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US Food Policy

Brazil to implement US wheat TRQ, allow US pork imports

Trade-related commitments between the US and Brazil for US pork and wheat were announced following a meeting between President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House today (March 19).

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Food & Health Policy

Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025 process to kick off with committee meeting March 28-29

USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are inviting the public to attend the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DAC), which will kick off discussions of 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DAG).

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With Gottlieb leaving, Congress may need to chart path forward for CBD edibles

While Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s sudden departure from FDA is not helping industry with questions about the future of CBD-infused foods and supplements, at least one lawmaker says the solution may lie in a legislative fix if FDA doesn’t react quickly enough.

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No requested cost-benefit analysis on ERS, NIFA changes in USDA budget

A cost-benefit analysis has not yet been provided by USDA relative to their proposal to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside of Washington, DC, but Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget plans say that analysis will be coming.

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OECD-EUIPO report says 6.8% of EU imports fake

A staggering 6.8% of goods imported into the EU are counterfeit, up from 5% in 2013, according to a joint report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

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Groups react to FDA’s move to extend FSMA water compliance in final rule

FDA on Friday (March 15) issued a final rule extending compliance dates for the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) agricultural water standards. But while the industry is pleased FDA is taking more time to tweak the rule, a consumer advocate says FDA should have issued an interim rule in light of the recent romaine outbreaks.

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Arkansas legislature passes ‘fake meat’ bill with new standard of identity for rice

The rice industry has yet to sway FDA to write a standard of identity for rice to beat back competitors from misusing the name of the grain, but Arkansas may be the first state to make it illegal to sell products such as “cauliflower rice.”

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Labeling & Advertising

Gottlieb says CBD workgroup, sesame labeling moves ahead after his departure

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, poised to leave his post on April 5, said FDA plans next week to announce a high-level working group at the agency to look at legislative and regulatory pathways for CBD.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Funding proposals, UTPs law passes Parliament, UK announces Brexit tariff plan

US agriculture organizations have responded with dismay at proposed cuts to farm program funding in the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget, but food safety programs could see an increase.

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Arkansas legislature passes ‘fake meat’ bill with new standard of identity for rice

The rice industry has yet to sway FDA to write a standard of identity for rice to beat back competitors from misusing the name of the grain, but Arkansas may be the first state to make it illegal to sell products such as “cauliflower rice.”

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Food Safety and Standards

Strawberries again top EWG's 'Dirty Dozen' list

For the fourth year running, strawberries top the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) "Dirty Dozen" list of produce with the most pesticide residues.

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Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025 process to kick off with committee meeting March 28-29

USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are inviting the public to attend the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DAC), which will kick off discussions of 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DAG).

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s updates include Monsanto’s petition to amend food tolerances for dicamba on genetically engineered corn, along with a list of petitions asking for new food tolerances and tolerance exemptions.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

OECD-EUIPO report says 6.8% of EU imports fake

A staggering 6.8% of goods imported into the EU are counterfeit, up from 5% in 2013, according to a joint report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Funding proposals, UTPs law passes Parliament, UK announces Brexit tariff plan

US agriculture organizations have responded with dismay at proposed cuts to farm program funding in the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget, but food safety programs could see an increase.

Crop Insurance Food Safety and Standards

Tyson to trace 'natural' beef with DNA technology

Tyson, one of the world’s largest meat processors, is starting to use DNA technology to trace beef back to the individual animal of origin.

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Farm Policy

DeLauro drafts bill to restrict glyphosate use on oats, slashes food tolerance

Legislation introduced Friday (March 15) by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) would compel EPA to restrict use of glyphosate on oats and dramatically reduce the related food tolerance for the widely used herbicide.

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Ag spending again targeted for big cuts in Trump FY 2020 budget

Large cuts for USDA and other federal agencies were once again floated by the Trump administration in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal released today (March 11), but most of the spending reductions are unlikely to gain much traction in Congress – especially now that Democrats control the House.

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USDA's Perdue commits to rolling out dairy program ASAP

USDA is putting a lot of attention on getting the new dairy program in the 2018 Farm Bill ready for producers to use, with a goal of getting the tool in their hands and dollars flowing to eligible producers yet this spring.

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Food Technology

FDA sheds light on requested $38.4 million increase for FY 2020 food programs

From boosting its ability to handle outbreaks to funding state-led FSMA inspections and bumping resources for review of emerging food technologies, FDA has very specific ideas on how to spend $38.4 million in new funding for food programs requested in the agency’s proposed FY 2020 budget.

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Tyson to trace 'natural' beef with DNA technology

Tyson, one of the world’s largest meat processors, is starting to use DNA technology to trace beef back to the individual animal of origin.

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Top Democrats denounce Trump's budget over cuts in nutrition and ag programs

Two congressional leaders on Thursday (March 14) criticized President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal for seeking cuts in agriculture programs and threatening to undo progress made in the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill.

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Trade Policy

Day ahead – March 20, 2019: Early damage estimates for Midwest flooding

Early estimates see large livestock and crop losses from flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Meanwhile, there is mixed news on US-China trade talks and "extreme shortages" persist in China's hog market as officials say the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak is under control.

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Day ahead – March 19, 2019: China could triple US farm good purchases

China could triple its US farm good purchases over the next five years, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, Perdue will ring the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and a US congressional delegation is traveling to China to discuss trade.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Funding proposals, UTPs law passes Parliament, UK announces Brexit tariff plan

US agriculture organizations have responded with dismay at proposed cuts to farm program funding in the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget, but food safety programs could see an increase.

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