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New Final Rule Strengthens USDA Enforcement of COOL Requirements

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements at 7 CFR Part 60 and 7 CFR Part 65 require retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of covered commodities, which include muscle cut and ground lamb, goat, and chicken; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts; and … Continue Reading

GM Labeling Rule Update – USDA Extends Deadline for Stakeholder Input

As previously reported on this blog, legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018.  Under the new law, food companies would have three … Continue Reading

USDA Nutrition Facts Rule Placed on “Inactive” List

On January 19, 2017, USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) released a proposed rule to revise its nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry products to reflect current scientific research and dietary recommendations. FSIS indicates that the changes parallel FDA’s recently revised nutrition labeling requirements (see our previous blog coverage regarding FDA’s revised nutrition facts requirements here).  … Continue Reading

GE Salmon Labeling Mandate Included in Senate Appropriations Bill

As previously reported on this blog, Senate Bill 764, which requires the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients, was signed into law on July 29, 2016. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018. Under the … Continue Reading

BSE Case in AL Prompts S. Korea to Boost Quarantine Checks of U.S. Beef

Earlier this week, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in an eleven-year old cow in Alabama (AL).  APHIS reports that this animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to … Continue Reading

USDA Broadens Netherlands’ Access to U.S. Market for Raw Veal

Meat, poultry, and egg products imported to the United States fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS administers requirements that seek to ensure these products are produced under standards equivalent to the U.S. inspection system.  For nearly 2 decades, Dutch veal was banned from the … Continue Reading

USDA Advances Interim Final Rule to Ease Nutrition Requirements for School Meals

Enacted in 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) set rigid nutrition standards for schools and paved the way for the subsequent implementation of school meal rules that many in the industry argue have limited the flexibility of school foodservice providers, led to increased food waste in school cafeterias, and resulted in declining participation in the National … Continue Reading

CFIA Launches New Online Consultation to Streamline Regs Between Canada and U.S.

The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) is a joint initiative between Canada and the United States that facilitates regulatory cooperation between the two countries and aims to enhance economic competitiveness. The RCC was created in 2011 to facilitate closer cooperation between Canada and the United States to develop smarter approaches to regulations and to make both economies stronger and more competitive, while … Continue Reading

Update: Industry Urges USDA to Start Over on Proposed Rule to Revamp APHIS Biotech Regs

For decades, the U.S. government has regulated genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under a regulatory framework called the “Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology” (Coordinated Framework).  The Coordinated Framework explains the different roles played by the three major agencies involved in the regulation of GMOs: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates GMOs under the … Continue Reading

FSIS to Begin Inspection of Catfish Despite Controversy

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in the July 3, 2017 Federal Register that, starting August 2, 2017, all shipments of imported Siluriformes fish and fish products (including catfish) entering the U.S. must be presented at an Official Import Inspection Establishment for re-inspection by FSIS personnel. As previously reported on this blog, … Continue Reading

ABC News and BPI Reach Settlement in Lean Finely Textured Beef Litigation

As previously covered on this blog, in the Spring of 2012, ABC News aired a series of reports on “Lean Finely Textured Beef” (LFTB), referring to the product as “pink slime.” The media coverage of LFTB and resulting consumer concern led many quick serve chains to discontinue using beef that contains LFTB.  In addition, over … Continue Reading

USDA Publishes Questions to Facilitate Drafting of GMO Labeling Requirements

As previously reported on this blog, legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018.  Under the new law, food companies would have three … Continue Reading

Cattle Producers Sue USDA to Reinstate COOL

As previously covered on this blog, in 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) implemented country of origin labeling (COOL) rules, requiring meat labels to indicate where animals were born, raised, and slaughtered.  Meatpacking and livestock commodity groups in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico challenged the COOL requirements via appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and … Continue Reading

New “Natural” Lawsuit Targets Sanderson Farms’ “100 Percent Natural” Chicken

A leading poultry producer has been sued over “natural” claims on its chicken products.  (subscription to Law360 required) Americans’ increasing appetite for clean label, ethically-raised foods has resulted in the continued proliferation of consumer advocacy litigation targeting “natural” claims for products containing synthetic ingredients or preservatives.  Adding fuel to the continued uptick in “natural” litigation … Continue Reading

USDA Halts Brazilian Fresh Beef Imports Amid Safety Concerns

As previously covered on this blog, Brazilian federal police raided several meat producers earlier this year for allegedly doling out bribes to inspectors to certify meat that was either rotten or tainted with Salmonella.  Following the bribery scandal, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) instituted 100% point-of-entry re-inspection of all Brazilian meat products imported into the United … Continue Reading

USDA Advances “Modernization of Pork Slaughter” Rule

Earlier this Spring, we reported that USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service intends to move forward with plans to modernize swine slaughter inspections by way of a “Modernization of Pork Slaughter” rule. The new rule – which has garnered significant industry support – aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal inspection process … Continue Reading

USDA Continues to Make Progress on GMO Labeling Rules

As previously reported on this blog, a new federal law requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018.  Under the new law, food companies would … Continue Reading

New FSIS Directive Indicates Expanded Testing of Brazilian Beef and Veal

As previously covered on this blog, Brazilian federal police raided several meat producers earlier this year for allegedly doling out bribes to inspectors to certify meat that was either rotten or tainted with Salmonella.  Following the bribery scandal, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) instituted 100% point-of-entry re-inspection of all Brazilian meat products imported into the United … Continue Reading

USDA Creates Trade Undersecretary Post

As background, Section 3208 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, Pub. L. 113-70 (7 USC §6935) required the Secretary of Agriculture to propose a reorganization of international trade functions for imports and exports, including a plan for the establishment of the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (U/Sec TFAA). On May 11, 2017, … Continue Reading

Consumer Group Denounces Plan to Import Cooked Poultry from China

As previously covered on this blog, late last week, the White House announced that China would resume beef imports no later than July 16, 2017 as part of a broader trade agreement with China.  In return, the U.S. pledged that it will remove obstacles to importing cooked Chinese poultry meat. In response, Food & Water Watch issued a statement expressing … Continue Reading

USDA Further Delays Effective Date for Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

As previously covered on this blog, on January 19, 2017, USDA published a controversial final rule on organic livestock and poultry which establishes minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements for chickens as a function of type of production and stage of life, as well as adds new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter. 82 FR 7042.  The effective date for … Continue Reading
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