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Dairy, grain groups hail USMCA, but outline shortfalls

Mostly positive impacts are expected for US grain and dairy stakeholders should the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) take effect, the top groups representing both industries said in testimony before the US International Trade Commission (USITC) November 15.

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Court urged not to dismiss Nestlé GMO labeling suit

A California consumer is urging a federal judge not to dismiss a class action against Nestlé, arguing the company has failed to refute her claims that the company's "No GMO Ingredients" seal is deceptive.

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GMO Directive is no longer fit for purpose, say EU scientific advisors

A recent Court ruling on gene editing techniques shows that the EU's GMO Directive is no longer adequate and needs to be revised to reflect the most recent scientific knowledge, a group of scientific advisors has argued.

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Funding bill for USDA/FDA still uncertain in lame duck Congress

While the midterms handed control of the House to the Democrats in January, Congress must still wrestle with plenty of items during the lame duck session that include FY 2019 funding for FDA and USDA.

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Memphis Meats official pitches solution to regulating cell-based industry

While the question of how federal agencies will regulate cell-based meats remains unclear, Memphis Meats, one of the biggest players in the new field, is offering a simple solution.

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Plaintiffs hit back at Chipotle's appeal of class certification order

Plaintiffs challenging Chipotle's "non-GMO" menu claims say the company should not be permitted to appeal a court's decision to grant class certification to customers in three states.

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USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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GMO Directive is no longer fit for purpose, say EU scientific advisors

A recent Court ruling on gene editing techniques shows that the EU's GMO Directive is no longer adequate and needs to be revised to reflect the most recent scientific knowledge, a group of scientific advisors has argued.

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FDA issues new Food Code recommendation urging food retailers to post warnings on risks of liquid nitrogen

After warning earlier this year on the potential dangers in handling or eating of foods prepared with liquid nitrogen immediately before consumption, FDA has released an interpretation of the 2017 Food Code that found the Food Code does not prohibit its use but warned of the risks associated with liquid nitrogen and dry ice in foods.

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FSIS should abandon waiver policy under NPIS, urge Murray, DeLauro

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) should abandon its flawed waiver policy as part of the program that allows poultry plants to run at faster line speeds and endanger workers, said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), in a Nov. 2 letter.

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Conagra recalls 2.4 million cake mixes in outbreak involving rare Salmonella strain

A rare strain of Salmonella – which has only been found in food twice since 1996 – has surfaced in a sample of Conagra Brands' Duncan Hines cake mixes, leading to the recall of more than 2.4 million boxes of product.

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IEG Policy’s October Top 10: FDA agenda, growth of blockchain and CAP strategic plans

The US Food and Drug Administration outlined its priority list for the coming months in October, while applications of blockchain technology in the agriculture and food supply chain are forecast to grow considerably, and EU officials and academics debated the new CAP’s strategic plans.

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