Global Food Crisis Looms

The ongoing drought in the Midwest will soon trigger a global food crisis, Bloomberg reports. In response, the International Food Policy Research Institute is asking the United States to stop its biofuel production because it uses 40% of its corn crop. “The major problem is policy,” said Shenggen Fan, the institute’s director-general, on Bloomberg Television.…

FDA Increases Tobacco Compliance Efforts

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is boosting its compliance inspections and making retailer compliance checks a priority. In recent years the agency has increased its number of inspectors from 1,218 in 2008 to 1,600 in 2011, and has conducted more than 91,000 retailer compliance checks on tobacco-related regulations. “FDA’s retailer compliance inspections are increasing…

USDA Tackles SNAP Fraud

Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon recently announced new strategies to further improve program integrity in SNAP and hold those misusing benefits accountable. The measures include tougher financial sanctions for the small number of retailers that defraud the program, as well as new requirements and tools for states to ensure benefits go solely to eligible individuals.…

EPA Pushed to Suspend Ethanol Mandate

Following pressure from four governors and more than 150 lawmakers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it is considering whether to suspend the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and is requesting public feedback, Congressional Quarterly reports. The agency’s 30-day comment period will begin when the notice is published in the Federal Register. “This notice is…

New Standards for Fuel Economy

Last week, the Obama administration finalized standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025. When combined with previous standards set by this administration, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles compared to new vehicles currently on the road.…

FDA Hosts Tobacco Compliance Webinar

Last week’s FDA Center for Tobacco Compliance (CTP) webinar for tobacco retailers provided an overview of a new document that CTP began sending to retailers in July 2012. The document, known as a Compliance Check Inspection Notification, informs tobacco retailers that they might be receiving a violation notice in the future. Compliance Check Inspection Notifications…