Traceability and Supply Chain
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IEG Policy's February Top 10: Food safety ‘mega trends’, Germany’s glyphosate strategy, EU COOL rules
A Walmart official’s view on the key influences in food safety, the possible beginning of the end for glyphosate use in Germany, and concerns over country-of-origin labelling in Europe were the subjects of some of the most popular articles on IEG Policy last month.
U.S. livestock operations are vulnerable to animal diseases, and speakers with Smithfield and the government discussed the need for strong traceability programs, plant employee training and vaccination as ways to mitigate the threat at a Feb. 23 session of USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum.
FDA has updated its 2013 risk profile on pathogens and filth in spices to reflect new data indicating that prevalence of Salmonella in most types of retail spices in the United States tends to be significantly lower than that found in imported spice shipments.
Walmart’s Frank Yiannas discussed the potential benefits of blockchain technology for the food industry – from enhanced traceability to reducing food waste – at a congressional hearing this week.
In a move being criticized as unethical, Kailee Tkacz, a former lobbyist of the Corn Refiners Association, the Snack Food Association and the National Grocers Association, has been granted a waiver from conflict of interest rules to allow her to advise USDA on the upcoming 2020 Dietary Guidelines, the International Business Times reported.
The forthcoming departure of the UK from the European Union represents (among many other things) an interesting test of the international resilience of the EU’s GI legislation.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has pledged to protect Italy’s sparkling wine name “Prosecco” in the US in response to a written question from Italian Socialist MEP, Paolo De Castro.
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