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WASHINGTON, March 22, 2016 - The National Academy of Sciences has provisionally appointed 13 members to a committee tasked with studying the changing scientific and regulatory landscape of biotechnology.
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2016 - The Kellogg Co. has joined Mars Inc. and General Mills Inc. in announcing plans to start complying with Vermont's first-in-the-nation GMO labeling requirements that take effect in July.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2016 - With lawmakers struggling to agree on national GMO disclosure standards, General Mills Inc. announced that it will start labeling its products for biotech ingredients as required by a Vermont law set to take effect this summer.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - A House
Appropriations subcommittee hearing turned into a sparring match Thursday over
the Obama administration's proposal to cut spending on foreign food aid and
transition some of the physical food donations into cash assistance.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2016 - USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is asking for comments on a proposal to eliminate what it says are (redundant trichinae control requirements for pork and pork products.)
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - On cue at a national conference of fellow scientists, regulators and industry experts in the animal health sector here Thursday, an Elanco Animal Health expert garnished his comments with descriptions of a new alternative anti-mastitis treatment for milk cows hours before Elanco itself announced its product.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee took on Kevin Concannon, USDA's under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, over a proposed rule that would change healthy food stocking requirements for convenience stores and gas stations that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 - A bill that would preempt state GMO labeling laws was blocked in the Senate as key Democrats demanded more concessions from the food industry on proposed new disclosure requirements for biotech ingredients.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 17, 2016 - EPA and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at improving regulation of the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) market.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - Whole Foods said Thursday it plans to be the first major food business in the U.S. to source slower-growing chicken breeds, instead of the conventional, faster-growing breeds that produce 98 percent of all commercially available chicken meat in North America.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 - The FDA today issued a rule finalizing three previously-issued interim final rules designed to reduce the potential risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in human food.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 - The leaders of USDA's research agencies told lawmakers on the House Agriculture Appropriations panel Wednesday why federal investment in agricultural research is critical to protecting the national food system and supporting American producers.
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2016 - Two of the four remaining GOP candidates for the presidency voiced different views on climate change in their final debate before Tuesday's crucial winner-take-all Republican primaries in Florida and Ohio.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave, and an award-winning chef. The USDA announced a second amount of funding for the nonprofit to expand its healthy food initiative into areas of Connecticut and Vermont. The $500,000 was awarded through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, enabling SNAP program participants to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The program means better nutrition for consumers and increased opportunities for local farmers. In this interview, Chef Nischan shares his vision for the power of food to improve personal health, his thoughts on improving diets with fresh as well as frozen vegetables, and his ideas for the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.