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Updated: Cook County sugary drinks tax fizzles out

Cook County residents will no longer have to pay a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages starting Dec. 1 after the full County Board voted 15-2 to repeal the measure on Wednesday (Oct. 11). 

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OIG finds gaps in FSIS oversight of equivalent food safety systems

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) needs to strengthen its oversight of the process for ensuring ongoing equivalence of exporting countries’ food safety systems, said a new audit by USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). It also suggested some exporting countries may not be meeting U.S. food safety standards because of oversight gaps.

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Child obesity rises tenfold, food taxes and labelling “won’t be enough”

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed today. And single interventions such as taxing sugary drinks or the use of food labelling will not be sufficient to tackle the issue, obesity experts have said.

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Granting NCC petition to increase poultry line speeds would violate federal rules, F&WW says

Food & Water Watch (F&WW) is urging USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to reject a Sept. 1 petition from the National Chicken Council (NCC) to allow faster line speeds in the slaughter inspection system, arguing the agency would violate rulemaking procedures if it grants the petition.
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Anti-sugar fervor contributing to U.S. juice market declines

The rapid fall in juice consumption in the U.S. is “disastrous,” AIJN President José Jordão, told delegates at the recent Juice Summit in Antwerp, Belgium.
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Retailers, customers to be hurt by San Francisco’s antibiotics reporting bill, FMI says

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is urging San Francisco lawmakers not to move forward with legislation that would require large stores in the city to disclose antibiotics used in meat and poultry products, saying the bill would add costly reporting and recordkeeping requirements for products, including those that are already marketed as organic or antibiotic-free.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: ‘Love’ can’t be listed as food ingredient, FDA says

“Love” can’t be listed as a food ingredient, FDA said in a recent warning letter to Massachusetts-based Nashoba Brook Bakery’s granola, which had listed the emotion as an ingredient in its baked goods.

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FDA denies request to overturn 2017 seafood advice for pregnant women

FDA has denied a request that it withdraw and replace the seafood consumption advice for pregnant and nursing women that the agency issued jointly with EPA in January.

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Child obesity rises tenfold, food taxes and labelling “won’t be enough”

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed today. And single interventions such as taxing sugary drinks or the use of food labelling will not be sufficient to tackle the issue, obesity experts have said.

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Anti-sugar fervor contributing to U.S. juice market declines

The rapid fall in juice consumption in the U.S. is “disastrous,” AIJN President José Jordão, told delegates at the recent Juice Summit in Antwerp, Belgium.
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Michigan lawmakers push forward a bill to ban local taxes on food and drinks

In an attempt to block local municipalities from levying taxes on soda or other sugary drinks, state legislators in Michigan are pushing forward legislation that would bar local communities from taxing foods, drinks and gum. 

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Stakeholders weigh in on regulatory reforms needed at USDA

Several stakeholders on Monday (Oct. 2) listed regulations that USDA should target for reform so that the agency can align with the Trump administration’s mandate to slash two regulations for every one new regulation.

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FDA proposes 18-month delay to comply with Nutrition Facts changes

In a widely anticipated move, FDA on Friday (Sept. 29) proposed to extend the Nutrition Facts compliance deadlines to Jan. 1, 2020 for large manufacturers and another year for smaller companies, perhaps allowing more time to revisit the troublesome dietary fiber provisions. 

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Child obesity rises tenfold, food taxes and labelling “won’t be enough”

The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed today. And single interventions such as taxing sugary drinks or the use of food labelling will not be sufficient to tackle the issue, obesity experts have said.

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Michigan lawmakers push forward a bill to ban local taxes on food and drinks

In an attempt to block local municipalities from levying taxes on soda or other sugary drinks, state legislators in Michigan are pushing forward legislation that would bar local communities from taxing foods, drinks and gum. 

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Portland could become next soda tax battleground

Portland, Ore. could become the next battleground for soda taxes, as a coalition of public health and community groups this week kicked off a campaign to put a 1.5 cent-per-ounce soda tax proposal on the ballot this spring. 

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