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EU tightens up limits on perchlorate in food

The EU has set tight new limits on the endocrine disrupting chemical perchlorate in fresh produce, teas, infant formula and baby food.

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Day ahead – May 22, 2020: US-China Phase One agreement, RFS waivers, plant-based seafood

National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow said China is complying with the terms of the Phase One US-China trade agreement despite it importing US goods at a slower pace than originally hoped for. Meanwhile, a group of oil-state lawmakers pressed EPA to grant Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver requests from a slew of state governors and several Hollywood celebrities have invested in a plant-based seafood company.

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US study shows low-dose effects of BPA

A US government-funded study has shown bisphenol A (BPA) can produce effects even at low doses as the controversial food packaging chemical displays a non-monotonic dose-response curve, challenging standard toxicological practice and raising question marks about the studies used to back regulated product safety.

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Rep. Watkins urges OMB to speed review of FDA gluten-free rule

Rep. Steve Watkins (R-Kan.) has asked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to speed review of a sought-after gluten-free labeling rule, which FDA proposed in November 2015 but has been delayed since its initial plan to finalize in 2017.

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Day ahead – May 21, 2020: State food supply chain aid, Iowa meat plant agreement, California property tax initiative

Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide $1 billion in funding to support state food supply chain efforts. Meanwhile, Iowa reached a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement with USDA for state-inspected meat plants and Western Growers voiced its opposition to a California property tax ballot initiative.

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Biden talks agriculture, hits COVID-19 response during Wisconsin roundtable

More federal leadership on COVID-19 food supply chain issues and relief programs to support farmers and small businesses were among the actions called for by Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden (Del.) in a virtual roundtable today (May 20) hosted by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). 

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Day ahead – May 20, 2020: COVID-19 border closures, EPA guidance rule, Biden on food supply, school nutrition survey

Non-essential travel restrictions will be extended another month along the US borders with Mexico and Canada, the Department of Homeland Security announced. Meanwhile, EPA released a proposed rule meant to limit the agency from issuing guidance, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden said the US food supply chain suffering from a lack of leadership but not food and a survey of school nutrition professionals revealed concerns about major financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dairy groups urge USDA to ramp up international COVID-19 food aid efforts

Dairy groups called on USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to use all tools at his disposal to ramp up international food aid efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on nations most vulnerable to dairy supply disruptions.

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Restaurant reopening guidelines from nonprofits, industry set a cautious path forward

A 13-point set of “Safety First” COVID-19 re-opening guidelines for restaurants, issued May 14 by The Aspen Institute, has been dubbed the “platinum standard” by at least one celebrity chef – Patrick Mulvaney, owner of namesake Building & Loan in Sacramento, Calif.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

A petition to amend color additive regulations for the use of spirulina extracts to alcoholic beverages, sauces, plant-based products, salad dressing, and seasonings is among the updates in this week’s Food Chemical News Guide.

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Sugary drinks increase risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease in women, new study finds

Drinking one or more sugary drinks a day – including soda and sugar-sweetened juice drinks – exposes women to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and increases the chance of having to undergo procedures for opening clogged arteries, according to new findings from an ongoing, long-term study of female teachers in California.

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House Ag lawmakers eye expansion of state ‘farm to food bank’ programs

Support for more state “farm to food bank” projects under The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) due to rising food security concerns and the disposal of surplus ag commodities linked to the COVID-19 pandemic is the goal of legislation offered by three House Ag Committee leaders.

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Day ahead – May 21, 2020: State food supply chain aid, Iowa meat plant agreement, California property tax initiative

Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide $1 billion in funding to support state food supply chain efforts. Meanwhile, Iowa reached a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement with USDA for state-inspected meat plants and Western Growers voiced its opposition to a California property tax ballot initiative.

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Mexican soda tax helped cut sugary drinks consumption

Mexico’s sugary drinks tax seems to have helped reduce soda consumption within just three years of its introduction in 2014, finds a study published by The BMJ.

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Restaurant industry urges lawmakers to pass COVID-19 economic relief package

Calling it “an important first step,” the nation’s restaurateurs are backing the Senate-passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act meant to shore up some of the mounting economic catastrophe from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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