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Michigan governor nixes bill to kill mushroom certification

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An anti-regulation bill that would have eliminated a training requirement for people selling wild mushrooms to food establishments in Michigan has been vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The measure, HB 5532, was approved along party lines by the Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives and Senate — 57-52 in the House and 26-11 with one not voting… Continue Reading

Marijuana is smokin’ hot on ballots; food safety not so much


Marijuana is a hot topic among state ballot measures for 2016 and its highly likely after the votes are counted a fourth of the U.S. population will reside in states permitting recreational use of cannabis. Among the 163 total measures that qualified for spots on ballots across 35 states this year, few are stand-outs and none directly involve food safety. States… Continue Reading

Texas crackdown on raw milk couriers stirs controversy


State Rep. Dan Flynn has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton if an apparent crackdown on raw milk couriers by the Texas Department of State Health Services and city health departments is legal. Rep. Flynn, R-Van, has for the past decade been one of raw milk’s biggest advocates in the Texas Legislature. Raw milk may be… Continue Reading

Just Label It takes a victory lap after losing; opts to move on

The Vermont law required food labels to declare genetically engineered ingredients.

Just label It is throwing in the towel. The never-ending campaign by the organic industry’s top political players to force GMO labeling on the entire food industry says its time to move on. After a 63-30 vote late Friday for a national GMO labeling scheme that was opposed by Just Label It, Stonyfield Farm’s Gary… Continue Reading

Governor lets bill banning restaurant letter grades become law


The popular use of letter grades for restaurant inspections — used from New York City to Southern California — will be banned in Colorado under a bill that becomes law on Aug. 10. Gov. John W. Hickenlooper allowed the controversial HB 16-1401 to become law without his signature, but instead wrote to the General Assembly… Continue Reading

Louisiana raw milk bill dies in House agriculture committee


A bill to allow the sales of raw milk by a farmer to a consumer, which passed the Louisiana Senate on a 23-to-12 vote, has died in a House committee. The Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development killed the bill on a 8-7 vote. It is the third consecutive legislative session that lawmakers… Continue Reading