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Strict guidelines for gluten-free labeling

September 11, 2013

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.
April 25, 2013
Producers expect diversified revenues and lower utility bills.
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AFFI urges approval of petitions regarding broccoli shortage

April 9, 2013

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

April 9, 2013

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

April 9, 2013

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.
March 12, 2013

Multilateral agreements, secure data sharing and mutual recognition of food inspection reports are recommended.

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FSIS indifferent to advisory committees?

A member of Congress is questioning USDA processes for ensuring that imported meat products are as safe as domestically produced items.
March 6, 2013

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) complained that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) “fundamentally” changed the process with no notice.

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Sugar battle may ensue

American Sugar Alliance foresees fight over farm bill.
February 24, 2013
American Sugar Alliance foresees fight over farm bill.
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Resolved export issues help economy

USDA estimates it freed up $4 billion in agricultural exports last year.
February 23, 2013
USDA estimates it freed up $4 billion in agricultural exports last year.
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US trade agreement termination would cause ‘Tomato Cliff’

Some Florida tomato growers have asked the US to terminate an agreement with Mexico
January 25, 2013
A study found that the termination of a US trade agreement with Mexico would result in huge premiums or shortages on tomatoes in the US.
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