FDA's Smarter Food Safety and China Cancels Farm Visits
**The Food and Drug Administration is promising a new era of smarter food safety.
FDA deputy commissioner for food policy and response Frank Yiannas says the agency's work on produce safety has been front and central to his since joining the agency last year.
He tells thepacker.com, tech-enabled traceability and outbreak response will be one area of focus for the new era of smarter food safety.
**In a quick change of events, China canceled a planned visit to farms in the U.S. heartland, a trip touted by the Trump administration as a building of "goodwill."
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation and Nebraska Department of Agriculture both got word from the Chinese embassy Friday that the delegation "had an adjustment of their agenda" and was headed back to China earlier than planned.
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue tells agweb.com he "doesn't know" whether China will purchase more U.S. farm goods this week.
**The Chinese Premier's 3-day visit to Russia was successful as both countries have reportedly agreed to double their trade over the next five years, to over $200 billion by 2024.
agrimarketing.com reports, to achieve this goal, both nations have agreed to work together to remove tariff and regulatory barriers.
Russian soybeans and wheat were also a major topic, two crops that have become a major issue for China and its ongoing trade dispute with the United States.