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Senate panel dives into debate over how to ramp up U.S. aquaculture

The United States has unrivaled potential for a booming aquaculture industry but regulatory uncertainty is scaring off companies and investors, a panel of industry experts and stakeholders told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday (Oct. 16).   

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Production of imitation Italian cheese overtakes originals, Italian farmers report

Global production of non-original Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses has surpassed the production volume of Italian originals thanks to the spread of imitations across all continents.

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FDA rejects petition to set acrylamide safety limits in foods

FDA has denied a consumer group’s petition to set acrylamide safety levels in foods and to deem foods exceeding those levels as adulterated.

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Food production is not increasing fast enough to feed the world - report

A new report released today says the world is not increasing agricultural productivity fast enough to sustainably meet the food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy needs of the planet’s population by 2050.

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USDA announces new guidance on school meals while court battle continues

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced new guidance for schools to offer more flexibility in meal plans as the legal battle continues over the Trump administration’s final rule to roll back sodium and whole grains standards.

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Yeast contamination threatens European apple juice exports

A large volume of apple juice concentrate (AJC) shipped from Europe to the US is contaminated with a type of yeast, IEG Policy's sister title IEG Vu has learned, which has made the product unusable.

Food Safety and Standards Markets

Singapore the first state to ban advertising of sugary beverages

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has ordered the imposition of a blanket ban on advertising for the least healthy sugar sweetened beverages and is even considering banning their sale altogether. Singapore has one of the developed world’s highest diabetes rates.



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Labeling & Advertising

FDA rejects petition to set acrylamide safety limits in foods

FDA has denied a consumer group’s petition to set acrylamide safety levels in foods and to deem foods exceeding those levels as adulterated.

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NAD official discusses decisions on recent food advertising challenges

The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBBs) has handled diverse food advertising challenges in recent months, involving anything from claims on added sugars, to in-store advertising and “better-for-you” statements in ads for Hellman’s ketchup.

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Drinks industry faces sizeable losses from plain packaging regulations, finds report

The global beverages industry could experience a value loss of around USD430.8 billion if plain packaging regulations are extended to cover its products worldwide, according to the findings of a new report that explores the potential global ramifications of new plain packaging restrictions on alcohol, sugary drinks, confectionery and salty snack products.



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Food Safety and Standards

Production of imitation Italian cheese overtakes originals, Italian farmers report

Global production of non-original Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses has surpassed the production volume of Italian originals thanks to the spread of imitations across all continents.

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Coalition of advocates, industry commits to reducing heavy metals in baby food

Following new findings that heavy metals – including lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic – are present in 95% of toddler and baby foods, a new coalition of food companies, academic bodies, and advocacy groups is looking for ways to change the status quo and reduce those levels.

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FDA rejects petition to set acrylamide safety limits in foods

FDA has denied a consumer group’s petition to set acrylamide safety levels in foods and to deem foods exceeding those levels as adulterated.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

Production of imitation Italian cheese overtakes originals, Italian farmers report

Global production of non-original Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses has surpassed the production volume of Italian originals thanks to the spread of imitations across all continents.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Drinks industry faces sizeable losses from plain packaging regulations, finds report

The global beverages industry could experience a value loss of around USD430.8 billion if plain packaging regulations are extended to cover its products worldwide, according to the findings of a new report that explores the potential global ramifications of new plain packaging restrictions on alcohol, sugary drinks, confectionery and salty snack products.



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Saudi Arabia lifts avian-flu related import bans

Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on imports of hatching eggs and day-old-chicks from several countries, including Denmark, Italy and Russia.

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Farm Policy

US Washington week: Congress returns, US-China deal & farm bill oversight keys ahead

The House and Senate return Tuesday from their two-week break.

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USDA served lawsuit contesting hog slaughter rule

Unions representing more than 31,000 individuals who work at hog slaughter and processing facilities filed suit Monday (Oct. 7) challenging USDA's new swine slaughter inspection rule, alleging the department failed to consider the impacts on worker safety.

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USDA reopens comment on 2015 organic origins of livestock proposal

USDA has reopened the comment period for a 2015 proposed rule that would dictate how conventional dairy herds are transitioned to organic.

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Food Technology

New study finds takeout food increases PFAS exposure

A new study of consumers’ eating habits and associated blood-serum levels of per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) appears to bolster concerns about the chemicals’ persistence, toxicity and impact on human health and supports avoiding the use of fluorinated chemicals in food contact materials (FCMs), according to the researchers. 

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Dean Foods departure from IDFA shows upstart products disrupting trade group alliances

The recent announcement that Dean Foods, the largest U.S. processor and distributor of milk, is leaving the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is another sign of how innovation in the meat and dairy sectors is shaking up traditional industry branches, a food industry expert said Wednesday (Oct. 9).

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Partners sought to develop food packaging that can be digested by animals

An organisation called the Animal Digestible Food Packaging (ADFP) Initiative is seeking government and industry partners to develop technology it believes could help solve the dual challenges of food waste and litter, making packaging into a resource rather than a liability.

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Trade Policy

Day ahead – Oct. 16, 2019: US-China deal, China farm prices, RFS timeline

Focus remains on Chinese purchases of US ag goods included in the “phase one” US-China trade deal reached late last week. Meanwhile, China’s farm produce prices continue to rise and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to miss a November 30 deadline for finalizing 2020 biofuels and 2021 biodiesel volumes.

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Day ahead – Oct. 15, 2019: Mnuchin on US-China deal, USMCA, RFS volumes

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin struck a positive tone on the US-China trade accord. Meanwhile, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to accelerate a ratification vote for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and updated 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes remain under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Saudi Arabia lifts avian-flu related import bans

Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on imports of hatching eggs and day-old-chicks from several countries, including Denmark, Italy and Russia.

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