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FDA sheds light on requested $38.4 million increase for FY 2020 food programs

From boosting its ability to handle outbreaks to funding state-led FSMA inspections and bumping resources for review of emerging food technologies, FDA has very specific ideas on how to spend $38.4 million in new funding for food programs requested in the agency’s proposed FY 2020 budget.

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Cattle industry must engage to prevent produce outbreaks, warns Mike Taylor

The contamination plaguing romaine lettuce can be tied to the proximity of cattle next to romaine farms, a “fundamental structural” issue that goes beyond the ag water debate and needs to be discussed, warned Mike Taylor, a former FDA food safety official, at a meeting Friday (March 15).

US Food Policy Agribusiness

Groups react to FDA’s move to extend FSMA water compliance in final rule

FDA on Friday (March 15) issued a final rule extending compliance dates for the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) agricultural water standards. But while the industry is pleased FDA is taking more time to tweak the rule, a consumer advocate says FDA should have issued an interim rule in light of the recent romaine outbreaks.

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Top Democrats denounce Trump's budget over cuts in nutrition and ag programs

Two congressional leaders on Thursday (March 14) criticized President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal for seeking cuts in agriculture programs and threatening to undo progress made in the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill.

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FDA food programs slated for funding increases in Trump's FY 2020 budget

FDA’s food safety programs have escaped cuts in the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2020 budget, and instead are slated for funding increases, including a $16 million bump to support implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and another $16 million increase for better detection of foodborne illness.

US Food Policy Budget and Financing

FDA revises FSMA food defense guide

With the July compliance date looming, FDA has issued a second installment of a guide to help companies comply with the Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule.

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Strawberries again top EWG's 'Dirty Dozen' list

For the fourth year running, strawberries top the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) "Dirty Dozen" list of produce with the most pesticide residues.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025 process to kick off with committee meeting March 28-29

USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are inviting the public to attend the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DAC), which will kick off discussions of 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DAG).

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s updates include Monsanto’s petition to amend food tolerances for dicamba on genetically engineered corn, along with a list of petitions asking for new food tolerances and tolerance exemptions.

US Food Policy Additives

Gottlieb says CBD workgroup, sesame labeling moves ahead after his departure

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, poised to leave his post on April 5, said FDA plans next week to announce a high-level working group at the agency to look at legislative and regulatory pathways for CBD.

US Food Policy Allergens

Brazil to implement US wheat TRQ, allow US pork imports

Trade-related commitments between the US and Brazil for US pork and wheat were announced following a meeting between President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House today (March 19).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

FDA sheds light on requested $38.4 million increase for FY 2020 food programs

From boosting its ability to handle outbreaks to funding state-led FSMA inspections and bumping resources for review of emerging food technologies, FDA has very specific ideas on how to spend $38.4 million in new funding for food programs requested in the agency’s proposed FY 2020 budget.

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Compliance and Enforcement

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Day ahead – March 20, 2019: Early damage estimates for Midwest flooding

Early estimates see large livestock and crop losses from flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Meanwhile, there is mixed news on US-China trade talks and "extreme shortages" persist in China's hog market as officials say the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak is under control.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Brazil to implement US wheat TRQ, allow US pork imports

Trade-related commitments between the US and Brazil for US pork and wheat were announced following a meeting between President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House today (March 19).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

FDA sheds light on requested $38.4 million increase for FY 2020 food programs

From boosting its ability to handle outbreaks to funding state-led FSMA inspections and bumping resources for review of emerging food technologies, FDA has very specific ideas on how to spend $38.4 million in new funding for food programs requested in the agency’s proposed FY 2020 budget.

US Food Policy Budget and Financing

With Gottlieb leaving, Congress may need to chart path forward for CBD edibles

While Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s sudden departure from FDA is not helping industry with questions about the future of CBD-infused foods and supplements, at least one lawmaker says the solution may lie in a legislative fix if FDA doesn’t react quickly enough.

US Food Policy Additives

OECD-EUIPO report says 6.8% of EU imports fake

A staggering 6.8% of goods imported into the EU are counterfeit, up from 5% in 2013, according to a joint report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

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Groups react to FDA’s move to extend FSMA water compliance in final rule

FDA on Friday (March 15) issued a final rule extending compliance dates for the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) agricultural water standards. But while the industry is pleased FDA is taking more time to tweak the rule, a consumer advocate says FDA should have issued an interim rule in light of the recent romaine outbreaks.

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Packaging

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Arkansas legislature passes ‘fake meat’ bill with new standard of identity for rice

The rice industry has yet to sway FDA to write a standard of identity for rice to beat back competitors from misusing the name of the grain, but Arkansas may be the first state to make it illegal to sell products such as “cauliflower rice.”

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TTB alcohol labeling proposal raises concerns

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) has asked the Treasury Department to revoke a proposed rule to modernize alcohol labels, while industry groups are requesting more time to gauge the wide-ranging impact of the proposed changes.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s updates in the guide include new tolerances for residues of the herbicide trifluralin on rosemary and the fungicide trifloxystrobin on flax, along with several new food contact substance notifications.

US Food Policy Additives

New lawmakers urge crackdown on plant-based foods labeled as milk

Ten newly elected members of Congress told FDA Wednesday (Jan. 30) they support efforts to rein in the use of “milk” and similar terms on plant-based products, a move welcomed by dairy processors.

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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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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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Additives

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s updates include Monsanto’s petition to amend food tolerances for dicamba on genetically engineered corn, along with a list of petitions asking for new food tolerances and tolerance exemptions.

US Food Policy Additives

With Gottlieb leaving, Congress may need to chart path forward for CBD edibles

While Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s sudden departure from FDA is not helping industry with questions about the future of CBD-infused foods and supplements, at least one lawmaker says the solution may lie in a legislative fix if FDA doesn’t react quickly enough.

US Food Policy Additives

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

FDA made changes to a slew of animal drug applications this week, including approvals for Type C medicated feeds for broiler chickens.

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Budget and Financing

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Day ahead – March 20, 2019: Early damage estimates for Midwest flooding

Early estimates see large livestock and crop losses from flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Meanwhile, there is mixed news on US-China trade talks and "extreme shortages" persist in China's hog market as officials say the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak is under control.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

FDA sheds light on requested $38.4 million increase for FY 2020 food programs

From boosting its ability to handle outbreaks to funding state-led FSMA inspections and bumping resources for review of emerging food technologies, FDA has very specific ideas on how to spend $38.4 million in new funding for food programs requested in the agency’s proposed FY 2020 budget.

US Food Policy Budget and Financing

Day ahead – March 19, 2019: China could triple US farm good purchases

China could triple its US farm good purchases over the next five years, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, Perdue will ring the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and a US congressional delegation is traveling to China to discuss trade.

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