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Judge rejects USDA bid to dismiss challenge of swine slaughter rule

A Minnesota federal judge has kept alive a lawsuit challenging USDA’s swine inspection rule, finding the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) failed to adequately consider the impacts on worker safety from increased slaughter speeds at US pork plants.

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Mexico gives food companies until October to implement stop-sign warning labels

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexican authorities have dealt another blow to the food industry, by releasing a tight timeframe for sweeping labeling reforms complete with requirements for new, front-of-package (FOP) warning labels for foods high in added sugar, salt, fat and calories.

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Agribusiness COV19 Podcast April 3

Stay abreast of the latest developments in the global agriculture and food markets influenced by Covid-19 by listening to our daily IHS Markit Agribusiness podcast.

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TTB modernizes labeling for alcohol but sidesteps nutrition labeling, says consumer group

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued a new rule Thursday (April 2) that streamlined labeling standards for alcoholic beverages, but health groups say the government missed a golden opportunity to mandate nutrition and alcohol content listing.

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Ag interests urge states to keep goods moving during COVID-19 response

The nation’s major agriculture industry groups are urging state governors to ensure their actions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus don’t harm the ag and food supply chain.

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Agribusiness COV19 Podcast April 2

Stay abreast of the latest developments in the global agriculture and food markets influenced by Covid-19 by listening to our daily IHS Markit Agribusiness podcast.

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World food prices have fallen amid COVID-19 disruptions

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven down the prices for food around the world, a UN agency reported.

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FDA grants flexibility on menu labeling for restaurants during pandemic

FDA is granting temporary flexibility on menu labeling as the COVID-19 public health crisis has forced unprecedented changes to the business model for most restaurants and restaurant chains nationwide.

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TTB modernizes labeling for alcohol but sidesteps nutrition labeling, says consumer group

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued a new rule Thursday (April 2) that streamlined labeling standards for alcoholic beverages, but health groups say the government missed a golden opportunity to mandate nutrition and alcohol content listing.

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Judge rejects 'natural' Jif peanut butter complaint

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that J.M. Smucker is misleading consumers by labeling its Jif peanut butter as “natural,” even though the product may contain sugar made from genetically engineered sugar beets.

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FDA grants flexibility on menu labeling for restaurants during pandemic

FDA is granting temporary flexibility on menu labeling as the COVID-19 public health crisis has forced unprecedented changes to the business model for most restaurants and restaurant chains nationwide.

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Food Safety and Standards

Judge rejects USDA bid to dismiss challenge of swine slaughter rule

A Minnesota federal judge has kept alive a lawsuit challenging USDA’s swine inspection rule, finding the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) failed to adequately consider the impacts on worker safety from increased slaughter speeds at US pork plants.

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Yiannas says FDA remains staffed and functional despite COVID-19

Speaking on a press call Thursday (April 2), FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Safety and Response Frank Yiannas offered messages to reassure consumers that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, FDA continues to work on its critical mission to ensure the safety of the food supply.

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House committee chairs ask OMB to delay all comment periods, meetings due to pandemic

Fourteen House committee leaders asked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Wednesday to immediately extend all deadlines on public comments, public hearings, and meetings due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Day ahead – April 3, 2020: US ag exports, SBA loan program, hemp production plans

US ag exports edged lower in February while imports saw a steeper decline according to data from USDA. Meanwhile, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim rule on Payment Protection Program Loans (PPPL) and USDA approved hemp production plans submitted by South Carolina, West Virginia and three tribal nations.

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Ag interests urge states to keep goods moving during COVID-19 response

The nation’s major agriculture industry groups are urging state governors to ensure their actions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus don’t harm the ag and food supply chain.

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World food prices have fallen amid COVID-19 disruptions

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven down the prices for food around the world, a UN agency reported.

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Day ahead – April 3, 2020: US ag exports, SBA loan program, hemp production plans

US ag exports edged lower in February while imports saw a steeper decline according to data from USDA. Meanwhile, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim rule on Payment Protection Program Loans (PPPL) and USDA approved hemp production plans submitted by South Carolina, West Virginia and three tribal nations.

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Court gives USDA 180 days to fix economic modeling for abandoned organic livestock rule

A federal judge placed USDA on a 180-day deadline last week to fix the cost/benefit analysis on its Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule, calling USDA’s actions the “administrative process at its never-ending worst” after a 10-year process ended in the withdrawal of the rule.

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Senators press USDA’s Perdue on hemp regulations, another MFP effort

Questions about a possible third Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3), hemp production regulations – including the possibility of an extension for states operating under 2014 Farm Bill pilot program rules – and the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak all surfaced during a Senate Appropriations Ag Subcommittee hearing today (March 12) with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: France looks to recruit “land army”, US reduces inspections, IHS Markit podcasts online

Lockdowns grew as COVID-19 swept through Europe and the US last week, leading French Agriculture Minister, Didier Guillaume, to appeal to “the army in the shadows” to come out and help with food production.

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COVID-19 will accelerate consumer migration to online grocery shopping, FDA's Yiannas tells FDLI

The threat of COVID-19 is changing consumers’ grocery habits and helping accelerate the migration of American shoppers to online food shopping – a trend that is unlikely to change after the emergency passes.

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GFI renews push for FDA to green-light use of common terms in plant-based labels

The Good Food Institute (GFI) has not lost hope that FDA will act on a March 2017 petition asking the agency to codify the current practice of allowing common terms such as “meat,” “milk” or “rice” on plant-based substitutes – as long as those products use modifiers to clarify their origin.

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Day ahead – April 3, 2020: US ag exports, SBA loan program, hemp production plans

US ag exports edged lower in February while imports saw a steeper decline according to data from USDA. Meanwhile, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim rule on Payment Protection Program Loans (PPPL) and USDA approved hemp production plans submitted by South Carolina, West Virginia and three tribal nations.

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Day ahead – April 2, 2020: Global food prices fall, USDA boosts sugar imports, China ag buys

Global food prices posted sharp declines in March according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Meanwhile, USDA announced moves to boost sugar imports amid tight supplies and China ag purchases were more muted in the latest update from USDA.

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COVID-19: Keep agri-food products and workers moving across borders worldwide

The Directors General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) are urging governments worldwide to keep agri-food products and workers moving across borders during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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