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FDA’s Yiannas challenges produce industry to overcome hurdles on traceability

Top FDA food regulator Frank Yiannas challenged the fresh produce industry to identify what is preventing companies from scaling-up digital traceability systems and suggested the romaine recall of last year was “eerily similar” to the 2006 spinach outbreak.

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GMA asks for more time to fix FSMA supply chain provision

Food companies need more time – beyond Nov. 6 – to detangle the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) supply chain requirements that do not appear to be smoothed out through contract changes, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) told FDA on Sept. 17.

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Murkowski adds another obstacle to GE salmon in Senate committee-passed spending bill

The $23 billion USDA-FDA spending bill for FY 2020 that passed a Senate committee Thursday (Sept. 19) includes a provision by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would set up another obstacle for genetically engineered salmon.

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Perdue talks trade, labor and food safety at United Fresh meeting

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue focused on trade, labor and food safety in a speech Wednesday (Sept.19) that mirrored the priorities of United Fresh Produce Association members, who are in Washington this week to lobby Capitol Hill and federal agencies.

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NASDA awarded second funding for FSMA produce safety program

State agriculture directors praised FDA Monday (Sept. 9) for awarding a second five-year cooperative agreement to help implement the produce safety program under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Trump administration feels pressure to nominate permanent FDA chief

Pressure appears to be mounting on the Trump administration to nominate a permanent FDA chief.

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Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

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Production of imitation Italian cheese overtakes originals, Italian farmers report

Global production of non-original Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses has surpassed the production volume of Italian originals thanks to the spread of imitations across all continents.

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Coalition of advocates, industry commits to reducing heavy metals in baby food

Following new findings that heavy metals – including lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic – are present in 95% of toddler and baby foods, a new coalition of food companies, academic bodies, and advocacy groups is looking for ways to change the status quo and reduce those levels.

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FDA rejects petition to set acrylamide safety limits in foods

FDA has denied a consumer group’s petition to set acrylamide safety levels in foods and to deem foods exceeding those levels as adulterated.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

EPA has set new tolerances for residues of the herbicide indaziflam in or on tropical and subtropical fruit.

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Dietary supplement industry urges Congress to intervene on CBD

Dietary supplement manufacturers are urging Congress to amend federal law to legalize use of hemp-derived cannabinoid (CBD) as a dietary ingredient, calling the move vital to protect consumers and to provide legal clarity for the industry.

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Compliance and Enforcement

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Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

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Coalition of advocates, industry commits to reducing heavy metals in baby food

Following new findings that heavy metals – including lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic – are present in 95% of toddler and baby foods, a new coalition of food companies, academic bodies, and advocacy groups is looking for ways to change the status quo and reduce those levels.

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Court sinks key federal aquaculture permit

A federal judge has struck down a move by the Trump administration to allow the expansion of shellfish aquaculture along the coast of Washington state, ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to fully consider the environmental impacts of the decision and violated federal law.

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Day ahead – Oct. 16, 2019: US-China deal, China farm prices, RFS timeline

Focus remains on Chinese purchases of US ag goods included in the “phase one” US-China trade deal reached late last week. Meanwhile, China’s farm produce prices continue to rise and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to miss a November 30 deadline for finalizing 2020 biofuels and 2021 biodiesel volumes.

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Day ahead – Oct. 15, 2019: Mnuchin on US-China deal, USMCA, RFS volumes

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin struck a positive tone on the US-China trade accord. Meanwhile, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to accelerate a ratification vote for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and updated 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes remain under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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US gets final approval for up to $7.5 billion in duties on EU goods

New US tariffs on scores of European Union (EU) goods with a value of up to $7.5 billion annually – stemming from a dispute over EU subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Airbus – were formally greenlighted during a special October 14 session of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB).

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Packaging

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Drinks industry faces sizeable losses from plain packaging regulations, finds report

The global beverages industry could experience a value loss of around USD430.8 billion if plain packaging regulations are extended to cover its products worldwide, according to the findings of a new report that explores the potential global ramifications of new plain packaging restrictions on alcohol, sugary drinks, confectionery and salty snack products.



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New study finds takeout food increases PFAS exposure

A new study of consumers’ eating habits and associated blood-serum levels of per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) appears to bolster concerns about the chemicals’ persistence, toxicity and impact on human health and supports avoiding the use of fluorinated chemicals in food contact materials (FCMs), according to the researchers. 

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ACLU, Arkansas square off in court over whether to block state’s ‘fake meat’ law

Attorneys on behalf of Tofurky Company were in federal court Monday (Oct. 7) seeking an order to block Arkansas’ meat label law from moving ahead.

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Partners sought to develop food packaging that can be digested by animals

An organisation called the Animal Digestible Food Packaging (ADFP) Initiative is seeking government and industry partners to develop technology it believes could help solve the dual challenges of food waste and litter, making packaging into a resource rather than a liability.

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Judge sides with Missouri in ‘fake meat’ challenge, rejects call for injunction

A judge has rejected a request by the Good Food Institute (GFI) and Turtle Island Foods to block Missouri from enforcing the “fake meat” labeling law while the case moves forward, and advocates say they plan to appeal that Sept. 30 decision.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Pressure builds on FDA over CBD, US-Japan trade deal, CAP transition

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming under increasing pressure to be more proactive in establishing a clear regulatory framework for cannabidiol (CBD) foods and supplements – but law makers and industry stake holders appear divided on the next steps.

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Coalition of advocates, industry commits to reducing heavy metals in baby food

Following new findings that heavy metals – including lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic – are present in 95% of toddler and baby foods, a new coalition of food companies, academic bodies, and advocacy groups is looking for ways to change the status quo and reduce those levels.

US Food Policy Additives

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

EPA has set new tolerances for residues of the herbicide indaziflam in or on tropical and subtropical fruit.

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FDA asks Science Board to review latest science on food dyes, child behavior

The issue of whether synthetic food dyes can be linked to hyperactivity in children is again on the table for FDA.

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Budget and Financing

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Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

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Day ahead – Oct. 17, 2019: Disaster aid, NASS resurvey, Western Growers leadership

Disaster aid payments should begin flowing to farmers this week, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) said it will have to resurvey corn and soybean harvested acreage in North Dakota and Minnesota due to recent snow and Western Growers announced Executive Vice President Dave Puglia has been tapped as the group’s next leader.

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Day ahead – Oct. 16, 2019: US-China deal, China farm prices, RFS timeline

Focus remains on Chinese purchases of US ag goods included in the “phase one” US-China trade deal reached late last week. Meanwhile, China’s farm produce prices continue to rise and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to miss a November 30 deadline for finalizing 2020 biofuels and 2021 biodiesel volumes.

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