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American consumers gobble healthy foods at unprecedented rate
The big news from the 2015 Natural Products Expo West is that the American consumer is buying healthy foods at volumes never seen before. Health and wellness products are achieving three times the sales growth as conventional food products.
Minnesota bird flu case increases threat to US poultry exports
Detection of bird flu in Minnesota, the largest U.S. turkey producer, is increasing threats to demand for American poultry exports.
Issues on the horizon for Chinese food safety law in 2015
Now that both new years have passed, it seems appropriate to discuss what is on the horizon for food safety regulatory reform in 2015 in China. There could be some important developments ahead.
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Senate GOP seeks to divide Democrats
With the Department of Homeland Security standoff in the rearview mirror, Senate Republicans are going on offense with proposals that divide Democrats, such as an Iran oversight bill and trade legislation.
GOP struggles to get the votes
Seven months on the job, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's wobbly vote-counting operation looks nothing like that of one of his predecessors, Tom DeLay of Texas, whose iron grip on his caucus made him one of the most respected — and feared — Republican leaders in Washington.
A different sort of Bush: Policy wonk Jeb faces campaign image test
In Republican Jeb Bush, Americans are seeing a different sort of Bush on their TV screens: a policy wonk who wears horn-rimmed glasses and has neither his brother's famous Texas swagger nor his father's patrician air.
Related: He's not officially a candidate, but Jeb Bush looks like one in Iowa (The Washington Post)
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In Iowa, GOP hopefuls differ on support for ethanol mandate
Republican presidential hopefuls who attended the first Iowa Agriculture Summit this past weekend were divided in their views on what role the government should play in supporting the biofuels industry.
Presidential candidates discuss GMO food label requirements
In an informal question-and-answer format, some big-name Republicans and possible 2016 presidential candidates discussed issues affecting the agriculture industry at the Iowa Ag Summit.
Washington week ahead: Budget battle looms, TPP negotiators meet
Lawmakers are bracing for a battle over federal spending as House and Senate Republican leaders prepare budget blueprints for reducing the deficit.
Egg-producing states file appeal over California's Proposition 2
Food Safety News
States that until recently sold a total of 2 billion shell eggs a year in California clearly don't intend to give up on that lucrative Golden State market without a fight. After first getting tossed from federal court, they've now returned with bulked-up arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
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USDA to award $30 million in grants for school meals
USDA will award more than $30 million in grants through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs — with $25 million designed to purchase equipment necessary "to make preparing and serving healthier meals easier and more efficient," according to the agency, while up to $5.5 million will provide additional training for school food service professionals.
Rhode Island Senate bill seeks GMO labeling on food
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
Rhode Island Sen. Donna Nesselbush has introduced a bill to require any food containing genetically modified ingredients to bear a label disclosing that fact, beginning in 2017. The state Senate bill joins similiar legislation introduced this year in the state House.
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Cargill launches non-GMO oil blend
Food Ingredients First
Cargill has launched its IngreVita High Oleic Sunflower and EPA/DHA Omega-3 Oil for food manufacturers looking to provide long-chain omega-3s in their products.
Starbucks opens first New Delhi store
The Wall Street Journal
Starbucks Corp. on Thursday will open its first store in India's capital, bringing to seven the total number of outlets it's operating in the country.
Joining forces to fight childhood obesity
Accessing nutritious foods can be a challenge for many families, and some experts say the problem plays a role in childhood obesity — so an effort is under way to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Researchers find possible link between food safety and climate change
Problems with food security have been previously linked to climate change, but now researchers have found that food safety might also be a concern, according to a paper in the journal Food Research International.
Million-dollar food hub in the works for the Ozarks
The Farmer's Market of the Ozarks hopes to invest millions into a new distribution and processing facility for hundreds of those working in the fields across the Ozarks.
Updated Listeria verification testing leads to 29-ton recall of RTE beef products
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Texas-based Rio Tex Wholesale Meats has recalled 58,180 pounds of ready-to-eat Tex-Mex beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes — a problem that came to light when inspectors reviewed historical sampling data in the context of updated, more stringent verification testing.
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What to do with an icon: Boston PR firm hired to retool branding for Maine lobster
Lobster harvesting is a $1 billion-a-year industry in Maine, but with an abundance of the marine crustacean the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative is looking for ways to develop new markets.
Food science program approved by international society
The Dunn County News
The food science and technology undergraduate program at University of Wisconsin-Stout has been approved by the Institute of Food Technologists, a nonprofit international scientific society.
Why demand for thin-walled food containers is growing
Food Production Daily
There has been a rapid growth in thin-walled packaging, mostly for injection molding and thermoforming applications, such as containers and lids for both food and non-food products.
Wessanen to sell US juice unit to Brynwood Partners for $55 million
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Wessanen has agreed to sell its U.S. juice business, American Beverage Corp. — which makes the fruit-flavored Little Hug drinks — to Brynwood Partners for $55 million.
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