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Sysco's $8.2 billion US Foods merger may spoil
New York Post
Sysco looks as though it will have to wait longer for its $8.2 billion US Foods merger to be approved by regulators, if it is at all. The Federal Trade Commission this week sent a subpoena to a third-party food distributor asking for more information, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said.
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson leaving after tumultuous run
McDonald's Corp., fresh off one of its worst financial years in decades, on Wednesday said CEO Don Thompson would leave at the end of February and be succeeded by Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook.
Related: The lessons McDonald's can learn from Chipotle (Bloomberg)
Food industry fears a plain future
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
Could Oreo cookies and Mountain Dew one day be sold only in plain packaging, stripped of their snazzy branding and marketing? It's a concern that's brewing in some food industry circles as the United Kingdom Parliament mulls a plain packaging law for tobacco products this week.
Democrats retake the House? It's a long shot, but they're trying
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's popularity is on the rebound, and the Democrats' race to replace him seems orderly and sane compared with the chaotic contest already dividing the GOP. Even in the minority, Senate Democrats still have enough leverage to slow, stall or kill Republican bills, and they are hopeful about retaking control in 2016.
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton may delay campaign
Hillary Clinton, expecting no major challenge for the Democratic nomination, is strongly considering delaying the formal launch of her presidential campaign until July, three months later than originally planned, top Democrats say.
Related: Big GOP field unfazed by Hillary Clinton (Politico)
Buzz builds around Walker
The Beltway is abuzz over Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor is the talk of Washington Republicans following his much-heralded speech in Iowa last weekend during the state's first 2016 candidate cattle call.
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Dietary Guideline committee recommendations expected any day now
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is expected to release its recommendations within days, and meat is likely to be "guilty by association" for its part in high fat, high sodium "mixed foods" like pizza and sandwiches, according to Kristin Harris, senior manager, wellness and nutrition for Tyson Foods.
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Roberts to work with EPA on water rule
Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is pledging to work with the Obama administration to try to resolve farmers' concerns about a proposed rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
Proposed bill demands mandatory GMO labeling in Rhode Island
The Brown Daily Herald
Legislation introduced Jan. 15 would require genetically engineered products in Rhode Island to be clearly labeled "produced with genetic engineering" and would also specify what the term "genetically engineered product" — which has multiple definitions — would mean in the state.
Related: Florida again considering bill to label GMOs (Food Safety News)
Contract talks for West Coast ports clear major hurdle
Shipping companies and the union for 20,000 dockworkers at nearly 30 U.S. West Coast ports have cleared a major hurdle in their protracted labor talks, clinching a tentative deal on the maintenance and control of cargo chassis, the two sides said Tuesday.
Related: Vessels backing up at an alarming rate on the West Coast (JOC)
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GMO potato seeks FDA approval
A new genetically modified potato is closer than ever to arriving in American grocery stores, but while advocates claim it can actually reduce the risk of cancer, opponents say not nearly enough is known to ensure public safety.
Census shows 1 in 5 American children rely on food stamps
The number of children in the United States relying on food stamps for a meal spiked to 16 million last year, according federal data, signaling a lopsided economic recovery in which lower income families are still lagging behind.
Interagency group to improve foodborne illness source attribution estimates for major pathogens
Food Production Daily
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a public meeting next month to update stakeholders on work to improve foodborne illness source attribution.
Consumers back strong privacy rules in US-EU trade pact
Law360 (subscriber story)
A consortium of prominent consumer advocacy groups on Wednesday endorsed a proposal floated by European Union lawmakers that would shield privacy rules from any effort to streamline the flow of data in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations with the U.S.
What the 'foodie' revolution means for consumer goods
Covestor via Fox Business
Americans, it turns out, have become pretty sophisticated in their tastes for food, what with the popularity these days of luxury items like truffles, kobe beef, foie gras and sushi.
Convenience stores emerge as health food destination
More consumers are seeking healthy foods and beverages at convenience stores, creating an opportunity in a previously often overlooked channel for manufacturers of these products to expand their reach, according to new market research from Technomic.
IBM, Mars see gene sequencing as key to protecting global food supply
In the U.S., 1 in 6 people contract a foodborne illness every year, and thousands of them die. IBM and food giant Mars think genomics may help save many of those lives, as well as billions of dollars a year.
Whole Foods to compete by cutting prices, opening loyalty program
For the first time in Whole Foods' history, the chain is running national ads. And the company's finally using one of the oldest tools in the supermarket toolbox, which co-founder John Mackey resisted for years: a loyalty program.
Hormel sued over bacon secrets
Unitherm Food Systems Inc., a maker of machines used to produce food products, was told it can't claim a trade secret was infringed when an invention was disclosed in a patent application.
E. coli prompts beef trim recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Washington Beef LLC is recalling 1,620 pounds of boneless beef trim product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The problem was discovered during an internal records audit by the company, which notified FSIS. Product was shipped for further processing to a single grinding facility, then on for use in hotels, restaurants and institutions in Oregon and Washington.
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Cultivating better urban food systems
The Daily Meal
The first panel of the Food Tank summit, "Cultivating Better Urban Food Systems," featured a group of advocates for changing where we grow our foods and how we think about the origin of our food.
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