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USDA petitioned to ban hydroponics from using the organic seal

USDA’s decision to allow hydroponic produce to use the organic label has been a disappointing one for some farmers, and now the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has petitioned the agency to stop “soil-less” producers from using the organic seal.

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Mott's calls on court to sink 'natural' lawsuit

Mott's is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging its "natural" claims are misleading, arguing the class action is baseless and preempted by federal law.

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Judge continues stay on Annie's Homegrown 'natural' class action

A federal judge has opted to continue a stay on a lawsuit that alleges the presence of a widely-used food thickener and stabilizer in Annie's Homegrown's salad dressing products undermines the company's "natural" claims.

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Nebraska joins states looking to regulate labeling of cell- and plant-based meats

Following the lead of Missouri, more U.S. states are considering enacting statutes that regulate the labeling of plant- and cell- based meat products.

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New York City lawmaker proposes menu warnings for high-sugar foods

New York City is again taking the lead in menu labeling efforts and is considering a proposal to require restaurants to post warning labels on menus for high-sugar food items.

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Romaine outbreak over, but FDA says labeling restrictions, probe to continue

Federal health authorities announced Wednesday the 2018 romaine lettuce outbreak appears over, a glimmer of good news for the embattled leafy greens industry.

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Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

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Mott's calls on court to sink 'natural' lawsuit

Mott's is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging its "natural" claims are misleading, arguing the class action is baseless and preempted by federal law.

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Judge continues stay on Annie's Homegrown 'natural' class action

A federal judge has opted to continue a stay on a lawsuit that alleges the presence of a widely-used food thickener and stabilizer in Annie's Homegrown's salad dressing products undermines the company's "natural" claims.

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FDA Commissioner says update on 'natural' claims to come in 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency has not abandoned an effort to define "natural" food claims and will lay out a plan to clarify its policies sometime in 2019.


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Gottlieb signals FDA looking for ‘pathways’ for CBD products

Now that the Farm Bill has legalized industrial hemp in the United States, FDA is working to clarify the framework for regulating food products that may contain cannabis.

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Court dismisses case targeting sour cream makers' "natural" labels

A New York federal judge has tossed out a class action that alleged Kraft Heinz Foods and Daisy Brand misled consumers by labeling their brands of sour cream products as "natural."
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NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Canada seeks input on draft regulations for cannabis edibles, extracts

While the United States has barely just opened the door for federal regulation of industrial hemp, Canada is plowing ahead with specific plans for regulating cannabis edibles, cannabis-infused drinks and cannabis extracts.

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Canadian paper disputes claim sugar taxes can halt rise in obesity

Introducing taxes on sugary food and drink products will not have an impact on rising levels of obesity and are doomed to failure, according to a new report.

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Ocean Spray has until February to decide next steps on qualified health claim

FDA is allowing 60 more days for Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. to decide whether it wants to move ahead with a petition for a qualified health claim on the relationship between cranberry products and a reduced risk for urinary tract infection (UTI).

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Judge refuses to lift stay on Sargento 'natural' class action

A federal judge has denied a request to revive a lawsuit challenging Sargento's use of the term "natural" on its cheese products, concluding that the class action should remain stayed while FDA considers regulating the label claim.

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Sanderson Farms alters game plan to eliminate medically important antibiotics

Sanderson Farms will stop using antibiotics considered medically important for humans as disease preventatives in its live poultry operations by March 1, 2019.

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Allergens

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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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Geographical Indications

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US eyes agriculture, food safety in objectives for EU trade talks

Agriculture and food safety are among the topics the US wants included in free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU), despite the EU's reluctance, according to negotiating objectives released late last week by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

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US food and ag groups say US-EU trade talks must tackle ag issues

Leading U.S. food and farm groups are warning the Trump administration not to exclude agriculture from a new U.S/EU trade deal.
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USTR hears from food, ag groups with wish list for US-EU trade deal

Food and ag groups are calling on the Trump administration to push a U.S.-EU trade deal that fixes a range of EU policies, such as reversing Geographical Indications (GIs) for cheeses, biotechnology restrictions and meat standards, to open up the bloc to more U.S. foods.

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