USDA’s nanotech policy stuns organic community

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USDA Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy surprised large segments of the organic community last week with a March 24 policy memo on the status of nanotechnology in organic production.

DeLauro bill to raise $10 billion from sugary beverage tax

Gavel and dollars Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) re-introduced legislation Thursday (Mar. 26) that would tax sugar-sweetened beverages to raise an estimated $10 billion a year for anti-obesity programs.

Congress urged to prevent Canadian and Mexican retaliation for COOL

U.S. Capitol Building An overwhelming majority of witnesses from various sectors of the food industry who testified before a House Agriculture subcommittee Wednesday (Mar. 25) urged Congress to act swiftly to repeal country-of-origi...

House bill aims to derail state GM food labeling

GMO sign A bipartisan group of House members reintroduced legislation Wednesday (Mar. 25) to block states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods and to set up a voluntary federal GM food labeling standard.

CDC’s role in Walmart poultry standards, sodium recommendations probed at hearing

Raw chicken Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) raised questions Wednesday (Mar. 25) about whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) overstepped its role when it advised retail giant Walmart as the company develope...

Appropriations subcommittee grills Woteki on USDA response to animal welfare allegations

U.S. Capitol Building A congressional panel grilled USDA Under Secretary Catherine Woteki on reports of animal welfare lapses at the Nebraska federal research center, during a Tuesday (Mar. 24) appropriations hearing on the Obama ad...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: Vilsack sees rural pushback against Dietary Guidelines

Asked to comment on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines scientific report, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a Washington Post Live event on Thursday (Ma...

FDA to use AAFCO list to develop definitions, standards for animal food ingredients

The Food and Drug Administration plans to publish a proposed rule on standards and definitions for animal food ingredients, based on the Association o...

Inclusion of Geographical Indications is ‘key objective’ in FTAs: European Commission

Getting “results” on the inclusion of ‘Geographical Indications’ (GIs) in trade deals with the United States and Japan is a “key objective” of the Eur...

CRN directs supplement firms not to sell powdered caffeine to consumers

FDA has praised the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) for directing its members not to market powdered pure caffeine to consumers.

School Nutrition Association fails to penalize its former lobbyists

The School Nutrition Association in 2013 suddenly parted with Marshall Matz, a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based OFW law firm, after three decades...

Parents file suit alleging son died from Quorn-induced anaphylaxis

In a lawsuit filed March 24 in the County of Los Angeles Central District court, the parents of 11-year-old Miles Bengco, who was severely allergic to...

Rep. Kristi Noem introduces bill offering ‘flexibility’ for school meals

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) has introduced the Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act (HR 1504), which would eliminate “the more stringent whole ...

Editor's View: Some final rules may not be so final

She may have one foot out the door, but Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg had to step into the fray one more time last  week and field questions ...

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USDA to conduct survey as baseline for pre-FSMA food safety practices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be playing a role in developing a baseline of produce food-safety practices in a survey being sent out to the industry l...

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House Agriculture Committee keen to trump state GM food labeling initiatives

State efforts to require mandatory labels for genetically modified foods may force Congress to intervene and set up a federal, voluntary labeling standard, the ...

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FDA considers petition to remove perchlorates for food packaging uses

FDA is accepting comments through May 15 on a petition from Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) et al. proposing that it remove perchlorates used in food p...

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Maui GMO ban on hold until court challenge is concluded

A federal judge last week ordered Maui County to delay implementation of a local ban on genetically modified crops until an industry challenge to the law has be...

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Vilsack critical of stakeholder effort to bolster ag coexistence

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack voiced frustration Thursday (Mar. 12) with stakeholder reaction to his agency's efforts to bolster coexistence between growers...

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Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership chapter trips up proponents of fast-track negotiating authority

A leaked chapter of the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement maps out how companies can challenge a country’s regulations under a dispute settlement ...

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