Ag News: USDA-FDA Fake Meat Oversight
**The USDA and FDA will both be involved in regulatory oversight of cell-culture food originating from livestock and poultry, better known as “fake meat.”
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the FDA will jointly oversee the production of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry.
According to agweb.com, the agencies believe a shared approach will ensure safety and labeling of the cell-cultured products.
**A wide range of red meat products is driving record exports to the Philippines.
2018 was a record-breaking year for U.S. exports to the Philippines, with pork exports of nearly 48,000 metric tons.
Beef exports were nearly 18,000 mt, up 39 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Joel Haggard says while a large percentage of U.S. export volume to the Philippines consists of lower-cost muscle cuts and variety meat used for further processing, rapid economic growth is helping generate demand for higher-end products.
**President Trump approved Iowa's request for disaster assistance as the state begins the long recovery process from devastating floods across the Midwest.
Agrimarketing.com reports, the state’s estimated agriculture losses amount to at least $214 million, and Iowa will need federal aid beyond the emergency resources unlocked by Trump's disaster declaration.
Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin are also experiencing severe flooding.
The Missouri River is expected to continue surging.