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Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch
Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks. It is the first reported outbreak of this type of avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock in the U.S.
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Vilsack orders update of animal welfare research strategy
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters.
Nestle CEO: Business should not lead the social agenda
Business plays a crucial role in meeting sustainable development goals — but it should not lead the social agenda, according to Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke, speaking at the World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos.
What will Congress get done?
It's time for Congress to get down to business. With the State of the Union in the rearview mirror, and Republicans settling into power in the House and Senate, the pomp and circumstance of a new congressional session is rapidly giving way to the grind of legislating.
Pelosi gropes for a game plan
Heading into a retreat in Philadelphia, House members say Democrats have no message and no clear strategy to retake the majority.
GOP's field of presidential hopefuls grows ever more crowded
The Washington Post
In case you haven't been paying attention to the 2016 Republican presidential race — and you should be, given that the election is a mere 652 days away — there was an interesting development last week: Everyone is running. Really, everyone.
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A bug in the system
The New Yorker
Each year, contaminated food sickens 48 million Americans, of whom 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. While many of the deadliest pathogens are rare, Salmonella is both common and potentially lethal.
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US formally implements WTO trade facilitation pact
Law360 (subscriber story)
The U.S. government on Friday officially ratified a World Trade Organization agreement to slash customs red tape at ports around the world that experts have estimated could add billions of dollars to the global economy.
FSIS publishes proposal for Salmonella, Campylobacter testing
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is announcing and requesting comment on new pathogen reduction performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in raw chicken parts and not-ready-to-eat comminuted chicken and turkey products.
International Trade Commission reviews agreement on sugar from Mexico
The International Trade Commission has announced it is reviewing sugar trade agreements with Mexico following comments filed by Imperial Sugar Co. and AmCane Sugar LLC.
COOL debate heats up as both sides make fresh arguments
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The ongoing debate over country-of-origin labeling for meat has heated up again as both sides argue for and against the program.
US officials to conduct Scotch beef checks
U.S. food inspectors are coming to Scotland to ensure Scotch beef is fit to export, following a 25-year ban.
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KFC Japan stops selling french fries due to crippled US potato exports
Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan has stopped selling fries, as industrial disputes that have crimped potato exports from the U.S. took another bite out of the country's fast food market.
Related: West Coast port delays having economic impact (Oregon Business Report)
Confirmed: French fried potatoes not a source of trans fat
More than any other segment of the food industry, the potato industry has made the greatest improvements in the fatty acid profile of its products, including french fried potatoes.
Global design challenge: Use biomimicry to design a better food system
Modeling patterns or processes found in nature (think of solar cells inspired by a leaf) is a hot trend in industrial design, but could biomimicry be used to create a better food system?
Big brands face struggle to contain own label advance in Europe
An expensive fightback by top consumer goods brands is likely to provide only temporary relief as retailers improve the quality of their own products to attract thrifty European shoppers.
Perdue launches 'no-antibiotics-ever' products for schools
The Poultry Site
Perdue Foodservice has launched seven "no-antibiotics-ever" chicken products for school lunch programs, including favorites such as a nugget, sandwich patty, chicken rings and chicken popcorn.
Respect Foods launches frozen breakfast sandwich line
U.S.-based Respect Foods is launching a line of whole grain breakfast sandwiches that are free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
Misbranding leads to recalls
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Arizona-based Primecut Meats is recalling approximately 17,700 pounds of chicken breast fritters and Aspen Foods Division of Koch Foods is recalling 1,140 pounds of chicken steak; both recalls are due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
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