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Chinese pigmeat production in danger as ASF crisis deepens

China’s ongoing battle against African Swine Fever (ASF) took a serious turn for the worse this week as the disease reached Sichuan province – the country’s top pig producing region - and was then detected for the first time in wild boar.

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US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
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Podcast: Food and drink levies - public health and climate solution, or 'stealth tax'?

The topic of taxing certain food and drink products to change consumer behaviour has become one of the most hotly-contested debates in public health policy around the globe 
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Palm oil producers given one year to transition to new RSPO standard

Producers of palm oil that are certified as sustainable by the RSPO have been given one year to adapt to a new RSPO standard which the certification body says will “strengthen” environmental protection in the supply chain.

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FDA allows stakeholders more time to comment on the use of dairy terms in plant-based products

In a move welcomed by dairy producers, FDA announced on Thursday (Nov. 15) that it will extend by 60 days the time for stakeholders to comment on whether the agency should continue the practice of allowing plant-based products to bear dairy terms on their labels.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: USDA sued for failing to require certification of animal raising claims

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has sued USDA for failing to require third-party audits for animal raising claims, such as “humane” and “sustainable,” that have become increasingly popular in recent years.

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Senate hearing set on Brashears for USDA food safety post

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry announced on Tuesday (Nov. 13) that it will hold a hearing on Nov. 28 to consider the nomination of Mindy Brashears, a Texas Tech University animal scientist, for the long vacant position of under secretary of food safety.

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USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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Palm oil producers given one year to transition to new RSPO standard

Producers of palm oil that are certified as sustainable by the RSPO have been given one year to adapt to a new RSPO standard which the certification body says will “strengthen” environmental protection in the supply chain.

International Asia Pacific

FDA allows stakeholders more time to comment on the use of dairy terms in plant-based products

In a move welcomed by dairy producers, FDA announced on Thursday (Nov. 15) that it will extend by 60 days the time for stakeholders to comment on whether the agency should continue the practice of allowing plant-based products to bear dairy terms on their labels.

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Food Safety and Standards

Webinar outlines practical applications in cutting-edge studies on produce safety

A new Cornell University study focused on microbial contamination of surface water may hold answers to questions raised by this year’s deadly outbreak of E.coli in romaine lettuce.

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Russia brings back ban on transhipment of US poultry to Kazakhstan

Russia is once again blocking the movement of US chicken meat to Kazakhstan in a move that could put fresh strains on relations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Trade Disputes

USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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Russia brings back ban on transhipment of US poultry to Kazakhstan

Russia is once again blocking the movement of US chicken meat to Kazakhstan in a move that could put fresh strains on relations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Trade Disputes

USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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Palm oil producers given one year to transition to new RSPO standard

Producers of palm oil that are certified as sustainable by the RSPO have been given one year to adapt to a new RSPO standard which the certification body says will “strengthen” environmental protection in the supply chain.

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Farm Policy

US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
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USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: USDA sued for failing to require certification of animal raising claims

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has sued USDA for failing to require third-party audits for animal raising claims, such as “humane” and “sustainable,” that have become increasingly popular in recent years.

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Food Technology

USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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GMO Directive is no longer fit for purpose, say EU scientific advisors

A recent Court ruling on gene editing techniques shows that the EU's GMO Directive is no longer adequate and needs to be revised to reflect the most recent scientific knowledge, a group of scientific advisors has argued.

Biotechnology EU

FDA issues new Food Code recommendation urging food retailers to post warnings on risks of liquid nitrogen

After warning earlier this year on the potential dangers in handling or eating of foods prepared with liquid nitrogen immediately before consumption, FDA has released an interpretation of the 2017 Food Code that found the Food Code does not prohibit its use but warned of the risks associated with liquid nitrogen and dry ice in foods.

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Day ahead – November 19, 2018: Grassley shifts to Senate Finance, Smithfield, US ag trade aid, China barley probe

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has decided to move to chair the Senate Finance Committee in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Smithfield Foods cancelled a sale of pork under USDA's trade aid package and China launched an anti-dumping investigation into barley imported from Australia.

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Russia brings back ban on transhipment of US poultry to Kazakhstan

Russia is once again blocking the movement of US chicken meat to Kazakhstan in a move that could put fresh strains on relations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Trade Disputes

Day ahead – November 16, 2018: Hatch on tax extenders, USDA notes pork trade impacts, Trump to visit California

Several expired tax incentives seem likely to get renewed during the lame-duck session, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday. Meanwhile, USDA said hog producers continue to be impacted by tariffs from both China and Mexico, and President Donald Trump will visit California to meet with people impacted by deadly wildfires.

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