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Meat and poultry recalls jumped 83% since 2013, new report shows

Meat and poultry Class 1 recalls have jumped 83% and overall recalls for food products have increased 10% since 2013, according to a new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund released on Thursday (Jan. 17).

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As shutdown continues, FSIS inspectors approach breaking point, advocates warn

As the shutdown continues, food safety advocates and experts are warning that USDA meat and poultry inspectors may not be able to do their job without pay for much longer.

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Food safety advocates call for end of shutdown

Food safety advocates called for an end to the partial government shutdown on Wednesday (Jan. 16), as they gathered on Capitol Hill to highlight ways in which the shutdown is impacting the work of federal agencies that oversee the safety of food in the United States.

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Day ahead – January 17, 2019: Shutdown update, US authorities focusing on Huawei, Ag nominees on list sent to Congress

President Donald Trump continues to insist he will not compromise with Democrats over border wall funding to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, US authorities may soon issue indictments of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets and three USDA nominees were included on a list of nominations submitted to the Senate Wednesday (January 16).

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USDA petitioned to ban hydroponics from using the organic seal

USDA’s decision to allow hydroponic produce to use the organic label has been a disappointing one for some farmers, and now the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has petitioned the agency to stop “soil-less” producers from using the organic seal.

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School nutrition group seeks changes in USDA's Smart Snacks at School

Now that USDA has met their requests for loosening the rules on school nutrition requirements related to sodium, milk and whole grains, school nutrition professionals are seeking to alleviate the mandates of another Obama-era school food program.

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State ag officials urge end to the shutdown

State agriculture officials are urging the Trump administration and Congress to strike a deal to re-open the government, warning that the partial shutdown is having "immediate and cascading effects" on farmers and ranchers.

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House passes USDA/FDA appropriations, but bill stymied in the Senate

The Democrat-led House voted to reopen USDA and FDA and passed the Senate version of the FY 2019 Appropriations bill, but not before Republicans called the spending bill a “charade” and “dead on arrival.”

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Stabenow seeks info on farmer, USDA impacts from shutdown

Concerns over impacts USDA agencies, farmers and USDA employees has prompted a key lawmaker to seek details from USDA on the situation.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week:   
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French Court cancels approval for Roundup Pro 360

The French Administrative Court in Lyon has cancelled the approval for Bayer legacy company Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup Pro 360 (glyphosate).
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Canada dismisses concerns about glyphosate safety

Canada's public health department says legal uses of glyphosate pose little risk to human health or the environment and has rejected allegations that its recent re-evaluation of the widely-used herbicide was unduly influenced by industry interests.

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Organics

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USDA petitioned to ban hydroponics from using the organic seal

USDA’s decision to allow hydroponic produce to use the organic label has been a disappointing one for some farmers, and now the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has petitioned the agency to stop “soil-less” producers from using the organic seal.

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USDA lists 16 new substances allowed for use in organic production

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued a final rule that amends the list of substances either allowed or prohibited for use in organic production and handling.

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France has most sustainable food system, research group finds

An annual index indicates that France has the most sustainable food system in the world, followed by the Netherlands and Canada.

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Animal Welfare

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Day ahead – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

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NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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