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House Appropriations Committee passes FY 2019 bill with food policy amendments

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill by a 31-20 vote on May 16, but not until members engaged in a debate about cell-based meat regulation and horse slaughter.  

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Senators say Mexico should honor U.S. cheese imports despite EU deal

Mexico must honor its existing trade commitments and reject the EU’s trade proposal that will harm American cheese exporters, said a bipartisan group of senators, who wrote the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as the U.S., Mexico and Canada wrap up negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Time is right to tackle problems at dual-jurisdiction plants, experts say

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), state regulation and third party standards have made an already complex food regulatory system even more convoluted for dual jurisdiction plants, said speakers at the Food Safety Summit last week.

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Day ahead – May 14, 2018: House Farm Bill amendments filed, work on NAFTA, China trade issues continues

A total of 103 amendments were filed for the House Farm Bill, with a vote possible this week if GOP leaders can corral enough support for passage. Meanwhile, an informal deadline approaches for the submission of NAFTA 2.0 details to Congress and US-China trade talks continue with a major focus on agriculture.
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FDA, CDC, USDA officials share updates during Food Safety Summit Town Hall

ROSEMONT, ILL. -- FDA is preparing to release a guidance on intentional adulteration, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is upgrading the PulseNet network to the latest technology in whole genome sequencing. 

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USDA looks ready to approve GE citrus virus to help Florida growers

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) that supports allowing Florida citrus growers to use a genetically engineered virus to combat citrus greening disease (Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus).

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Day ahead – May 18, 2018: China drops probe into US sorghum shipments, immigration surfaces in House farm bill debate

China ended an antidumping and antisubsidy investigation into US sorghum, dialing back trade tensions as high-level officials continue trade talks. Meanwhile, immigration policy continues to be part of the House farm bill debate, with some Republicans demanding a vote on the Goodlatte immigration reform plan in exchange for their yes vote on the farm bill.
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Day ahead – May 17, 2018: House decides on farm bill amendments, US-China talks continue, WOTUS timeline shifts again

The House cleared just a few amendments to the farm bill, a win for Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, US-China trade discussions continue and the timeline for replacing for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule has shifted again.

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Day ahead – May 16, 2018: House to debate farm bill, Pruitt faces lawmakers, NAFTA deal may miss deadline

The House is slated to begin debate on its version of the Farm Bill today (May 16), while in the Senate, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt is will to face questions from lawmakers over recent ethics issues and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In addition, there are signs a deal on updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will miss a May 17 legislative deadline suggested by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

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Crop Inputs

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Rat study suggests glyphosate can cause harm at ‘safe’ levels

A new study suggests glyphosate, the world's most widely-used herbicide, can have adverse health effects at levels considered safe by EPA. The research finds glyphosate can disrupt sexual development, genes and beneficial gut bacteria and may add to growing controversy about the safety of the popular pesticide.

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Pesticide policies in farm bill spark controversy

The House version of the 2018 Farm Bill could be a big win for agrochemical registrants and users.

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Honey maker calls for court to reject ‘Pure’ lawsuit

The Sioux Honey Association (SHA) is urging a California federal judge to dismiss a class action that alleges it is misleading consumers by labeling its Sue Bee honey products as "100% Pure" with trace levels of an herbicide.

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Organics

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Marketing organic food and drink products in the EU and US

The ultimate goal of the efforts undertaken by organic producers to produce within the prescriptive guidelines is, of course, to be able to sell authenticated ‘organic’ products to the end-consumer.

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Spending bill for USDA/FDA approved by House appropriations subcommittee

The FY 2019 FDA/USDA spending bill sailed through a brief markup by the House Appropriations Agriculture subcommittee on Wednesday (May 9), but not before lawmakers remarked on funding for FDA, organics and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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IEG Policy’s Top 10 for April: Alcohol labelling, GMA forecasts, Farm Bill progress and CAP leaks

It was another eventful month in both Washington and Brussels last month, with significant developments in food and drink labelling, farming policy, and legislation related to the organic sector.

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House Appropriations Committee passes FY 2019 bill with food policy amendments

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill by a 31-20 vote on May 16, but not until members engaged in a debate about cell-based meat regulation and horse slaughter.  

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Ireland set to commence beef sales to China after plants get Beijing approval

Ireland will soon be able to send its first beef shipments to China as the first tranche of production facilities are approved by Beijing, the Irish Agriculture Ministry has indicated.

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EU to implement Brazilian poultry ban

An EU-wide ban on importing poultry products from some of the biggest suppliers in Brazil will come into force later this week.

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