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    New FDA policy would let manufacturers use salt substitutes

    The proposed rule would make the standards of identity for 140 products more flexible, but would not require reformulation to reduce sodium content.

    By March 24, 2023
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    Tapioca starch sweetener gets GRAS status from the FDA

    Anderson Advanced Ingredients’ FiberSmart is 20% as sweet as sugar and also can replace maltodextrin, the company says.

    By March 23, 2023
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    Biotechnology should be used to improve nutrition, sustainability and resiliency of food, Biden report says

    The new document sets out “bold goals” to improve areas that include human health and supply chain management. It follows a September executive order that made this kind of technology a national priority.

    By March 23, 2023
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    Race for regulation of cell-based meat

    Eat Just gets FDA clearance for cultivated meat in US

    Good Meat chicken, which has been approved for sale in Singapore since 2020, is the second cell-based meat item to get the first green light from the federal government.

    By Updated March 22, 2023
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    Opinion

    Three ways global food brands can stay competitive

    As the cost of living rises across the world, companies must embrace artificial intelligence and other digital technologies to maintain a low-cost base, write Stuart Gilby and Duncan Macfarlane of PA Consulting.

    By Stuart Gilby and Duncan Macfarlane • March 20, 2023
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    As US mulls vaccinating poultry for bird flu, chicken industry could stand in the way

    Broiler producers are concerned about trade implications, but fears that the virus will mutate or spread to humans may spur a new plan of action.

    By March 9, 2023
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    Former Blue Bell CEO to plead guilty to charges connected to 2015 listeria outbreak

    All fraud charges against Paul Kruse will be dropped and he will be fined $100,000, according to the plea agreement.

    By March 9, 2023
  • Five black and white beef cattle sit and stand on dirt in front of a gray structure with wooden pens inside. Gates are behind the cattle.
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    Welch, Alice. (2008). "20120106-OC-AMW-0555" [photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    USDA proposed rule would close ‘Product of the USA’ labeling loophole

    Under current regulations, products imported into the United States for slaughter, processing or repackaging can be labeled as domestic.

    By March 8, 2023
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    Tyson workers in Arkansas sue company over pandemic protections

    The suit filed by 34 current and former employees of the company’s meatpacking facilities claim the poultry giant put profit over its workers’ well-being.

    By March 8, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Why cage-free eggs could be on shaky ground

    Industry leaders are still on a path to wider adoption of cage-free systems, but consumer expectations, bird flu and an upcoming Supreme Court decision could impact whether they continue to invest in the practice.

    By Feb. 28, 2023
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    Opinion

    Finding and creating value in food waste

    Our system needs to be circular and mimic nature, where nothing is lost, writes Pete Pearson, global initiative lead for the food circularity program at World Wildlife Fund.

    By Pete Pearson • Feb. 27, 2023
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    FDA says plant-based milk labels should indicate nutritional differences

    Dairy groups showed support of the long-awaited draft guidance, while those representing alternative proteins argue that the recommendations are unfair.

    By Feb. 23, 2023
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    Meat plant sanitation service fined $1.5M for child labor violations

    Packers Sanitation Services, Inc. paid the sum after regulators found at least 102 children were working overnight shifts at 13 plants owned by companies like JBS and Cargill, a U.S. Department of Labor briefing said.

    By Feb. 21, 2023
  • A wooden spoon of cocoa powder lies on a grey surface in front of a brown bowl containing the powder. Cocoa powder and chocolate chunks are scattered on the grey surface.
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    FDA approves qualified health claim for some cocoa powder

    Allowed on products that use specific ingredients with boosted flavanols, it lets consumers know there is “very limited scientific evidence” it could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

    By Feb. 9, 2023
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    Kerry accepts $19.2M fine for 2018 salmonella outbreak in Honey Smacks

    The food and ingredients company pleaded guilty to knowingly manufacturing the Kellogg cereal in an unsanitary facility. The company’s former director of quality assurance will be sentenced next week on related charges.

    By Feb. 9, 2023
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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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    How FDA stopped the momentum for CBD in food and drink

    Several companies bought big into the once-promising segment, but the government’s decision not to permit the ingredient in food and beverages has left producers unwilling to invest further.

    By Jan. 31, 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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    (2023). "Appendix A - FOP Focus Groups Schemes" [Illustration]. Retrieved from FDA.

    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