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U.S. GMO food labeling bill passes Senate

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The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would for the first time require food to carry labels listing genetically-modified ingredients, which labeling supporters say could create loopholes for some U.S. crops. The Senate voted 63-30 for the bill that would display GMO contents with words, pictures or a bar code that can be scanned with smartphones. The U.S. Agriculture… Read more »

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U.S.D.A. investing in nanotechnology research

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on March 30 announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities are expected to use the funds to research ways nanotechnology may be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels, increase crop yields, manage agricultural pests and more. The awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (A.F.R.I.), a competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences.

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U.S.D.A. publishes Salmonella action plan

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has initiated an “action plan” it says will address one of the most pressing problems the agency faces – Salmonella in meat and poultry products.

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USDA debuts online food safety consumer complaint form

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has unveiled a new online Electronic Consumer Complaint Form where consumers can report problems with meat, poultry, and egg products. Consumers can use the form to report illnesses, allergic reactions, injuries, improper labeling and issues with foreign objects to the Consumer Complaint Monitoring System (CCMS).

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Proposed bill would give USDA more power to police organic seal users

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The legislation, endorsed by a variety of California agriculture and consumer groups, would protect the growing organic farming industry and its expanding consumer base by granting the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) the legislative authority it needs to more effectively protect the integrity of certified organic products.

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USDA report outlines food insecurity In America

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USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon today announced the results of USDA’s Household Food Security in the United States, 2010 report that found that the percentage of very low food security declined from 5.7 percent of households in 2009 to 5.4 percent in 2010. The USDA study indicated that in 2010, 17.2 million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources. The number of food insecure households in 2010 was relatively consistent with statistics released in 2008 and 2009.

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