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Trump to slash more regulations in 2018

President Donald Trump said his regulatory reform directives have resulted in the canceling or delaying of more than 1,500 regulations during the first 11 months of his term, and he plans to deliver much more in 2018.

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Perdue talks trade, NAFTA, Farm Bill and regulatory reform

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue touched on the importance of trade for U.S. agriculture, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the upcoming Farm Bill and regulatory reform during a Tuesday (Dec. 12) speech at the National Press Club.

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Food & Health Policy

FDA loses food expertise by eliminating Food Advisory Committee, consumer groups say

A recent decision by FDA to terminate the Food Advisory Committee has upset consumer advocates, who believe the move will limit the agency’s ability to receive independent scientific advice and consumer input on important food-related topics.

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U.S. not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts say

The United States is not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts testified during a Wednesday (Dec. 13) Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, “Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World.”

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USDA seeks comments on child nutrition program rules

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is soliciting public comments on the meal patterns and nutrition standards used to determine federal reimbursement for participants in USDA's child nutrition programs.
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Labeling & Advertising

Judge stays Sargento 'natural' class action pending FDA action

A California federal judge has stayed a class action that alleges Sargento Foods is deceiving consumers by promoting its cheese products as "natural," agreeing with the company that the litigation should be put on hold until FDA completes its rulemaking to define legal uses of the labeling claim. 

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Legal experts discuss likely targets of future label litigation for food companies

While lawsuits targeting the use of “healthy” and “natural” in food products are not becoming any less popular, food labeling litigation in the future is likely to branch out to additional labeling claims, including those that relate to added sugars, level of processing or the implied use of “natural.” 

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Petition asks FDA to decide whether almond milk should be labeled ‘imitation milk’

As the debate intensifies over whether plant-based foods should be allowed to use dairy terms on their labels, a Dec. 5 citizen petition is asking FDA to clarify whether “almond milk” is nutritionally inferior to “milk,” and should be labeled as “imitation milk.”

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Food Safety and Standards

FSIS flooded with comments opposed to poultry line speed waivers

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has received more than 24,000 comments overwhelmingly opposed to a National Chicken Council (NCC) petition that calls on the agency to waive line speed limits for certain poultry slaughter plants.

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Trump to slash more regulations in 2018

President Donald Trump said his regulatory reform directives have resulted in the canceling or delaying of more than 1,500 regulations during the first 11 months of his term, and he plans to deliver much more in 2018.

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FDA deems snortable chocolate not a food, compares it to street drugs

About six months after one lawmaker urged FDA to investigate the negative effects of snortable chocolate, the agency has decided to treat the unusual product as an alternative to street drugs, telling marketers and distributors “immediately cease” marketing and distribution to U.S. consumers. 

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Traceability and Supply Chain

13 states ask U.S. Supreme Court to toss California’s egg sales law

Thirteen states on Monday (Dec. 4) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law that forbids the sale of eggs from laying hens kept in cages too small for the birds to spread their wings and turn around. 

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Marler warns industry that auditors can be sued after Jensen Farms case

The way the law treats auditors has changed and today everyone involved in the production and distribution of food products can be held responsible if they fail to do their job in preventing a foodborne illness outbreak. 

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Customs brokers plead for ‘soft compliance date’ for seafood traceability program

Customs brokers are asking for a “soft compliance date" for the new federal seafood tracking system that starts Jan. 1, because the industry is unlikely to meet the extensive entry data requirements.

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Farm Policy

USDA to withdraw organic livestock, poultry rule

The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule that would add new animal welfare restrictions under USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) will be withdrawn, according to a notice from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) scheduled for publication in the Federal Register next week.

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Trump to slash more regulations in 2018

President Donald Trump said his regulatory reform directives have resulted in the canceling or delaying of more than 1,500 regulations during the first 11 months of his term, and he plans to deliver much more in 2018.

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U.S. not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts say

The United States is not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts testified during a Wednesday (Dec. 13) Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, “Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World.”

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Food Technology

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week: 
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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week: 

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Court rejects challenge of Dannon's ‘natural’ labeling

A New York federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged consumers were misled by Dannon's use of the term "natural" on a dozen of its popular yogurt products. 

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Trade Policy

EU, US, Japan attack “severe excess capacity” in international trade but refrain from naming China

The main trade representatives for the EU, the US and Japan delivered a joint statement committing to enhance trilateral cooperation and to re-establish a “global level playing field” in international trade.

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WTO Ministerial update: No conclusions as final day nears

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina continued to see sharp fault lines among members during its third day. A joint proposal from the US, European Union (EU) and Japan on factory output, and public stockholding of food drew particular attention. But the overall tone of the talks remains more than subdued.

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WTO Ministerial update: USTR urges uniformity, other members respond

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina got off to a raucous start, as US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer delivered comments calling for more uniform enforcement of trade rules and less focus on litigation – drawing varied responses from other members.
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