New bill to address source of foodborne illness (DeLauro): Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduced a bill that would grant the FDA authority to investigate feedlots and CAFOs implicated in outbreaks of foodborne illness.
No egg conspiracy, says jury (Law360): A jury found that United Egg did not engage in an anti-competitive scheme to hike egg prices, as alleged by a dozen major grocery chains.
Corn sale to Mexico among largest ever (USDA): In the fifth-largest corn sale on record, exporters sold 1.6 million tonnes of U.S. corn, worth $231 million, for delivery to Mexico.
New FDA chief confirmed (Senate): The Senate confirmed, by a vote of 72-18, the nomination of cancer specialist Stephen Hahn to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
Sales of antibiotics for livestock rise (FDA): Drug companies reported sales of 11.6 million pounds of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals in 2018, up 6 percent from 2017. Sales of so-called “medically important” antibiotics — half of total sales — rose 9 percent.
Yoho honors term-limit vow (Florida Politics): House Agriculture panelist Ted Yoho, a Florida Republican who ran for Congress with a promise that he would limit himself to four terms, announced he is keeping his word and retiring in 2020.