Milk Labeling Survey and FSA Offices Reopen
**A new national survey shows consumers, by nearly a three-to-one margin, want the FDA to enforce existing regulations and prohibit non-dairy beverage companies from using the term "milk" on their product labels.
According to agrimarketling.com, the IPSOS survey found 61% believe FDA, which currently defines "milk" as the product of an animal but doesn't enforce the labeling rule, should restrict non-dairy beverage companies from using the term "milk" on their labels.
The FDA was soliciting public comment through yesterday.
**As mentioned yesterday, the USDA has opened all Farm Service Agency offices to offer services to farmers and ranchers during the partial government shutdown.
As reported in agriculture.com, some FSA offices had been providing limited services, but the move means ALL of the offices will be providing more services.
For the first two weeks of the plan, the FSA offices will be open Monday through Friday. After that, the agency's offices will be open three days a week, Tuesday to Thursday.
**Despite ongoing trade challenges between their two countries, members of the swine industries in the U.S. and China gathered to seek possible solutions for the growing number of African swine fever outbreaks in China.
Agrimarketing.com reports, held earlier this month, the 7th U.S.-China Swine Industry Symposium was co-organized by the U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Meat Export Federation, and others. Roughly 200 industry professionals gathered in Beijing for the event.