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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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Heavy Rains Pound Southern California
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La Nina Weather Arriving Earlier; Food Safety Transportation Rule Finalized by FDA

La Niña appears to be arriving sooner than expected. One weather expert says the cold phase of tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures is occurring more rapidly than originally thought...

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Cows Graze In California Fields
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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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Farmers Decide Yea Or Nay On Genetically Modified Crops
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GMO Labeling Battle Drags On; Ag Surplus to Fall to Lowest Level in 10 Years

The food industry may be pushing hard for lawmakers to address GMO labeling in the omnibus, but Sen. Debbie Stabenow says that such a rider is unlikely to get the support companies are hoping for...

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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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