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Senate subcommittee approves FY 2019 bill with increases to ag research, FDA food safety

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved a FY 2019 spending bill for USDA/FDA on May 22 that rejected much of the cuts proposed by the Trump administration and included a $15 million increase for FDA’s food safety program.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Senators say Mexico should honor U.S. cheese imports despite EU deal

Mexico must honor its existing trade commitments and reject the EU’s trade proposal that will harm American cheese exporters, said a bipartisan group of senators, who wrote the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as the U.S., Mexico and Canada wrap up negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Time is right to tackle problems at dual-jurisdiction plants, experts say

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), state regulation and third party standards have made an already complex food regulatory system even more convoluted for dual jurisdiction plants, said speakers at the Food Safety Summit last week.

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State and federal regulators discuss progress, challenges with PC inspections

As they move into the next year of inspections under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Foods rule, federal and state regulators say industry, for the most part, appears to be compliant with the mandate.

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FDA, CDC, USDA officials share updates during Food Safety Summit Town Hall

ROSEMONT, ILL. -- FDA is preparing to release a guidance on intentional adulteration, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is upgrading the PulseNet network to the latest technology in whole genome sequencing. 

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Spending bill for USDA/FDA approved by House appropriations subcommittee

The FY 2019 FDA/USDA spending bill sailed through a brief markup by the House Appropriations Agriculture subcommittee on Wednesday (May 9), but not before lawmakers remarked on funding for FDA, organics and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

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Consumer groups urge FDA to enhance traceability by adopting FSMA provisions

In the wake of an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that has yet to be resolved, a coalition of consumer groups is calling on FDA to take steps to swiftly improve traceability of high-risk produce such as leafy greens.

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EPA sued for glyphosate residue records

A consumer group has sued EPA for failing to release records related to FDA's testing of food for the herbicide glyphosate.

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Roberts applauds bill to speed drug approvals for zoonotic diseases

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Wednesday (May 23) applauded members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for approving the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation (PAHPAI) Act, complete with provisions that would create expedited pathway for animal drugs that treat zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.

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DeLauro calls on Perdue to stop talks involving imports of China-raised chicken

Concerned that USDA may be moving forward with plans to allow China-raised poultry to be imported to the United States, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to step away from discussing chicken imports after reports surfaced of a meeting among high-level officials. 

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Blockchain could improve halal traceability, technology firm says

With Muslim consumers seeking stronger assurances over the authenticity of Halal meat products, blockchain technology is increasingly being seen as an answer to global compliance issues.

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DeLauro again asks FDA about Rose Acres probe after egg outbreak

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has again asked FDA to clarify its handling of the investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to Rose Acre Farms shell eggs and the recall of more than 200 million eggs.

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FDA spells out enforcement policy for partially hydrogenated oil ban

A month before the June 18 deadline for phasing out partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from foods goes into effect, FDA is tying loose ends and answering outstanding questions related to the ban.

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State and federal regulators discuss progress, challenges with PC inspections

As they move into the next year of inspections under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Foods rule, federal and state regulators say industry, for the most part, appears to be compliant with the mandate.

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Improvements still needed from regulators, retailers to prevent illnesses, AFDO’s Mandernach says

ROSEMONT, ILL. – More and more illnesses associated with restaurants and grocery stores illustrate the need for industry and regulatory agencies to consider additional steps to prevent outbreaks, said Steve Mandernach, past president of the Association of Food and Drug (AFDO) officials, at the 20th Annual Food Safety Summit in Rosemont, Ill.

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Marketing organic food and drink products in the EU and US

The ultimate goal of the efforts undertaken by organic producers to produce within the prescriptive guidelines is, of course, to be able to sell authenticated ‘organic’ products to the end-consumer.

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Day ahead – May 9, 2018: White House shift on biofuel exports and RFS, Trump seeks to meet with lawmakers on farm bill

There are indications of a potential shift in the White House position regarding Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance and biofuel exports following a May 8 meeting; meanwhile, President Donald Trump wants to meet with ag panel lawmakers to discuss the farm bill and Democrats continue to press EPA over RFS waivers.

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FDA scraps import reject stamp, suspension rules in latest Unified Agenda

FDA plans new rules to amend food additive regulations, bottled water and crab meat standards, but is withdrawing rules to label imported food refused entry into the United States and to spell out FDA’s authority when suspending facility registrations.

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Nestlé’s Klump talks about new list of chemicals of concern in food packaging

A new, publicly available list of chemicals of concern in food packaging put together by brand owners and packaging suppliers may help guide retailers like Costco when they consider their own lists of chemicals they want excluded from supply chains, said Stephen Klump, global head of packaging quality and safety at Nestlé, at a Friday (May 11) meeting.

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Marketing organic food and drink products in the EU and US

The ultimate goal of the efforts undertaken by organic producers to produce within the prescriptive guidelines is, of course, to be able to sell authenticated ‘organic’ products to the end-consumer.

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IEG Policy’s Top 10 for April: Alcohol labelling, GMA forecasts, Farm Bill progress and CAP leaks

It was another eventful month in both Washington and Brussels last month, with significant developments in food and drink labelling, farming policy, and legislation related to the organic sector.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

FDA has updated several new entries in its Food Contact Substance Notification inventory this month.

 

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Committee warns UK not to 'rush in' to trade talks with US

The House of Commons International Trade Committee has concluded the UK government should not enter into trade negotiations with the US without first establishing a “clear, comprehensive and evidence-based trade strategy.”

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s filings include new pesticide petitions received by EPA to change tolerances on a wide range of commodities, and FDA's decision to deny an industry petition on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs.). 

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FDA spells out enforcement policy for partially hydrogenated oil ban

A month before the June 18 deadline for phasing out partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from foods goes into effect, FDA is tying loose ends and answering outstanding questions related to the ban.

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USDA told to reject petition to bar ‘meat’ label on lab-grown protein products

The majority of the more than 6,000 comments urged USDA last week to reject a petition from the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) that would prohibit use of the terms “meat” or “beef” on plant-based and lab-grown proteins marketed as alternatives to traditional meat, but for widely different reasons.

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Budget and Financing

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Next steps in the farm bill process remain unclear

US ag circles are still mulling the prospects of a new farm bill in the wake of the sharp rebuke delivered in the House May 18.

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US Washington week ahead: Spending bills, farm bill & NAFTA 2.0 talks remain a focus

The House and Senate continue to churn through the various government spending bills while lawmakers are assessing the next steps in the farm bill process and the NAFTA 2.0 talks remain attention points in the week leading up to the Memorial Day holiday.

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US Washington week ahead: House farm bill, China & NAFTA 2.0 talks all key

The House is scheduled to vote on a new farm bill this week while US-China trade discussions and more NAFTA 2.0 sessions are on tap as Congress returns to Washington.
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