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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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FDA allows stakeholders more time to comment on the use of dairy terms in plant-based products

In a move welcomed by dairy producers, FDA announced on Thursday (Nov. 15) that it will extend by 60 days the time for stakeholders to comment on whether the agency should continue the practice of allowing plant-based products to bear dairy terms on their labels.

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Memory supplements found to be misbranded, adulterated, GAO finds

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found two of the three memory supplements it tested either did not contain their stated ingredients or did not contain the quantity listed on the label.

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: USDA sued for failing to require certification of animal raising claims

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has sued USDA for failing to require third-party audits for animal raising claims, such as “humane” and “sustainable,” that have become increasingly popular in recent years.

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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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Blue Diamond almond milk case moves to oral arguments next month

Oral arguments are slated for Dec. 3 in a case challenging whether Blue Diamond misleads consumers who buy almond milk into buying imitation dairy products.

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U.S. Right to Know asks FTC to investigate industry marketing statements on sucralose

The watchdog group U.S. Right to Know (USRK) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether advertising of sucralose by companies such as Tate & Lyle and Coca-Cola may be deceptive and possibly harmful to consumers. 

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Palm oil producers given one year to transition to new RSPO standard

Producers of palm oil that are certified as sustainable by the RSPO have been given one year to adapt to a new RSPO standard which the certification body says will “strengthen” environmental protection in the supply chain.

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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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Monster Energy calls on USTR to focus on trade barriers to energy drink sales

California-based Monster Energy Company is complaining to U.S. trade officials that it’s facing an increasing number of non-science based barriers to keep out its energy drinks from Europe and other regions around the world.

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Blue Diamond almond milk case moves to oral arguments next month

Oral arguments are slated for Dec. 3 in a case challenging whether Blue Diamond misleads consumers who buy almond milk into buying imitation dairy products.

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Ballot initiative to prevent local soda taxes fails in Oregon, but gets adopted in Washington

An intense ballot battle in Oregon and Washington between soda tax advocates and the beverage industry has ended in a tie, as voters in Oregon on Tuesday (Nov. 6) chose to reject a proposed ban on local grocery and soda taxes, while their counterparts in Washington voted to adopt a similar statewide measure.

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Podcast: Food and drink levies - public health and climate solution, or 'stealth tax'?

The topic of taxing certain food and drink products to change consumer behaviour has become one of the most hotly-contested debates in public health policy around the globe 
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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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Blue Diamond almond milk case moves to oral arguments next month

Oral arguments are slated for Dec. 3 in a case challenging whether Blue Diamond misleads consumers who buy almond milk into buying imitation dairy products.

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Sargento urges court to keep stay on 'natural' lawsuit

Sargento Foods is urging a federal court not to revive a class action complaint challenging the use of the term "natural" on its cheese products.

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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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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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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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FDA eyes adding sesame to allergen labels, but experts say legal path unclear

While FDA signaled on Monday (Oct. 29) the first move to possibly consider mandating that sesame be listed on ingredient labels as an allergen, some experts say that making such a change would be tricky.

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Comments begin rolling in on FDA's Nutrition Innovation Strategy

While FDA is considering establishing a standard symbol to denote the claim “healthy” on food packaging, at least one consumer group believes such a move would be a bad idea.

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New US trade deal with Canada and Mexico should put UK food sector on red alert

The recent conclusion of a new trade agreement between the United States and its northern and southern neighbours contains warnings for the post-Brexit United Kingdom, which is avidly seeking a new trade deal with the US.

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US Chamber of Commerce chief mostly upbeat on USMCA

Much but not all of the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) compares favorably with its predecessor, the North American Free trade Agreement (NAFTA), US Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue said in a column on the updated trilateral trade agreement.

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IEG Policy’s September Top 10: Farm Bill differences, UK agriculture Bill, ASF in Belgium

IEG Policy interviewed House Agriculture Committee chairman Mike Conaway last month on the issues preventing a new US Farm Bill from being agreed, while the UK unveiled its first Agriculture Bill for nearly 50 years and Western countries are on red alert after ASF was found in Belgium.

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