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FDA finds outbreak strain in farm reservoir, narrows do-not-ship list

FDA announced on Thursday a break in the romaine lettuce probe as it found a positive match in an irrigation reservoir located on a California farm. Officials also narrowed from six to only three the counties not cleared to ship romaine lettuce at this time.

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CBO scores $867 billion farm bill as budget neutral

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their score of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (HR 2), saying the legislation will spend $428 billion over the 2019-2023 period and a total of $867 billion over 10 years (2019-2028).

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Day ahead – December 14, 2018: China ag purchases, Chinese economy continues to struggle, USDA prepares food stamp rule

Focus remains on promised Chinese ag purchases from the US. Meanwhile, new data shows China's economy continues to struggle as the trade war with the US grinds on, and USDA is expected to release a proposed rule next week that would make it harder for states and counties to get waivers from work requirements for food stamp recipients.

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EFSA gives lactic acid rinses safety clearance for pork

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed down a positive opinion on the controversial use of lactic and acetic acid rinses in slaughterhouses as decontaminants on pork carcasses and cuts, concluding that treatment “does not raise any safety concern.”

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FDA working on policy to modernize supplements oversight

Concerned that its oversight over dietary supplements has not caught up with the industry’s rapid growth, FDA is developing new policies that will improve and modernize the agency’s regulatory reach in that space.

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House clears farm bill by wide margin

After passage of the 2018 farm bill conference report in the Senate yesterday, the House followed suit, clearing the legislation by a healthy margin of 369-47.

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Senate overwhelmingly approves farm bill

The Senate voted overwhelmingly (87-13) to approve the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, clearing the path for a House vote today or Thursday.

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McDonald’s announces new targets for restricting antibiotic use in beef

Keeping a promise made earlier this year, the fast-food giant McDonald's announced Tuesday (Dec. 11) it has adopted a policy to reduce the use of medically important antibiotics across 85% of its global beef supply chain.

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Kellogg’s faces class action for glyphosate in oat bars and cereal

Kellogg's is the latest food company to be hit with a class action targeting the presence of trace amounts of glyphosate in its food products.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

Impossible Foods Inc. has filed a petition with FDA to amend color additive regulations to provide for the safe use of soy leghemoglobin as a plant-based beef analogue product. 
 
 
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Nestlé presses court to dismiss ‘No GMO’ label challenge

Nestlé is pressing a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its “No GMO Ingredients” label, arguing the claims are insufficient and preempted by federal law.

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Gillibrand urges FDA to mandate stores post recall notifications for shoppers

While FDA recently gave romaine lettuce producers and retailers the option to voluntarily label products by harvest location, one lawmaker says the agency should do more to protect consumers in cases of recalls.

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FDA finds outbreak strain in farm reservoir, narrows do-not-ship list

FDA announced on Thursday a break in the romaine lettuce probe as it found a positive match in an irrigation reservoir located on a California farm. Officials also narrowed from six to only three the counties not cleared to ship romaine lettuce at this time.

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EFSA gives lactic acid rinses safety clearance for pork

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed down a positive opinion on the controversial use of lactic and acetic acid rinses in slaughterhouses as decontaminants on pork carcasses and cuts, concluding that treatment “does not raise any safety concern.”

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FDA finds outbreak strain in farm reservoir, narrows do-not-ship list

FDA announced on Thursday a break in the romaine lettuce probe as it found a positive match in an irrigation reservoir located on a California farm. Officials also narrowed from six to only three the counties not cleared to ship romaine lettuce at this time.

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EFSA gives lactic acid rinses safety clearance for pork

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed down a positive opinion on the controversial use of lactic and acetic acid rinses in slaughterhouses as decontaminants on pork carcasses and cuts, concluding that treatment “does not raise any safety concern.”

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FDA’s latest surveillance sampling effort finds “significant” prevalence of listeria on avocado skin

A large-scale sampling program conducted by FDA on whole fresh avocados has revealed some unexpected trends about the presence of certain pathogens in that fruit.

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House clears farm bill by wide margin

After passage of the 2018 farm bill conference report in the Senate yesterday, the House followed suit, clearing the legislation by a healthy margin of 369-47.

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Senate overwhelmingly approves farm bill

The Senate voted overwhelmingly (87-13) to approve the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, clearing the path for a House vote today or Thursday.

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Farm Bill to legalize industrial hemp

Industrial hemp is on the cusp of becoming fully legal in the U.S. The final farm bill contains language that removes a federal ban on commercial hemp production, opening the door to farmers keen to take advantage of the booming market for cannabidiol oil (CBD) and other hemp products.

 

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EFSA gives lactic acid rinses safety clearance for pork

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed down a positive opinion on the controversial use of lactic and acetic acid rinses in slaughterhouses as decontaminants on pork carcasses and cuts, concluding that treatment “does not raise any safety concern.”

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Concentration in seed markets has not reduced innovation or increased prices - OECD

There is no clear evidence that a decline in the number of multinationals dominating the seeds industry has resulted in less competition, higher prices, or a decline in willingness to innovate, the OECD concludes in an empirical study.

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In vitro meat: regulatory issues in the US and the EU

On 16th November 2018, the US Department of Agriculture and the US Food and Drug Administration announced that they had reached an agreement on a joint regulatory framework on laboratory made, cultured meat, also called in vitro meat. The Agencies have not yet revealed which framework will apply to this new way of making meat, but their respective roles have been clarified, as Katia Merten-Lentz of international law firm, Keller & Heckman, reports.

 

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Day ahead – December 14, 2018: China ag purchases, Chinese economy continues to struggle, USDA prepares food stamp rule

Focus remains on promised Chinese ag purchases from the US. Meanwhile, new data shows China's economy continues to struggle as the trade war with the US grinds on, and USDA is expected to release a proposed rule next week that would make it harder for states and counties to get waivers from work requirements for food stamp recipients.

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Argentina sends first fresh beef shipment to US market

Argentina’s beef industry has concluded a year of recovery by sending fresh beef to the US for the first time in seventeen years.

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Brazil blames EU for impeding Mercosur trade talks

A top Brazilian official has declared that the South American bloc Mercosur is ready to close the trade agreement with the EU, but the talks have broken down again due to the unwillingness of the European Commission.

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