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FSIS gives inspectors guidance as more China poultry becomes eligible for import

FSIS told inspectors Wednesday (Dec. 4) to make sure they check poultry import certificates for accuracy as China becomes eligible to ship cooked poultry products starting Dec. 8.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

CHPA petitions FDA to require dietary ingredient notifications for CBD products

An industry group is urging FDA to roll out an interim final rule that would require manufacturers of CBD-containing dietary supplements to submit a new dietary ingredient (NDI) notification to generate safety data.

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Trade MEPs agree to more US beef imports amid WTO dispute

Trade MEPs agreed to allow more US hormone-free beef into the EU market while also calling for an end to Trump’s bureaucratic blockade of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) dispute settlement system.

EU US States

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: CAP warning for member states, 'Game-changer' organic bill

Proposals for Common Agricultural Policy reform put forward by some member state governments are “unacceptable” in the context of the bloc’s heightened climate and environmental ambitions, according to outgoing EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan.

Environment and Conservation Direct Subsidies

FDA expands warning to consumers urging them to avoid romaine from Salinas, Calif.

FDA has linked an ongoing outbreak of E. coli to romaine lettuce from Salinas, Calif. and on Friday (Nov. 22) warned consumers to avoid eating any romaine lettuce harvested from that region.

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Ben & Jerry’s sued on ‘happy cow’ claim

The ice cream brand is accused of breaching consumer trust claiming that milk and cream used in some of its products are sustainably sourced from farms participating in its ‘Caring Dairy’ programme.

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Lawsuit claims Magnum ice cream lacks genuine vanilla content

Unilever Manufacturing has become the latest company to be subjected to a class action lawsuit related to the vanilla content of its ice cream.

European Food Law US Food Policy

CSPI finds lack of progress in curbing unhealthy food ads aimed at children

Food companies have failed to make progress in improving the marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks for children and are not even meeting their own standards on children’s advertising, according to a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

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Lawmakers eye beef label identity and 'imitation' claims

A pair of industry-friendly bills introduced in Congress this week tackle two key issues for U.S. beef producers  tightening “Product of the U.S.A.” beef label claims and restricting claims on plant-based beef alternatives and cell-based meat.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Kellogg ready to settle 'excessive sugar' class action for $20 million

Kellogg has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a class action lawsuit that alleges health and wellness claims for several of its cereals and cereal bars are misleading because the products contain high levels of added sugars.

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Study raises concerns about confusing labels, claims on children’s sugary drinks

Despite an ongoing push to limit children’s intake of added sugars and sweeteners in drinks, consumption of such beverages remains high, and sales of sweetened fruit drinks and flavored waters last year represented 62% of the $2.2 billion of all children’s drink sales.

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CHPA petitions FDA to require dietary ingredient notifications for CBD products

An industry group is urging FDA to roll out an interim final rule that would require manufacturers of CBD-containing dietary supplements to submit a new dietary ingredient (NDI) notification to generate safety data.

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Andriukaitis defends a science-based approach to food safety regulation

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner since November 2014 mounted a robust defence of strict science-based policy-making in an exclusive interview with IEG Policy in which the Lithuanian politician discussed genetically modified organisms, health claims and nutritional labelling. Sara Lewis interviewed Vytenis Andriukaitis in the dying days of his tenure as EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner

European Food Law Food Policy

Unified Agenda: FDA to tackle much-anticipated proposal for high-risk foods

Food safety advocates are likely to be pleased with FDA’s fall 2019 Unified Agenda, as it includes – for the first time – a long-delayed proposal to establish additional recordkeeping and traceability requirements for high-risk foods.

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

UEP urges FDA to focus on plant-based imitators as it eyes revamping identity standards

Egg producers are adding their concerns to those who believe FDA should give priority to enforcing existing standards of identity, especially against the growing problem of plant-based “imitators,” as the agency starts building a new, horizontal approach to help make foods healthier.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Interim hemp rule in effect, Kellogg’s settles sugar suit, CAP shift proposed

USDA’s interim hemp production rule entered into force last week (October 31), establishing a nationwide regulatory framework for commercial production in time for the 2020 growing season.

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Allergens

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No meat today: The rise of vegetarianism and veganism

If the predominant global food trend of the 20th century was a huge increase in consumption of meat and livestock products, the most striking trend of the first two decades of the 21st century has been the beginnings of a move in the opposite direction.

Animal Welfare Environment and Conservation

Obesity and nutrition: Walking the healthy eating tightrope

It says something about the complexities of humanity’s relationship with food that, despite heavy regulation of the sector, and despite the undoubted sophistication of the sector’s marketing efforts, consumers are increasingly having to confront the question – will this food be good for me, or might it bring me to an early grave?

Food Policy Health and Nutrition

Japan adds almonds to allergenic foods list

Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency has added almonds to the list of foods that it recommends be displayed on food labels for their potential to cause allergic reactions.

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U.S. threatens France with 100% tariff on Champagne

The United State Trade Representative (USTR) is considering imposing additional tariffs of up to 100% on a variety of imported products from France, including Champagne and specialty cheeses, in response to the EU member state’s Digital Services Tax (DST).

Trade Disputes Market Support

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: No ‘special case’ for CBD, counter claims over dairy demand

Hemp-derived CBD will not be fast-tracked for approval to be used in foods and supplements, according to a leading FDA official, who added that the agency has ongoing concerns over the lack of safety data.

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