The News in Food – Jan 2008
January 18, 2008
In the past few weeks, there have been some noteworthy new developments in the food world. This week’s feature is a roundup of information and articles we thought might interest our readers.
The 2007 Farm Bill becomes the 2008 Farm Bill
The Farm Bill debate has stretched into the New Year. Both the House and Senate have drafted versions of the omnibus legislation, but Congress and President Bush have reached an impasse regarding both payment limits and funding. Farmers who base planting decisions on the availability of government support are getting frustrated as their growing season approaches.
Both the FDA and the European Food Safety Authority announced this week that their scientific studies suggest that meat and milk from cloned livestock are safe to consume. Consumer groups are voicing their concerns about the determination.
In a victory for consumer groups, the Pennsylvania Department of Food and Agriculture has amended a law passed in late 2007 that prohibited labeling milk products as coming from livestock that were not administered synthetic growth hormones.
Meanwhile, the USDA is soliciting public comments for a potential “naturally raised” certification for livestock.