User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Policy
Last updated: Sep 19 2019 07:27 IST RSS 2.0
 
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USDA offers pork companies a new inspection plan, despite opposition 18.9.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Under new federal rules, pork companies can hire workers to do some tasks currently reserved for federal inspectors in hog slaughterhouses. Critics say it's a move toward privatization.
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DHS Bars Congressional Staffers From Migrant Detention Centers After Reports Of Rotten Food, Kid Told To Eat Off Floor 29.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Staffers of the House Oversight Committee were allegedly told troubling accounts by migrant detainees, including toddlers forced to eat burritos and kids told to drink spilled soup off the floor.
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KFC and Beyond Meat are testing plant-based 'chicken' nuggets and wings 29.8.2019 L.A. Times - Food & Dining

Green-striped buckets of Beyond Fried Chicken made from wheat gluten and KFC's coating offers more evidence Beyond Meat is aiming at meat eaters.

Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change 28.8.2019 GreenBiz.com
Organic growing is proven to be better for biodiversity and chemical exposure, but is the food actually more nutritious?
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E-Verify detects workers without legal status. How do immigrants get around it? 26.8.2019 L.A. Times - World News

Even when employers utilize the E-Verify system, it has a major weakness: It does not detect when a job applicant is using somebody else's identity.

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70 mayors, including Mpls. Mayor Frey, reject Trump food stamp proposal 23.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Mayors from 70 American cities, including Minneapolis, send a letter to the Trump administration, saying a plan to push millions of people out of the federal food stamp program would punish some of the country's neediest.
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New look for cigarettes? FDA proposes graphic warnings on packages and ads 16.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The Food and Drug Administration has rolled out a proposed rule to require tobacco companies to include graphic warnings, depicting some of the lesser known health risks of smoking tobacco products.
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3 startups hacking food to crack the climate crisis 12.8.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Miyoko’s and other plant-based entrepreneurs are using food to fight the climate crisis.
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Chemours asks FDA to suspend its approved uses of PFAS in food packaging 9.8.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director Politico reported today that Chemours notified the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it had officially abandoned its three approved food packaging uses of per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) and asked the agency to withdraw its Food Contact Substance Notifications (FCNs) for those uses. We do not know with […]
FDA must abandon its flawed assumptions when reviewing safety of approved PFAS uses in food 5.8.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant In its June 2019 release of a webpage dedicated to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food, FDA stated that it is “reviewing the limited authorized uses of PFAS in food contact applications.” As we mentioned in a previous blog, we were pleased to see […]
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Sesame allergies are likely more widespread than previously thought 3.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
New research suggests sesame allergies are as prevalent as those to some tree nuts. The findings come as the FDA weighs whether to require sesame to be listed as an allergen on food labels.
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Ideas for feeding the world without destroying it 2.8.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
There are many ingredients in the solution, ranging from plant-based diets to regenerative agriculture.
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FDA concluded PFAS in food are safe. Now it has to show how it reached that conclusion. 1.8.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant In June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a webpage that serves as a helpful starting place to learn about the agency’s efforts and plans regarding per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food. The webpage explains that FDA is “assessing food for PFAS through […]
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Impossible Burger could be sold in stores after FDA approves coloring 31.7.2019 LA Times: Business

The Impossible Burger, so far only available at restaurants, could finally be making its way to U.S. grocery store shelves, giving chief rival Beyond Meat Inc. a new competitor inside retail.

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The USDA Didn’t Publish Its Plan to Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change. Here’s Where They Need it the Most. 24.7.2019 Mother Jones
The Trump administration’s department of agriculture has apparently settled on its strategy for preparing the food system for an uncertain future: ignore climate change.  This wasn’t always the agency’s tactic. Back in 2017, as Politico’s Helena Bottemiller Evich recently reported, the USDA was set to release a big plan on how to “help the agriculture industry […]
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Would the Latest SNAP Cuts Kick a Bunch of Rich Folks Off Food Stamps? 24.7.2019 Mother Jones
At a Tuesday press conference to explain the department of agriculture’s latest plan to cut eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, USDA secretary Sonny Perdue pointed to a case in Minnesota. There, he said, “a millionaire recently enrolled in the program, simply to highlight the waste of taxpayer money.”  […]
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Trump Admin Says Millionaires Are Abusing Foodstamps, So 3.1 Million People Lose Benefits 24.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"Unfortunately, automatic eligibility has expanded to allow even millionaires and others who simply receive a TANF-funded brochure to become eligible for SNAP when they clearly don't need it."
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Column: Trump's plan to throw 3 million people off food stamps shows his cruelty to the poor 23.7.2019 LA Times: Business

After shoveling billions in tax breaks to the rich, Trump wants to take food stamps from 3 million needy people

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Elderly Couple Kicked Off Cruise Ship After Losing Passport: 'Truly Horrendous Experience Where We Were Treated Like Pieces of Meat' 16.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The couple had spent more than $12,500 on what they hoped would be a dream holiday.
U.S. agriculture needs a 21st-century New Deal 10.7.2019 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How can we give power back to farmers — and out carbon back into the ground?
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