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AFFI-led coalition to Congress: 'Reject new food taxes'
Meat + Poultry
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were urged by the American Frozen Food Institute and a coalition of approximately 60 food groups to develop a fiscal year 2016 budget that funds FDA food safety programs without inflicting consumers and food producers with burdensome new taxes or fees.

Editor's note: AFFI President and CEO Kraig Naasz is quoted in this story.

Related: AFFI leads effort against new food regulatory taxes (American Frozen Food Institute)

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Nestle R&D chief: Nutrition, sustainability key to good innovation
Food Navigator
Food and beverage manufacturers must focus research and development activities on creating more nutritious and sustainable food solutions, says Nestle's head of global research and development.
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Costco working to end use of human antibiotics in chicken
Reuters
Costco Wholesale Corp. is working to eliminate the sale of chicken and meat from other animals raised with antibiotics that are vital to fighting human infections, senior executives at the third-largest U.S. retailer said Thursday.
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What Obama's trip to Selma means
Politico
Six months ago, as Ferguson rioted night after night and President Barack Obama carefully parsed his response, many African-American leaders wondered if he'd join them in Selma for the 50th anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was a turning point in the civil rights movement.

Related: GOP giddy over Hillary's problems (The Hill)

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Pelosi shows Democrats how to wield power despite House GOP majority
The Washington Post
Nancy Pelosi had a plan. Democrats were outnumbered, obviously, and she no longer had the power to impose her will the way she did when she was Speaker of the House. But neither did the current speaker, John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Related: Democrats vow to protect Boehner from conservative coup (The Hill)

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Rebels with a cause
Politico
Sitting in a room on the fourth floor of the Cannon building, sipping soda and beer minutes after they helped defeat a three-week extension of Homeland Security funding, the roughly two dozen House conservatives who in January declared themselves the Freedom Caucus were looking to flex their muscles again.
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The rise of protectionism: Are borders making a comeback?
Management Issues
It's symptomatic of the economic and political tensions emerging across the globe that borders are regaining their importance and protectionist policies are starting to reappear. As a result, businesses now need to navigate international markets that are becoming ever more regulated.
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Bill to drop school nutrition standards fails in Utah
Utah Political Capitol
A bill that would exempt Utah schools from federal nutrition standards failed to gain the endorsement of the state's Senate Education Committee this week.
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Consumer groups urge speedy implementation of tenderized beef labeling
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
In a letter sent Wednesday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, eight consumer advocacy groups urge Vilsack to follow through on his promise to implement the proposed mechanically tenderized beef labeling rule next year.
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Idaho House backs measure to keep states from requiring GMO labeling
The Spokesman-Review
A non-binding memorial to Congress urging it to enact national legislation blocking any state from requiring labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, won Idaho House support on a 41-24 vote Thursday, after much debate.

Related: Oregon GMO crop bills get icy reception (Statesman Journal)

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Will Australia's introduction of COOL impact US case before WTO?
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
USDA is currently out of legal fixes for its controversial country-of-origin labeling requirement and is waiting for a World Trade Organization ruling on its appeal of the October 2014 WTO decision, senior USDA officials told lawmakers in a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing this week.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


FAO: World food prices continue to fall
Reuters
Global food prices fell 1 percent in February to their lowest in more than four-and-a-half years, with cereals, meat and sugar declining, oils steady and only dairy prices rebounding sharply, the United Nations food agency said Thursday.
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Diamond Foods has an appetite for global acquisitions, products
The Street
Specialty snack food company Diamond Foods hasn't produced the results investors would like so far in 2015. But based on its recent acquisitions, competitive pricing strategies and global expansion plans, things are about to change.
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Food policy expert: Food companies should help consumers eat less
Food Navigator
The onus should not be on consumers to choose healthy foods but on companies to help reduce consumption, says Tim Lang, food policy professor at City University London.
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From grass-fed to Paleo: Hottest trends in natural food and beverages market
Food Navigator-USA
According to Chicago-based market research firm IRI, U.S. retail sales of foods and beverages rose 2.1 percent in 2014, while unit sales edged up just 0.9 percent. By contrast, sales of natural and organic brands grew more than 10 percent. But where are the opportunities in this space, and which trends have legs?
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25 tons of beef, pork recalled on misbranding
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Premier Distribution Center Inc., of Nogales, Arizona, is recalling approximately 50,953 pounds of pork and beef products after USDA inspectors noticed some of the inspection labels were photocopied and had been applied without the presence of an inspector.

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Bird flu wipes out 15,000 Minnesota turkeys
MPR
Nearly 15,000 turkeys in Pope County, Minnesota, have died from the same lethal avian flu virus that has been confirmed in birds on the West Coast, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture said Thursday.
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Mintel highlights own-brand innovation gap for 'better for you' foods
Food Navigator
Just 6.6 percent of new private label food and drink products carried a low, no or reduced fat claim in the U.K. last year — while 45 percent of consumers said they sought foods that were low in saturated fat.
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Dunkin' Brands to remove nanomaterials from powdered doughnuts
AZoNano
Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of the Dunkin' Donuts chain, has agreed to remove titanium dioxide, a whitening agent that is commonly a source of nanomaterials, from all powdered sugar used to make the company's doughnuts.
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New technology to reduce water consumption in food industry
The Copenhagen Post
In a bid to reduce the consumption of water in the Danish food industry by up to 30 percent, 14 companies and five research institutions have joined forces to develop the required technology over the next five years.
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