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House spending bill would block FDA from GE salmon labeling

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday (March 16) added an amendment to the agriculture spending bill that says only USDA can require labeling of genetically engineered salmon. The language effectively blocks FDA from imposing GE salmon labels, a move proponents say is needed to prevent consumer confusion.

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House Appropriations Committee passes FY 2019 bill with food policy amendments

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill by a 31-20 vote on May 16, but not until members engaged in a debate about cell-based meat regulation and horse slaughter.  

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USDA looks ready to approve GE citrus virus to help Florida growers

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) that supports allowing Florida citrus growers to use a genetically engineered virus to combat citrus greening disease (Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus).

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Alaska Sen. Murkowski vows to fight GE salmon despite new permit approval

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she will continue to press for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered salmon and for further environmental and human health reviews of the transgenic fish.  

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Pro-labeling groups unconvinced by USDA's GMO disclosure rule

Environmental groups and consumer advocates are pleased USDA has issued a draft GMO disclosure rule, but they say the proposal raises more questions than answers and makes it far too difficult for consumers to know which food products contain genetically engineered ingredients
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Gottlieb discusses outbreak, food labeling and gene editing at FDLI meeting

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the recent E. coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce that has resulted in one death and sickened more than100 people reinforces the need for FDA to aggressively enforce the Produce Safety rule.

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What threat does ‘lab-grown’ meat pose to the traditional livestock sector?

It is now five years since so-called ‘artificial meat’ was successfully grown in a Dutch laboratory at a cost in excess of $300,000 per lb. But cost of production of this proteinaceous substance, claimed to be an exact nutritional substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat produced on the farm, has now fallen dramatically.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

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.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Tyson-backed firm sets roadmap for affordable lab-grown meat

Rapid technological advances should make it possible to produce lab-grown meat at affordable prices within the next two to three years, an Israeli startup company indicated this week as it secured funding from U.S. meat giant, Tyson Foods.
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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.”

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Food must be subject to “new levels of transparency”, says report

Consumer demand for information about the food they eat means that “radical transparency” will shape the future of the industry, from farm to supermarket, over the coming years, a new report predicts.

Europe European Agricultural Policy

FSIS officials field questions on proposed new swine inspection rule

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) officials fielded questions on training for slaughter plant staff to conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem sorting under the proposed New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) during a Monday (April 16) webinar on the rule.

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