The U.S. Senate will have to step it up a notch to confirm Dr. Jose Emilio Esteban as the USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety before the year ends.

President Biden nominated Esteban to serve in the post Nov.12. Esteban is currently Chief Scientist for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a position he has held since 2018. He will become the federal government’s top food safety official if confirmed.

As of this week, the job has been vacant for nine months. Mindy Brashears stepped down when the new administration took over on Jan. 20.

The Senate Committee on
Continue Reading No Senate action yet to confirm Esteban as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety

Maine has officially withdrawn state regulatory control from 20 or more local communities that have passed so-called food sovereignty ordinances. Additional cities and towns have only to adopt such ordinances to fall under the local control act that has been signed into law by Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

Adoption, however, may be more symbolic than practical as the new law says locally produced food still has to adhere to all applicable state and federal regulations.

Maine’s new law does mark the first time local governments have been exempted from state food safety oversight. It allows local food producers in communities
Continue Reading Gov. LePage signs Maine food sovereignty into first-of-its kind law