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Unified Agenda: FDA to tackle much-anticipated proposal for high-risk foods

Food safety advocates are likely to be pleased with FDA’s fall 2019 Unified Agenda, as it includes – for the first time – a long-delayed proposal to establish additional recordkeeping and traceability requirements for high-risk foods.

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FDA again extends time to comply with FSMA's supply chain provision

Frozen food companies are praising FDA for extending enforcement discretion on a supplier verification and approval provision of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – scheduled to run out Nov. 6 – after two years were not enough to work out a solution.

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FDA sets sweeping new requirements for food testing under FSMA

In-house laboratories at food companies, along with commercial and government laboratories, will need to gain accreditation to handle certain food safety tests under a long-delayed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule published Nov. 4.

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FDA announcement of another E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce raises criticism, concern

An FDA announcement suggesting that public health officials have investigated and closed yet another unresolved outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce without informing the public has caused alarm and even bitter criticism among food safety advocates.

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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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USDA rolling on with revamp of biotech crop rule

USDA officials are bullish on the latest proposal to overhaul the department’s regulatory framework for biotech crops, voicing confidence the time is finally ripe for change.

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UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

Farm Policy & Programs Food Policy

Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

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FSIS gives inspectors guidance as more China poultry becomes eligible for import

FSIS told inspectors Wednesday (Dec. 4) to make sure they check poultry import certificates for accuracy as China becomes eligible to ship cooked poultry products starting Dec. 8.

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Egg producers weigh in on FDA’s plan for smarter, more traceable food safety

Weighing in on FDA’s plans to create a “smarter,” more digital and traceable food safety system, egg producers are urging FDA to adopt a few solutions that don’t necessarily have to do with new technology.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s updates include additive changes for cattle and poultry feed and new pesticide residue tolerances for etoxazole, fenproxyimate, and propamocarb.

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Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

FSIS gives inspectors guidance as more China poultry becomes eligible for import

FSIS told inspectors Wednesday (Dec. 4) to make sure they check poultry import certificates for accuracy as China becomes eligible to ship cooked poultry products starting Dec. 8.

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Day ahead – Dec. 4, 2019: SNAP rule, Tuna price-fixing, Meat sector acquisition

USDA Secretary Perdue is set to unveil a rule tightening Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements. Meanwhile, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted of conspiring to fix tuna prices and the US Cattlemen’s Association is seeking an investigation into Marfrig Global Foods bid to boost its stake in the National Beef Packing Company.

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Court blocks Iowa from enforcing second attempt at ‘ag-gag’ law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Iowa from enforcing an “ag-gag” law, a preliminary victory for animal welfare groups who sued the state to strike down the 2019 statute.

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Cargill adopts 2030 supply chain greenhouse gas reduction targets

A new goal of reducing company supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% per ton of product by 2030 compared to 2017 levels, was announced by Cargill as part of its efforts to combat climate change Tuesday (Dec. 3).

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Day ahead – Dec. 3, 2019: FDA nominee, EPA biofuel plan, Dairy checkoff pay

Natural Product Association (NPA) President and CEO Daniel Fabricant urged the Senate to quickly approve Stephen Hahn’s nomination to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Meanwhile, comments filed by biofuels group Growth Energy were critical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to account for small refinery waivers and a new report detailed executive pay at the US dairy checkoff.

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Packaging

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FSIS gives inspectors guidance as more China poultry becomes eligible for import

FSIS told inspectors Wednesday (Dec. 4) to make sure they check poultry import certificates for accuracy as China becomes eligible to ship cooked poultry products starting Dec. 8.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Trade MEPs agree to more US beef imports amid WTO dispute

Trade MEPs agreed to allow more US hormone-free beef into the EU market while also calling for an end to Trump’s bureaucratic blockade of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) dispute settlement system.

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Food packaging is major focus for retailers' efforts to reduce toxics exposure

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a new chemicals-safety report card for consumers indicates that food packaging has become a major focus for retailers’ toxics use reductions, in particular, the so-called forever-chemical compounds PFAS (per- and polyfluoralkyl substances) and ortho-phthalates and bisphenols.

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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 found here. Updated in the database this week:
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Plastic waste from Europe, North America poisoning Indonesia’s food chain, NGOs find

Eggs laid by chickens in a village in Indonesia where Western plastic is processed contain dioxin levels 70 times the daily intake limit recommended by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), an environmental network reports today (November 14).

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Additives

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s updates include additive changes for cattle and poultry feed and new pesticide residue tolerances for etoxazole, fenproxyimate, and propamocarb.

US Food Policy Additives

FDA says CBD not GRAS, stirs concern among hemp producers

The latest update on FDA’s stance on cannabidiol (CBD) – complete with a declaration the agency does not have evidence to conclude that CBD is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in human food and drugs – has caused concern among players in the hemp industry.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final tolerances this week for residues of clothianidin on persimmon and cyflumetofen on green coffee beans.

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Budget and Financing

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Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – Dec. 4, 2019: SNAP rule, Tuna price-fixing, Meat sector acquisition

USDA Secretary Perdue is set to unveil a rule tightening Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements. Meanwhile, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted of conspiring to fix tuna prices and the US Cattlemen’s Association is seeking an investigation into Marfrig Global Foods bid to boost its stake in the National Beef Packing Company.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – Dec. 3, 2019: FDA nominee, EPA biofuel plan, Dairy checkoff pay

Natural Product Association (NPA) President and CEO Daniel Fabricant urged the Senate to quickly approve Stephen Hahn’s nomination to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Meanwhile, comments filed by biofuels group Growth Energy were critical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to account for small refinery waivers and a new report detailed executive pay at the US dairy checkoff.

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