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Consumer group sues OMB for records on GMO disclosure rule

The Center for Food Safety has sued the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for failing to supply documents related to the review of the draft OMB disclosure rule.


US Food Policy Biotechnology

FSIS to study possible updates for safe handling labels on meat, poultry

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has not given up on plans to update safe handling instruction labels for raw and partially cooked meat and poultry products and is planning to conduct in-depth research to determine whether and how such revisions could benefit consumers.

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Food industry urges USDA to extend deadline for GMO disclosure compliance

Food companies are urging the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to push back the compliance deadline for the federal GMO disclosure rule.

US Food Policy Biotechnology

Lab meat companies say FDA should regulate their products

FDA is the right agency to assess the safety and quality of lab-grown meat, say several representatives from the emerging lab-grown meat, poultry and seafood industry, despite a push from many in the traditionally raised meat and poultry industry for USDA to regulate these products when they become commercially available.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Disagreements linger over threshold for GMO disclosure

USDA's proposed bioengineered food disclosure standard does not answer the key question of what threshold amount of a GMO triggers the disclosure requirements, prompting marked disagreement among stakeholders on where to draw the line. 

US Food Policy European Food Law

Meat industry, consumers raise red flags over FDA regulation of lab-grown meats

The meat industry and consumer groups are raising red flags over the potential for FDA to regulate lab-grown meat, poultry and seafood products, and say FDA and USDA should work together with all stakeholders before any decisions are made about which agency gets oversight over the emerging products.

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Codex to work on nutrition labels, sets new limits on contaminants

The 41st meeting of the UN’s Codex Alimentarius Commission this month set new limits for methylmercury found in fish and a naturally occurring contaminant found in chocolate. It also agreed to undertake new work on simplified nutrition labelling.

International European Food Law

Appeals court hears dispute over Conagra's ‘natural’ claims

A federal appeals court is considering whether to revive a class action lawsuit that alleges Conagra Brands Inc. is deceiving consumers by labeling cooking oils made from genetically engineered crops as "100% Natural."

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Proposal to ban junk food advertising on London's transport system faces backlash

A proposal announced today (May 11th) by the Mayor of London to ban junk food advertising from the entire “Transport for London” transportation network has been criticised as “paternalistic”.

Europe London

Missouri weighs proposal to restrict use of the term ‘meat’

Amid a growing national debate over whether “meat” should only apply to products that come from animals, and not used for those derived from plants or grown in a lab, the state of Missouri is debating a bill that could potentially restrict producers of meat alternatives from using the term.

US Food Policy Labeling

Perdue to appeal NAD recommendation to change or stop organic chicken ads

Perdue Farms, Inc. plans to appeal the National Advertising Division’s (NAD) latest recommendation to change or stop its broadcast and YouTube ads for its Harvestland Organic chicken, which the advertising watchdog says imply that all the company’s chickens are raised organically.

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EU-Mexico deal ‘gives away’ cheese names, hurts Mexico, U.S. dairy says

The EU-Mexico trade deal that appears to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names is ringing alarm bells for U.S. dairy producers.

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Health Claims

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Organic group contests Ben & Jerry’s label claims

A new lawsuit filed this week by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) targets Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, alleging the company is deceiving consumers by failing to disclose the presence of trace amounts of glyphosate in its popular ice cream products.

US Food Policy Health Claims

Conagra says GMO disclosure law preempts ‘Natural’ lawsuit

The national GMO disclosure law preempts claims alleging Conagra Brands Inc. is deceiving consumers by labeling cooking oils made from genetically engineered crops as "100% Natural," the company says in a new filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

US Food Policy Biotechnology

Advocates welcome ban on trans fat, consider next priorities

Now that their much-anticipated and long-fought ban on artificial trans fats has gone into effect, public health and consumer advocates have already lined up a whole list of initiatives that they want to focus on next.

US Food Policy Additives

Appeals court hears dispute over Conagra's ‘natural’ claims

A federal appeals court is considering whether to revive a class action lawsuit that alleges Conagra Brands Inc. is deceiving consumers by labeling cooking oils made from genetically engineered crops as "100% Natural."

US Food Policy Advertising

IEG Policy’s May Top 10: CAP budget, US counter notification at WTO, Amazon shares food safety tools

In May, the European Commission announced the CAP budget will be scaled back, the US filed the first ever World Trade Organisation counter notification against Indian wheat and rice subsidies, and a leading Amazon executive revealed some of the company’s innovative food safety strategies.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Plant-based protein sector set for strong annual growth in US and Europe

Retail sales of plant-based protein are set to grow by 7% annually in both the US and Europe over the next few years taking US market value to US$6 billion by 2022, double the current worth of product sales for the sector.

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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.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Senators ask FDA to require allergen labeling for products containing sesame

Several senators led by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are once again urging FDA to add sesame to the “Big 8” list of allergens that must be identified on food labels.

US Food Policy Allergens

FDA says rye, barley should not qualify for major food allergen list

Barley and rye will not be added to the food allergen list anytime soon as FDA denied a 2008 petition asking for these to be included under the packaging disclosure law to protect people with gluten sensitivities.

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Geographical Indications

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Podcast: CAP Reform & Farm Bill progress

Proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy have been submitted by the European Commission, while the new US Farm Bill is making its way through the Legislative Branch, meaning it is a significant time for the farming sectors on both sides of the Atlantic.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

EU and Japan create massive free trade zone

A wide-ranging trade and cooperation deal that the EU and Japan signed on 17 July will create a free trade zone covering over 600 million people, ending some €1 billion in export duties that European firms currently pay annually, with Europe’s agri-food sector expected to be one of the main winners.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

UK to seek full alignment on EU agri-food rules, US trade deal ruled out: leaked paper

UK government ministers will meet tomorrow (July 6) to review a proposal for ‘ongoing harmonisation’ with EU rules for agri-food products and other goods after the UK leaves the EU, according to reports circulating in London today.

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