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Food and Health Policy

Food Policy

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FSIS lists ‘deregulatory’ rules in the Unified Agenda for the first time

For the first time, the latest Unified Agenda for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) includes several “deregulatory” proposed rules to strike certain FSIS regulations the administration says are redundant.

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FDA loses food expertise by eliminating Food Advisory Committee, consumer groups say

A recent decision by FDA to terminate the Food Advisory Committee has upset consumer advocates, who believe the move will limit the agency’s ability to receive independent scientific advice and consumer input on important food-related topics.

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U.S. not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts say

The United States is not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts testified during a Wednesday (Dec. 13) Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, “Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World.”

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USDA seeks comments on child nutrition program rules

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is soliciting public comments on the meal patterns and nutrition standards used to determine federal reimbursement for participants in USDA's child nutrition programs.
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Perdue talks trade, NAFTA, Farm Bill and regulatory reform

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue touched on the importance of trade for U.S. agriculture, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the upcoming Farm Bill and regulatory reform during a Tuesday (Dec. 12) speech at the National Press Club.

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USDA’s Rottenberg steps in as chair of Codex Policy Committee

Carmen Rottenberg, the acting deputy under secretary of food safety at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), has verified she will chair the newly moved U.S. Codex Office, disproving speculation that USDA’s new Under Secretary for Trade, Ted McKinney would guide the agency’s policy committee. 

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USDA seeks comments on child nutrition program rules

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is soliciting public comments on the meal patterns and nutrition standards used to determine federal reimbursement for participants in USDA's child nutrition programs.
US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Montreal city officials start push for nationwide soda tax

While the U.S. soda industry has started to score some victories in the fight against soda taxes, Canadian counterparts are gearing up for their own battle against Montreal lawmakers who plan to push Canada’s federal government to adopt a nationwide tax on soda and other sugary drinks. 

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Mondelez director defends new colour coded Evolved Nutrition Label

A director from one of the six companies that together unveiled the Evolved Nutrition Label at a meeting last week, has spoken out in defence of the portion-based colour coded nutrition labelling scheme.

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Complying with Canada’s proposed FOP labels will be costly, dairy expert says

As Canada moves on with a plan to introduce mandatory front-of-pack (FOP) labels by 2021, one thing has become clear to American food producers who sell or export to the northern neighbor – complying with the new requirements will be costly. 

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EU in spat over colour-coded nutrition labelling

A colour-coded nutrition labelling scheme that six food giants unveiled at a 30 November meeting in Luxembourg has sparked a clash with farmers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) putting up stiff opposition, and French opponents even launching a petition against the Evolved Nutrition Label.
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Groups focus on changing advisory group, adding transparency for next Dietary Guidelines

USDA heard plenty of recommendations at a Nov. 28 listening session for changing the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Group (DGAG) before it updates the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

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Tax Policy

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Montreal city officials start push for nationwide soda tax

While the U.S. soda industry has started to score some victories in the fight against soda taxes, Canadian counterparts are gearing up for their own battle against Montreal lawmakers who plan to push Canada’s federal government to adopt a nationwide tax on soda and other sugary drinks. 

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Meat likely to be taxed instead of subsidised in future, says report

The latest warning that meat could be taxed to tackle climate change was made this week in a report to investors holding $4 trillion of assets.

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Philly soda tax revenue continues to fall short of projections

From Philadelphia to Chicago, soda tax opponents appear to be getting good news this month.
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