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    FDA will streamline food safety and regulation under a single leader

    The shift was recommended by reports and studies on the department's structure, and Commissioner Robert Califf said it will "fundamentally transform" the division.

    By Feb. 1, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Will 2023 be the year food plays a role in sustainability policy?

    Policymakers are starting to connect the dots between the sector — which represents roughly a third of all emissions — and climate change. But traditional ideas about food are hard to change.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Food companies say they can reduce their emissions this year. Experts are skeptical.

    Academics and environmental groups say CPGs’ reliance on regenerative agriculture and carbon credits may not be enough to realistically hit their time-based goals.

    By Jan. 30, 2023
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    FDA food safety chief Frank Yiannas resigns

    The announcement of his departure comes days before Commissioner Robert Califf is set to issue a response to a report recommending an overhaul of the agency’s food division.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    FDA plans consumer study on front-of-pack labeling

    Research announced in the Federal Register this week will likely show 3,000 consumers different options and examine their understanding and reactions.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    Homeland Security probes potential child trafficking at JBS slaughterhouses, NBC reports

    A high number of minors the Labor Department found were illegally working for a cleaning contractor at two of the Brazilian meat giant’s plants were also migrants, officials told the network.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    USDA issues rule strengthening organic program

    The final rule requires more certification, documentation and training to ensure that products bearing the government-regulated seal meet the standards. It goes into effect in March 2024.

    By Jan. 20, 2023
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    Why food and beverage cases make up the majority of the ‘most ridiculous’ lawsuits

    Three-quarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform’s list of cases are proposed class action suits claiming ingredient and label information on CPG food and drink items are misleading.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    FDA allows more vitamin D fortification in cereal and bars

    Kellogg filed the petition to bump up the nutrient level of its products as consumers increasingly value health and immunity.

    By Jan. 12, 2023
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    Small meatpackers get $9.6M from the Biden administration

    The administration will provide funds toward 25 projects across 15 states, which USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said will be targeted at areas that need them most.

    By Jan. 6, 2023
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    Genetically modified hens could end the culling of male chicks, tech company says

    Huminn said its technology could allow chickens to produce only female offspring, which may eliminate the costs of sorting and killing males in commercial egg production.

    By Dec. 22, 2022
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    Motif FoodWorks continues to challenge Impossible Foods’ patents

    After the European Patent Office revoked one of the plant-based meat maker’s patents, the food tech company objected to four others filed in the U.S.

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    FDA needs to restructure Human Foods Program, report says

    After reviewing the Reagan-Udall Foundation’s recommendations, Commissioner Robert Califf said he’s committed to making changes starting in early 2023.

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    McDonald’s sues meat companies for accusations of pork price-fixing

    Smithfield, Tyson, JBS and Hormel are among the processors the fast food giant claims have worked together since 2008 to inflate the price of pork.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    Biden and food industry groups call on Congress to prevent rail shutdown

    The president said he’s been advised that “there is no path to resolve the dispute at the bargaining table” before the Dec. 9 deadline.

    By Sarah Zimmerman , Nov. 29, 2022
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    For food industry to reach climate goals, COP27 highlights areas of improvement

    As companies work to improve sustainability goals, activist groups and world leaders call for more reductions in emissions and waste.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
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    Upside Foods gets FDA greenlight for cultivated chicken

    The California company received the first U.S. regulatory approval of any kind for meat grown from cells. It awaits a decision from the USDA before it can serve its products to consumers.

    By Updated Nov. 16, 2022
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    FDA publishes final food traceability rule

    New recordkeeping requirements as items such as produce, cheeses and eggs move through production and supply chain will go into effect in 2026.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    Beyond Meat partners with American Cancer Society on research

    The meat analog company will help facilitate data collection to see if plant-based alternatives could be linked to the prevention of chronic disease. 

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Food prices put Democrats at a disadvantage in midterm elections, analysts say

    Political scientists said inflation widely gives Republicans an advantage with voters, but some argue shifting the focus to corporate power in the food industry could help Democrats.

    By Nov. 7, 2022
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    How to create value

    With sustained increase in the costing of utilities, purchasing habits by “trading down” in food and beverage options is not only real, it’s upon us.

    By Simon O’Brien Senior Creative Manager at Flavor Producers • Nov. 7, 2022
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    Impossible Foods’ patent affirmed in legal battle with Motif FoodWorks

    While the ingredient company’s challenge to the plant-based meat maker’s intellectual property was not reviewed, the litigation between the two parties continues. 

    By Oct. 31, 2022
  • DOJ investigating poultry payment practices, Pilgrim’s Pride says

    The poultry giant said it learned of the government’s civil investigation earlier this month. It warned any action from the review could impact its operations.

    By Oct. 28, 2022
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    Constellation transitions to passive role at Canopy Growth

    As part of a deal, the alcohol giant would keep its existing 35.7% stake, but no longer be allowed to nominate representatives to the board or approve certain transactions.

    By Oct. 25, 2022
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    Tyson will pay $10.5M to settle Washington poultry price-fixing suit

    The state-level lawsuit includes 16 other chicken producers, which the attorney general says drove up consumer prices since at least 2008.

    By Oct. 25, 2022