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FSIS issues final rule lifting federal inspection for pet foods at FSIS plants

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has finalized a rule that allows the manufacture of pet foods or similar uninspected, inedible products in areas where edible products are being produced to continue outside hours of federal inspection.

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FDA sends first warning letter under FSVP to Tahini importer

FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless called attention Aug. 13 to the first warning letter fired off to an importer under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and signaled the agency’s intent to enforce the foreign supplier requirements, particularly as part of an outbreak investigation.

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NASDA’s Ehart says now is the time for an integrated food safety network

While progress has been made in better coordinating federal and state food regulators, now is the time to overcome obstacles and make an integrated food safety system work, said Bob Ehart, senior policy advisor at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

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Interview: IEG Policy talks with USDA’s Mindy Brashears

The swine slaughter rule, the US ban on Brazilian beef and the challenge of regulating cell-based meat were some of the issues touched on when IEG Policy sat down with Mindy Brashears, USDA’s deputy under secretary for food safety, at a conference last week.

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Food laboratories urge FDA to release FSMA lab accreditation rule

When FDA’s Frank Yiannas said Monday the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule setting laboratory accreditation standards was “in the pipeline,” it did not please lab groups and consumer advocates who have been waiting for the delayed proposal.

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FDA announces VQIP fee, indicates no sliding scale for small importers

FDA has put into place another piece for the new Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), announcing Wednesday (July 24) importers would have to pay $16,681 to take advantage of the new fast-lane option in FY 2020.

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California moves ahead with plan to ban chlorpyrifos

California environmental officials have taken the next step towards imposing a statewide ban on banning chlorpyrifos, sending notices on Wednesday (Aug. 13) to registrants that their product registrations will be cancelled because of concerns about the public health risks from the widely-used insecticide.

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Yuma's romaine cleared of pathogenic bacteria in FDA's small cooler study

The embattled Yuma, Ariz. growing region received some good news this week as FDA reported results of a 2018 sampling assignment of romaine lettuce taken from commercial coolers that found no Salmonella and one E. coli sample that turned out not to be pathogenic.

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US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

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Tyson asks FSIS for fewer government inspectors at Kansas beef plant

Tyson Foods has petitioned the Trump administration to take over duties from federal inspectors at its Holcomb, Kan., beef slaughter facility, a move that has drawn the ire of a consumer group.

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Seventh Asian country reports outbreak of ASF

Asia’s problems with African Swine Fever worsened on Wednesday (August 14) as Myanmar confirmed its first case of the disease.

Animal Health Farm Policy & Programs

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

Changes in animal drug and pesticide tolerances are on tap in the latest update of the Food Chemical News Guide.
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Day ahead – August 15, 2019: China threatens a response to new US tariffs

China warned it would respond if new US tariffs take effect September 1 as scheduled. Meanwhile, a Japanese official said talks with the US toward a mini ag and auto trade deal are making progress and a Gallup poll revealed one in seven Americans use CBD-based products.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Tyson asks FSIS for fewer government inspectors at Kansas beef plant

Tyson Foods has petitioned the Trump administration to take over duties from federal inspectors at its Holcomb, Kan., beef slaughter facility, a move that has drawn the ire of a consumer group.

US Food Policy Agribusiness

USDA adds Vietnam, Cambodia to list of ASF-affected regions

Vietnam and Cambodia were added to the list of regions where African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed, following detection of the disease in both countries' pork herds earlier this year, according to notices from USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) dated August 8 and published today (August 14) in the Federal Register.

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FSIS issues final rule lifting federal inspection for pet foods at FSIS plants

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has finalized a rule that allows the manufacture of pet foods or similar uninspected, inedible products in areas where edible products are being produced to continue outside hours of federal inspection.

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Day ahead – August 14, 2019: Trump hits Japan on trade deficit

President Donald Trump hit Japan over its trade deficit with the US during a speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday (August 13). Meanwhile, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested gathering information on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refiner waivers from Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and Oregon enacted a new animal welfare law affecting egg production.

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Day ahead – August 13, 2019: Trump presses Japan to buy more US farm goods

President Donald Trump has reportedly asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to purchase more US farm products. Meanwhile, USDA released several key market moving reports yesterday (August 12) and there is speculation the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could begin enforcing new food import regulations soon.

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Packaging

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CFP committee to tackle food safety training for home delivery systems

A Conference for Food Protection (CFP) committee is looking at the tricky issue of recommending food safety training for a wide variety of business models involved in the prepping, packing and delivering foods for the fast-growing, “last mile” delivery to consumers.

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Cell-based meat firms should consult early with FDA, USDA regulators

Companies developing cell-cultured technologies should talk to regulators rather than waiting for FDA’s upcoming guidance on premarket review, said an FDA official, who along with USDA, shared next steps in the joint regulation of the emerging products at a meeting last week.

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Coke and Pepsi quit US plastics trade association

While there is consumer resistance to what is seen as ‘unnecessary’ plastic packaging, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have left the Plastics Industry Association.

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Settlement with FTC bans Gerber from allergy claims on infant formula brand

Gerber Products Co. cannot make labeling claims on its infant formula, including Good Start® Gentle formula, that the product prevents or reduces the risk of developing allergies for infants, according to a settlement order with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Monday (July 15).

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House votes to ban military’s use of PFAS chemicals in food packaging

The House on July 12 voted to ban the military’s use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds in food packaging and require expanded monitoring of the chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, weakened childhood immunity and other health problems.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New AGRI & ENVI committee chairs, EU under fire over pesticide regs, plant-based/dairy friction

In an eventful week in Brussels, a German MEP was elected chair of the influential European Parliament agriculture committee (AGRI) and a Frenchman was made chair of the food safety committee (ENVI).

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Additives

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

Changes in animal drug and pesticide tolerances are on tap in the latest update of the Food Chemical News Guide.
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House lawmakers want FDA action on CBD to help small businesses

Leading Democrats on the House Small Business Committee are pressing FDA to quickly develop a "clear and efficient regulatory framework" to allow legal uses of hemp-derived CBD in foods and dietary supplements, joining a lengthy list of stakeholders keen to see swift action from the agency.

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Cell-based meat companies may be ready for market before US regs are set

FDA and USDA have made important strides towards crafting a regulatory framework for cell-based meat, but the landscape remains confusing and the agencies may be pressured to consider approving products before they've ironed out all the details, according to a former top FDA food attorney.

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Budget and Financing

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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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Day ahead – August 15, 2019: China threatens a response to new US tariffs

China warned it would respond if new US tariffs take effect September 1 as scheduled. Meanwhile, a Japanese official said talks with the US toward a mini ag and auto trade deal are making progress and a Gallup poll revealed one in seven Americans use CBD-based products.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – August 13, 2019: Trump presses Japan to buy more US farm goods

President Donald Trump has reportedly asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to purchase more US farm products. Meanwhile, USDA released several key market moving reports yesterday (August 12) and there is speculation the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could begin enforcing new food import regulations soon.

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