Policy


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    New USDA policy will reject some salmonella-contaminated poultry products

    The federal government will now test for the pathogen in breaded and stuffed raw chicken products, and plans a broader proposal to reduce illnesses from the bacteria in the fall.

    By Aug. 2, 2022
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    Cargill, Sanderson and Wayne Farms to pay $85M to settle DOJ wage suit

    Days after the closing of Cargill and Continental Grain’s purchase of Sanderson Farms, the government accused the poultry processors of conspiring to suppress worker pay.

    By July 26, 2022
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    Natural and organic

    Natural and organic foods have caught a brisk tailwind during the pandemic, as consumers increasingly seek out food options with a health halo.

    By Food Dive staff
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    FDA to review food program structure for potential overhaul

    The U.S. food regulatory system has long been a target of criticism and legislative reform efforts. It has recently come under fire following high-profile failings, including the baby formula recall.

    By July 20, 2022
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    Why a medical group wants plant-based diets discussed at the White House

    The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine wants the Biden administration to make this eating option a centerpiece of its food policy conference in September.

    By July 19, 2022
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    Chicken executives found not guilty of price fixing

    The Department of Justice failed to convince a jury, for an unprecedented third time, to hold poultry executives accountable for conspiring to raise prices.

    By July 8, 2022
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    Ben & Jerry's sues Unilever to block sale of its Israeli business

    In a lawsuit, the ice cream brand charges that its corporate parent decided to sell its interests in the Middle Eastern country without the consent of its independent board of directors.

    By July 6, 2022
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    Stand for something: How community outreach can help CPGs build their brands

    Food companies can connect with consumers and employees through meaningful volunteerism and philanthropy, writes Ferrara’s Tola Alade-Lambo.

    By Tola Alade-Lambo • July 6, 2022
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    National Chicken Council wants labeling restrictions on plant-based products

    Until now, the poultry industry has been relatively silent about alternatives, but the trade group presented a survey that says 81% of consumers want non-meat products to be clearly labeled.

    By June 30, 2022
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    Why precision fermentation is in the Non-GMO Project's crosshairs

    The group dedicated June to educating consumers about the dangers of what it called “synbio dairy” — using genetically modified cells to create proteins identical to those in cow-produced milk.

    By June 29, 2022
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    Consumer Brands Association CEO leaving to lead travel group

    Since Geoff Freeman took the helm nearly four years ago, the once-struggling organization has changed its priorities and welcomed several members.

    By June 23, 2022
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    Hershey applies to patent dairy-free chocolate with roasted grain

    The Pennsylvania confectioner says this method can produce candy with a similar texture, mouthfeel, melt and taste to treats made with milk.

    By June 9, 2022
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    Why the chicken executive price-fixing case is a priority for prosecutors

    As the unusual third trial of leaders at Pilgrim's Pride and Claxton Poultry Farms begins, the Department of Justice is doubling down on its strategy of holding those in charge accountable for corporate misdeeds. 

    By , June 6, 2022
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    Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces plan to transform the food system

    In a speech last week, the head of the USDA discussed the Biden administration's new efforts to increase competition, capacity and supply, which it ultimately expects to ease prices.

    By June 3, 2022
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    Deep Dive // Race for regulation of cell-based meat

    How should cell-based meat be labeled? What 1,179 comments to USDA say about stakeholders' priorities

    With decision-making coming soon, players in cultivated and animal meat industries, state governments and policy groups expressed opinions about how the nascent space should be represented.

    By May 31, 2022
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    Tracking the comments on cell-based meat labeling

    How should these products be described? Here's what companies, groups, governments and public officials told the USDA.

    By May 31, 2022
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    Opinion

    Why policy change and innovation are key to expanding access to healthy food

    Humanity faces a huge challenge this World Hunger Day — requiring the tools and thinking of today to ensure a well-nourished society tomorrow, writes Pairwise CEO Tom Adams and registered dietitian Kristen F. Gradney.

    By Tom Adams and Kristen F. Gradney • May 27, 2022
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    FDA rules tagatose must be classified as an added sugar

    Sweetener maker Bonumose questions the decision given the ingredient's health benefits, floating the idea of potential bias at the department.

    By May 26, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    What's standing in the way of a circular food packaging economy?

    As CPGs test new bottle and wrapper prototypes and set goals to cut virgin plastic use, critics warn roadblocks could trip up their progress.

    By May 24, 2022
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    Opinion

    Income should not be a barrier to making ethical food choices

    To create a fairer food system, WIC agencies across the U.S. must eliminate restrictions on buying cage-free eggs, writes Ben Williamson of Compassion in World Farming.

    By Ben Williamson • May 16, 2022
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    Opinion

    Turning threats into opportunities: Can food companies successfully attack in all directions?

    Whether it's sustainability, supply chain issues, inflation or the obesity crisis, CPGs must be able to tackle multiple challenges at once, writes Sean McBride of DSM Strategic Communications. 

    By Sean McBride • May 4, 2022
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    Meatpackers push back against lawmakers' price-fixing charges

    At a recent Congressional hearing this week, leaders of Tyson, JBS and Cargill argued that market forces, not consolidation, were to blame for higher meat prices.

    By April 29, 2022
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    FDA investigating illness linked to Lucky Charms

    Over 231 consumers have told the agency that the General Mills cereal made them sick, with thousands more reporting illness online, though the source remains unclear.

    By April 25, 2022
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    Consumer awareness of food's environmental impact is slowly growing

    A report from Kearney said four out of five people are at least somewhat aware of the sustainability of their eating choices, though cost and the stigma of a vegetarian diet are impediments to making changes. 

    By April 25, 2022
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    Report: Food's future is more complicated than the alternative protein debate makes it seem

    The study from IPES-Food says that changes are needed to stabilize the food system, but a wholesale switch to plant-based or cuts in greenhouse gas emissions ignore some pressing issues.

    By April 8, 2022
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    Q&A

    After years of growing awareness, ReFED director sees a 'rubber-meets-the-road moment' for food waste

    The U.S. government's 2030 food loss and waste reduction goal is fast approaching, and consumers are paying more to eat. Dana Gunders discusses what this all means for reduction and recycling efforts.

    By Cole Rosengren • April 6, 2022