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Meat industry, consumers raise red flags over FDA regulation of lab-grown meats

The meat industry and consumer groups are raising red flags over the potential for FDA to regulate lab-grown meat, poultry and seafood products, and say FDA and USDA should work together with all stakeholders before any decisions are made about which agency gets oversight over the emerging products.

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Codex to work on nutrition labels, sets new limits on contaminants

The 41st meeting of the UN’s Codex Alimentarius Commission this month set new limits for methylmercury found in fish and a naturally occurring contaminant found in chocolate. It also agreed to undertake new work on simplified nutrition labelling.

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Strategic partnership puts Europe ‘on the map’ in lab-grown meat sector

One of Europe’s largest meat companies is making a significant investment in Mosa Meat - a Dutch start-up that claims to be the world's leading company for cultured beef.

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Day ahead – July 17, 2018: Farm bill timing update, Legislative action on Trump’s trade powers, USDA science pick

House action to move to conference on the farm bill with the Senate could arrive Thursday. Meanwhile, legislative action on Trump's trade powers could go forward, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters, and Scott Hutchins was nominated to be USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics.

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Meat industry, consumers raise red flags over FDA regulation of lab-grown meats

The meat industry and consumer groups are raising red flags over the potential for FDA to regulate lab-grown meat, poultry and seafood products, and say FDA and USDA should work together with all stakeholders before any decisions are made about which agency gets oversight over the emerging products.

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, trade & US economy in focus

The next step in the farm bill process is expected to unfold this week as trade policy remains an attention point and could be meshed with testimony this week on US monetary policy and the US economy.

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GMA defectors Mars, Nestlé, Danone and Unilever form a new alliance

Consumer advocates are not normally known for cheering on the food industry, but on Thursday (July 12) they welcomed the arrival of a new food industry trade group, created by four industry giants: Mars, Nestlé, Unilever and Danone.

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Calls for upcoming phthalates ban to include food contact materials

Pressure is on for the EU to extend a future ban on four phthalates to food contact materials after member states in the REACH (chemicals regulation) committee on 11 July unanimously backed a proposal restricting them in other uses, but with a controversial waiver for agriculture.

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Labeling & Advertising

Disagreements linger over threshold for GMO disclosure

USDA's proposed bioengineered food disclosure standard does not answer the key question of what threshold amount of a GMO triggers the disclosure requirements, prompting marked disagreement among stakeholders on where to draw the line. 

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Meat industry, consumers raise red flags over FDA regulation of lab-grown meats

The meat industry and consumer groups are raising red flags over the potential for FDA to regulate lab-grown meat, poultry and seafood products, and say FDA and USDA should work together with all stakeholders before any decisions are made about which agency gets oversight over the emerging products.

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Organic group contests Ben & Jerry’s label claims

A new lawsuit filed this week by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) targets Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, alleging the company is deceiving consumers by failing to disclose the presence of trace amounts of glyphosate in its popular ice cream products.

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Food Safety and Standards

EU and Japan create massive free trade zone

A wide-ranging trade and cooperation deal that the EU and Japan signed on 17 July will create a free trade zone covering over 600 million people, ending some €1 billion in export duties that European firms currently pay annually, with Europe’s agri-food sector expected to be one of the main winners.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Strategic partnership puts Europe ‘on the map’ in lab-grown meat sector

One of Europe’s largest meat companies is making a significant investment in Mosa Meat - a Dutch start-up that claims to be the world's leading company for cultured beef.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

FDA looking at three Cyclospora outbreaks

With the weather heating up, FDA is investigating three outbreaks of Cyclospora, the latest of which has been linked to McDonald’s salad, causing the company to stop selling salads in 3,000 restaurants in 14 states.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

Disagreements linger over threshold for GMO disclosure

USDA's proposed bioengineered food disclosure standard does not answer the key question of what threshold amount of a GMO triggers the disclosure requirements, prompting marked disagreement among stakeholders on where to draw the line. 

US Food Policy European Food Law

Strategic partnership puts Europe ‘on the map’ in lab-grown meat sector

One of Europe’s largest meat companies is making a significant investment in Mosa Meat - a Dutch start-up that claims to be the world's leading company for cultured beef.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Japan clears the way for US lamb to re-enter market

Japan has finalised requirements that will allow imports of US sheep and goat meat for the first time in almost 15 years.

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Farm Policy

Day ahead – July 17, 2018: Farm bill timing update, Legislative action on Trump’s trade powers, USDA science pick

House action to move to conference on the farm bill with the Senate could arrive Thursday. Meanwhile, legislative action on Trump's trade powers could go forward, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters, and Scott Hutchins was nominated to be USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics.

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US Washington week ahead: Congress returns with Supreme Court, farm bill in focus

The House and Senate return from their July 4 recess with the next steps on the farm bill likely at hand and President Donald Trump's choice for a Supreme Court opening on tap.

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Day ahead – June 27, 2018: Senate farm bill action, ethanol backers react to RFS proposal, Perdue tips farmer trade aid

Senate farm bill action is set to resume today. Meanwhile, ethanol backers expressed disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue revealed target date for tariff-related farmer aid.

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Food Technology

Strategic partnership puts Europe ‘on the map’ in lab-grown meat sector

One of Europe’s largest meat companies is making a significant investment in Mosa Meat - a Dutch start-up that claims to be the world's leading company for cultured beef.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Meat industry, consumers raise red flags over FDA regulation of lab-grown meats

The meat industry and consumer groups are raising red flags over the potential for FDA to regulate lab-grown meat, poultry and seafood products, and say FDA and USDA should work together with all stakeholders before any decisions are made about which agency gets oversight over the emerging products.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Calls for upcoming phthalates ban to include food contact materials

Pressure is on for the EU to extend a future ban on four phthalates to food contact materials after member states in the REACH (chemicals regulation) committee on 11 July unanimously backed a proposal restricting them in other uses, but with a controversial waiver for agriculture.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Trade Policy

EU and Japan create massive free trade zone

A wide-ranging trade and cooperation deal that the EU and Japan signed on 17 July will create a free trade zone covering over 600 million people, ending some €1 billion in export duties that European firms currently pay annually, with Europe’s agri-food sector expected to be one of the main winners.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – July 17, 2018: Farm bill timing update, Legislative action on Trump’s trade powers, USDA science pick

House action to move to conference on the farm bill with the Senate could arrive Thursday. Meanwhile, legislative action on Trump's trade powers could go forward, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters, and Scott Hutchins was nominated to be USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Brazil, EU and Russia clash at WTO over meat trade issues

Issues related to the global trade in meat products dominated the agenda at last week’s meeting of the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) committee – with Brazil, the EU and Russia all clashing over costly import restrictions.

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