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Food and Health Policy

Food Policy

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Rottenberg to leave FSIS, move to private sector

Just about a year after it welcomed Mindy Brashears as its new deputy under secretary for food safety, USDA is making another change in leadership.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

Farmers' union leader urges maintenance of high UK food standards

The UK’s food standards must be the benchmark for any future UK trade deal - and a Trade and Standards Commission should be created to ensure that food that does not meet UK regulations cannot be imported into Britain.

United Kingdom EU

Day ahead – Feb. 25, 2020: Small refiner exemptions, Unilever food additive petition, ag labor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received two more small refinery exemption (SRE) requests, agency data show. Meanwhile, Unilever filed a petition with FDA to allow for the use of potassium iodate in salt and the National Potato Council (NPC) will hold a press conference Wednesday (Feb. 26) to push for ag labor legislation.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Chinese animal products face widespread import restrictions over Covid-19

As Covid-19 continues to spread in more countries, the impact between China and its trading partners is growing. According to the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Products and Animal By-Products (CFNA), a long list of countries has introduced new rules on imports of China’s agri products. These include Azerbaijan, Egypt, Pakistan, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Cameroon, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Turkey, Armenia, Italy, India, Indonesia and Jordan.

 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU food safety, animal-plant health regulations under scrutiny at the WTO

The European Union’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures were among the issues that raised the most concerns in last week’s two-day World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting to review the EU’s trade policy, officials in Geneva said.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Slovakian push for local food meets resistance, Mexico’s labelling changes loom and West Bank food under spotlight

An Irish MEP asked the European Commission last week whether consumers were being misled about products from the Golan Heights and the West Bank as they are not being correctly labelled as coming from Israeli settlements.

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Health and Nutrition

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Chinese animal products face widespread import restrictions over Covid-19

As Covid-19 continues to spread in more countries, the impact between China and its trading partners is growing. According to the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Products and Animal By-Products (CFNA), a long list of countries has introduced new rules on imports of China’s agri products. These include Azerbaijan, Egypt, Pakistan, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Cameroon, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Turkey, Armenia, Italy, India, Indonesia and Jordan.

 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Day ahead – Feb. 24, 2020: Biotech regulation, MFP 3, NPA exits bankruptcy, peanut allergy treatment

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested USDA could reach memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FDA over regulation of biotech animals. Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl over a third round of USDA trade aid, the Natural Products Association (NPA) said it exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy and FDA announced a May meeting to consider a new treatment for children with peanut allergies.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Digitalization key to improving ag, food sector safety, efficiency: FDA's Yiannas

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA  Digitalization of the food and ag sectors will enable the rapid deployment of new technologies that can help increase productivity, reduce waste and improve food safety, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas said Thursday (Feb. 20) at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

FDA seeks comments on 2005 framework for updating standards of identity

FDA continues work on modernizing standards of identity (SOI) and has now reopened comments on a 2005 proposed rule outlining general principles the agency should consider when establishing, revising or eliminating food SOIs.

US Food Policy Additives

“Predatory” marketing of junk food slammed for contribution to childhood obesity

A report published this week by the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the medical journal, the Lancet, condemns the advertising of unhealthy foods aimed at children which it says is fueling the childhood obesity crisis. The number of obese children and adolescents increased from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016 – an 11-fold increase, the report notes.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Irish authority finds CBD products breach food law

A survey of 38 CBD products sold on the Iris market has been carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). The authority found that the majority of products analysed were in breach of various articles of food law and some posed potential safety risks for consumers.

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Tax Policy

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Chile’s radical anti-sugar programme enjoys significant success

Consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has dropped by nearly a quarter since Chile implemented a far-reaching campaign against sugar, salt and fat in processed foods and drinks.

European Food Law US Food Policy

France and US set two-week deadline for talks to avoid new tariffs

French and US authorities will try to work out a compromise on a contested digital tax to avert more tariffs on agri-food products, a French Minister has said.

France EU

French wine exports suffer from US tariffs

France has sold less mid-range wines to the US since the imposition of duties over an aircraft subsidy dispute, a French Minister has said.

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