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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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USDA petitioned to ban hydroponics from using the organic seal

USDA’s decision to allow hydroponic produce to use the organic label has been a disappointing one for some farmers, and now the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has petitioned the agency to stop “soil-less” producers from using the organic seal.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

NPA kicks up dirt on FDA’s information sharing proposal for export lists

A dietary supplement group wants to put the brakes on FDA’s request for companies to supply more data, such as inspection outcomes, for foreign governments so U.S. companies can export products.

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Gottlieb outlines new ways to expand food safety efforts during shutdown

Calling the government shutdown “one of the most significant operational challenges in FDA’s recent history,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he expanded the list of food safety activities to protect public health armed with only a skeletal staff in tweets on Friday (Jan. 11).

US Food Policy Compliance and Enforcement

House passes USDA/FDA appropriations, but bill stymied in the Senate

The Democrat-led House voted to reopen USDA and FDA and passed the Senate version of the FY 2019 Appropriations bill, but not before Republicans called the spending bill a “charade” and “dead on arrival.”

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Romaine outbreak over, but FDA says labeling restrictions, probe to continue

Federal health authorities announced Wednesday the 2018 romaine lettuce outbreak appears over, a glimmer of good news for the embattled leafy greens industry.

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Rubio introduces bill to protect Florida farmers from Mexican produce dumping

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and two other Florida lawmakers reintroduced legislation last week that would make it easier for Florida growers to petition U.S. authorities to investigate illegal dumping of Mexican fruits and vegetables across the border.

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