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Farm Bill debate continues

At issue is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which is opposed by many dairy manufacturers.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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At issue is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which is opposed by many dairy manufacturers.
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Bakers oppose food import fee

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 The American Bakers Association (ABA), a Washington trade group representing commercial bakers, is opposing the proposed food import user fee, proposed as a way to partially fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 


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Federal legislation seeks to create standard front-of-package label

It would also require greater disclosure of caffeine and sugar content, and define how “natural” and “healthy” claims may be made.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The Food Labeling Modernization Act was introduced by three Congressional Democrats.


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New FSMA rules published

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 At the end of July, FDA published two proposed rules required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules focus on the foreign supplier verification program (FSVP) and accreditation of third-party auditors.  


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Strict guidelines for gluten-free labeling

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Food manufacturers must now meet a strict set of definitions before they place “gluten-free” on labels. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has adopted a uniform standard that a food must meet all of the requirements of the definition, including containing less than 20 parts per million of gluten. 


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USDA and dairy producers agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve sustainability

Producers expect diversified revenues and lower utility bills.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Producers expect diversified revenues and lower utility bills.
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AFFI urges approval of petitions regarding broccoli shortage

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Frozen food manufacturers are encountering a shortage of broccoli and are looking to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) to increase the supply.


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Battle over US sugar policy ensues

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Sugar producers and confectioners are engaged in a heated lobbying battle over US sugar policy, with producers pointing to a pair of USDA reports as evidence of needed support.


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IFT report may aid in resolving foodborne illness outbreaks

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A report to the Food and Drug Administration may help regulators resolve foodborne illness outbreaks earlier and enable the food industry to respond to them more quickly.


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FDA releases International Food Safety Capacity-Building plan

The plan is designed to expand the food safety capacity of foreign governments and agencies.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Multilateral agreements, secure data sharing and mutual recognition of food inspection reports are recommended.


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