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2017 USDA and FDA Spending Legislation Work Started; FTC Takes Action Against Companies Falsely Using “All Natural”

Lawmakers are cued up to examine issues ranging from farm credit to the Endangered Species Act as the House Appropriations Committee meets today to mark up fiscal 2017 spending legislation for the USDA and FDA...

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Positive Step for Sanitary Transportation by FDA; Ag Drone Market is Going to Be Huge

Officials say the sanitary transportation rule finalized by the FDA last week overall is a positive step, requiring transporters of human and animal food to follow best practices like proper refrigeration, cleaning vehicles between loads and protecting food during travel but it shouldn't exempt the most problematic group, small box trucks...

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FDA Finalizing Rules on BSE; “Ag-gag” Laws Likely to Breed Suspicion

The FDA has issued a rule finalizing three previously issued interim rules regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. The rules were designed to further reduce the potential risk of BSE, commonly referred to as mad cow disease, in human food...

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EPA Admin Gina McCarthy Announces New Regulations Under Obama's Climate Action Plan
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Agriculture Panel to be Chosen for Scientific Advisory Board; FDA Nomination and Labeling

The EPA is close to appointing an agriculture panel within its Scientific Advisory Board, as required by the 2014 farm bill, to review EPA actions that could negatively affect agriculture, though lawmakers are less than impressed that the action has taken this long...

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Clinical Trials Begin For New Vaccine Against Avian Influenza
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USDA Stockpiling New Vaccine; Campbell Soup Co. Voluntary Include GMO Labeling

USDA is stockpiling up to 500 million doses of a new vaccine against avian influenza, yet many in the $48 billion poultry industry don’t want it...

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Food Prices Continue To Rise At Alarming Rate
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Goal to Reduce Food Waste to be Announce; FDA Finalized New Rules in Food Safety

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce food waste reduction goals tomorrow. This first-ever initiative will set a national goal for food waste reduction within a specific timeframe...

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USDA Request Stockpiling Avian Flu Vaccine; American Feed Industry Assoc. Say the FDA Over Step Their Power

USDA has announced a request for proposal to stockpile vaccine doses in preparation for another potential wave of highly pathogenic avian influenza...

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Bills Dealing With Labeling Being Introduce in the House and Senate

A bill that would make GMO labeling voluntary passed the U.S. House last Thursday. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would require developers of genetically engineered plants to obtain FDA safety clearance on all new plant varieties before those foods are introduced into commerce; uphold FDA’s authority to specify special labeling if it finds a health or safety risk is posed by such a variety; create a legal framework governing the use of label claims regarding either the absence or presence of GMOs in a food product and require the FDA to define the term ‘natural’ on food labels...

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National Labeling Law getting Support; Agricultural Spending Bill Win Approval

More lawmakers are showing support for a national labeling law. A House hearing last week by the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health reviewed a labeling bill introduced by Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo and North Carolina Democrat G...

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17 GMO Products Approved by European Commission; FDA Presented Food Safety Modernization Act

Last week - the European Commission approved 17 different genetically modified agricultural products for food and feed through careful, scientific analysis...

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Ag Group Urging Congress to Reject Policy Riders; FDA Established Safety Antibiotic Residue Levels

A coalition representing family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural affairs submitted testimony urging Congress to reject any policy riders in the Fiscal Year 2016 Ag Appropriations bill that would weaken or withdraw COOL or limit the rule making authority of GIPSA...

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Cows Protected From East Coast Fever; FDA Drafts Guidance of Animal Feed

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have found cows are protected from a parasite that causes a deadly disease - East Coast Fever - if they've previously been infected with a closely-related yet milder species of the parasite...

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