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Citrus disaster funds, trade fears, catfish and lab meat discussed at Perdue hearing

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday he has considered a range of options to help Florida’s citrus industry to access funds and plans next week to roll out new programs to distribute the $2.36 billion in federal disaster relief money for agricultural losses sustained in Hurricane Irma. 

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USDA, FDA see different regulatory path for GE animals

USDA and FDA remain at odds over federal regulation of genetically engineered animals, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told House lawmakers this week.

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With sales growth of around 10% annually, the organics sector is on a strong upward curve. This special report for IEG Policy subscribers looks at the challenges and opportunities for the future of the organic industry in the EU, US and around the world.

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Animal welfare groups urge Congress to reject King amendment in final Farm Bill

Animal welfare groups are urging Congress to reject Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) amendment to include his “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” (PICA) from the final version of the Farm Bill, arguing the legislation would jeopardize hundreds of state animal welfare, food safety and environmental laws.

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FSIS officials field questions on proposed new swine inspection rule

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) officials fielded questions on training for slaughter plant staff to conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem sorting under the proposed New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) during a Monday (April 16) webinar on the rule.

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Debate over plant-based products could push FDA to update standards of identity

Debate over whether plant-based products like soy and dairy milk can be called milk and whether “meat” and “beef” can only be used for products that come from slaughtered animals has reignited a push to modernize standards of identity for foods, attorneys said at a Food & Drug Law Institute (FDLI) meeting last week.

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CBO scoring says House farm bill essentially budget neutral

Shifts in conservation and nutrition spending are what helped the House Ag Committee's farm bill plan to come in largely budget-neutral over the life of the bill, according to analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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FDLI session probes trends in class action lawsuits over label claims

To avoid being targeted in a lawsuit over label claims, it’s no longer enough to evaluate FDA’s regulations: food companies need to keep tabs on the rising tide of class action lawsuits that have been filed since 2012, attorneys said at the Thursday (April 12) Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) meeting.

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Download the new EU & US Organics Sector special report!

With sales growth of around 10% annually, the organics sector is on a strong upward curve. This special report for IEG Policy subscribers looks at the challenges and opportunities for the future of the organic industry in the EU, US and around the world.

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Congress, Trump administration should ditch anti-labeling initiative in NAFTA, groups say

Consumer advocates, health groups and academics are asking the administration and Congress to drop a controversial front-of-package (FOP) labeling proposal floated in drafts of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Stay lifted on ‘pure’ honey lawsuit

A California federal judge has ended a stay on a lawsuit that alleges the Sioux Honey Association (SHA) is misleading consumers by labeling its honey products as "pure."

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New study breaks down costs of managing foodborne illness outbreaks for restaurants

Even a single foodborne illness outbreak can cost a restaurant millions of dollars, incurred through lost revenue, fines, lawsuits, legal fees, insurance premium increases, inspection costs and staff retraining.

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Download the new EU & US Organics Sector special report!

With sales growth of around 10% annually, the organics sector is on a strong upward curve. This special report for IEG Policy subscribers looks at the challenges and opportunities for the future of the organic industry in the EU, US and around the world.

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EU confirms details of banned Brazilian poultry suppliers

After being singled out in recent police investigations in Brazil, the country’s top poultry exporter, BRF, will predictably bear the brunt of new import curbs being imposed by the EU.

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Download the new EU & US Organics Sector special report!

With sales growth of around 10% annually, the organics sector is on a strong upward curve. This special report for IEG Policy subscribers looks at the challenges and opportunities for the future of the organic industry in the EU, US and around the world.

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EU confirms details of banned Brazilian poultry suppliers

After being singled out in recent police investigations in Brazil, the country’s top poultry exporter, BRF, will predictably bear the brunt of new import curbs being imposed by the EU.

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Food must be subject to “new levels of transparency”, says report

Consumer demand for information about the food they eat means that “radical transparency” will shape the future of the industry, from farm to supermarket, over the coming years, a new report predicts.

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Citrus disaster funds, trade fears, catfish and lab meat discussed at Perdue hearing

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday he has considered a range of options to help Florida’s citrus industry to access funds and plans next week to roll out new programs to distribute the $2.36 billion in federal disaster relief money for agricultural losses sustained in Hurricane Irma. 

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Dairy industry hails three new substances approved for organic foods

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has found a bright spot in USDA’s controversial review of the list of substances used in organic production, and has commended the agency for allowing the use of cellulose, agar-agar and glucono deltalactone in organic food production.

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Strawberries top EWG's ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

For the third year running, strawberries top the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) "Dirty Dozen" list of produce with the most pesticide residues.

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Food Technology

Food must be subject to “new levels of transparency”, says report

Consumer demand for information about the food they eat means that “radical transparency” will shape the future of the industry, from farm to supermarket, over the coming years, a new report predicts.

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FSIS officials field questions on proposed new swine inspection rule

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) officials fielded questions on training for slaughter plant staff to conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem sorting under the proposed New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) during a Monday (April 16) webinar on the rule.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: FDA warns about chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma

FDA has advised consumers not to eat chopped, bagged romaine grown in Yuma, Ariz. as the agency is investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. The new warning is likely to rock the leafy greens industry in Arizona that complies with the nation’s most stringent food safety standards.

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Download the new EU & US Organics Sector special report!

With sales growth of around 10% annually, the organics sector is on a strong upward curve. This special report for IEG Policy subscribers looks at the challenges and opportunities for the future of the organic industry in the EU, US and around the world.

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EU confirms details of banned Brazilian poultry suppliers

After being singled out in recent police investigations in Brazil, the country’s top poultry exporter, BRF, will predictably bear the brunt of new import curbs being imposed by the EU.

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Supreme Court of Canada beer case ruling keeps dairy supply/management intact

Canadian provinces and territories have a constitutional right to restrict imports of goods from each, provided those restrictions are not primarily put in place to restrict trade, according to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling.

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