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. The announcement occurs just one week before world leaders begin to gather at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to address sustainable development practices and goals, including sustainable production and consumption. Food loss and waste in the United States accounts for approximately 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the overall food supply available to retailers and consumers.

The FDA has finalized the first batch of safety regulations under a sweeping federal law.The first two rules will require food processors and animal feed manufacturers to have preventive controls aimed at preventing products from becoming contaminated. The rules are mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The final rule for human food requires companies to implement a food safety system and attempts to clarify and expand the definition of a farm, which are exempt from the regulations.

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