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EPA considering Monsanto request to allow spraying of dicamba on corn

EPA has received a request from Bayer-owned Monsanto to allow dicamba to be sprayed on corn that has been genetically engineered to resist the potent herbicide.

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Trump budget spares FSIS from large cuts, revives unpopular user fees

The Trump administration would nearly fully fund the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and again revive unpopular user fees to supplement the inspection budget, but the food safety agency would miss larger cuts proposed elsewhere at USDA.

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North and South Dakota pass cell-based meat labeling restrictions

State lawmakers in North and South Dakota last week approved legislation to regulate labeling of cell-cultured meat and prohibit use of the term "meat" on product labels. 
US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

FDA lifts import ban for GE salmon in wake of USDA GMO disclosure rule

U.S. consumers could soon be eating salmon genetically modified to grow twice as fast as conventional salmon after FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Friday lifted import ban that had blocked AquaBounty Technologies from selling and raising its genetically engineered fish in the United States.

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GAO names ‘fragmented’ food safety system on its latest high-risk list

Since 2007, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has named the “fragmented” food safety oversight system stretched across more than a dozen federal agencies on its list of high-risk programs in desperate need of attention. At a March 6 hearing, GAO once again called on the U.S. government to come up with a national strategy for food safety to move it off its list.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: US trade agenda, Farm Bill timelines, CAP splits and Brexit

With trade talks between the US and China concluding without an overall agreement, but with commitments on the US not raising tariffs beyond current levels and China promising to purchase more agricultural goods, attention turned to other trade matters last week, including USMCA.

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FDA sheds light on requested $38.4 million increase for FY 2020 food programs

From boosting its ability to handle outbreaks to funding state-led FSMA inspections and bumping resources for review of emerging food technologies, FDA has very specific ideas on how to spend $38.4 million in new funding for food programs requested in the agency’s proposed FY 2020 budget.

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Tyson to trace 'natural' beef with DNA technology

Tyson, one of the world’s largest meat processors, is starting to use DNA technology to trace beef back to the individual animal of origin.

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Top Democrats denounce Trump's budget over cuts in nutrition and ag programs

Two congressional leaders on Thursday (March 14) criticized President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal for seeking cuts in agriculture programs and threatening to undo progress made in the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill.

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FDA, USDA sign MOU to jointly oversee cell-based meat

USDA and FDA on Thursday (March 7) released a formal agreement to jointly oversee foods made from cell-cultured meat, detailing a regulatory approach largely supported by cell meat companies, livestock producers and other stakeholders.

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EU Court annuls EFSA decision not to release glyphosate data

The EU General Court, the junior court of the European Court of Justice, has overruled decisions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to keep crucial toxicology and carcinogenicity studies on the active substance glyphosate confidential, on grounds it was in the public interest to have this information public.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU data protection rules hamper blockchain development

The EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR – 2016/679) is causing headaches for companies trying to implement blockchain technologies as a way to protect against fraud and guarantee traceability and integrity of supply chains, a special session at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) conference in Nice, France last week heard.

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