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FAO/WHO Committee: Carrageenan ‘Not of Concern’ in Infant Formula

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At its meeting last week in Geneva, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) concluded that the use of carrageenan in infant formula, or formula for special medical purposes, at concentrations up to 1,000 milligrams per liter is “not of concern.” Seaweed industry organization Marinalg International says that the seaweed-derived additive used to… Continue Reading

Cattle Producer Associations Run From Hot to Cold on COOL

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The move in Congress to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law for beef, pork and chicken is again turning up the fault lines among the three major organizations that represent American cattle producers. While there are numerous state and local affiliates, the three big groups are: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), based in Denver and… Continue Reading

Judge Clears Way for Minnesota Dairy Farmer to Test ‘Right to Peddle’

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A Minnesota district court is making sure that nothing is standing in the way of dairy farmer David Berglund’s test to see whether the state constitution’s “right to peddle” is enough to shield his raw milk sales from state regulation. Berglund’s attorney, Zenas Baer, says it may be months before the Minnesota District Court for Cook… Continue Reading

Senate Agriculture Committee Mulls Options on COOL

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The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to discuss country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat, which requires that packages sold in the U.S. indicate the country, or countries, where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. “It doesn’t matter if you’re pro-COOL (and many are) or anti-COOL (and many are), you cannot ignore the fact that retaliation… Continue Reading

Michigan Senator Offers Voluntary COOL Draft for Discussion Purposes

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The Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Wednesday on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation got something new to chew on. On the eve of the first Senate action since the House of Representatives voted to repeal COOL, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking minority member on the committee, circulated a draft bill for voluntary COOL. The Michigan… Continue Reading

Congress Gives President Obama Fast-Track Authority for Trade Deals

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A contentious trade bill passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday and is headed to the president’s desk. The Senate voted 60-38 to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which gives trade deals a “fast track” through Congress where lawmakers would only get an up-or-down vote without being able to add amendments. TPA passed the House in… Continue Reading

State Legislatures Pass on Adopting GMO-Labeling Policies This Year

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U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) may want to send some thank-you letters out to state legislative leaders who shut down efforts to get in his way this year. Pompeo is the GOP’s point man in Congress on federal policy to preempt the states from writing their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This… Continue Reading

Organic Industry Wants Biotechnology Regulated By Process, Not Product

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About 40 activist organizations that usually can be counted upon to rally with the organic industry against genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals did just that on Monday. They weighed in with a letter to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the federal regulation of biotechnology products. APHIS has been inviting such comments, even… Continue Reading

Battling Chronic Wasting Disease Effectively

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A recent Food Safety News piece examining chronic wasting disease (CWD) brought up the question about how to manage the disease. As noted, CWD has never infected humans. The difficulty with CWD, however, is the fear that it could harm free-ranging deer and elk populations combined with the fact that there is no live-animal test… Continue Reading