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30 countries ban poultry imports from Pacific Northwest
Food Production Daily
Anxiety about the detection of avian influenza in Washington state has prompted nearly two dozen countries to ban imports of poultry from the Pacific Northwest this week.
Related: Washington State declares emergency quarantine zone (Meat & Poultry)
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Ag groups form coalition for Cuba
Meat & Poultry
Agriculture groups are uniting around a mission to end the Cuban embargo and forge a path toward open trade and investment.
White Castle bets on veggie sliders
News has been spreading of White Castle's new veggie sliders. White Castle is diving into a market other fast food chains have tried out but with limited customer buy-in.
Democrat Barbara Boxer to retire from the Senate
The Washington Post
Rep. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., announced Thursday that she would not seek re-election in 2016. The news was expected, given that she had barely raised any campaign money in a state that requires tens of millions of dollars to run a Senate campaign.
Related: California: The $1 billion Senate race? (The Hill)
Upbeat economy spurs political fight for credit, but little else
The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. economy is on a tear, a positive turn that has scrambled the nation's political calculus without necessarily paving the way for new policies.
Related: Does Obama deserve credit for the economy? (Politico)
Trouble on the home front
Republican 2016 hopefuls are facing unexpected resistance from their own statehouses. Instead of notching legislative triumphs just ahead of announcements for national office, time and again the potential White House contenders are hitting roadblocks back home.
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White House digs in on nutrition with Kass replacement
The Obama administration appears to be doubling down on its nutrition policy agenda with its new pick for de facto food policy czar.
Related: Michelle Obama names new director of Let's Move campaign (The Washington Post)
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Indiana lawmaker pushes for GMO labeling
The Indianapolis Star
Advocates hoping to see labels on genetically modified foods have a Republican state senator as an unlikely ally in Indiana.
GMA outlines plans for GRAS, additives in 2015
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
An industry-led initiative to standardize submissions under FDA's generally recognized as safe program for food ingredients will move full steam ahead in 2015, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
Liberal groups vow to block bid to 'fast track' multinational trade deals
The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
Trade pacts create odd politics. That's why advocates hope new trade agreements might advance this year despite tensions between the Republican-run Congress and the Democratic White House on so many other issues.
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Food companies weigh in on supplier verification records under FSMA
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Because supplier control programs are not usually run at individual plants but at the corporate level, large food companies are telling FDA their records should not have to be maintained at the plant to comply with final Food Safety Modernization Act rules.
Europe vows to preserve protected food names in TTIP talks
The European Commission has vowed to preserve protected geographical indications for food and drink after coming under pressure to soften the rules in trade talks with the U.S.
India likely to appeal WTO ruling on poultry imports soon
The Dollar Business
The government has raised the phyto-sanitary standards on animal food in India in recent months and may cite concerns over GM feed used in the U.S. as well in its appeal.
Big data: The secret snacking ingredient
The perfect snack recipe calls for a few crackers, a scoop of peanut butter, a piece of chocolate and a hint of big data. That's right, big data has made its way into the food industry.
Global food import and export company to merge business
Global Meat News
Lamex Food Group has announced it will merge four of its trading offices — in the U.K., Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland — to form a new division called Lamex Foods Europe.
Particles, misbranding, missed inspections lead to recalls
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection service is publicizing three new recalls:
48,139 pounds of frozen beef and pork products that may be contaminated with metal bits, from Unibright Fods Inc. in California;
7,092 pounds of Halal beef products due to misbranding, from the Daniel Weaver Co. of Pennsylvania;
359 pounds of frozen beef produced in Japan but distributed without inspection, from Jinon Corp. of California.
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Chemical cleaning in the FSMA age
Benjamin Franklin famously said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," which could be the motto of the pending Food Safety Modernization Act.
Building and keeping a great warehouse team
Nearly every appraiser of warehousing quality agrees that the most critical element in a successful operation is the people. While quality in management and supervision is critical, the quality of every hourly worker is important.
Convenience trend represents a challenge for packaging
What effect is the trend towards convenience having on food safety and household packaging? How can we protect food and guarantee its safety? How are packaging designers reacting to the trend?
Prototype plant turns food production waste into 500 liters of fuel a day
From waste generated in the processing of cereals, scientists from Mexico's Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco have produced bioenergy in the form of ethanol, and designed a prototype plant that generates 500 liters of bioethanol a day.
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