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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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Judge refuses to lift stay of Sargento 'natural' lawsuit

A federal judge has continued a stay on a lawsuit challenging deli food maker Sargento's use of the term "natural" on its cheese products, rejecting the plaintiff's concern that FDA appears to have shown little interest in addressing the controversial label claim.

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New study shows ‘substantial’ burden of sesame allergy in the US

While FDA weighs whether to add sesame to the Big Eight list of allergens, a new study shows sesame allergies likely affect at least 1 million children and adults in the US and estimates 0.49% of the population may have a current sesame allergy.

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Cell-based meat companies may be ready for market before US regs are set

FDA and USDA have made important strides towards crafting a regulatory framework for cell-based meat, but the landscape remains confusing and the agencies may be pressured to consider approving products before they've ironed out all the details, according to a former top FDA food attorney.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: CBD rules still confusing, US adamant on ag in EU trade talks

The lack of clarity on rules concerning the production and marketing of food and drink products containing cannabidiol (CBD) was again highlighted in the United States last week.

Agribusiness Animal Health

Cell-based meat firms should consult early with FDA, USDA regulators

Companies developing cell-cultured technologies should talk to regulators rather than waiting for FDA’s upcoming guidance on premarket review, said an FDA official, who along with USDA, shared next steps in the joint regulation of the emerging products at a meeting last week.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

The Environmental Protection Agency has received several petitions asking for new tolerances for a slew of pesticides used on food crops.
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Judge dismisses suit contesting Sanderson Farms '100% natural' claims

A federal judge has tossed out a false advertising lawsuit that challenged Sanderson Farms' use of "100% natural" claims on its poultry products, concluding that the environmental groups who filed the suit lack standing.

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UK inquiry concludes “vegetarian burgers” not misleading for consumers

A UK parliamentary committee has said it has found no evidence to believe that consumers will be misled by words like “sausage” and “burger” to describe food without animal protein. The committee was responding to a proposal by the EU to ban the use of meat and dairy names for vegetarian and vegan products.

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Pret wants court to toss "natural" suit

Pret A Manger is urging a federal judge to dismiss a class action challenging its use of the term "natural" on several of its food products, arguing the complaint is baseless and the plaintiff lacks standing.

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Motts prevails in 'natural' lawsuit

Mott's has successfully fended off a lawsuit that alleged its "natural" claims are misleading because some of its apple juice and applesauce products may contain trace amounts of a neonicotinoid insecticide.

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Settlement with FTC bans Gerber from allergy claims on infant formula brand

Gerber Products Co. cannot make labeling claims on its infant formula, including Good Start® Gentle formula, that the product prevents or reduces the risk of developing allergies for infants, according to a settlement order with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Monday (July 15).

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Group asks for FDA decision on raw butter petition

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) wrote FDA this month asking for a decision on its citizen petition that would lift a ban on interstate shipments of unpasteurized butter.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: CBD rules still confusing, US adamant on ag in EU trade talks

The lack of clarity on rules concerning the production and marketing of food and drink products containing cannabidiol (CBD) was again highlighted in the United States last week.

Agribusiness Animal Health

Former FDA chief Gottlieb calls for agency to act on CBD

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has shared his prescription for moving CBD through FDA’s regulatory process and part of the plan is for industry to demonstrate a product’s safety by tapping dietary ingredient notifications or the food additive petition process.

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Cannabis company responds to FDA warning letter on CBD products

Cannabis giant Curaleaf says it has addressed the issues that prompted FDA last week to send the company a warning letter about its marketing and selling of CBD products.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New UK PM sets out Brexit stall, Campylobacter standards ‘coming soon’

Boris Johnson became the new prime minister of the United Kingdom last week and immediately dismantled Theresa May’s former cabinet of ministers, surrounding himself with key allies from the Brexit referendum’s ‘Vote Leave’ team and setting the country on course for a ‘no deal’ exit from the EU.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Baby food sector criticised, EU attacked over MRLs at WTO

The baby food sector came in for criticism on both sides of the Atlantic last week for inappropriate marketing claims, while the EU again drew ire from World Trade Organization (WTO) members over its pesticide regulations.

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New study shows ‘substantial’ burden of sesame allergy in the US

While FDA weighs whether to add sesame to the Big Eight list of allergens, a new study shows sesame allergies likely affect at least 1 million children and adults in the US and estimates 0.49% of the population may have a current sesame allergy.

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FSIS rejects petition to label processed meats with colon cancer warning

USDA shot down a consumer group’s petition this week asking for labels advising consumers that frequent consumption of processed meats, such as hog dogs and bacon, may increase their risk to colon and rectal cancer.

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Plant-based advocates face off with dairy and meat champions at DGAC meeting

Plant-based foods advocates clashed with meat and dairy champions at the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on Thursday (July 11), when nearly 80 speakers presented views on what the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) should look like.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: CBD rules still confusing, US adamant on ag in EU trade talks

The lack of clarity on rules concerning the production and marketing of food and drink products containing cannabidiol (CBD) was again highlighted in the United States last week.

Agribusiness Animal Health

Why is agri-food so often the major issue in EU trade negotiations?

In the last few years the EU has negotiated a number of new trade agreements, most recently with the Mercosur countries in Latin America, and the European Commission expects to conclude more such deals in future.

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USTR Lighthizer remains resolute that ag must be in EU trade talks

The US continues to push the European Union (EU) to include agriculture in the coming trade negotiations between the two trading partners even as the bloc insists that will not be a part of the mix, but getting positive results soon with Japan remains a US focus, according to the top US trade official.

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