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Day ahead – Jan. 27, 2020: Court SRE ruling, NEPA reform, scrombroid toxin outbreak

EPA must reconsider some small refinery waivers (SREs) issued for the 2016 compliance year, according to a decision from the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Meanwhile, an environmental group has requested more time for public comment on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reforms proposed by the Trump administration and FDA said an outbreak of scrombroid toxin linked to imported yellowfin tuna has ended.

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US Washington week: Impeachment, House returns & coronavirus key focal points

Impeachment trial in the Senate will dominate chamber’s attention this week with President Donald Trump’s lawyers presenting their case in the tribunal. The draft of a manuscript of a book by former Trump official John Bolton could potentially throw a new wrinkle into the situation. But the matter continues to limit the number of hearings on the Senate side that will take place over the week.

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Day ahead – Jan. 24, 2020: US-UK trade deal, Perdue heads to Europe, non-dairy marketing

The Trump administration hopes to secure a US-UK trade deal this year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday (Jan. 23). Meanwhile, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to Europe next week to discuss ag issues and several Senators again pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the issue of plant-based products marketed with dairy terms.

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DGAC to discuss 2020-2025 DGA report recommendations at May 11 meeting

As the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) moves forward with developing the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), USDA officials have announced another change in the DGA process.

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FDA urged to act on CBD to provide certainty for industry and consumers

Hemp growers and product makers are desperate for FDA to clear a path for use of CBD in foods and supplements and still see the issue as the major hurdle facing the industry, the top US lawyer for Canopy Growth said this week during a Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) webinar.

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AFBF 2020 priorities include hemp, conservation measures and more trade aid

Policies related to ag labor reform and conservation compliance, support for another round of trade aid and more flexibility for THC levels in hemp were among the priorities adopted by delegates at the 2020 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention.

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FDA urged to act on CBD to provide certainty for industry and consumers

Hemp growers and product makers are desperate for FDA to clear a path for use of CBD in foods and supplements and still see the issue as the major hurdle facing the industry, the top US lawyer for Canopy Growth said this week during a Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) webinar.

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Kentucky to stick with existing hemp plan for 2020

Kentucky will continue to operate its current hemp program and won't adjust its regulations to comply with USDA's interim hemp production rule for the 2020 growing season. 

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2020 focus to remain on trade, including Phase One deal, Perdue tells convention

AUSTIN, TEXAS - After a difficult year in 2019 due to trade turmoil and natural disasters, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention that 2020 should bring more stability for the US ag sector. He said the focus going forward will be on enforcement of the Phase One US-China trade deal, ongoing regulatory reform initiatives, and continued implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Food and Ag Policy briefing: Green deal resistance, Mercosur boycott threat, avian flu restrictions

MEPs sitting on the Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) Committee last week warned EU farming Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski that the wave of new green policies could hit European farmers’ livelihoods if they are not backed up by stronger CAP payments.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

FDA has accepted three new food contact notifications (FCNs), including for one mixture used as an antimicrobial wash for meat products.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Luxembourg to ban glyphosate, Italy cracks down on Mafia, Mexico-US trade deal approved

A major operation against the Sicilian mafia over alleged fraud with EU funds intended for farmers was carried out last week by the Italian authorities.

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Organics

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FSIS revises non-GMO labeling claim guidance

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has made changes to a 2016 labeling guidance that clarifies the use of "bioengineered" for companies showing no GE ingredients were used in meat, poultry, and egg products.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New front opens in US-EU trade war, biotech rule revamp, UK election

Champagne and cheeses from France could be hit with a U.S. import tariff of up to 100% unless the EU member state rolls back on its new Digital Services Tax (DST).

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House lawmakers want quick action on organic origin of livestock rule

A bipartisan coalition of five House members is urging the Trump administration to quickly finalize the USDA’s origin of organic livestock rule, calling the regulation “critical for thousands of organic dairy farmers across the country.”

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Avian flu spreads to fifth EU country

Authorities in the Czech Republic have reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu on a poultry farm in the country’s central region.

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FSIS expands NARMS testing for fish, beef in February

Starting Feb. 1, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to widen its antibiotic resistance monitoring of catfish samples to include E. coli and Enterococcus.

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US-EU cooperation key to addressing trade challenges: EU Trade Commissioner

Bridging the gap between the US and European Union (EU) on global trade issues is key to promoting shared values on free and fair trade, but more work is needed on that front, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said at an event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today (Jan. 16).

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