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FDA releases draft guidance on animal food preventive controls

FDA on Monday (Jan. 22) released the first five chapters of a draft guidance that aims to help animal food producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule in developing plans to minimize or prevent hazards that could cause illness in people or animals. But the guide's appendix that lists potential hazards is already causing concern for an animal feed group.

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OIG 'encouraged' by progress in FDA's food recall program, but more needed

A month after issuing a report critical of FDA’s ability to oversee food recalls, an official with the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said she is encouraged by FDA’s recent efforts to improve recalls and recognizes that given additional time the agency may be able to fix deficiencies. 

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FDA petitioned to swap ‘pasteurized process cheese’ for ‘blended cheese’

Gilman Cheese Corporation has filed a petition asking FDA to replace “pasteurized process cheese” (PPC) with the term “blended cheese” to distinguish it from lower-quality products with similar sounding names and to make it more attractive to consumers.

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FDA releases draft guidance on animal food preventive controls

FDA on Monday (Jan. 22) released the first five chapters of a draft guidance that aims to help animal food producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule in developing plans to minimize or prevent hazards that could cause illness in people or animals. But the guide's appendix that lists potential hazards is already causing concern for an animal feed group.

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Cashing in on cachet - the value of EU agri-food GIs

Geographical indications are valuable and sought-after attributes. Products which are eligible to bear these indications feature them prominently on the product’s packaging – and products which are not eligible to bear those indications sometimes attempt to do so anyway. 

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Labeling & Advertising

Dairy food processors hail new ‘natural cheese’ bill

Dairy processors welcomed a new bill introduced Thursday (Jan. 18) that would pin down the definition of “natural cheese” as a food category that appears on food packages.

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Geographical Indications and International Trade

It is perhaps slightly ironic that many of the European food and drink products which have their roots firmly planted in a specific locality should today be so much in demand all around the world. Certain products whose names include indications of their original place of origin are now by-words for quality and hence coveted by discerning middle-class consumers on every continent.

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Cashing in on cachet - the value of EU agri-food GIs

Geographical indications are valuable and sought-after attributes. Products which are eligible to bear these indications feature them prominently on the product’s packaging – and products which are not eligible to bear those indications sometimes attempt to do so anyway. 

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Food Safety and Standards

Day ahead - January 23, 2018: Farm bill concepts, China duties & the Fed

Now that the government shutdown is over, attention returns to more-normal items with USDA set to offer up their farm bill principles today, worries are already cropping up for US ag interests over Trump administration trade actions and the Fed is in focus.

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What happens at FSIS during a government shutdown

USDA’s food safety inspectors were never furloughed during the three-day government shutdown that ended Jan. 22, but the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) can face challenges when funding is interrupted, even for a short time. 

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U.S. beef group urges USDA to keep ban on Brazilian beef

While USDA officials are still mulling over the possibility of lifting the ban on Brazilian beef imports, one U.S. beef industry group has questioned the safety of Brazilian meat imports and is now putting pressure on USDA to keep the restriction into place. 

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Traceability and Supply Chain

Geographical Indications and International Trade

It is perhaps slightly ironic that many of the European food and drink products which have their roots firmly planted in a specific locality should today be so much in demand all around the world. Certain products whose names include indications of their original place of origin are now by-words for quality and hence coveted by discerning middle-class consumers on every continent.

Geographical Indications European Agricultural Policy

Cashing in on cachet - the value of EU agri-food GIs

Geographical indications are valuable and sought-after attributes. Products which are eligible to bear these indications feature them prominently on the product’s packaging – and products which are not eligible to bear those indications sometimes attempt to do so anyway. 

EU Geographical Indications

The EU's GI schemes for food and agriculture products

The European Union is the world’s most enthusiastic proponent of geographical indication labelling schemes, and the number of products protected under its schemes continue to grow significantly each year. 

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Farm Policy

USDA proposes rule to change substances permitted for organics

Changes to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) provisions of USDA's organic regulations were proposed in document set for publication the Federal Register January 17.
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Perdue optimistic about NAFTA chances

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Monday he is optimistic about changes USDA has made to lift the regulatory burden on U.S. farmers and about reaching a deal on an improved North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Democrats question USDA’s motives in staff changes

Democrats on the Senate Agriculture Committee are raising questions about the reassignments of at least a dozen USDA career staff and the role of USDA General Counsel-nominee Stephen Vaden in the job changes
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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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Six EU member states call for rethink on glyphosate use

Six EU member states have urged the European Commission to go further than the recent five-year renewal of the herbicide, glyphosate, and take steps towards ending the use of the active ingredient.

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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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Trade Policy

Day ahead - January 23, 2018: Farm bill concepts, China duties & the Fed

Now that the government shutdown is over, attention returns to more-normal items with USDA set to offer up their farm bill principles today, worries are already cropping up for US ag interests over Trump administration trade actions and the Fed is in focus.

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China, Russia not meeting WTO obligations: USTR report

China and Russia are failing to meet their obligations under World Trade Organization (WTO) trade rules, according to an annual report released by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).
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Geographical Indications and International Trade

It is perhaps slightly ironic that many of the European food and drink products which have their roots firmly planted in a specific locality should today be so much in demand all around the world. Certain products whose names include indications of their original place of origin are now by-words for quality and hence coveted by discerning middle-class consumers on every continent.

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