherlands and the health risk for U.S. consumers is low in the wake of the widening European egg scandal.

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Farm groups ask for improvements in NAFTA, while Lighthizer says it needs major overhaul

Farm groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States sent a joint letter to the three governments Wednesday, urging an improved trade deal that would allow better flow between borders and eliminate non-science-based trade barriers.

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NMPF’s Mulhern fires back on Canada’s dairy stance ahead of NAFTA talks

Ahead of negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) scheduled to begin today (Aug. 16), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has kept the spotlight on Canada’s new policies on dairy imports, an issue that the group hopes to be addressed in a revised trade deal.
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