CRN slams agreement between GNC and New York State

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GNC’s agreement with the New York Attorney General to use DNA barcoding to confirm the authenticity of the ingredients in its herbal supplements – announced Monday (Mar. 30) -- is “misdirected,” according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

New antibiotic resistance plan includes targets for animal agriculture

Antibiotics The Obama administration unveiled its action plan for responding to the threat of antibiotic resistance last week just before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) received the l...

USDA’s nanotech policy stuns organic community

Organic stamp 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.

BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: No eggs from Arkansas? No wines from California

The Arkansas House has approved, 57-17, and sent to the Senate a bill (HB 1934) that could ban exports of California wine to Arkansas.

Preventive controls alliance pilot testing new FSMA training curriculum

A public-private alliance has developed a curriculum for training industry and regulators on the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) preventive con...

California court affirms companies can average exposures to toxicants

California’s Court of Appeal recently affirmed a lower court's ruling that food companies are permitted to average exposures to reproductive toxicants...

U.S. pistachios added to EU’s high risk import list

The latest quarterly update to the European Union’s list of high-risk imports subject to extra controls at European borders features U.S. pistachios a...

Dietetics academy does an about face on Kraft Singles seal

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) has backed off from what was interpreted as a seal of approval on Kraft cheese singles and exposed the ac...

Budget resolution would slash benefits to feds, including FDA inspectors, says union

The budget resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week would slash the benefits of jobs of federal employees, including food safe...

FDA issues draft guidance on submitting new animal drug safety data

FDA released draft guidance Tuesday (Mar. 31) on how animal safety data should be presented when submitted to FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CV...

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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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 European Comm...

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