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Meat and poultry recalls jumped 83% since 2013, new report shows

Meat and poultry Class 1 recalls have jumped 83% and overall recalls for food products have increased 10% since 2013, according to a new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund released on Thursday (Jan. 17).

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Food safety advocates call for end of shutdown

Food safety advocates called for an end to the partial government shutdown on Wednesday (Jan. 16), as they gathered on Capitol Hill to highlight ways in which the shutdown is impacting the work of federal agencies that oversee the safety of food in the United States.

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House passes USDA/FDA appropriations, but bill stymied in the Senate

The Democrat-led House voted to reopen USDA and FDA and passed the Senate version of the FY 2019 Appropriations bill, but not before Republicans called the spending bill a “charade” and “dead on arrival.”

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FDA shutdown creates food safety hurdles, but not a crisis, expert says

While consumer groups are raising alarms about the negative effects of FDA shutdown’s on food and consumer safety, at least one industry expert says U.S. food supply system is far from facing a food safety crisis.

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Lack of FSVP singled out as leading observation in FY 2018 inspections

A lack of a Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) was the most frequent observation by FDA inspectors on FDA Form 483s during FY 2018, according to newly posted FDA data.
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FDA to step up FSVP enforcement, expert warns

Food importers in 2019 should pay close attention to their compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), as FDA is expected to step up enforcement over the coming months.

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Meat and poultry recalls jumped 83% since 2013, new report shows

Meat and poultry Class 1 recalls have jumped 83% and overall recalls for food products have increased 10% since 2013, according to a new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund released on Thursday (Jan. 17).

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As shutdown continues, FSIS inspectors approach breaking point, advocates warn

As the shutdown continues, food safety advocates and experts are warning that USDA meat and poultry inspectors may not be able to do their job without pay for much longer.

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Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

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Food safety advocates call for end of shutdown

Food safety advocates called for an end to the partial government shutdown on Wednesday (Jan. 16), as they gathered on Capitol Hill to highlight ways in which the shutdown is impacting the work of federal agencies that oversee the safety of food in the United States.

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NPA kicks up dirt on FDA’s information sharing proposal for export lists

A dietary supplement group wants to put the brakes on FDA’s request for companies to supply more data, such as inspection outcomes, for foreign governments so U.S. companies can export products.

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EDF pushes on with efforts to get FDA to remove perchlorate from food packaging

While FDA continues to operate in limited, shutdown mode, concerns continue about the agency’s work on petitions related to food additives.

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Compliance and Enforcement

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Meat and poultry recalls jumped 83% since 2013, new report shows

Meat and poultry Class 1 recalls have jumped 83% and overall recalls for food products have increased 10% since 2013, according to a new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund released on Thursday (Jan. 17).

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

As shutdown continues, FSIS inspectors approach breaking point, advocates warn

As the shutdown continues, food safety advocates and experts are warning that USDA meat and poultry inspectors may not be able to do their job without pay for much longer.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Food safety advocates call for end of shutdown

Food safety advocates called for an end to the partial government shutdown on Wednesday (Jan. 16), as they gathered on Capitol Hill to highlight ways in which the shutdown is impacting the work of federal agencies that oversee the safety of food in the United States.

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

NPA kicks up dirt on FDA’s information sharing proposal for export lists

A dietary supplement group wants to put the brakes on FDA’s request for companies to supply more data, such as inspection outcomes, for foreign governments so U.S. companies can export products.

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US eyes agriculture, food safety in objectives for EU trade talks

Agriculture and food safety are among the topics the US wants included in free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU), despite the EU's reluctance, according to negotiating objectives released late last week by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

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Meat and poultry recalls jumped 83% since 2013, new report shows

Meat and poultry Class 1 recalls have jumped 83% and overall recalls for food products have increased 10% since 2013, according to a new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund released on Thursday (Jan. 17).

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week:   
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EDF pushes on with efforts to get FDA to remove perchlorate from food packaging

While FDA continues to operate in limited, shutdown mode, concerns continue about the agency’s work on petitions related to food additives.

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Nestlé speeds up shift from single-use plastic

Nestlé has stepped up its efforts to tackle plastic waste and meet its goal of make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, unveiling what it called a “broader vision and action plan.”

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Romaine outbreak over, but FDA says labeling restrictions, probe to continue

Federal health authorities announced Wednesday the 2018 romaine lettuce outbreak appears over, a glimmer of good news for the embattled leafy greens industry.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week:   

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week:   
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EDF pushes on with efforts to get FDA to remove perchlorate from food packaging

While FDA continues to operate in limited, shutdown mode, concerns continue about the agency’s work on petitions related to food additives.

US Food Policy Additives

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week:   

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Budget and Financing

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Day ahead – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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Day ahead – January 17, 2019: Shutdown update, US authorities focusing on Huawei, Ag nominees on list sent to Congress

President Donald Trump continues to insist he will not compromise with Democrats over border wall funding to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, US authorities may soon issue indictments of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets and three USDA nominees were included on a list of nominations submitted to the Senate Wednesday (January 16).

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Day ahead – January 16, 2019: Wheeler confirmation hearing, Fed report due, China selling old corn stocks

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing today on the nomination of Andy Wheeler to serve as permanent EPA administrator – he currently holds the position on an acting basis. Meanwhile, the Fed is set to release its Beige Book report and China is expected to sell off the remainder of its old corn stocks this year.

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