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UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

Farm Policy & Programs Food Policy

Egg producers weigh in on FDA’s plan for smarter, more traceable food safety

Weighing in on FDA’s plans to create a “smarter,” more digital and traceable food safety system, egg producers are urging FDA to adopt a few solutions that don’t necessarily have to do with new technology.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

Day ahead – Dec. 4, 2019: SNAP rule, Tuna price-fixing, Meat sector acquisition

USDA Secretary Perdue is set to unveil a rule tightening Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements. Meanwhile, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted of conspiring to fix tuna prices and the US Cattlemen’s Association is seeking an investigation into Marfrig Global Foods bid to boost its stake in the National Beef Packing Company.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Senate committee votes to advance Hahn’s nomination for FDA commissioner

With a 18-5 vote, the Senate Health, Education, Labors and Pension Committee on Tuesday (Dec. 3) approved the nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as the next FDA Commissioner.

US Food Policy Food Policy

Canada cancels meatpacker licences following food safety scare

Authorities in Canada have cancelled the licences of three meat producers caught up in an E.coli scare earlier this year.

Food Safety and Standards Food Policy

Day ahead – Dec. 3, 2019: FDA nominee, EPA biofuel plan, Dairy checkoff pay

Natural Product Association (NPA) President and CEO Daniel Fabricant urged the Senate to quickly approve Stephen Hahn’s nomination to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Meanwhile, comments filed by biofuels group Growth Energy were critical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to account for small refinery waivers and a new report detailed executive pay at the US dairy checkoff.

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Health and Nutrition

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Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – Dec. 4, 2019: SNAP rule, Tuna price-fixing, Meat sector acquisition

USDA Secretary Perdue is set to unveil a rule tightening Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements. Meanwhile, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted of conspiring to fix tuna prices and the US Cattlemen’s Association is seeking an investigation into Marfrig Global Foods bid to boost its stake in the National Beef Packing Company.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Senate committee votes to advance Hahn’s nomination for FDA commissioner

With a 18-5 vote, the Senate Health, Education, Labors and Pension Committee on Tuesday (Dec. 3) approved the nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as the next FDA Commissioner.

US Food Policy Food Policy

Cattle and dairy industries “will collapse by 2030”, conference hears

The dairy and cattle industries are predicted to collapse by 2030 as animal meat is replaced by cheaper, good quality food made from precision fermentation protein, Informa’s Food Ingredients Europe conference in Paris, France heard today (December 2nd).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Andriukaitis defends a science-based approach to food safety regulation

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner since November 2014 mounted a robust defence of strict science-based policy-making in an exclusive interview with IEG Policy in which the Lithuanian politician discussed genetically modified organisms, health claims and nutritional labelling. Sara Lewis interviewed Vytenis Andriukaitis in the dying days of his tenure as EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner

European Food Law Food Policy
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France and EU vow to retaliate against US tariffs on champagne and cheese

The European Commission has said the EU will “act as one” if the US follows up on its threat to impose new tariffs on French agri-food products.

EU United States

OECD calls for stepped up efforts to prevent obesity

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is calling for regulators worldwide to step up efforts to prevent obesity, through a major report analysing the impact of taxes, advertising restrictions, labelling and reformulation on public health, national economies as well as the food and drink industry.

European Food Law US Food Policy

UAE sugar tax credited with drop in new cases of diabetes

The UAE’s Canadian Specialist Hospital has noted a drop in new Type Two diabetes diagnoses and numerous reports from patients that they are spurning carbonated drinks high in sugar since the country’s 'sin tax' was rolled out in 2017.

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