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Meat group drops country-of-origin challenge
Rapid City Journal
The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association announced Monday that opponents of the United States' country-of-origin labeling law have dismissed their federal lawsuit and will not launch a Supreme Court challenge.
Related: COOL lawsuit dismissed (Farm Futures)
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Wal-Mart tests grocery pickup service
The Arizona Republic
Three Arizona Wal-Mart stores will allow customers to order groceries online and pick them up at the store for free. The service begins Tuesday at one location in Chandler and two in Mesa. It also is offered at select stores in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Denver.
The issue of added sugars: It's not going away
Food Business News
The issue of added sugars will have to be addressed as the likelihood of proposed Nutrition Facts Panel changes approaches in 2018, according to several speakers at the International Dairy Foods Association's International Sweetener Colloquium, held Monday.
Polls: GOP senators start in positive territory
New Quinnipiac University polls show more voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania — states central to the parties' strategies in the battles to control both the White House and the Senate in 2017 — think their GOP senator deserves re-election than think he doesn't.
Florida Senate race draws a crowded field
Democrats hoping to flip Florida's Senate seat might start looking to moderate Rep. Patrick Murphy — whether Sen. Marco Rubio (R) runs for re-election or not.
Democrats suffering from Clinton fatigue say they're ready for Warren
The Washington Post
Thirteen Iowa Democrats wearily took their seats in Ames this weekend and discussed among themselves the source of their angst: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Sugar market awaits Mexico trade resolution
Food Business News
Uncertainty related to the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and Mexico has added a new level of uncertainty to the market since the first salvos were fired 10 months ago.
Blueberry formats mean reductions in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup and the ability to tout the product’s nutritional benefits. Blueberries' offer fresh appeal and natural high sugar levels that help remove the sour taste associated with yogurt products. Consumers view blueberries as a value-added, healthy ingredient adding real flavor bursts, lush mouth feel and delicious sweet-tart blueberry flavor.
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USDA supports California's WIC nutrition initiative, lifts ban on stores
This month, nearly 1.4 million women, infants and children in California have greater access to the healthy foods provided through the state's Women Infants and Children Program.
US pig inspection pilot could harm quality, warn advocates and inspectors
Global Meat News
A USDA pilot program is reducing the quality and safety of American pork products and will pose a significant health risk if it is rolled out to the entire U.S. pig slaughterhouse sector, according to an advocacy group.
Related: Whistleblowers raise concerns at meat processing plants (KAAL-TV)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce asks judge to nix NLRB's election rule
Law360 (subscriber story)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several trade associations have asked a D.C. federal judge to vacate a National Labor Relations Board final rule aimed at speeding up the union election process, saying the rule is irreconcilable with the National Labor Relations Act.
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Iowa Congressman reintroduces interstate commerce agriculture bill
Food Safety News
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, last week reintroduced his Protect Interstate Commerce Act, which he attempted to amend into last year's farm bill.
Bronx students choose hunger over 'unappetizing' school lunch
Partially defrosted pizza, still-cold taco meat and other school lunch items are so unappetizing that sophomore Timothy Martinez sometimes doesn't even feel like showing up for class at the Bronx Academy of Letters.
Related: How US school lunch stacks up agains the rest of the world (Business Insider)
Vilsack announces $30 million fight against citrus disease
Food Safety Magazine
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that $30 million has been set aside to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing, otherwise known as "citrus greening," a disease that threatens U.S. citrus production.
Why many low-fat products fail
The ability to taste fat could be the reason many low-fat products struggle in popularity over time, according to sensory science researchers.
Gourmet cannabis could become a multibillion-dollar food business
Mainstreet via Business Insider
Full legalization of marijuana across the U.S. is projected to be a larger success than the organic food industry, and if so, Whole Foods could very well jump on the bandwagon.
CIOs face the 'Age of the Customer'
The Wall Street Journal
Technology has put more power than ever in the hands of customers, and businesses ignore this at their peril, says George F. Colony, chairman and chief executive of Forrester Research Inc.
Court confirms frozen food company not covered for recall
Law360 (subscriber story)
A California appeals court on Friday affirmed that frozen food producer Windsor Food Quality Co. Ltd. can't claim coverage under an insurance policy issued by Underwriters of Lloyds of London for $3 million in losses tied to a recall of a supplier's ground beef, finding that the beef isn't an insured product under the policy.
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OSI Group taps former FSIS administrator to oversee QA, food safety
Food Production Daily
In a move to regroup after a year in which it was dogged by food safety challenges, global protein supplier OSI Group has hired Dr. Kenneth Petersen to head up its quality assurance and food safety team.
McDonald's India cuts salt, calories in burgers and fries
McDonald's Corp. is cutting the amount of calories and salt on its Indian menu as it fights to hold on to customers in a rapidly growing developing market where newer, healthier fast food options are just starting to catch on.
Bosch to acquire Osgood in drive to boost liquid food packaging portfolio
Food Production Daily
In line with its corporate growth strategy, Bosch Packaging Technology has announced an agreement to acquire U.S. packaging machinery manufacturer Osgood Industries for an undisclosed price.
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