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Plant-based meat advocates call for appeals court to block Missouri 'fake meat' labeling law

Tofurky manufacturer Turtle Island Foods and other plant-based meat advocates are pressing the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse a federal judge’s decision not to block Missouri from enforcing its “fake meat” labeling law, arguing the ruling ignored the potential harm to companies from the state statute.

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Day ahead – Jan. 24, 2020: US-UK trade deal, Perdue heads to Europe, non-dairy marketing

The Trump administration hopes to secure a US-UK trade deal this year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday (Jan. 23). Meanwhile, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to Europe next week to discuss ag issues and several Senators again pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the issue of plant-based products marketed with dairy terms.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Pro-trade ag coalition urges Farm Bureau members to keep up trade push

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Farmer engagement on trade policy remains an important issue even after the recent conclusion of key trade pacts like the US-Mexico-China Agreement (USMCA) and the Phase One US-China deal, Farmers for Free Trade (FFT) Executive Director Angela Marshall Hofmann told 2020 American Farm Bureau Convention attendees during a workshop last week.

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Consumer advisory lifted for romaine after FDA declares outbreaks over

FDA lifted the consumer advisory on Salinas-grown romaine lettuce and announced all three E. coli outbreaks were over Wednesday (Jan. 15), but a consumer advocate questioned whether the probe once again will leave too few clues to help industry prevent future cases of foodborne illness.

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FDA denies petitions to add IMO to dietary fiber list

FDA has rejected two petitions to add isomaltooligosaccharide (IMO) to the list of dietary fibers on food labels after not being convinced by the science pointing to improved laxation and blood cholesterol levels.

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Industry encouraged by FDA’s approval of konjac glucomannan as dietary fiber

FDA is adding one more substance – konjac glucomannan – to the isolated or synthetic fibers that can qualify as fiber on the new Nutrition Facts panels (NFP) that came into effect Jan. 1.

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Protecting children from junk food marketing a human rights issue

Protecting children from harmful marketing practices for products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) is a human rights issue and governments that are a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) “have a duty to protect, respect and fulfil children’s right to health,” according to a major new report from the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF).

European Food Law US Food Policy

‘Impossible Pork’ violates labeling law: NPPC

Impossible Food’s plan to market new “Impossible Pork” products violates federal food labeling laws because the product is not pork-based, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) said Tuesday (Jan. 7).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Bayer presses appeals court to reverse glyphosate cancer ruling

Bayer has fired off its first legal salvo in its appeal of a federal court ruling that awarded a cancer victim some $80 million in damages because of alleged exposure to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides, arguing the judge made a series of errors and that the claims are preempted by federal law.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Senate bill restricts label claims on plant-based and cell-based meat products

Legislation introduced Wednesday (Dec. 11) by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) would require plant-based meat alternatives and cell meat products to be labeled as “imitation” meat and establish a federal definition of beef that applies to food labels.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – Dec. 6, 2019: US ag trade, WOTUS update and FTC settlement

US agricultural exports rose in October, starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 with a solid trade surplus. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with its plan to replace and repeal a controversial Obama-era rule that rankled many in agriculture while a supplement maker has settled with the government over deceptive ad claims.

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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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CSPI calls out 19 beverages with ‘low sugar’ labels, high added sugar levels

Pointing to labels on 19 beverages, a consumer group is asking FDA to go after companies that use “low sugar,” and “reduced sugar” claims on drinks high in added sugar, as well as to write a new regulation that sets standards for authorizing “low added sugar” claims.

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CSPI shares roadmap for modernizing identity standards for healthier products

Making sweeping changes to food standards of identity may open Pandora’s Box, a consumer group warned FDA’s Susan Mayne this week, but there are steps FDA could take to promote healthier foods.

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FSIS revises non-GMO labeling claim guidance

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has made changes to a 2016 labeling guidance that clarifies the use of "bioengineered" for companies showing no GE ingredients were used in meat, poultry, and egg products.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – Jan. 2, 2020: US-China deal signing, diet soda suit, CCC rates

President Donald Trump said he will sign the Phase One US-China trade deal Jan. 15 at the White House. Meanwhile, a court rejected a lawsuit challenging use of the term “diet” to market low-calorie soda and Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loan rates edged down slightly for January.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US cannabidiol products business will be worth billions

The US market for CBD products will be worth between $2.25-2.75 billion next year, according to a deliberately conservative estimate.

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California urges court to uphold glyphosate cancer listing

California has hit back at a bid by ag and food industry interests to upend its decision to add glyphosate to the state’s Proposition 65 list of cancer-causing chemicals, suggesting the plaintiffs’ concerns about the impact of the listing are speculative and unwarranted.

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Allergens

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OUTLOOK 2020: FDA to implement updated Nutrition Facts, define ‘healthy,’ tackle ‘natural’

From defining “healthy” to modernizing standards of identity, and perhaps taming the raging debate over whether plant-based dairy alternatives should be labeled with traditional dairy terms, FDA has plenty of controversial labeling issues to deal with in 2020.

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FDA rejects CFS challenge of Impossible Foods’ color additive approval

FDA reaffirmed soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in ground beef analogue products, dismissing objections and a request for a hearing by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), which challenged FDA’s safety decision.

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Allergen recalls drop significantly due to FSMA, FDA official says

FDA is seeing a dramatic drop in Class 1 allergen recalls, a trend credited to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its allergen control provisions, said Michael Roosevelt, deputy director, Office of Compliance in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

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Geographical Indications

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Senate approval of USMCA draws praise from across ag sector

Senate approval today (Jan. 16) of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) implementing legislation by an 89-10 vote drew strong praise from ag groups, who pointed to the potential trade gains and certainty that will come with ratification the accord.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US-EU cooperation key to addressing trade challenges: EU Trade Commissioner

Bridging the gap between the US and European Union (EU) on global trade issues is key to promoting shared values on free and fair trade, but more work is needed on that front, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said at an event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today (Jan. 16).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

US threatens to raise Airbus tariffs to 100%

The Trump administration considers imposing higher duties on EU agri-food exports as it looks to intensify the pressure on Brussels in an aerospace subsidy dispute.

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