A final report from the FAO/WHO Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) lends weight to the group’s previous determination that carrageenan, a thickening agent derived from seaweed is safe for use in infant formula.

Schumer slams USDA budget cut in wake of Avian Influenza outbreak

Chickens Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak is no time to cut $500 million from USDA’s research budget.

Senate ag committee schedules bird flu hearing next Tuesday

U.S. Capitol Building The Senate Agriculture Committee has scheduled a hearing next Tuesday, July 7, on “Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: The Impact on the U.S. Poultry Sector and Protecting U.S. Poultry Flocks.”

New beef import rules anger cattlemen and consumer advocates

Meat on display Consumer advocates have joined the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in denouncing the Obama administration’s decision to allow beef imports from northern Argentina and a region of Brazil.

VQIP will offer importers a ‘marketable opportunity’

FSMA text FDA’s voluntary, fee-based program for “best in class” food importers has the potential to become a marketable product and offer these companies more value than the $16,000 fee, predicts David Acheson, founder ...

House spending committee releases report with list of FDA/USDA policy concerns

The House Appropriations Committee spoke on a wide range of food policy issues, from Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) priorities to sodium reduction changes in the latest committee report accompanying the F...

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: CRN recommends label changes for melatonin supplements

The supplement industry has announced new dosage and labeling guidelines for increasingly popular melatonin-containing supplements.

Canada to release revised policy on low-level presence of GM crops in imports

Canada will release a revised model policy for low-level presence (LLP) of genetically modified (GM) crops in imports of grain, food and feed in the v...

EFSA eyes long-term health exposure from chlorate in food, drinking water

A risk assessment by a committee of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that adopting a World Health Organization (WHO) standard for chlor...

President Obama signs trade promotion authority into law

President Obama signed trade promotion authority into law today (June 29) after a barely bi-partisan process by lawmakers and the opposition of many D...

EU sets new limits on inorganic arsenic in rice

The EU is clamping down on inorganic arsenic levels in rice, particularly to cut infant and toddler’s exposure, which can be two to three times that o...

U.S. Codex Office posts prep meeting schedule for summer and fall

The U.S. Codex Office has posted a schedule for public meetings in preparation for Codex committee meetings this fall.

Voluntary COOL compromise faces uphill battle in Senate

A compromise on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) proposed Wednesday (June 24), by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), ranking member of the Senate Agricu...

Editor’s View: FDA's trans fat decision

Food manufacturers now have until June 18, 2018 to comply with FDA's newly released final decision to deny the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status of partially hyd...

Microbiological testing, genome sequencing probed at food safety meeting

The food industry will have to take on greater responsibility to conduct microbiological testing for monitoring and verification of processing controls under th...

Under new FDA rule, selenium is now 30th required nutrient in infant formula

Infant formula manufacturers have one year to comply with FDA’s final rule that requires them to add selenium to the list of required nutrients on their product...

FDA revokes GRAS status of trans fats, expects food additive petitions

FDA has finalized its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in food and processo...

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Maui County asks court to maintain stay of local GM crop ban

Maui County is urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to uphold a lower court ruling that delays implementation of a local ban on genetically mo...

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Organic industry keen to get in on pollinator protection

The organic industry is urging the White House to formally recognize organic farming as beneficial to the health of honeybees and other pollinators.

European Parliament

EU Parliament committee chair drafts motion to reject Commission’s GMO proposal

The chair of the European Parliament’s environment committee (ComEnvi) has urged fellow members to reject the European Commission’s controversial proposal on ge...

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