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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 ...

Unified Agenda: FSIS again forecasts a proposed label rule on ‘natural’

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has once again, in the Unified Agenda released May 21, promised a proposed rule on use of the voluntary clai...

Unified Agenda: APHIS predicts busy summer on the regulatory front

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) looks set for a flurry of regulatory activity in the next few months, according to the sprin...

Unified Agenda: FNS forecasts school wellness policy final rule next month

A final local school wellness policy implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which could limit ads for junk foods in schools, is now sche...

Unified Agenda: AMS agenda targets organic program

The latest regulatory update from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) includes five actions relating to the National Organic Program (NOP) – f...

Codex panel plans work group meetings on export-import guidelines

The Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) is inviting Codex member countries and observers to join t...

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...

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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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,” not only fo...

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 oils (PHOs)...

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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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