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Settlement Reached in GRAS Lawsuit Against FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to finalize its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). The decision is part of a settlement agreement with the Center for Food Safety (CFS), which sued the agency last February, seeking to vacate FDA’s 1997 proposed rule on GRAS. The… Continue Reading

EPA Approves Herbicide for Use on Dow’s GE Crops

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the registration of Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo herbicide, a new blend of 2,4-D and glyphosate. The product is intended for use on Dow’s Enlist genetically engineered corn and soybeans, which were approved by the Department of Agriculture last month. Dow stated in a press release that EPA’s decision… Continue Reading

Judge Dismisses Challenge to California Egg Law

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a California law prohibiting the sale of eggs from hens kept in battery cages where they can’t move around or spread their wings. Six states had challenged California’s AB 1437 in February, claiming that it violated the Commerce and Supremacy Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The… Continue Reading

GRAS Concerns are Back in the Media Spotlight

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Quorn is getting some press coverage again after a Sunday Washington Post article laid out the Food and Drug Administration’s lack of oversight concerning the safety of food additives. Mycoprotein is a fungus-based meat substitute that is used in Quorn brand foods, and consumer advocates have compiled lists of the dangerous allergic reactions it can… Continue Reading

Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Fails to Shed Much Light on Food Safety Concerns

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Last week, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy leaked a draft chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. The chapter proposed by the European Commission in June concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues with food safety and animal and plant health. “This leaked… Continue Reading

Groups Oppose Herbicide Approval, Citing Harm to Human Health and the Environment

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Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in April that it plans to permit a new weed killer called Enlist Duo onto the market, consumer advocates are attempting to dissuade the agency from doing so before a final decision is made. The herbicide is a combination of 2,4-D and glyphosate and is made by… Continue Reading

Critics Say Food Safety Standards Could Be Threatened by U.S./EU Trade Agreement

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Some call it the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement. Others call it the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). Either way, it’s the trade deal currently under negotiation between the U.S. and the European Union (EU) for which the fifth round of talks start next week in Arlington, VA. While proponents of the agreement… Continue Reading

New Federal Bill Aims to Squash State GMO-Labeling Efforts

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Efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have sprouted across more than two dozen states, including two successful bills in Maine and Connecticut, along with measures that came up short at the ballot box in California and Washington. But proposed federal legislation introduced on Wednesday would put an end to that by prohibiting any mandatory… Continue Reading

EPA Stops Sale of Food Containers Made With Nano Silver

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Pathway Investment Corporation of Englewood, NJ, to stop selling plastic food containers made with nano silver because it’s an unregistered pesticide. The company claims that the nano silver – an active ingredient in Kinetic Go Green Premium Food Storage Containers, Kinetic Smartwist Series Containers, TRITAN Food Storage… Continue Reading