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Advocates urge Perdue not to increase poultry line speeds, citing health risks

Thirty-nine advocacy groups urged Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Wednesday (Aug. 16) to oppose any increase in line speeds in poultry plants, arguing the current line speed already exposes the nation’s 250,000 poultry workers to serious risk of injury, and that a faster line speed would also increase food safety risks.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: U.S. consumer risk low from European egg scandal, USDA says

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it has not received egg products from the Netherlands and the health risk for U.S. consumers is low in the wake of the widening European egg scandal.

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New FSIS guidance includes overly restrictive cooling requirements, Tyson and others say

New draft guidelines from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the control of pathogen growth in heat-treated, ready-to-eat (RTE) and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products include overly restrictive new cooling requirements, Tyson Foods, Inc. and others told the agency this week.

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U.S. poultry groups back proposed rule to allow imports of Chinese poultry

With much at stake, the U.S. poultry industry says it has faith in a decision by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to permit the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to export processed cooked poultry using poultry slaughtered in the PRC to the U.S. 
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FDA to use enforcement discretion on ultrafiltered milk in standardized cheeses

In a move being hailed by U.S. dairy food processors, FDA says it plans to use enforcement discretion on the use and labeling of ultrafiltered (UF) milk or UF nonfat milk in the production of standardized cheeses and related cheese products until the agency completes rulemaking on the issue.

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USDA says Cook County’s soda tax violates federal law

USDA has weighed in on the soda tax debate raging in Cook County, Ill., telling local officials that their controversial, newly implemented levy on sweetened beverages violates federal law, and threatening to cut as much as $86.6 million in federal funding for the entire state of Illinois, unless the tax is amended. 

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Group to petition USDA to remove dairy, replace proteins with legumes in MyPlate

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a group that advocates for animal welfare and consumption of plant-based foods, plans to file a petition this week asking USDA to change its nutrition advice on MyPlate by removing the dairy group and replacing the protein portion of the plate with a legumes category.

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Illinois county, USDA reach agreement on soda tax provisions

Officials in Cook County, Ill. appear to have resolved the soda tax issues with USDA officials, who earlier this month said the hotly contested new measure was in breach of federal law and threatened to cut millions in funding for the entire state of Illinois unless the problem was corrected.
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Group to petition USDA to remove dairy, replace proteins with legumes in MyPlate

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a group that advocates for animal welfare and consumption of plant-based foods, plans to file a petition this week asking USDA to change its nutrition advice on MyPlate by removing the dairy group and replacing the protein portion of the plate with a legumes category.

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New poll finds 87% of Cook County residents oppose new soda tax

While improving public health by discouraging soda consumption is typically the primary reason why more communities are eyeing soda taxes, a new survey of Cook County, Ill. consumers seems to suggest the health message is being pushed aside by the need to generate funds for tight public budgets.
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Industry groups, lawmakers urge changes to FDA menu labeling rule

Lawmakers, grocers, convenience stores, restaurants and the alcoholic beverage industry are asking FDA to change the final menu labeling rule before it takes effect next year to provide greater flexibility and to allow for calorie information to be posted online.
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WHO throws weight behind alcohol labeling in EU

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe has thrown its weight behind efforts to introduce alcohol labeling in the EU, notably with a report and presentation to the July 21 informal health ministerial in Tallin, Estonia.
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Retailers appeal Cook County soda tax

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) has not given up the fight against a new, penny-per-ounce soda tax, which goes in effect today (Aug. 2) in Cook County, Ill. The group has filed an appeal, contesting last week’s decision by Circuit Court Judge Daniel Kubasiak that dismissed a lawsuit claiming the soda tax is unconstitutional.
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Illinois county, USDA reach agreement on soda tax provisions

Officials in Cook County, Ill. appear to have resolved the soda tax issues with USDA officials, who earlier this month said the hotly contested new measure was in breach of federal law and threatened to cut millions in funding for the entire state of Illinois unless the problem was corrected.
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New poll finds 87% of Cook County residents oppose new soda tax

While improving public health by discouraging soda consumption is typically the primary reason why more communities are eyeing soda taxes, a new survey of Cook County, Ill. consumers seems to suggest the health message is being pushed aside by the need to generate funds for tight public budgets.
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Retailers appeal Cook County soda tax

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) has not given up the fight against a new, penny-per-ounce soda tax, which goes in effect today (Aug. 2) in Cook County, Ill. The group has filed an appeal, contesting last week’s decision by Circuit Court Judge Daniel Kubasiak that dismissed a lawsuit claiming the soda tax is unconstitutional.
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