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US Food Policy

Senate ag committee clears farm bill on bipartisan vote, no controversial SNAP changes

The Senate Agriculture Committee marked up and passed the chamber's version of the farm bill today (June 13), with members considering many mostly non-controversial amendments to the legislation.

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Food & Health Policy

Day ahead – June 18, 2018: Canada dairy policy, House immigration proposals, FDA on lab-grown meat regulation

US and Canadian officials gave slightly different takes on Canadian dairy policy June 15. Meanwhile immigration remains a factor for the House farm bill and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) weighed in on the regulation of lab grown meat.

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, RFS proposals and trade keys ahead

Another House vote on the farm bill is expected late this week following House consideration of immigration measures. The Senate could also move to consideration of its farm bill, but indications are that will more likely happen next week. And EPA is expected to unveil its proposed levels for 2019 biofuels and 2020 biodiesel.

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Canada’s new final food safety regulations mirror FSMA, expert says

Both U.S. and Canadian food producers will benefit from increased harmonization between the new final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a former Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) official says.

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Day ahead – June 14, 2018: Farm bill updates, China sanctions watch, Pruitt comments on RFS

The Senate Ag committee approved their version of the farm bill June 13, without many of the controversial provisions included in the House's bill. Meanwhile, Trump administration moves on China sanctions continue to be monitored and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt commented on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Sen. Thune withdraws state-inspected meat amendment at farm bill markup

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) offered and then withdrew his amendment Wednesday (June 13) to allow meat and poultry products processed at USDA-approved state Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs to be sold across state lines during the Senate Agriculture Committee markup of the farm bill.

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Commission to move on transfats in the autumn

EU proposals to regulate trans fatty acids – TFAs or transfats – in processed foods are likely to emerge from the European Commission in the autumn, IEG Policy has learned.

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Labeling & Advertising

FDA to hold public meeting on regulating lab-grown meat, sparking NCBA concerns

FDA is taking the lead in discussions on the emerging field of lab-grown meats by scheduling a public meeting next month as a way to open a dialogue on any challenges and opportunities related to regulating the emerging field of food production.

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FDA decides on first wave of dietary fiber petitions, approves inulin, polydextrose

After a months-long delay, FDA has finally announced decisions on the first wave of industry petitions for the isolated or synthetic dietary fibers considered beneficial for health that can be listed as fiber under the updated Nutrition Facts labels.

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Judge upholds ban on California's glyphosate cancer warnings

A federal judge has dealt the California attorney general a major setback by ruling that glyphosate should not be labeled with a cancer warning. 

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Food Safety and Standards

ISO releases new edition of food safety management standard

The International Standards Organisation published the new edition of its global food safety management standard ISO 22000 on 19 June.

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AFIA asks FDA to delay enforcement of supply-chain program under FSMA

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is asking FDA to delay enforcement of the supply-chain program requirements under the animal food preventive controls rule for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) following the release of new draft guidance Thursday (June 14).

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FDA to hold public meeting on regulating lab-grown meat, sparking NCBA concerns

FDA is taking the lead in discussions on the emerging field of lab-grown meats by scheduling a public meeting next month as a way to open a dialogue on any challenges and opportunities related to regulating the emerging field of food production.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

ISO releases new edition of food safety management standard

The International Standards Organisation published the new edition of its global food safety management standard ISO 22000 on 19 June.

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Oceana Canada criticizes new Canadian food rules for not tackling seafood fraud

Just days after Canada released its new food safety regulations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is facing criticism that the new food safety framework does nothing to prevent seafood fraud and ensure no illegally caught seafood ends up on store shelves in Canada.

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Canada’s new final food safety regulations mirror FSMA, expert says

Both U.S. and Canadian food producers will benefit from increased harmonization between the new final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a former Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) official says.

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Farm Policy

US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, USDA balance sheet updates

Agriculture and foreign policy will be in the spotlight this week along with the monthly USDA balance sheet update.

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Senate farm bill plan mostly status quo, avoids House-type controversies on SNAP

The Senate Agriculture Committee will mark up their version of the farm bill June 13, starting with a plan that does not vary greatly from the 2014 Farm Bill.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

EPA amends the tolerances for residues of alpha-cypermethrin for fruit and hog fat to correct a previous notice that resulted in "an unintended level."

 

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Food Technology

EU tightens SML for perchlorate in plastic food contact materials

The EU has tightened the specific migration limit (SML) for perchlorate in plastic food contact materials from 0.05 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) of food to 0.002 mg/kg in a 5 June regulation.

 

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Challenging work environment is slowing advances in farm level robotics

The development of farm sector robotics continues to lag some way behind other industries, but technology investors still see robots having an impact on food and agriculture in the long term.

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Plant-based protein sector set for strong annual growth in US and Europe

Retail sales of plant-based protein are set to grow by 7% annually in both the US and Europe over the next few years taking US market value to US$6 billion by 2022, double the current worth of product sales for the sector.

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Trade Policy

Perdue talks NAFTA timing, Canada's milk program, China tariffs after Canada trip

The United States is more likely to conclude trade negotiations with Mexico first, then strike a deal with Canada later this summer before finalizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Day ahead – June 18, 2018: Canada dairy policy, House immigration proposals, FDA on lab-grown meat regulation

US and Canadian officials gave slightly different takes on Canadian dairy policy June 15. Meanwhile immigration remains a factor for the House farm bill and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) weighed in on the regulation of lab grown meat.

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Day ahead – June 15, 2018: Trump announces China tariffs, Mexico mulls duties on US corn, soybeans

President Donald Trump announced tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods with the first portion due to hit July 6. Meanwhile, reports surfaced that Mexico is mulling import duties on US corn and soybeans, while Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland commented on NAFTA talks.

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