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Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds Philly's soda tax

Pennsylvania’s highest court delivered a blow to the soda industry and its backers on Wednesday (July 18), when a panel of judges ruled 4-2 to uphold Philadelphia’s 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on soda and rejected a challenge to the tax from a coalition of industry, merchants and businesses.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

EFSA revamps chemical hazards database

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on 19 July that it had just added a further 321 substances to its OpenFoodTox database on chemical hazards, bringing the total listed up to over 4,750, as part of the latest overhaul.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Podcast: CAP Reform & Farm Bill progress

Proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy have been submitted by the European Commission, while the new US Farm Bill is making its way through the Legislative Branch, meaning it is a significant time for the farming sectors on both sides of the Atlantic.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – July 18, 2018: House farm bill action today, Congress may act on Trump tariffs, tariffs effects on US agriculture

The House is scheduled to vote this afternoon to go to conference with the Senate on their respective farm bills. Meanwhile, Sen. Orrin Hatch signaled he may back of legislation to rein in presidential authority on tariffs and the effect of President Donald Trump's new tariffs on US agricultural producers is the topic of a House panel hearing today (July 18).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Lab meat companies say FDA should regulate their products

FDA is the right agency to assess the safety and quality of lab-grown meat, say several representatives from the emerging lab-grown meat, poultry and seafood industry, despite a push from many in the traditionally raised meat and poultry industry for USDA to regulate these products when they become commercially available.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Strategic partnership puts Europe ‘on the map’ in lab-grown meat sector

One of Europe’s largest meat companies is making a significant investment in Mosa Meat - a Dutch start-up that claims to be the world's leading company for cultured beef.

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EFSA revamps chemical hazards database

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on 19 July that it had just added a further 321 substances to its OpenFoodTox database on chemical hazards, bringing the total listed up to over 4,750, as part of the latest overhaul.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – July 17, 2018: Farm bill timing update, Legislative action on Trump’s trade powers, USDA science pick

House action to move to conference on the farm bill with the Senate could arrive Thursday. Meanwhile, legislative action on Trump's trade powers could go forward, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters, and Scott Hutchins was nominated to be USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Codex to work on nutrition labels, sets new limits on contaminants

The 41st meeting of the UN’s Codex Alimentarius Commission this month set new limits for methylmercury found in fish and a naturally occurring contaminant found in chocolate. It also agreed to undertake new work on simplified nutrition labelling.

International European Food Law

US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, trade & US economy in focus

The next step in the farm bill process is expected to unfold this week as trade policy remains an attention point and could be meshed with testimony this week on US monetary policy and the US economy.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Day ahead – July 13, 2018: House farm bill action next week, Mnuchin on US-China trade tensions, Chinese trade data

The House is expected to vote on a motion to proceed to conference on the farm bill next week, according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told lawmakers he does not think the US is in a trade war with China yet, and China's trade surplus with the US reached a new record high in June.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Calls for upcoming phthalates ban to include food contact materials

Pressure is on for the EU to extend a future ban on four phthalates to food contact materials after member states in the REACH (chemicals regulation) committee on 11 July unanimously backed a proposal restricting them in other uses, but with a controversial waiver for agriculture.

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Day ahead – July 16, 2018: Trump calls EU 'foe' on trade, IMF urges Argentina to keep soy export tax in place

President Donald Trump named the European Union as one of the biggest global adversaries for the US in an interview Saturday. Meanwhile, Trump backtracked on earlier criticism of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Argentina to keep soy export tax in place.

US Agricultural Policy Political

Soda taxes to continue expanding in the US, experts say

Despite the untimely demise of Cook County’s soda tax last year and the continuous assault on Philadelphia’s sugary drinks levy, health advocates across the United States are far from halting the push to use soda levies as a tool to fight obesity.

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

Commonwealth ministers endorse proposal for 20% tax on sugary drinks

A meeting of health ministers from 53 member countries of the Commonwealth endorsed a series of bold proposals at their latest meeting, including a 20% tax on sugar sweetened drinks.

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