USDA Seeking Comments on Labeling Meat Derived from Animal Cells

The Department of Agriculture is seeking your thoughts regarding the labeling of meat and poultry products made using cultured cells derived from animals. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking Thursday to solicit comments. FSIS will use the comments to create future regulatory requirements for labeling the food products. […]

NMPF: DAIRY PRIDE Act About Labeling Integrity

The National Milk Producers Federation said the new DAIRY PRIDE Act will ensure labeling integrity for dairy products. The legislation, recently reintroduced in the House and Senate, requires the Food and Drug Administration to enforce its own existing standards of identity on imitation dairy products. NMPF spokesperson Chris Galen said the bill would clear up […]

UC Davis Study: Feeding Cattle Seaweed Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 82%

According to a new study by researchers at the University of California-Davis, adding a bit of seaweed in the feed could reduce methane emissions from cattle by as much at 82%. Researchers said this could pave the way for the sustainable production of livestock throughout the world. UC-Davis’ Ermias Kebreab said the seaweed, Asparagopsis taxiformis, […]

Naerebout: DAIRY PRIDE Act Good For Consumers, Idaho Producers

Last week, several lawmakers, including Idaho’s Jim Risch and Mike Simpson, reintroduced the DAIRY PRIDE Act, which would require the FDA to crack down on the use of dairy terms by non-dairy products. Rick Naerebout, CEO of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association said survey after survey has shown consumers are legitimately confused, and they don’t recognize […]

Animal Welfare and Environmental Groups Want GE Animal Regulations to Stay at FDA

This week, thirteen animal welfare and environmental groups urged federal agencies to maintain regulatory authority over genetically engineered food animals within the FDA. The request is in response to the Trump-era proposal to move the regulatory authority to the Department of Agriculture. Specifically, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. In letters to the FDA […]

Newhouse Named To House Appropriations Subcommittee On Ag

Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse has been appointed to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration. Newhouse said he will also continue to serve on the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies as well as the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.  “I am honored to continue […]

USDA, FDA Sign MOU on Animal Biotech Regulations

The USDA and the FDA recently signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a regulatory environment at USDA for agricultural animal biotechnology innovation. The agreement allows USDA to lead animal biotech regulatory framework. Former Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue stated the effort “clears a path to bring our regulatory framework into the 21st century.” The MOU […]

Ag Community, FDA Trying To Spread Facts About GMOs

Do you want an easy way to start an argument? Just mention GMO and go from there. Some consumers strongly object to food with GMO ingredients even though, “There’s been no evidence that any of these food products have caused any kind of food safety issues,” said Kansas State University Extension Food Safety Specialist, Karen […]

NASDA, NPPC, Applaud USDA Steps to Modernize Animal Biotech Regulations

Livestock and agriculture welcome the recent proposal to shift animal biotech regulations from the FDA to the USDA. The proposal, announced last week by the USDA would move the regulatory framework to the agency. In a statement, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture says, “Using the law as intended by Congress to bring […]

NMPF: FDA Must Enforce Fake-Dairy Rules

The National Milk Producers Federation wants the FDA to ensure imitation dairy product rules are properly enforced. On Thursday, the organization made the ask of the agency’s ombudsman, citing little indication of promised action. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said, “The FDA’s Office of the Ombudsman must intervene to break the bureaucratic logjam.” The […]