FSIS proposes to remove dual labeling for some meat and poultry products

USA - The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed to remove dual labeling requirements for certain amounts of meat and poultry products. This involves duplicative net weight and net content requirements for packages that contain certain amounts of meat or poultry products. The proposed regulation would apply to…

USDA, FDA and EPA unveil new strategy to reduce food waste

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced a new inter-agency strategy to address food waste. This collaborative effort is part of the Trump Administration’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month which looks to see success of the agricultural…

FDA lifts import ban on genetically engineered salmon, advocates for safe biotechnology

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lifted an import ban on genetically engineered salmon as part of the efforts in advancing development of safe biotechnology innovations in the country. The 2016 import ban prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the US until the agency finalizes on guidelines on how it should be…

USDA’S FSIS issues best practices guideline in response to customer complaints

USA - Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a best practices guideline to help the meat and poultry industry respond to customer complaints related to adulterated or misbranded products. The guidance reinforces the need for the industry to clearly respond to customer complaints of foreign materials…

USDA and FDA announce formal agreement to jointly regulate cell-cultured food products

USA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced a formal agreement to jointly regulate cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. The two agencies said they will jointly oversee the production of human food products developed using the cell-cultured technology.…

USDA strengthens partnerships to prevent African Swine Fever entering the country

USA – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced additional steps to protect the United States from African swine fever (ASF) which is widely spreading internationally. The strengthened actions aim to protect the country’s swine industry from the disease which has since spread to China. This follows the protections announced earlier by the…

U.S. Department of Agriculture appoints three senior leaders

USA - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has appointed three individuals to take up senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Mindy Brashears was named Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, a position that does not require Senate confirmation. Brashears is a professor of food safety and public health and…

Argentina soybean imports rise on low production estimated at 56M Tons

USA – Soybean imports in Argentina continue to rise with production estimated to be slightly lower at 50 million tons in 2018/19 as a result of the recent drought faced in the country. According to a Dec. 4 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the U.S.Department of Agriculture, Argentina has imported more than 3.5…

USDA and FDA to jointly regulate animal cell-cultured food products

USA - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have reached a consensus that both the agencies should jointly oversee the regulation of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. The joint regulatory framework will see FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A…

USDA, EPA and FDA sign joint agency to educate Americans on reducing food wastes

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has announced the signing of a joint agency formal agreement under the Winning on Reducing Food Waste initiative. The agreement is aimed at improving coordination and communication across federal agencies attempting to better…