Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: May 26, 2016

The New York Times reported on a huge recall of frozen foods.

The New York Times reported on new companies making a profit from wasted food.

Food Safety News discussed FDA recognition of food industry safety initiatives.

The St. Louis Business Journal reported on EU approval of A-B Inbev/SABMiller deal.

USAgNet discussed U.S. organic sales in 2015.

USAgNet discussed new FDA nutrition panel.


Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: May 19, 2016

The New York Times discussed a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on genetically engineered crops .

The Business Insider discussed food waste at American restaurants.

SF Gate reported on colleges opening food pantries for students in need.

Farm Progress discussed the reopening of the South African market to U.S. beef.

The Financial Buzz reported on Applebee’s rebranding around wood fired steaks.

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: May 12, 2016

The Calgary Herald discussed a Canadian beef industry project to look for alternatives to antibiotic use.

The FDA announced it had issued new rules for data collection of antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in animals.

USAgNet reported on USDA funds available to research antimicrobial resistance.

Food Safety News reported on sanitary transportation rules.

The Guardian reported on dry farming in California.

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: April 28, 2016

The Business Times discussed rumors Brazil is buying U.S. grain.

CBC News discussed a Canadian company’s alternative to antibiotics in animal feed.

CBS reported on plans by Starbucks to cut food waste.

NRF discussed a new retail concept to help eliminate food waste.

Bloomberg reported on the success of McDonald’s all day breakfast.


Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: April 21, 2016

Newsweek discussed USDA approval of a genetically altered mushroom.

Food Business News reported on Taco Bell limiting antibiotics in its chicken.

Hoosier Ag Today discussed farm financing outlook.

USAgNet discussed economist’s work to assess cost of climate change.

The BBC reported on the agreement between Asahi and AB InBev for the sale of Peroni and Grolsch beers.


Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: April 14, 2016

Climate Central discussed a White House report on climate change.

The Denver Post discussed the move by more poultry companies to go antibiotic free.

Reuters reported on FDA move to revoke pig drug approval over cancer risks.

Food Engineering reported on proposed USDA rules for organic meat.

Grainnet discussed the prospects for the Kansas wheat harvest.

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: April 7, 2016

The Chicago Tribune discussed the standard for grass-fed beef.

USAgNet discussed a study on the misleading impact of certain food packaging.

Food Engineering reported on final FDA rules on food safety during transportation.

KUNR reported on how Colorado is turning food waste into electricity.

TechCrunch reported on Thrive Market online grocery app.


Will Genetically Modified Salmon Be Served a Setback in the Food Court? Consumer Groups Seek to Stall Release of GM Fish

Over the past few years, there has been a virtual onslaught of lawsuits directed to the food and beverage industry, principally relating to claims that certain marketing efforts of food and beverage producers falsely advertise their products and encourage consumers to purchase them based upon fraudulent representations.  Likely due to California’s expansive consumer protection statutes and perceived “green” nature, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has become the venue of choice for many of these lawsuits and, as a result, has been dubbed by some as the “Food Court.”

Recently, the Food Court received another complaint directed to a human food product. Rather than a labeling or false advertising claim, this suit contends that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent approval of a genetically modified (GM) animal intended for human consumption was unsound and further challenges the FDA’s authority to even approve genetically modified animals used for food.  At issue is a GM salmon offered by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc, which claims its now-FDA approved salmon grow twice as fast as wild versions of Atlantic salmon while consuming 25% less feed in the process.  In November, the FDA approved AquaBounty’s GM salmon finding the product “safe for human consumption” and equally nutritious as non-genetically engineered Atlantic salmon.  The AquaBounty salmon is the first GM animal cleared for human consumption in the United States. Continue Reading

Final Rule Regarding the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Under the Food Safety Modernization Act Enacted on March 31, 2016 – Is Your Business Ready?

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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) sets forth sweeping reforms of US food safety laws with the primary goal of strengthening the food safety system through prevention of food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems after they occur.

The FSMA aims to preempt safety concerns at all levels of the supply chain – including transportation.  The Final Rule governing the safe transportation of food was enacted on, March 31, 2016.

A recent post on Husch Blackwell’s Technology, Manufacturing and Transportation Industry Insider blog talks about who must comply, what is required and when compliance is necessary.

For additional information, please contact Kate Dickenson or Joe Orlet.