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Food Safety and Standards

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Funding bill for USDA/FDA still uncertain in lame duck Congress

While the midterms handed control of the House to the Democrats in January, Congress must still wrestle with plenty of items during the lame duck session that include FY 2019 funding for FDA and USDA.

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Stop Foodborne Illness CEO and long-time food safety advocate Deirdre Schlunegger to retire in May

Stop Foodborne Illness will be searching for new leader, as the group’s longtime CEO announced on Thursday (Nov. 8) that she will be retiring in May 2019.

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FDA issues final mandatory recall guidance with some changes

A new guidance released Monday (Nov. 5) provides more details on the evidence FDA will consider in ordering a mandatory recall under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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FDA issues environmental assessment results from romaine lettuce outbreak

As the official growing season begins in Yuma, Ariz., FDA is trying to offer some answers and assurances regarding a deadly E.coli outbreak in Yuma-grown romaine lettuce, which occurred in the spring and placed produce safety oversight and industry practices under intense scrutiny.

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FDA seeks comments on new guides for produce safety, fresh-cut processors

FDA is seeking public comment on two new draft guidances developed to assist farmers and processors with implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules.

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FDA agenda gives priority to nutrition, modernizing standards of identity

True to its promise to industry, FDA appears to be putting modernization of standards of identity high on its priority list for at least the next six months.

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U.S. Right to Know asks FTC to investigate industry marketing statements on sucralose

The watchdog group U.S. Right to Know (USRK) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether advertising of sucralose by companies such as Tate & Lyle and Coca-Cola may be deceptive and possibly harmful to consumers. 

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Webinar outlines practical applications in cutting-edge studies on produce safety

A new Cornell University study focused on microbial contamination of surface water may hold answers to questions raised by this year’s deadly outbreak of E.coli in romaine lettuce.

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Russia brings back ban on transhipment of US poultry to Kazakhstan

Russia is once again blocking the movement of US chicken meat to Kazakhstan in a move that could put fresh strains on relations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Trade Disputes

USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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Podcast: Food and drink levies - public health and climate solution, or 'stealth tax'?

The topic of taxing certain food and drink products to change consumer behaviour has become one of the most hotly-contested debates in public health policy around the globe 
Food Policy Environment and Conservation

USDA slammed for response to turkey Salmonella outbreak

USDA faced increasing pressure to identify brands of turkey that have been linked to an outbreak of the antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Reading strain that has made more than 160 people across 35 states ill over the past year. After the letters piled up, USDA announced late Thursday night a recall of ground turkey that may be linked to the illnesses.

 

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Compliance and Enforcement

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USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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Chinese pigmeat production in danger as ASF crisis deepens

China’s ongoing battle against African Swine Fever (ASF) took a serious turn for the worse this week as the disease reached Sichuan province – the country’s top pig producing region - and was then detected for the first time in wild boar.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

USDA slammed for response to turkey Salmonella outbreak

USDA faced increasing pressure to identify brands of turkey that have been linked to an outbreak of the antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Reading strain that has made more than 160 people across 35 states ill over the past year. After the letters piled up, USDA announced late Thursday night a recall of ground turkey that may be linked to the illnesses.

 

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Dairy, grain groups hail USMCA, but outline shortfalls

Mostly positive impacts are expected for US grain and dairy stakeholders should the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) take effect, the top groups representing both industries said in testimony before the US International Trade Commission (USITC) November 15.

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Memory supplements found to be misbranded, adulterated, GAO finds

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found two of the three memory supplements it tested either did not contain their stated ingredients or did not contain the quantity listed on the label.

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Monster Energy calls on USTR to focus on trade barriers to energy drink sales

California-based Monster Energy Company is complaining to U.S. trade officials that it’s facing an increasing number of non-science based barriers to keep out its energy drinks from Europe and other regions around the world.

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IEG Policy’s October Top 10: FDA agenda, growth of blockchain and CAP strategic plans

The US Food and Drug Administration outlined its priority list for the coming months in October, while applications of blockchain technology in the agriculture and food supply chain are forecast to grow considerably, and EU officials and academics debated the new CAP’s strategic plans.

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Stakeholders express diverse views FDA plans for 'healthy' icon, sodium reduction

While the thorny issue of the appropriate labeling terminology for plant-based dairy products took center stage in comments on FDA’s new Nutrition Innovation Strategy, that is not the only area where the agency will be dealing with conflicting views.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

FDA's decision to no longer allow the use of seven artificial flavors in response to petitions filed by advocacy group tops off this week's updates in the Food Chemical News Guide.
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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

FDA amended food additive regulations permitting the use of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in feed and drinking water as a a source of vitamin D3 for chickens and turkeys in response to two petitions filed by DSM Nutrition Products. 

 

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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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Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

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Additives

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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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BREAKING NEWS: Voters approve California’s Prop. 12, while soda tax bans garner mixed results

Voters have approved California’s Proposition 12 that would ban the sale of meat and eggs unless producers meet new, far-reaching animal welfare standards, according to the Associated Press.

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Budget and Financing

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Day ahead – November 19, 2018: Grassley shifts to Senate Finance, Smithfield, US ag trade aid, China barley probe

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has decided to move to chair the Senate Finance Committee in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Smithfield Foods cancelled a sale of pork under USDA's trade aid package and China launched an anti-dumping investigation into barley imported from Australia.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
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Day ahead – November 16, 2018: Hatch on tax extenders, USDA notes pork trade impacts, Trump to visit California

Several expired tax incentives seem likely to get renewed during the lame-duck session, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday. Meanwhile, USDA said hog producers continue to be impacted by tariffs from both China and Mexico, and President Donald Trump will visit California to meet with people impacted by deadly wildfires.

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