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With Gottlieb leaving, Congress may need to chart path forward for CBD edibles

While Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s sudden departure from FDA is not helping industry with questions about the future of CBD-infused foods and supplements, at least one lawmaker says the solution may lie in a legislative fix if FDA doesn’t react quickly enough.

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No requested cost-benefit analysis on ERS, NIFA changes in USDA budget

A cost-benefit analysis has not yet been provided by USDA relative to their proposal to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside of Washington, DC, but Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget plans say that analysis will be coming.

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OECD-EUIPO report says 6.8% of EU imports fake

A staggering 6.8% of goods imported into the EU are counterfeit, up from 5% in 2013, according to a joint report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

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Groups react to FDA’s move to extend FSMA water compliance in final rule

FDA on Friday (March 15) issued a final rule extending compliance dates for the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) agricultural water standards. But while the industry is pleased FDA is taking more time to tweak the rule, a consumer advocate says FDA should have issued an interim rule in light of the recent romaine outbreaks.

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Arkansas legislature passes ‘fake meat’ bill with new standard of identity for rice

The rice industry has yet to sway FDA to write a standard of identity for rice to beat back competitors from misusing the name of the grain, but Arkansas may be the first state to make it illegal to sell products such as “cauliflower rice.”

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Top Democrats denounce Trump's budget over cuts in nutrition and ag programs

Two congressional leaders on Thursday (March 14) criticized President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal for seeking cuts in agriculture programs and threatening to undo progress made in the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill.

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Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025 process to kick off with committee meeting March 28-29

USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are inviting the public to attend the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DAC), which will kick off discussions of 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DAG).

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Top Democrats denounce Trump's budget over cuts in nutrition and ag programs

Two congressional leaders on Thursday (March 14) criticized President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal for seeking cuts in agriculture programs and threatening to undo progress made in the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill.

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KIND petitions FDA to raise the bar on nutrient content claims

KIND LLC is taking another stab at food nutrition claims and has petitioned FDA to make it harder for food makers to use nutrition claims on products unless they offer at least some nutritional value.

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‘Meatless Monday’ in New York City schools ‘misguided,’ NAMI tells mayor

The meat industry has pushed back against New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement Monday (March 11) that starting this fall, 1.1 million students will see “Meatless Monday” menus across the school system.

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House panel shows appetite for changes to school meal rules

A House subcommittee on Tuesday waded into the debate over the effectiveness of school meal requirements and child nutrition programs, voicing bipartisan support for streamlined oversight and regulation but otherwise struggling to find agreement.

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Ag spending again targeted for big cuts in Trump FY 2020 budget

Large cuts for USDA and other federal agencies were once again floated by the Trump administration in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal released today (March 11), but most of the spending reductions are unlikely to gain much traction in Congress – especially now that Democrats control the House.

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Ag spending again targeted for big cuts in Trump FY 2020 budget

Large cuts for USDA and other federal agencies were once again floated by the Trump administration in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal released today (March 11), but most of the spending reductions are unlikely to gain much traction in Congress – especially now that Democrats control the House.

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Day ahead – March 1, 2019: US not in TPP showing in Japan beef market

Countries that stayed with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) accord are gaining on the US in Japan while the IRS has said US farmers have more time to file their taxes this year.

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Sugar taxes do not work, says Nestlé Europe CEO

Marco Settembri, Nestlé CEO for Europe, Middle East and North Africa has hit out at countries, like the UK, that apply sugar taxes to soft drinks and confectionary.

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