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FSMA's VQIP portal to open Oct. 1

After a one-year delay, FDA has good news for importers interested in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) – a fee-based program to provide expedited review of foods from importers who can show they can maintain the highest level of control over the safety of their supply chains.

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FDA finds second Cyclospora sample in US-grown produce

While searching for the source in the second of two high-profile Cyclospora outbreaks, FDA has found traces of the parasite on domestically grown romaine lettuce.

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FDA fixes gap in CGMP compliance loophole

FDA is trying to fix a gap in compliance dates under the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and is finalizing a rule that would do just that for certain small and very small produce operations, effective immediately.

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FDA to start charging export certification fees for foods in October

Starting Oct. 1, food companies will begin paying for the first time new export certification fees for foods, including produce, processed foods, food and color additives, and infant formula, FDA announced Friday (Aug. 31).

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Produce industry amps up collaboration to improve traceability

The produce industry recently convened to re-launch the decade-old Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), following recent foodborne illness outbreak investigations, release in Canada of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and projects exploring the benefits of blockchain for the food supply chain.

US Food Policy European Food Law

New FSMA inspections to start next month for animal food facilities

FDA plans next month to begin checking large animal food businesses for compliance with Preventive Controls (PC), just one of the many milestones coming up for an industry still coming to terms with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Low-calorie food makers ask FDA to not list allulose as 'sugar' on revised label

While FDA is still deciding how to treat allulose, a low-calorie sugar substitute, on the new Nutrition Facts panel, the agency has received yet another call from industry requesting that the substance not be labeled as “sugar” or “added sugar.”

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Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

Traceability & Supply Chain Technology

Day ahead – September 21, 2018: No agreement yet after US-Canada NAFTA talks, Cargill beef recall, Rep. Issa tapped for trade post

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Canada to be at a scheduled event on Friday (today) without reaching a final agreement in the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations. Meanwhile, Cargill recalled 132,606 pounds of ground beef products over possible E.Coli contamination and the White House is set to name retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to head the US Trade and Development Agency.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

The impact of limiting cadmium levels in European fertilizers – a constructive approach

In recent years, the words ‘phosphate’ and ‘cadmium’ have jointly come under the spotlight even in non-specialised press articles. On more than one occasion they have depicted scary, almost ‘doomsday’ scenarios that may come as a consequence of regulatory changes put forward by the European Commission.

Crop Inputs Environment and Conservation

FSMA's VQIP portal to open Oct. 1

After a one-year delay, FDA has good news for importers interested in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) – a fee-based program to provide expedited review of foods from importers who can show they can maintain the highest level of control over the safety of their supply chains.

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Compliance and Enforcement

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FSMA's VQIP portal to open Oct. 1

After a one-year delay, FDA has good news for importers interested in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) – a fee-based program to provide expedited review of foods from importers who can show they can maintain the highest level of control over the safety of their supply chains.

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“Clear path” towards treaty to protect world’s oceans established

An intergovernmental conference on creating a legal framework to protect the exploitation of the world’s oceans foresees the preparation of a draft treaty during the first quarter of 2019.

 

International European Agricultural Policy

NFU members updated by ag lawmakers on farm bill, trade at fall fly-in

Updates on trade policy issues and the farm bill currently being reconciled by House and Senate conferees were delivered by lawmakers to 350 members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) in Washington, DC for the groups Fall legislative fly-in.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

NASDA votes to support USDA, not FDA to regulate cell-cultured meat

While FDA and USDA appear to be looking for common ground in the debate over which agency should regulate lab-grown meats, some stakeholders – including the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) – remain committed to the idea that USDA, rather than FDA is better suited for the job.

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Enforcement report makes clear DOJ remains vigilant on food safety

Felony criminal actions included in a recent USDA quarterly enforcement report show the Trump administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) is not backing off taking action on food safety cases, says a food safety expert.  

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FDA fixes gap in CGMP compliance loophole

FDA is trying to fix a gap in compliance dates under the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and is finalizing a rule that would do just that for certain small and very small produce operations, effective immediately.

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Packaging

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Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

Traceability & Supply Chain Technology

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

At the request of the Juice Products Association, FDA has changed the food additive regulations for vitamin D3 in fortified 100% juices to replace the current recommended daily percentage values for calcium. The group asked for the change to maintain parity with dairy products and to keep the fortified juice drinks tasty. 

 

US Food Policy Additives

Court rejects government’s motion to dismiss GRAS rule challenge

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a challenge to FDA’s 2016 Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) rule, a procedural victory for advocacy groups who argue the rule violates federal law by allowing manufacturers to decide whether their own products are safe.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

EPA has set a new tolerance for residues of spiromesifen in or on coffee at the request of Bayer CropScience, one of the many updates found in this week's Food Chemical News Guide.

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Court stays California glyphosate cancer listing case

A federal judge has imposed an indefinite stay on litigation challenging California's decision to list glyphosate as a cancer-causing chemical.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Probiotics can declare CFUs on supplement labels for now, FDA says

FDA says dietary supplement firms can declare live microbial ingredients in colony forming units (CFUs) for the first time in Supplement Facts labels while the agency weighs whether to issue a new regulation.

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Additives

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Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

This week in Food Chemical News Guide

At the request of the Juice Products Association, FDA has changed the food additive regulations for vitamin D3 in fortified 100% juices to replace the current recommended daily percentage values for calcium. The group asked for the change to maintain parity with dairy products and to keep the fortified juice drinks tasty. 

 

US Food Policy Additives

Court rejects government’s motion to dismiss GRAS rule challenge

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a challenge to FDA’s 2016 Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) rule, a procedural victory for advocacy groups who argue the rule violates federal law by allowing manufacturers to decide whether their own products are safe.

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Budget and Financing

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

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Conaway committed to finishing farm bill, says multiple issues remain unresolved

Multiple issues, not just differences on new work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, remain to be worked out between the House and Senate-passed versions of the farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said in an interview with IEG Policy and another reporter.

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Day ahead – September 18, 2018: Hurricane Florence disaster aid, limited farm bill progress, US-Canada NAFTA talks

Congress is prepared to provide new resources to help US states recover from Hurricane Florence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. Meanwhile, farm bill talks have made limited progress and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she will come back to Washington this week to continue NAFTA talks.

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