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Joan Murphy

Washington, D.C.

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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Cattle industry must engage to prevent produce outbreaks, warns Mike Taylor

The contamination plaguing romaine lettuce can be tied to the proximity of cattle next to romaine farms, a “fundamental structural” issue that goes beyond the ag water debate and needs to be discussed, warned Mike Taylor, a former FDA food safety official, at a meeting Friday (March 15).

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Arkansas legislature passes ‘fake meat’ bill with new standard of identity for rice

The rice industry has yet to sway FDA to write a standard of identity for rice to beat back competitors from misusing the name of the grain, but Arkansas may be the first state to make it illegal to sell products such as “cauliflower rice.”

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Brashears talks expanded ground beef testing, new Salmonella beef standards

After six weeks on the job, Mindy Brashears, the deputy under secretary for food safety at USDA, rattled off some hot issues, including new Salmonella standards for beef, on the agency’s plate in the coming months at a Consumer Federation of American (CFA) meeting Friday (March 15).

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

Sen. Baldwin reintroduces DAIRY PRIDE Act to ban dairy terms on plant foods

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Thursday revived the DAIRY PRIDE Act, a bill that would require non-dairy products to no longer be labeled with dairy terms such as milk, yogurt or cheese.

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‘Meatless Monday’ in New York City schools ‘misguided,’ NAMI tells mayor

The meat industry has pushed back against New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement Monday (March 11) that starting this fall, 1.1 million students will see “Meatless Monday” menus across the school system.

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OIG probe on Perdue's plan to relocate ERS hot topic at House hearing

The proposed Economic Research Service (ERS) relocation and a massive meat recall were some of the issues raised with the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday (March 12).

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