To avoid toxic acrylamide, don’t burn the fries

"Don't burn those french fries. And keep those cookies light," said Agri-Pulse in summarizing FDA's guidance to foodmakers to reduce levels of acrylamide, a possible carcinogen.

Drugmakers oppose FDA proposal on antibiotic reporting

The veterinary pharmaceutical industry strongly opposes an FDA proposal to collect more details about antibiotic use in livestock, said Agri-Pulse.

U.S. appeals court overturns dismissal of pork checkoff suit

The U.S. appeals court in Washington "is breathing new life into a previously dismissed lawsuit alleging pork checkoff funds were indirectly used to benefit the lobbying efforts of the National Pork Producers Council," said Agri-Pulse.

Court tells EPA to decide on pesticide by Oct. 31

A U.S. appeals court ordered the EPA to decide by Oct. 31 on a nine-year-old petition by environmental groups to ban the organophosphate chlorpyrifos, said Agri-Pulse. In a ruling, the court told the agency to issue a regulation banning the neonicotinoid or otherwise issue a “full and final” …

Timing of tax ‘extenders’ bill uncertain, says Senate leader

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wants to enact a tax "extenders" bill in a timely way, but did not suggest a likely course of action during a news conference, reports Agri-Pulse.

Senate ag panel leaders say sugar program is safe

The two leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee, chairman Pat Roberts and top-ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow, said the U.S. sugar program is safe from challenge within the committee.

Christie says he wants USDA leader with “real life experience”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, seeking the Republican nomination for president, says if he had the chance he would "put someone in charge of USDA who actually has done this before," says Agri-Pulse in a story from a GOP pig roast near Camanche, Iowa.

House may pass bill against GMO labeling before end of July

The U.S. House could vote as early as next week on a bill to pre-empt states from requiring labels on food made with genetically modified organisms. And passage seems assured, backers said, after speedy committee approval of the legislation. The Agriculture Committee, a quarter of whose members are cosponsors of the bill, approved an updated version on a voice vote during a session that ran less than 20 minutes.

GMO foods could be “natural” under House pre-emption bill

A bill to prevent states from requiring labels on foods made with genetically modified organisms could allow GMO foods to be marketed as "natural," opponents claimed ahead of a committee vote scheduled for today on the bill.