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Is milk healthy? Canada's new food guide says not necessarily

BBC | Posted on March 13, 2019

Canada has released a new food guide, and one thing is noticeably missing - a daily dose of dairy. The guide does away with food groups entirely, and instead encourages people to eat a variety of unprocessed foods.The last time the food guide was updated was in 2007, and the version unveiled on Tuesday took three years of consultations.The changes have been praised by advocates for plant-based diets, but have raised the ire of the dairy lobby.Instead of recommending Canadians get a specific number of servings, the guide lumps dairy in with other proteins.Canadians are advised to fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with starches or grains and a quarter with protein.

Examining Food Loss and Food Waste in the United States

Choices | Posted on March 13, 2019

Grant, Gallardo, and McCluskey shed new light on how consumers may adjust food waste patterns in the presence of innovations designed to replace or complement other package information about food quality and food safety. This work develops a choice experiment with options involving raw ingredients and ready-to-eat meals as a way to evaluate one dimension of consumers’ willingness to pay for reduced food waste. The authors find evidence that consumers are willing to pay more for initiatives that increase food shelf life which may lead to a reduction in food waste. This work offers insights into consumer acceptance of new technologies that might provide better information about the freshness and quality of food and has implications for the generation of food waste in household settings.

KY sends bill on cultured "meat" labeling to the Governor

Ky Legislature | Posted on March 13, 2019

Amend KRS 217.035 to include any food product that purports to be or is represented as meat or a meat product that contains any cultured animal tissue produced from in vitro animal cell cultures outside of the organism from which it is derived.

New York expands ‘Meatless Mondays’ for school meals

Meating Place (Free registration required) | Posted on March 12, 2019

Schoolchildren in New York City will be dining on all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch meals every Monday, starting with the 2019-2020 school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week. The move follows a pilot program launched in the spring of 2018 at 15 public schools in Brooklyn and ultimately will affect an estimated 1.1 million students.Mayor de Blasio said that “cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” while announcing the program. The expansion is expected to be cost-neutral to the city budget and school officials are expected to meet with students to collect qualitative feedback before the menu for this fall is finalized.

25 percent of consumers say no to meaty names for vegetarian items

Meating Place (Free registration required) | Posted on March 12, 2019

In a survey of nearly 1,000 U.K. and U.S. consumers, one in four indicate that vegetarian products should not be allowed to have meat-related names like burger, sausage or steak. The survey, commissioned by public relations agency Ingredient Communications, polled  vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians and meat-eaters to explore attitudes to the way meat-free products are named.The survey also found that 18 percent of vegetarians, 33 percent of vegans and 26 percent of meat-eaters would support a ban on labeling vegetarian products with meat-related names. 

Bill defining meat in North Dakota goes to the governor

Grand Forks Herald | Posted on March 11, 2019

The North Dakota Legislature wants to make sure that when consumers buy meat, they know they’re buying “the edible flesh of an animal born and harvested for the purpose of human consumption,” and not something developed in a lab.The Senate on March 4 also passed a companion to the bill, House Concurrent Resolution 3024, which urges Congress to take similar actions to differentiate meat from lab-produced, meat-like products.

SD passes bill in support of truthful meat labeling

Tri State Livestock News | Posted on March 11, 2019

South Dakota State Legislature passed Senate Bill 68 which bill prohibits labeling cell-cultured protein as meat in South Dakota.

FDA allows sale of Geneticall Engineered Salmon

FDA | Posted on March 11, 2019

The FDA’s approval of the application related to AquAdvantage Salmon followed a comprehensive analysis of the scientific evidence, which determined that the GE Atlantic salmon met the statutory requirements for safety and effectiveness under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. However, in 2016, Congress directed the FDA not to allow into commerce any food that contains GE salmon until it issued final labeling guidelines for informing consumers of the GE salmon content in the food. The FDA complied with this requirement by implementing an import alert in 2016 that prevented GE salmon from entering the U.S.

USDA, FDA Announce Agreement To Regulate Cell-Cultured Food Products

National Chicken Council | Posted on March 11, 2019

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on announced a formal agreement to jointly oversee the production of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry.  “FSIS has the statutory authority, relevant experience, and robust regulatory frameworks to regulate the labeling and safety of these products, and FDA has experience with similar food production technologies and has long played a role in ensuring that ingredients used in meat and poultry products are safe for use in food.”FDA will oversee collection of initial cell lines, maintenance of a cell bank, and oversee proliferation and differentiation of cells through the time of harvest.  At harvest, USDA will determine whether harvested cells are eligible to be processed into meat or poultry products that bear the USDA mark of inspection.  Establishments that are harvesting cells cultured from livestock or poultry are subject to the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act.  USDA will conduct inspections of establishments where cells cultured from livestock and poultry are harvested, processed, packaged, or labeled in accordance with applicable regulations.

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USDA | Posted on March 11, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued today a best practices guideline to help the meat and poultry industry respond to customer complaints that are determined to be associated with adulterated or misbranded meat and poultry products. “FSIS has placed renewed emphasis on industry responding to customer complaints of foreign materials in meat and poultry and, as required, reporting those incidents to the agency within 24 hours once the determination has been made that the product is adulterated,” said FSIS Administrator Carmen Rottenberg. “We will continue to work with industry and offer guidance to assist them in complying with agency regulations.”In 2012, FSIS announced a regulation requiring all establishments to report to the agency within 24 hours when they have shipped or received an adulterated product and that product is in commerce. While this requirement has been in effect for several years, recalls associated with foreign materials in product increased in recent years.