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Margarita Raycheva

Margarita “Maggie” Raycheva is a specialist news analyst working for IEG Policy’s US Food Policy channel. She covers news related to FDA, food labeling and FSMA

She joined Food Chemical News as a freelancer in November 2016 and as a full-time staff member in February 2017. Margarita has 10 years of experience in journalism, including six years of covering education in the United States. She has contributed stories to the Washington Post and a number of statewide publications in Maryland, and produced award-winning pieces on teen jobs and the controversial use of seclusion rooms in schools in the United States.

Margarita holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, film and broadcasting from Cardiff University and a master’s degree in newspaper, print and online journalism from Syracuse University. 

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Plant-based group slams milk producers’ petition on non-animal dairy labels

Plant-based advocates are urging FDA to reject a milk producers’ petition requesting the agency adopt a new approach to labeling of plant-based "dairy" and require such products be labeled as “imitation” or “substitutes” when using traditional dairy terms.

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Illinois law aims to convince FDA to add sesame to allergen list

Illinois' newly enacted law mandating sesame be listed as a food allergen is likely preempted by federal law, but advocates of the measure hope it will spark a national trend and spur FDA to add the ingredient to its list of allergens.

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FDA to issue one last guidance on the new Nutrition Facts mandates

With the deadline fast approaching for food makers to adopt the new and revised Nutrition Facts Panels, FDA has been cranking out guidances to clarify the requirement and is now just one document away from completing its major advice on the new ingredient labels.

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90% of school districts meeting or exceeding revised whole grain school meal standards

A new survey from the School Nutrition Association (SNA) released Tuesday (Aug. 20) says most school districts nationwide are on track to meet USDA’s updated and less restrictive requirements for whole grains.

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USDA study illustrates need for consumer education in basic safe food handling techniques

USDA has more work to do in educating consumers about basic safe food handling practices, such as not washing poultry, effective handwashing and proper cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces.

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Food safety advocates sue FDA for failure to finalize FSMA lab accreditation rule

FDA is facing another Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) lawsuit from the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), this time for failing to establish a comprehensive program for testing food at accredited laboratories.

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