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US Food Policy

Next steps in the farm bill process remain unclear

US ag circles are still mulling the prospects of a new farm bill in the wake of the sharp rebuke delivered in the House May 18.

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Day ahead – May 22, 2018: House farm bill vote redo expected in June, trade talk updates

A redo vote on the House farm bill is likely June 22 according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, there are new updates on US-China and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade discussions.

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FDA to take next step on modernizing standards of identity for foods

True to a promise that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made earlier this year, FDA staff has started working on modernizing the agency’s standards of identity for different foods.

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Advocate suggests planned FSIS rule could deregulate equivalency process

One of the rules that appeared in the latest Unified Agenda would remove lists of foreign countries eligible to export meat products to the United States from Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations and, instead, post them on the agency’s website. But that change is raising concerns FSIS may eliminate rulemaking for equivalency determinations in the future.

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Day ahead – May 21, 2018: Uncertainty over House farm bill's future, US-China trade talks yield few solutions

The outlook is murky for the House farm bill following its defeat by floor vote last week. Meanwhile, few clear solutions appear to have come from the latest round of US-China trade talks and Deere announced it would raise equipment prices.

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US Washington week ahead: Spending bills, farm bill & NAFTA 2.0 talks remain a focus

The House and Senate continue to churn through the various government spending bills while lawmakers are assessing the next steps in the farm bill process and the NAFTA 2.0 talks remain attention points in the week leading up to the Memorial Day holiday.

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House farm bill defeated on floor amid Freedom Caucus revolt over immigration

The House farm bill (HR 2) – including a controversial plan to impose work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries – was defeated on the floor by vote of 198-213. 
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Labeling & Advertising

FDA to take next step on modernizing standards of identity for foods

True to a promise that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made earlier this year, FDA staff has started working on modernizing the agency’s standards of identity for different foods.

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USDA told to reject petition to bar ‘meat’ label on lab-grown protein products

The majority of the more than 6,000 comments urged USDA last week to reject a petition from the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) that would prohibit use of the terms “meat” or “beef” on plant-based and lab-grown proteins marketed as alternatives to traditional meat, but for widely different reasons.

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House spending bill would block FDA from GE salmon labeling

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday (March 16) added an amendment to the agriculture spending bill that says only USDA can require labeling of genetically engineered salmon. The language effectively blocks FDA from imposing GE salmon labels, a move proponents say is needed to prevent consumer confusion.

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Food Safety and Standards

DeLauro again asks FDA about Rose Acres probe after egg outbreak

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has again asked FDA to clarify its handling of the investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to Rose Acre Farms shell eggs and the recall of more than 200 million eggs.

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Day ahead – May 22, 2018: House farm bill vote redo expected in June, trade talk updates

A redo vote on the House farm bill is likely June 22 according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, there are new updates on US-China and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade discussions.

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FDA to take next step on modernizing standards of identity for foods

True to a promise that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made earlier this year, FDA staff has started working on modernizing the agency’s standards of identity for different foods.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

Ireland set to commence beef sales to China after plants get Beijing approval

Ireland will soon be able to send its first beef shipments to China as the first tranche of production facilities are approved by Beijing, the Irish Agriculture Ministry has indicated.

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WHO releases guidelines on eliminating trans fats from food supply

The UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO) has released guidelines on how to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply.

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Improvements still needed from regulators, retailers to prevent illnesses, AFDO’s Mandernach says

ROSEMONT, ILL. – More and more illnesses associated with restaurants and grocery stores illustrate the need for industry and regulatory agencies to consider additional steps to prevent outbreaks, said Steve Mandernach, past president of the Association of Food and Drug (AFDO) officials, at the 20th Annual Food Safety Summit in Rosemont, Ill.

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Farm Policy

House Appropriations Committee passes FY 2019 bill with food policy amendments

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill by a 31-20 vote on May 16, but not until members engaged in a debate about cell-based meat regulation and horse slaughter.  

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Day ahead – May 14, 2018: House Farm Bill amendments filed, work on NAFTA, China trade issues continues

A total of 103 amendments were filed for the House Farm Bill, with a vote possible this week if GOP leaders can corral enough support for passage. Meanwhile, an informal deadline approaches for the submission of NAFTA 2.0 details to Congress and US-China trade talks continue with a major focus on agriculture.
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USDA looks ready to approve GE citrus virus to help Florida growers

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) that supports allowing Florida citrus growers to use a genetically engineered virus to combat citrus greening disease (Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus).

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Food Technology

What threat does ‘lab-grown’ meat pose to the traditional livestock sector?

It is now five years since so-called ‘artificial meat’ was successfully grown in a Dutch laboratory at a cost in excess of $300,000 per lb. But cost of production of this proteinaceous substance, claimed to be an exact nutritional substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat produced on the farm, has now fallen dramatically.

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IEG Policy’s Top 10 for April: Alcohol labelling, GMA forecasts, Farm Bill progress and CAP leaks

It was another eventful month in both Washington and Brussels last month, with significant developments in food and drink labelling, farming policy, and legislation related to the organic sector.

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Tyson-backed firm sets roadmap for affordable lab-grown meat

Rapid technological advances should make it possible to produce lab-grown meat at affordable prices within the next two to three years, an Israeli startup company indicated this week as it secured funding from U.S. meat giant, Tyson Foods.
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Trade Policy

Day ahead – May 22, 2018: House farm bill vote redo expected in June, trade talk updates

A redo vote on the House farm bill is likely June 22 according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, there are new updates on US-China and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade discussions.

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Day ahead – May 21, 2018: Uncertainty over House farm bill's future, US-China trade talks yield few solutions

The outlook is murky for the House farm bill following its defeat by floor vote last week. Meanwhile, few clear solutions appear to have come from the latest round of US-China trade talks and Deere announced it would raise equipment prices.

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US Washington week ahead: Spending bills, farm bill & NAFTA 2.0 talks remain a focus

The House and Senate continue to churn through the various government spending bills while lawmakers are assessing the next steps in the farm bill process and the NAFTA 2.0 talks remain attention points in the week leading up to the Memorial Day holiday.

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