Jason Huffman, Helena Bottemiller Evich, and Jenny Hopkinson of Politico Pro Agriculture have published their end-of-year assessment of game-changing events in food and agriculture policy last year. Here’s their list:
Avian flu blew up the U.S. egg industry.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal got done.
The battle over the Dietary Guidelines turned even nastier.
The FDA banned most uses of trans fat.
The FDA said a genetically engineered fish is safe to eat.
The EPA released its final Waters of the U.S. rule, inciting the wrath of multiple industries, states and lawmakers.
A federal judge sent peanut company executives to jail for decades for their part in a giant salmonella outbreak.
The FDA released major rules to promote the safety of produce and imports.
The FDA doubled down on added sugars on food labels, proposing daily values for the listings.
I’ve discussed most of these on this site (all except Waters of the US).
I can’t wait to see what this year brings—more of the same, for sure, but what else? Stay tuned.