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FSIS lacks authority to grant NCC petition to speed poultry lines, lawmakers say

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) say USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) does not the authority to grant a petition from the National Chicken Council (NCC) to waive line speeds for certain chicken processing plants, “making any waiver unlawful.”

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US agency critical of Germany's meat safety system

US authorities are reassessing Germany’s ability to satisfy US meat import requirements after finding a series of ‘systemic’ weaknesses during an audit carried out earlier this year.

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Perdue’s latest Codex plan continues to raise protests from some former USDA officials

USDA announced a plan last week to resolve concerns about relocating the U.S. Codex office to the new trade division, but some former USDA officials say it will do nothing to assure public health priorities don’t get lost in the shuffle and may downplay FDA’s role.

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FDA should reconsider petition to revise seafood advice for pregnant women, experts say

More than 15 former FDA officials and other nutrition experts this week asked FDA to reconsider its October decision to deny a citizen petition that asked FDA to withdraw and replace the seafood consumption advice for pregnant and nursing women issued in January.

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CRN urges U.S. to rethink Codex position on omega-3 acids

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is asking the United States to reconsider its opposition to establishing Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Long Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids before a Codex committee meeting next month. 

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Global guidelines on daily intake of whole grain needed, says Nestlé

A study of over 16,000 people across the globe by cereal company Nestlé reveals “significant confusion” over how much whole grain people should consume every day, leading the company to call for global guidelines on whole grain in foods.

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Court stays ‘Natural’ lawsuit on Newman’s Own pasta sauces as FDA ponders definition

A judge in New York has ordered a stay on another lawsuit that hinges on the definition of “natural,” in hopes that FDA would soon make a move to define the term. 

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Judge dismisses olive oil trade group’s challenge of premium label mark

A federal judge dismissed the North American Olive Oil Association’s (NAOOA) lawsuit against a California olive oil distributor, saying the group lacked standing in its challenge of a premium label mark for olive oil.

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FSIS lacks authority to grant NCC petition to speed poultry lines, lawmakers say

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) say USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) does not the authority to grant a petition from the National Chicken Council (NCC) to waive line speeds for certain chicken processing plants, “making any waiver unlawful.”

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: HHS nominee Azar to testify at Nov. 29 hearing

Expect senators to raise a range of FDA issues at the Nov. 29 confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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USDA pushes forward with Codex move

Despite pushback and criticism, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has decided to move forward with a controversial plan to relocate the U.S. Codex Office from its current location at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the new USDA trade mission area. 

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Traceability and Supply Chain

USDA urges court to toss GMO disclosure lawsuit

USDA has called on a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit related to implementation of the national GMO disclosure law, arguing the plaintiffs lack standing to bring the complaint and their charges too “speculative” before a final rule is published.
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Brazil questions EU Salmonella policy at WTO after poultry rejections

After seeing hundreds of meat consignments turned back at EU borders in recent months, Brazil has raised concerns that the bloc is being overly strict when it comes to Salmonella in poultry.

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EU notifies WTO members of proposal on Danish Salmonella controls

Poultry imports into Denmark will have to comply with strict new Salmonella controls, according to a draft EU proposal sent to members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

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Farm Policy

OTA vows to see USDA in court this month after latest ‘walk back’ of organic rule

After USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on Thursday (Nov. 9) again delayed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule – this time until May 14, 2018 – the agency has until mid-November to answer to a lawsuit filed in September by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) over its repeated delays in implementing the rule.

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Farm Bill still on track to be completed on time, House Ag Chair says

The next Farm Bill is still on track to be completed on time, and a House version of the bill will be out sometime in January or February, Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), chair of the House Agriculture Committee, said during a Wednesday (Nov. 8) press call. 

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AMS releases guide to help certifiers protect the integrity of organic imports

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has released a set of instructions designed to help certifiers maintain the integrity of organic imports in the wake of recent criticisms of the program.

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Food Technology

USDA urges court to toss GMO disclosure lawsuit

USDA has called on a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit related to implementation of the national GMO disclosure law, arguing the plaintiffs lack standing to bring the complaint and their charges too “speculative” before a final rule is published.
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APHIS unsure of path forward for GMO rule revision

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has yet to decide when – or if – it will try again to revise its GMO regulations, a top agency official said on Wednesday. 

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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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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: HHS nominee Azar to testify at Nov. 29 hearing

Expect senators to raise a range of FDA issues at the Nov. 29 confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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USDA pushes forward with Codex move

Despite pushback and criticism, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has decided to move forward with a controversial plan to relocate the U.S. Codex Office from its current location at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the new USDA trade mission area. 

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FSIS audit reveals deficiencies in Brazilian meat inspection system

USDA's newly released audit of the Brazilian meat inspection system shows so many deficiencies that some advocates are calling for an in-depth review of the country’s inspection system and even to revoke Brazil’s equivalency status. 

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