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100-Plus Groups Ask Obama to Ditch New Poultry Rules

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More than 100 organizations signed a letter sent to President Obama on Thursday asking the White House to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule on the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection.” The organizations signing on to the letter cover a range of interests, from organic food retailers such as Hummingbird Wholesale to groups… Continue Reading

Fall 2013 White House Regulatory Plan Includes Many Food Safety Rules

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The White House put out its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for Fall 2013 on Nov. 26, and it lists a number of food safety issues that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be dealing with over the next several months…. Continue Reading

Documents Show OMB Weakened FDA’s Food Safety Rules

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The White House Office of Management and Budget significantly weakened the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s draft food safety rules, documents posted on the Federal Register last week show. The hundreds of pages of documents, first discovered and reported by Food and Chemical News (subscription only) on Friday, confirm what food safety insiders had suspected… Continue Reading

White House: Sequestration Would Mean Big Cuts to Food Safety Inspections

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If Congress allows the sequester to kick in on March 1, cuts to food safety would be one of the “most damaging” consequences of the automatic budget reductions, according to a memo put out by the White House on Friday. The analysis by the Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget said the U.S. Food… Continue Reading

Proposal to Label Mechanically Tenderized Meat Remains Under Review at OMB

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A proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to label mechanically tenderized beef products is now under extended review at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Food safety advocates, the meat industry and FSIS said they do not know details about the status of the review or… Continue Reading

White House Turns Down Raw Milk Petition

The Obama administration delivered its official response last week to the 6,078 signors of a petition on WhiteHouse.gov who requested federal-level legalization of all raw milk sales. The response indicated that the White House continues to support the current regulation of raw milk sales, which allow states to determine legality but prohibits its sale across… Continue Reading

Top USDA Advisor Heads to White House

David Lazarus, a senior advisor to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is moving to the White House to serve as advisor to President Obama on agriculture and rural affairs, a position on the Domestic Policy Council that has been vacant for 18 months. Lazarus, who made the transition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday,… Continue Reading

Kids, Chefs Harvest Veggies at White House

After the South Lawn of the White House was stormed by over 500 chefs from 37 states rallying behind First Lady Michelle Obama’s new Chefs Move to Schools initiative, a core group of chefs and some local elementary students harvested, washed, and prepared vegetables straight out of the Kitchen Garden on Friday. Here are some… Continue Reading

White House Asks Chefs to Partner with Schools

“I think it’s safe to say there have never been this many chefs on the South Lawn,” announced Sam Kass, assistant White House chef, to a sea of chefs dressed in their whites. “What an amazing day.” Over 500 chefs from 37 states, including celebrities Rachael Ray, Tom Colicchio and Cat Cora–a formidable healthy food… Continue Reading