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  • How Danone will improve consumer nutrition

    The yogurt giant plans to reduce sugar in its products targeted at children, improve the nutrient density of its plant-based drinks and give $22 million to research, improving access and education. 

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    ‘Healthy’ gets a new definition from FDA

    The regulated definition looks at how well food items measure up to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with limits on the amounts of sodium, added sugars and saturated fats they contain.

    By Updated Sept. 28, 2022
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    Smithfield to pay $75M in latest pork antitrust deal

    This settlement, involving at least 17.6 million consumers, follows JBS’ agreement to pay $20 million to purchasers this month.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    Food industry makes commitments at White House summit on hunger

    Several companies, from Chobani to Tyson, unveiled plans to improve health and nutrition, including reformulating products and revamping labels. 

    By Updated Sept. 30, 2022
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    FDA issues plan to prevent onion outbreaks

    This proposal follows two massive outbreaks that sickened more than 2,100 people, but the recommendations are things that should already be done under current regulations.

    By Sept. 27, 2022
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    Biden administration releases strategy to end hunger and increase dietary and physical health by 2030

    The policies outlined ahead of the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health in more than 50 years target improving access to healthy food, labeling changes and connecting healthcare with nutrition.

    By Sept. 27, 2022
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    Hydroponic crops qualify for organic certification, appellate court rules

    The ruling affirmed the USDA’s decision that the plants grown without soil are eligible for the designation, potentially ending a protracted legal battle.

    By Updated Sept. 23, 2022
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    Behind 5 food and beverage sustainability programs receiving USDA funding

    Tyson and Land O’Lakes’ sustainability arm Truterra were among the 70 projects that received grants to facilitate climate-smart agricultural practices.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Blanket policies to discourage indulgent foods don’t work, study finds

    Researchers at Georgetown University found obese consumers are more likely to buy sodas and sugary baked goods, while all consumers purchase candy at similar rates.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Potential food crisis averted as rail strike deal is reached

    The agriculture industry warned a shutdown would have overwhelmed grain storage facilities and delayed deliveries, dealing a blow to a food sector already reeling from inflation and supply chain challenges.

    By , Sarah Zimmerman • Sept. 15, 2022
  • Labeling information for three boxes of food lying next to each other, all of which have been made with bioengineered ingredients.
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    GMO ingredient disclosure online is not enough, court rules

    The judge found technical problems when using a QR code or text message could prevent consumers from getting the information they seek, but denied several other challenges to the federal labeling law. 

    By Sept. 15, 2022
  • Young African American biochemist using microscope while working on scientific research in a laboratory. The view is through the glass.
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    How Biden’s biotech executive order helps the food industry

    Bioengineering powers genetically modified items and the animal-free products made through precision fermentation.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
  • Plant-based meat at a Target in Washington, D.C.
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    Plant Based Foods Institute will promote the segment’s policy and business aims

    The new nonprofit, a sister organization to the Plant Based Foods Association, will use sourcing agreements, lobbying, research and foodservice to empower “broadscale change.”

    By Sept. 7, 2022
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    Goya boycott after CEO’s praise of Trump resulted in higher sales: study

    Net sales jumped 22% two weeks after a social media backlash triggered by Robert Unanue’s comments about the former president, analysis from Cornell researchers found.

    By Samantha Oller • Aug. 30, 2022
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    USDA invests up to $300M to expand organic certification

    The funds will be used to help farms make the transition, including through technical assistance and mentorship.

    By Aug. 23, 2022
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    Ben & Jerry’s partners with Tony’s Chocolonely to end modern slavery in chocolate

    The socially conscious companies also are collaborating on new ice cream and candy bars, debuting in the U.S. in January.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    Texas COVID-19 egg price gouging lawsuit revived by appellate court

    The case, which accuses Cal-Maine Foods of unlawfully increasing costs to retailers and consumers in spring 2020, now returns to a trial court.

    By Aug. 17, 2022
  • Chicken meat in a grocery store
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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
  • The sign identifying the FDA headquarters in front of its building in White Oak, Maryland.
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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
  • Plant-based section at the Heirloom Market in Philadelphia's Fashion District
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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 Samantha Oller • 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