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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: U.S. consumer risk low from European egg scandal, USDA says

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it has not received egg products from the Netherlands and the health risk for U.S. consumers is low in the wake of the widening European egg scandal.

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Illinois county, USDA reach agreement on soda tax provisions

Officials in Cook County, Ill. appear to have resolved the soda tax issues with USDA officials, who earlier this month said the hotly contested new measure was in breach of federal law and threatened to cut millions in funding for the entire state of Illinois unless the problem was corrected.
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New FSIS guidance includes overly restrictive cooling requirements, Tyson and others say

New draft guidelines from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the control of pathogen growth in heat-treated, ready-to-eat (RTE) and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products include overly restrictive new cooling requirements, Tyson Foods, Inc. and others told the agency this week.

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Advocates urge Perdue not to increase poultry line speeds, citing health risks

Thirty-nine advocacy groups urged Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Wednesday (Aug. 16) to oppose any increase in line speeds in poultry plants, arguing the current line speed already exposes the nation’s 250,000 poultry workers to serious risk of injury, and that a faster line speed would also increase food safety risks.

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NMPF’s Mulhern fires back on Canada’s dairy stance ahead of NAFTA talks

Ahead of negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) scheduled to begin today (Aug. 16), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has kept the spotlight on Canada’s new policies on dairy imports, an issue that the group hopes to be addressed in a revised trade deal.
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U.S. poultry groups back proposed rule to allow imports of Chinese poultry

With much at stake, the U.S. poultry industry says it has faith in a decision by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to permit the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to export processed cooked poultry using poultry slaughtered in the PRC to the U.S. 
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Food industry supports new USDA trade post under reorganization plan

Food industry groups generally support the USDA reorganization announced by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on May 11, particularly the creation of an under secretary for trade, but dairy groups suggested this role should be expanded to include additional responsibilities.

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Top stories this week – March 24

The nine-week wait for a confirmation hearing appears to have paid off for Sonny Perdue, Trump’s nominee to head USDA, who pledged to become agriculture’s “top salesman,” a job that likely got tougher after the Trump administration signaled a preference for deep budget cuts at USDA.

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Sonny Perdue pledges to be ‘top salesman’ for U.S. ag if confirmed

Becoming the “top salesman” of U.S. agricultural products around the world and securing a 2018 Farm Bill that ensures rural America receives the support it needs will be Sonny Perdue’s top priorities if confirmed as secretary of agriculture, he told lawmakers during his Thursday (March 23) confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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Monsanto appeals Prop. 65 glyphosate listing

Monsanto has asked a California court to revive a lawsuit challenging the state's decision to add glyphosate to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, arguing the move is unconstitutional.
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Senate Democrats float bill to force ban on chlorpyrifos

Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to force EPA to ban chlorpyrifos, arguing the Trump administration illegally abandoned an agency plan to revoke food tolerances for the organophosphate insecticide.
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Environmental groups lose round one of chlorpyrifos fight

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rejected a plea by environmentalists to reverse the ban on chlorpyrifos.
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Organic industry disappointed priority regs shelved in AMS Unified Agenda

The organic industry is disappointed that the Trump administration's first Unified Agenda for USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) shelved several priority regulations for the organic industry, particularly an origin of organic livestock rule that had been in the works for years.
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Cornucopia calls out NOP for bowing to lobbying pressure, reiterates call for new management

The Cornucopia Institute is accusing USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) of bowing to pressure from organic and agribusiness lobbyists after the agency rejected guidance from its expert advisory panel, and instead left three conventional ingredients on the National List of substances allowed for use in organics for the next five years. New management is needed at the NOP, the group reiterated.

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Lawmakers call for increased scrutiny of organic imports

A group of senators are raising concerns about non-organic imports being passed fraudulently as organic in the U.S. market and asking USDA to update them on the agency’s plan to address the problem.

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Pork producers back legislation that would preempt state animal welfare laws

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) voiced strong support for legislation that would preempt far-reaching animal welfare laws in Massachusetts and California during a Tuesday (July 25) House Judiciary subcommittee hearing.
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FSMA, labeling concerns stand out in Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2018 report

The Senate Appropriations Committee had plenty to say about FDA's implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and food labeling priorities in a report accompanying the FY 2018 spending bill released on Friday (July 21).
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Organic industry disappointed priority regs shelved in AMS Unified Agenda

The organic industry is disappointed that the Trump administration's first Unified Agenda for USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) shelved several priority regulations for the organic industry, particularly an origin of organic livestock rule that had been in the works for years.
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