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USDA

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Consumer group sues OMB for records on GMO disclosure rule

The Center for Food Safety has sued the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for failing to supply documents related to the review of the draft OMB disclosure rule.

 

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Experts urge push to convince consumers of gene editing benefits

Gene editing offers great potential for improving food production but consumer acceptance is critical and remains the key challenge for proponents of agricultural biotechnology, according to an expert panel convened by an agribusiness policy group.

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FSIS to study possible updates for safe handling labels on meat, poultry

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has not given up on plans to update safe handling instruction labels for raw and partially cooked meat and poultry products and is planning to conduct in-depth research to determine whether and how such revisions could benefit consumers.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

Food industry urges USDA to extend deadline for GMO disclosure compliance

Food companies are urging the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to push back the compliance deadline for the federal GMO disclosure rule.

US Food Policy Biotechnology

Lab meat companies say FDA should regulate their products

FDA is the right agency to assess the safety and quality of lab-grown meat, say several representatives from the emerging lab-grown meat, poultry and seafood industry, despite a push from many in the traditionally raised meat and poultry industry for USDA to regulate these products when they become commercially available.

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Disagreements linger over threshold for GMO disclosure

USDA's proposed bioengineered food disclosure standard does not answer the key question of what threshold amount of a GMO triggers the disclosure requirements, prompting marked disagreement among stakeholders on where to draw the line. 

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Farm Bill

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Day ahead – July 19, 2018: House votes to conference farm bill, RFS waivers discussed at hearing, House ag labor bill

The House Wednesday (July 18) agreed by unanimous consent to send its farm bill to a conference committee to reconcile the measure with the Senate's version. Meanwhile, small refiner waivers were among topics raised at EPA RFS hearing and House Republicans unveiled an ag labor bill.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Podcast: CAP Reform & Farm Bill progress

Proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy have been submitted by the European Commission, while the new US Farm Bill is making its way through the Legislative Branch, meaning it is a significant time for the farming sectors on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Day ahead – July 18, 2018: House farm bill action today, Congress may act on Trump tariffs, tariffs effects on US agriculture

The House is scheduled to vote this afternoon to go to conference with the Senate on their respective farm bills. Meanwhile, Sen. Orrin Hatch signaled he may back of legislation to rein in presidential authority on tariffs and the effect of President Donald Trump's new tariffs on US agricultural producers is the topic of a House panel hearing today (July 18).

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Crop Inputs

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Missouri peach farm contests Monsanto bid to appeal dicamba order

Missouri peach farmers who have sued Monsanto for alleged damage from dicamba drift are urging a federal court not to let the company appeal an order that denied its bid for summary judgment.

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Organic group contests Ben & Jerry’s label claims

A new lawsuit filed this week by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) targets Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, alleging the company is deceiving consumers by failing to disclose the presence of trace amounts of glyphosate in its popular ice cream products.

US Food Policy Health Claims

Judge lets glyphosate cancer lawsuits proceed

A federal judge in California on Tuesday (July 10) kept alive hundreds of lawsuits brought against Monsanto by cancer victims who allege exposure to glyphosate caused their illnesses.

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Organics

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CFS sues USDA for failing to provide organic compost records

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has unlawfully withheld records on its oversight of organic food production, specifically on pesticide use in organic compost, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) alleges in a new lawsuit.

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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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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: DOJ asked to probe Tyson Foods purchase of organic poultry brand

Cornucopia has asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to scrutinize Tyson Foods, Inc.’s acquisition of Tecumseh Poultry, LLC for antitrust concerns as the deal makes Tyson the nation’s leading producer of organic branded chicken.

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Animal Welfare

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Experts urge push to convince consumers of gene editing benefits

Gene editing offers great potential for improving food production but consumer acceptance is critical and remains the key challenge for proponents of agricultural biotechnology, according to an expert panel convened by an agribusiness policy group.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – July 18, 2018: House farm bill action today, Congress may act on Trump tariffs, tariffs effects on US agriculture

The House is scheduled to vote this afternoon to go to conference with the Senate on their respective farm bills. Meanwhile, Sen. Orrin Hatch signaled he may back of legislation to rein in presidential authority on tariffs and the effect of President Donald Trump's new tariffs on US agricultural producers is the topic of a House panel hearing today (July 18).

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Strategic partnership puts Europe ‘on the map’ in lab-grown meat sector

One of Europe’s largest meat companies is making a significant investment in Mosa Meat - a Dutch start-up that claims to be the world's leading company for cultured beef.

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