Joan Murphy is the senior editor in charge of IEG Policy’s US Food Policy channel, where she provides comprehensive reporting on US food regulatory issues.
For more than two decades, she has written for Food Chemical News, covering legislation on Capitol Hill that impacts the food industry and food safety and labeling regulations as they develop in government agencies.
Before joining Informa, she served as a reporter for a public health association newspaper where she wrote on a wide variety of health issues. Before that, she reported on environmental policy issues for Washington, D.C.-based newsletters.
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The new funding bill aimed at averting the latest shutdown hands FDA an additional $13.8 million for food programs and directs the agency to fund a list of priorities, including imported food inspections, standards of identity and labeling efforts, and foodborne outbreak responses.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is urging FDA not to delay the agricultural water regulations in light of FDA’s new report that pointed to water as a likely cause to the outbreak tied to California-grown romaine lettuce.
Denny’s has become one of the first full-service restaurant chains to pledge, as of March 1, to source only chicken not treated with medically important antibiotics, a move one group said was in response to investor pressure.
Ten newly elected members of Congress told the FDA last month, they support efforts to rein in the use of “milk” and similar terms on plant-based products, a move welcomed by dairy processors.
While it may be a “bridge too far” for FDA to approve of cannabidiol, or CBD, in food and supplements in the near term, the 2018 Farm Bill has eased restrictions on hemp products. But companies should make sure they follow labeling and supplier guardrails so they are not targeted by regulators, said Jason Sapsin, counsel at Faegre Bakes Daniel LLP.