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…

USDA bans use of synthetic substance flavourings in food

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has banned the use of six synthetic flavorings in candy, cookies, ice cream, and all other foods and beverages because the chemicals have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. According to USDA, the affected chemicals—benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl methyl ether, myrcene, pulegone, and pyridine—are typically…

Government to spend US$1.2b to buy farmers products after retaliatory tariffs from China, USDA says

USA - The federal government will spend up to US$1.2 billion to buy products from farmers hurt by the retaliatory tariffs from China and other countries, and will provide almost US$5 billion in payments to farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced. Accprding to ABC, the the purchases and payments are part of an emergency…

Trump administration provides US$12b to aid US farmers in US-China trade wars

USA - The Trump administration has said it would provide up to US$12 billion in aid for U.S. farmers from early September to shield them from the repercussions of trade disputes between the United States and China, the European Union and others. According to CNBC, the United States has never before offered aid of this…

Golden rice completes the third food safety evaluation by USDA

USA - GR2E Golden Rice, a provitamin-A biofortified rice variety, has completed its third positive food safety evaluation by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). In an official statement by Crop Biotech, the US FDA announced that it concurred with the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) assessment regarding the safety and nutrition of…

World food and beverage companies want the government to label GMO ingredients

USA - The world’s top food companies and farmers of crops such as beet sugar are pitted against each other as they lobby the U.S. government over plans to label genetically engineered ingredients. According to Reuters, this issue of transparency over ingredients used by packaged foods makers which are facing flagging consumer trust and stagnating…

Trump proposes consolidation of federal food safety into single agency under USDA

USA - Trump’s administration on June 21, 2018 proposed consolidation of federal food safety into a single agency, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This seeks to bring together the functions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) into a single…

Aleph Farms calls on USDA to promote clean meat to improve food safety

ISRAEL - Aleph Farms, Israeli food technology start-up company, has called on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote clean meat for its compelling safety advantages, such as being antibiotic free and pathogen free. Alepha Farms made the request in response to the US Cattlemen's Association's (USCA) petition to the USDA to restrict the…