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  • The Washington Post reports that because of the mistakes made by ProdiGene that led to potential grain adulteration in two states, a political struggle has emerged in Washington about the growing of drug-producing crops.

    “One question is whether to impose geographic restrictions, moving drug-producing crops away from places like the Corn Belt, where much of America's food is grown, to more remote areas,” the Post writes. “New rules to regulate ‘pharming’ have been in the works at the Agriculture Department for a while, but now they are likely to get tougher, and two other agencies – the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency -- also appear ready to take a stronger approach. Bills to strengthen regulation are pending in Congress.”

  • More specific nutritional information on product packaging -- such as levels of protein, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate, sugar and sodium -- now is the law in Australia and New Zealand.

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