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US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
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Podcast: Food and drink levies - public health and climate solution, or 'stealth tax'?

The topic of taxing certain food and drink products to change consumer behaviour has become one of the most hotly-contested debates in public health policy around the globe 
Food Policy Environment and Conservation

Chinese pigmeat production in danger as ASF crisis deepens

China’s ongoing battle against African Swine Fever (ASF) took a serious turn for the worse this week as the disease reached Sichuan province – the country’s top pig producing region - and was then detected for the first time in wild boar.

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Palm oil producers given one year to transition to new RSPO standard

Producers of palm oil that are certified as sustainable by the RSPO have been given one year to adapt to a new RSPO standard which the certification body says will “strengthen” environmental protection in the supply chain.

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FDA allows stakeholders more time to comment on the use of dairy terms in plant-based products

In a move welcomed by dairy producers, FDA announced on Thursday (Nov. 15) that it will extend by 60 days the time for stakeholders to comment on whether the agency should continue the practice of allowing plant-based products to bear dairy terms on their labels.

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Senate hearing set on Brashears for USDA food safety post

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry announced on Tuesday (Nov. 13) that it will hold a hearing on Nov. 28 to consider the nomination of Mindy Brashears, a Texas Tech University animal scientist, for the long vacant position of under secretary of food safety.

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U.S. Right to Know asks FTC to investigate industry marketing statements on sucralose

The watchdog group U.S. Right to Know (USRK) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether advertising of sucralose by companies such as Tate & Lyle and Coca-Cola may be deceptive and possibly harmful to consumers. 

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Podcast: Food and drink levies - public health and climate solution, or 'stealth tax'?

The topic of taxing certain food and drink products to change consumer behaviour has become one of the most hotly-contested debates in public health policy around the globe 
Food Policy Environment and Conservation

FDA allows stakeholders more time to comment on the use of dairy terms in plant-based products

In a move welcomed by dairy producers, FDA announced on Thursday (Nov. 15) that it will extend by 60 days the time for stakeholders to comment on whether the agency should continue the practice of allowing plant-based products to bear dairy terms on their labels.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: USDA sued for failing to require certification of animal raising claims

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has sued USDA for failing to require third-party audits for animal raising claims, such as “humane” and “sustainable,” that have become increasingly popular in recent years.

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Two former FDA commissioners speak out against Trump’s proposal to divest FDA of food functions

Two out of four former FDA commissioners believe that divesting FDA from its food functions – an idea as outlined in a plan proposed by President Trump in June - would be a bad move.

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Funding bill for USDA/FDA still uncertain in lame duck Congress

While the midterms handed control of the House to the Democrats in January, Congress must still wrestle with plenty of items during the lame duck session that include FY 2019 funding for FDA and USDA.

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Podcast: Food and drink levies - public health and climate solution, or 'stealth tax'?

The topic of taxing certain food and drink products to change consumer behaviour has become one of the most hotly-contested debates in public health policy around the globe 
Food Policy Environment and Conservation

Day ahead – November 16, 2018: Hatch on tax extenders, USDA notes pork trade impacts, Trump to visit California

Several expired tax incentives seem likely to get renewed during the lame-duck session, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday. Meanwhile, USDA said hog producers continue to be impacted by tariffs from both China and Mexico, and President Donald Trump will visit California to meet with people impacted by deadly wildfires.

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Monster Energy calls on USTR to focus on trade barriers to energy drink sales

California-based Monster Energy Company is complaining to U.S. trade officials that it’s facing an increasing number of non-science based barriers to keep out its energy drinks from Europe and other regions around the world.

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