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Judge rejects 'natural' Jif peanut butter complaint

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that J.M. Smucker is misleading consumers by labeling its Jif peanut butter as “natural,” even though the product may contain sugar made from genetically engineered sugar beets.

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USDA resisting calls to extend deadlines for GMO disclosure rule

USDA is in no rush to grant requests to delay the compliance dates for its GMO disclosure rule, an official with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) told attendees of a Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) conference on Thursday (March 26).

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Day ahead – March 16, 2020: Milk supply, gene editing survey, food allergy legislation

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) discussed the US milk supply relative to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, a survey gauged consumer attitudes towards gene edited foods and legislation to boost food allergy research was introduced in both chambers of Congress.

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Pork producers press Congress to shift ag biotech oversight to USDA

US pork producers continue to urge the Trump administration and Congress to give USDA oversight of biotech food animals, warning that FDA’s current regulatory regime is onerous and putting US farmers at a competitive disadvantage.

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Stabenow urges USDA modify GE crop rule

USDA’s proposal to overhaul its oversight of biotech crops falls short and should be revamped to ensure public confidence in the regulatory regime, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said Thursday (March 12) during a Senate hearing on agricultural biotechnology.

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FDA wants court to sink GE salmon lawsuit

FDA is urging a California federal judge to toss out a lawsuit challenging its approval of AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon, arguing the remaining claims in the complaint are baseless.

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Missouri defends 'fake meat' labeling law

Missouri’s “fake meat” labeling law is constitutional and poses little threat to plant-based meat manufacturers, state officials said in a brief filed last week with the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: France looks to recruit “land army”, US reduces inspections, IHS Markit podcasts online

Lockdowns grew as COVID-19 swept through Europe and the US last week, leading French Agriculture Minister, Didier Guillaume, to appeal to “the army in the shadows” to come out and help with food production.

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COVID-19 will accelerate consumer migration to online grocery shopping, FDA's Yiannas tells FDLI

The threat of COVID-19 is changing consumers’ grocery habits and helping accelerate the migration of American shoppers to online food shopping – a trend that is unlikely to change after the emergency passes.

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GFI renews push for FDA to green-light use of common terms in plant-based labels

The Good Food Institute (GFI) has not lost hope that FDA will act on a March 2017 petition asking the agency to codify the current practice of allowing common terms such as “meat,” “milk” or “rice” on plant-based substitutes – as long as those products use modifiers to clarify their origin.

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Stabenow urges USDA modify GE crop rule

USDA’s proposal to overhaul its oversight of biotech crops falls short and should be revamped to ensure public confidence in the regulatory regime, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said Thursday (March 12) during a Senate hearing on agricultural biotechnology.

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FDA wants court to sink GE salmon lawsuit

FDA is urging a California federal judge to toss out a lawsuit challenging its approval of AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon, arguing the remaining claims in the complaint are baseless.

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