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NSAC urges FDA to set clear policy on FSMA produce list, consider cultural commodities

FDA needs to set a clear policy for adding and removing fresh produce from the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) rarely consumed raw list, one of the exemptions in the Produce Safety Rule that can trigger changes in food safety requirements, says the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).

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LGMAs seeking comments on proposed standards for water in chemical applications, drip irrigation

Despite the COVID-19 health crisis, leafy greens growers are moving forward with efforts to strengthen enhance standards for agricultural water.

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For five out of eight major pathogens, illnesses rise in 2019, CDC report finds

Progress in controlling major foodborne pathogens in the United States has stalled and infections caused by five out of eight major pathogens rose significantly in 2019 compared to the last three years, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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FDA relaxes onsite observation requirements under FSMA Third-Party Certification Program

FDA has taken yet another step to ease Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements amid the COVID-19 crisis and has issued a new guidance easing certain mandates under FSMA’s Accredited Third-Party Certification Program for foreign food facilities and their products.

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Experts discuss food recall trends at FDLI meeting

Recalls come with clear expectations for all the links in the supply chain, but that’s not the case with the increasing trend of government-issued consumer advisories and public health alerts, said Hilary Thesmar, senior vice president of food safety for FMI-The Food Industry Association. 

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FDA shifts to remote importer inspections for FSVP

As the pandemic curtails FDA’s inspection force due to travel restrictions, FDA announced Friday (April 3) a temporary shift away from in-person importer inspections to conducting remote checks under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).

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EU tightens up limits on perchlorate in food

The EU has set tight new limits on the endocrine disrupting chemical perchlorate in fresh produce, teas, infant formula and baby food.

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FDA identifies animal grazing fields as likely source for three romaine outbreaks last fall

In a much-anticipated report issued Thursday (May 21), FDA has identified nearby cattle and potential animal fecal contamination as the likely sources of last fall’s three outbreaks of E.coli in romaine lettuce and leafy greens from the Salinas Valley, Calif.

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US study shows low-dose effects of BPA

A US government-funded study has shown bisphenol A (BPA) can produce effects even at low doses as the controversial food packaging chemical displays a non-monotonic dose-response curve, challenging standard toxicological practice and raising question marks about the studies used to back regulated product safety.

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FDA and USDA sign MOU to allow USDA to exercise DPA authority in FDA-regulated facilities

In the latest move to shield the food supply chain from impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA and FDA announced Tuesday (May 19) the two agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a process to prevent interruptions at FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit and vegetable processing plants.

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Consumer Brands forms coalition to advocate for funding, smart policies to regulate CBD products

The Consumer Brands Association (CBA) has banded together with industry and law enforcement groups to create a new coalition to advocate for uniform federal policies on CBD regulation.

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Grain and feed industries wary of USDA biotech crop rule

US grain exporters are worried USDA’s new rule for regulating biotech crops lacks transparency and could lead to trade disruptions.

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Day ahead – May 22, 2020: US-China Phase One agreement, RFS waivers, plant-based seafood

National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow said China is complying with the terms of the Phase One US-China trade agreement despite it importing US goods at a slower pace than originally hoped for. Meanwhile, a group of oil-state lawmakers pressed EPA to grant Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver requests from a slew of state governors and several Hollywood celebrities have invested in a plant-based seafood company.

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FDA identifies animal grazing fields as likely source for three romaine outbreaks last fall

In a much-anticipated report issued Thursday (May 21), FDA has identified nearby cattle and potential animal fecal contamination as the likely sources of last fall’s three outbreaks of E.coli in romaine lettuce and leafy greens from the Salinas Valley, Calif.

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USDA keen to reconsider worker safety comments in legal battle over swine rule

USDA has asked a Minnesota federal judge to stay litigation challenging its swine inspection rule and send the regulation back to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to reconsider comments on worker safety concerns. 

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Day ahead – May 21, 2020: State food supply chain aid, Iowa meat plant agreement, California property tax initiative

Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide $1 billion in funding to support state food supply chain efforts. Meanwhile, Iowa reached a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement with USDA for state-inspected meat plants and Western Growers voiced its opposition to a California property tax ballot initiative.

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Biden talks agriculture, hits COVID-19 response during Wisconsin roundtable

More federal leadership on COVID-19 food supply chain issues and relief programs to support farmers and small businesses were among the actions called for by Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden (Del.) in a virtual roundtable today (May 20) hosted by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). 

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FDA and USDA sign MOU to allow USDA to exercise DPA authority in FDA-regulated facilities

In the latest move to shield the food supply chain from impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA and FDA announced Tuesday (May 19) the two agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a process to prevent interruptions at FDA-regulated food facilities, including fruit and vegetable processing plants.

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US study shows low-dose effects of BPA

A US government-funded study has shown bisphenol A (BPA) can produce effects even at low doses as the controversial food packaging chemical displays a non-monotonic dose-response curve, challenging standard toxicological practice and raising question marks about the studies used to back regulated product safety.

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CO2 shortage worsens as food industry looks for federal response

Three weeks after the food industry asked for help in kick-starting corn ethanol plants to secure badly needed carbon dioxide (CO2), the shortage has worsened and the federal government has yet to offer fixes, said Rich Gottwald, president and CEO of the Compressed Gas Association, Inc. (CGA).

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

The latest updates to the Food Chemical News Guide includes notifications for food contact substances.

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Coalition says Prop 65 changes would hurt online retailers, food and beverage makers

Recently proposed amendments to California’s Proposition 65 would be “highly detrimental” to online retailing in the state and should be retracted, says a coalition of business groups, including advocates for food and beverage producers. 

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

The latest updates to the Food Chemical News Guide include several food contact substance notifications.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives, colorings and food tolerances in the Food Chemical News Guide. Updated in the database this week:

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

A new tolerance for residues of fluridone on certain fruits and a new exemption for methyl mercaptan on food commodities are among the updates this week.

 

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Consumer Brands forms coalition to advocate for funding, smart policies to regulate CBD products

The Consumer Brands Association (CBA) has banded together with industry and law enforcement groups to create a new coalition to advocate for uniform federal policies on CBD regulation.

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New York Times report stirs new controversy over EPA’s lack of regulation for perchlorate in water

A New York Times report suggesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving to abandon Obama-era plans to establish a standard for perchlorate in drinking water is worrying environmental advocates who say the move would violate an existing court order and have lasting negative effect on public health.

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

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Day ahead – May 22, 2020: US-China Phase One agreement, RFS waivers, plant-based seafood

National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow said China is complying with the terms of the Phase One US-China trade agreement despite it importing US goods at a slower pace than originally hoped for. Meanwhile, a group of oil-state lawmakers pressed EPA to grant Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver requests from a slew of state governors and several Hollywood celebrities have invested in a plant-based seafood company.

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Day ahead – May 21, 2020: State food supply chain aid, Iowa meat plant agreement, California property tax initiative

Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide $1 billion in funding to support state food supply chain efforts. Meanwhile, Iowa reached a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement with USDA for state-inspected meat plants and Western Growers voiced its opposition to a California property tax ballot initiative.

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