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IAFP panel debates role of lawsuits in advancing food safety

A panel of experts at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting earlier this month debated the role of litigation in influencing the way food executives do their job.

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FDA provides $32.5 million to states to implement FSMA’s Produce Safety rule

FDA announced Thursday (July 13) that it is providing $32.5 million in funding for 46 states this year to bolster implementation of Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) produce safety standards.

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Food industry attorney calls for more testing in food plants

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Food companies should be sampling aggressively to get a clear picture of the microbiological profile of a food plant, but follow a smart sampling plan to avoid liability, said Shawn Stevens, founder of Food Industry Counsel, LLC, at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting Tuesday (July 10).

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FDA publishes updated 2017 Grade A PMO, ahead of FSMA September deadline

The two-year-long process of updating the standards and requirements for regulating Grade A milk products is nearing its end, as FDA has posted an electronic version of the latest, 2017 Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO).

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IEG Policy’s June Top 10: US food safety reorganisation, new CAP proposals, WTO tariffs

A proposal to move US food safety programs from the FDA to the USDA took many in the food and drink sector by surprise in June, while the European Commission unveiled its plans for a new post-Brexit Common Agricultural Policy.

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Experts debate merits, hurdles of single food safety agency in Trump plan

While there are plenty of compelling reasons to create a single food safety agency, the Trump administration’s plan to consolidate food safety functions at USDA under a new reorganization plan is unlikely to have legs, because Congress probably won’t approve the move and statutory changes needed to make it happen are so substantial, food safety experts say.

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Palm oil body reinstates Nestle's membership

Swiss food and drinks giant Nestlé's membership in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been reinstated after the company submitted a new action plan.

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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.

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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.

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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 database this week: 
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FSIS to study possible updates for safe handling labels on meat, poultry

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has not given up on plans to update safe handling instruction labels for raw and partially cooked meat and poultry products and is planning to conduct in-depth research to determine whether and how such revisions could benefit consumers.

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IAFP panel debates role of lawsuits in advancing food safety

A panel of experts at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting earlier this month debated the role of litigation in influencing the way food executives do their job.

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Day ahead – July 19, 2018: House votes to conference farm bill, RFS waivers discussed at hearing, House ag labor bill

The House Wednesday (July 18) agreed by unanimous consent to send its farm bill to a conference committee to reconcile the measure with the Senate's version. Meanwhile, small refiner waivers were among topics raised at EPA RFS hearing and House Republicans unveiled an ag labor bill.

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IAFP panel debates role of lawsuits in advancing food safety

A panel of experts at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting earlier this month debated the role of litigation in influencing the way food executives do their job.

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Day ahead – July 9, 2018: USTR on tariff exclusion process, US ag trade surplus, EPA priorities

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) outlined the exclusion process for new tariffs imposed on Chinese goods. Meanwhile, the US ag trade surplus held steady in May, and Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed agency priorities.

US Agricultural Policy Political

EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler to be Acting EPA Chief

The exit of Scott Pruitt as administrator of EPA has produced joy and elation from those who have opposed him and merely saw the issues that saw him become a "distraction" to the administration as even more reason that he should exit EPA. And those welcoming words have come from environmentalists and those who back US biofuel policy and abhorred the decisions made by Pruitt to grant waivers of obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Day ahead – July 6, 2018: US-China trade war begins, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns

The US-China trade war kicked off in earnest as billions of dollars' worth of tariffs took effect. Meanwhile, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid mounting ethics scandals.

US Agricultural Policy China

EPA chief Pruitt exits as ethics woes reach fever pitch

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned yesterday (July 5), after proving unable to stem a flood of ethics allegations which have dogged his tenure at the agency.

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Packaging

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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 database this week: 
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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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Trader Joe’s settles lawsuit over cage-free egg cartons, discontinues packaging

The Monrovia, Calif.-based grocer Trader Joe’s has reached a settlement with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in a lawsuit over whether the supermarket chain was relying on deceptive images to promote its cage-free eggs to consumers.

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Webinar: What future for palm oil in Europe?

Palm oil’s versatility means it is widely consumed in a large array of products in Europe, including bread, chocolate bars and ice cream, as well as being a significant feedstock for biofuel production. But concerns over the oil’s environmental impact have resulted in food companies and policy makers moving to limit its use.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

New tolerances for tolfenpyrad, acetochlor and benzovindiflupyr on a variety of foods are among the changes in this week's Food Chemical News Guide.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

Eight new Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notices are included this week, including the Sensus America Inc. notice to use L-arabinose as a carbohydrate source or a sweetener in a variety of products.

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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.

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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.

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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 database this week: 
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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.

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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.

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Senate ag committee clears farm bill on bipartisan vote, no controversial SNAP changes

The Senate Agriculture Committee marked up and passed the chamber's version of the farm bill today (June 13), with members considering many mostly non-controversial amendments to the legislation.

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