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.