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Dairy industry reaps Farm Bill benefits

 The newly passed Farm Bill reduces funding for SNAP, the federal food stamp program, by $8 billion and trims a number of subsidies for food producers. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) says the bill significantly increases support for fruits and vegetables growers and local food systems. 


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Light at the end of the tunnel for Farm Billl?

The House and Senate could agree on a version of the farm bill as early as January.

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, says there is still a lot of work for lawyers to do, but it’s possible there could be a version of the Farm Bill the House and Senate could agree to sometime in January.


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Debate over trans fats continues

Several industry groups have requested more time to submit comments.
Food manufacturers want more time to comment on FDA’s early November preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. FDA’s preliminary determination is based on available scientific evidence, and the agency has requested stakeholder comments by January 7, 2014.
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Importer definition needed under FSMA

Both retailers and wholesalers source directly from international suppliers, leading to confusion under the rule.
Both retailers and wholesalers source directly from international suppliers, leading to confusion under the rule.
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Farm Bill debate continues

At issue is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which is opposed by many dairy manufacturers.
At issue is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which is opposed by many dairy manufacturers.
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Bakers oppose food import fee

 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.

The Food Labeling Modernization Act was introduced by three Congressional Democrats.


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New FSMA rules published

 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

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.
Producers expect diversified revenues and lower utility bills.
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The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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