September 26, 2023 Subscribers Only
WIC benefits threatened as shutdown looms
White House warns WIC benefits would be throttled in a government shutdown. USDA to train meat inspectors on child labor laws as Perdue and Tyson come under investigation. And a new study finds ‘food is medicine’ could save billions of dollars.
September 15, 2023
California takes on food additives
California legislature sends food additives ban to governor’s desk – a historic move that could force companies to reformulate their products. Does cheese need a break from sodium caps in school meals? And FDA petitioned to label gluten an allergen.
September 5, 2023 Subscribers Only
Why everyone is rooting for FDA’s new foods chief
Food policy world is hopeful Jones marks a fresh start for FDA. NIH official stirs panic with hint at lower alcohol limit in Dietary Guidelines. FDA warns infant formula makers to fix safety issues. And MAZON recognizes staff union.
July 11, 2023 Subscribers Only
Why did obesity increase so much during the pandemic?
A dive into how and why obesity went up during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. Senate to vote today on Torres Small for No. 2 at USDA. Plus, a sneak peak at Netflix’s ‘Poisoned,’ an indictment on U.S. food safety.
May 30, 2023 Subscribers Only
Debt limit deal sparks SNAP messaging battle
A compromise to suspend the debt ceiling for two years includes controversial changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A detailed rundown of the policy and what comes next. Plus, USDA is urged to make WIC online transition easier.
May 12, 2023
A spat over the dietary guidelines
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is taking heat over how conflicts of interest are disclosed. The Supreme Court backs up California’s new animal welfare rules. A top FDA official calls the agency’s formula crisis response ‘less than ideal.’ Plus, key lawmakers meet with the White House on the farm bill.
May 3, 2023
Michelle Obama launches kids food company, challenges industry to do better
The launch marks a high-profile, if unconventional, return to food and nutrition issues for Obama, who made healthy eating and tackling childhood obesity one of her signature issues during the Obama administration.
May 2, 2023 Subscribers Only
FDA dips into food as medicine – and takes another look at added sugars
How FDA is thinking about food as medicine and sugar reduction. Senate to hold hearings on House debt limit bill as cliff nears. Frank Yiannas backs calls for single food safety agency. Plus, lawmakers put bakers on notice over sesame debacle.
April 25, 2023 Subscribers Only
FDA faces calls to cut sugar, just like sodium
The Center for Science in the Public Interest and New York City health officials today will petition the FDA to set voluntary targets for added sugar reduction, just like the agency did for sodium. Democrats lean in on SNAP messaging. Plus, Veterans Affairs to support produce prescription pilots.
March 28, 2023 Subscribers Only
FDA’s Susan Mayne announces retirement
FDA’s director for Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition to depart. Another slow infant formula recall. Capitol Hill eyes FDA this week with two hearings on tap. Plus, an advocacy group calls out FDA for ‘misleading’ lead statistic.
March 24, 2023
How to make nutrition like reading or math
HHS and USDA officials tout hands-on nutrition education, but scalability is tricky. House oversight committee to hold hearing on FDA formula response. FDA green lights second cell-cultured chicken product. Plus, a White House conference follow-up event kicks off today.
March 17, 2023
The SNAP battle picks up
A new bill to stiffen work requirements for SNAP participants gets tons of press. The White House plans a food conference event seeking additional outside commitments. More states inch toward universal free school meals. And, a response to FDA regarding ‘misinformation.’
February 28, 2023 Subscribers Only
The food industry’s child labor problem
A New York Times investigation on child labor puts the food industry on notice. FDA launches search for top foods leader – and Commissioner Robert Califf confirms long road ahead. Plus, why Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sees an easier road for revamping school meals this time around.
February 21, 2023 Subscribers Only
A guide to what groups think about FDA’s ‘healthy’ update
A guide to who’s saying what about FDA’s proposed update to the definition of ‘healthy’ for food labels. USDA moves to allow online purchasing for WIC. Abbott reveals SEC and FTC inquiries. Precision fermentation companies launch trade group.
February 10, 2023
Why the right sees the debt ceiling fight as a way to cut food stamps
Why the right’s latest attempt to cut food stamps probably won't work. Fetterman to chair Senate Ag nutrition panel. FDA report on Daily Harvest poisonings provides no answers. And why we’re drinking less but eating more dairy.
January 31, 2023 Subscribers Only
How FDA plans to fix its foods side
FDA unveils new foods structure with deputy commissioner role. A bipartisan task force recommends more focus on healthy food in the farm bill. Vilsack lays out a new vision for American food and ag policy. And health groups call for more DGAC financial disclosures.
January 17, 2023 Subscribers Only
Did school food get worse during the pandemic?
A new study finds nutrition in school meals didn’t slide as much as feared due to Covid-19. House Oversight Committee may haul FDA to the Hill. House plots first move on farm bill. And Dietary Guidelines set to get rolling soon.
January 3, 2023 Subscribers Only
How Congress finally tackled food waste
A wild legislative tale about making it less risky to donate food. Frustration with FDA for not doing more on infant formula oversight. The Senate confirms a key food safety leader. And USDA rolls out more money to help bring SNAP retailers online.
December 20, 2022 Subscribers Only
Omnibus expands summer nutrition, addresses SNAP theft
The spending mega-package is out, and it includes a deal on school nutrition and language aimed at tackling SNAP benefit skimming. Democrats call for front-of-pack food labeling. The White House seeks input on biotech. And stakeholders call (again) for a single foods leader at FDA.
November 29, 2022 Subscribers Only
What’s on the lame duck docket
There’s a new push to get something done on child nutrition – plus the Child Tax Credit and ag immigration – during the lame duck session. Today: Senate Judiciary examines the Albertsons-Kroger merger. FDA extends the comment period for its ‘healthy’ update. And why experts can’t agree on what’s driving obesity.
November 18, 2022
People really like universal free school meals
A new analysis released today by Food Fix and Impact Social finds that the public broadly supports universal free school meals. FDA makes history by green lighting cell-cultured chicken. USDA updates what foods should be included in key nutrition program, WIC.
November 15, 2022 Subscribers Only
Food as medicine gains steam
There’s a big push to incorporate nutrition into health care – including some notable new partnerships in the space. Democrats keep control-ish of the Senate. And today, at long last, FDA is expected to release its final traceability rule.
November 1, 2022 Subscribers Only
What’s up with the FTC and infant formula?
FTC faces lawsuit over infant formula inquiry documents. What has the agency been up to? Also: USDA predicts food inflation to cool next year. Health care gets its day at USDA. Popular health podcast zeroes in on Daily Harvest today.
October 28, 2022
The race to name cell-cultured meat
A new agreement in Asia crowns ‘cultivated meat' as the preferred term, but the naming debate continues in the U.S. Despite lacking answers, FDA shifts its investigation of the Daily Harvest incident. And universal school meals are on the ballot in Colorado with no formal opposition.
October 25, 2022 Subscribers Only
The cell-cultured meat lobby goes global
There’s a new global alliance to help forge a path to market for cell-cultivated meat and seafood. Where do things stand in the U.S.? Consumer Brands Association names a new CEO. Becerra speaks at USDA today as ‘food is medicine’ gains steam.
October 18, 2022 Subscribers Only
Why the Kroger-Albertsons merger makes DC nervous
News of a Kroger-Albertsons merger sparks antitrust concerns. The Biden administration plans post-White House conference summit – an early look at the details. And low-income households struggle with infant formula sourcing.
October 7, 2022
Why Cory Booker is fired up about sugar – and bipartisanship
Cory Booker talks sugar, finding common ground, the farm bill, and yes, veganism. A new project tracks where academics agree – and where they don’t. Groups call for a reorg at the FDA. Again. Plus, the FDA keeps getting hammered for its inadequate infant formula review.
October 4, 2022 Subscribers Only
Washington gets brutally honest about FDA
Leading experts are not holding back about what needs to change at FDA ahead of a major review of the agency’s foods program. State officials call for increased nutrition benefits, indoor agriculture and funding for PFAS efforts. And dairy consumption keeps rising.
September 30, 2022
The White House conference is done. What now?
Food got its moment in the sun this week at the White House conference on hunger, nutrition and health, but what happens next is what matters. How President Biden’s gaffe overtook the press cycle. Congress passes a bill to drop tariffs on imported powder for formula.
September 27, 2022 Subscribers Only
White House unveils national strategy on hunger and nutrition
The Biden administration has crafted the first-ever national strategy on hunger, nutrition and health, with a call for universal free school meals and front-of-pack food labels. What you need to know. Also, the latest on this week’s White House conference.
September 20, 2022 Subscribers Only
Industry to White House: Show us the strategy
The Food & Beverage Issue Alliance is asking the White House to please share its forthcoming national strategy ahead of the conference. More names are added to the WHC invite list. And Maine lawmakers are really angry with Seafood Watch.
September 13, 2022 Subscribers Only
Rethinking the farm bill
A broad new coalition asks Washington to shake up the farm bill to include a bigger focus on better nutrition, food and farm workers and racial equity. Trade groups and food companies race to get their White House conference commitments ready. Big Sugar re-ups campaign against artificial sweeteners.
August 26, 2022
States leave billions in grocery aid on the table
A whole bunch of states aren’t participating in Pandemic-EBT even as food insecurity rates appear to be rising; Food Fix launches a clearinghouse for White House conference comments; and the FDA still doesn’t know what’s going on with Daily Harvest.