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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have scrapped the preclearance fresh meat pilot for Canadian exports in light of “policy challenges and several logistical impediments,” government officials said.

Other processors eye USDA non-GMO certification

Non-GMO stamp Organic food processor SunOpta may be the first company approved by USDA to label its soybeans and corn as GMO-free, but it may not be the only one for long.

Senate panel approves grains bill that tightens oversight of inspections during port labor disputes

Grains The Senate Agriculture Committee hopes a grain inspection bill approved Thursday (May 21) will avoid the costly disruption in federal inspections that took place last year during a labor dispute in the Port of ...

Organic group seeks more FDA oversight of supplement ingredient suppliers

Folders The Food and Drug Administration needs to make ingredient suppliers for dietary supplements more accountable for their products, according to the Organic and Natural Health Association (ONHA).

Enforcing China’s new food safety law will be tricky, consultant says

China map How effective China's recently amended food safety law will be in preventing serious problems in the country’s food supply depends on how well Chinese authorities can enforce it, according to a former FDA offic...

GFSI wants to be the ‘business-to-business FSMA’

GFSI's North American Representative, Karil Kochenderfer Proponents of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) anticipate it will play a significant international role in introducing prevention-based food safety systems as the Food and Drug Administration rolls out ...

DeLauro introduces bill to set federal arsenic standard for rice

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced legislation Thursday (May 21) that would create a new federal standard for inorganic arsenic in rice, while FD...

European Commission says mandatory COOL costs outweigh benefits, voluntary labeling fine

The costs of mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) on milk and dairy products, minor meats, unprocessed foods, single ingredient foods and ingre...

Walmart calls on meat suppliers to limit their use of antibiotics

In a May 22 policy announcement, Walmart said it would require its meat suppliers to use antibiotics responsibly and to increase transparency in their...

Group claims food processors use trans fat labeling ‘loophole’

Even if the Food and Drug Administration goes ahead with its plan to revoke the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status of partially hydrogenated o...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Poultry inspection changes sacrificing safety, union warns

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) told a Senate hearing Wednesday (May 20) that federal employees are under attack by budget cutt...

Oregon County rejects local GMO ban

Voters in Oregon's Benton County on Tuesday (May 19) overwhelmingly rejected a local ban on genetically modified crops.

FDA signals new thinking in Blue Bell Creameries’ 483 reports, Acheson says

FDA’s inspection reports on the three Blue Bell Creameries’ facilities tied to a deadly Listeria outbreak made The Acheson Group’s experts “sit up,” n...

Editor's View: Supplement industry goes for damage control

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has been working hard to restore consumer confidence that has been shaken by recent media attention to dietary supplements.CRN...

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NCIMS passes new policies to harmonize Grade A milk products with FSMA

The National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) took a giant step last month when it passed new policies to harmonize its Grade A milk regulations ...

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House Agriculture Committee approves COOL repeal bill

By a vote of 38-6, the House Agriculture Committee approved legislation Wednesday (May 20) that would repeal country of origin labeling for beef, pork and chick...

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California man sues Nestlé USA and General Mills over trans fats

Nestlé USA and General Mills are being sued in California for using trans fat in their coffee creamers (Nestlé) and baking mixes (GM) despite the availability o...

AMS readies non-GMO certification and labeling regime

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has developed a new federal certification and labeling program for foods that do not contain GMOs, a move broadly su...

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NFU and OTA exchange barbs over proposed organic checkoff program

It started with Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, issuing a statement Wednesday (May 13) voicing concerns over the Organic Trade Associati...

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Canada prepares retaliatory measures for COOL meat labels

After the World Trade Organization (WTO) struck another blow to the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program, Canadian officials confirmed they would seek...

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