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LEADING THE NEWS


Hamburg tells Senate committee FSMA funding needed fill 'significant' gaps
Food Safety News
Many questions directed at outgoing FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg during a Senate budget hearing on Thursday concerned funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act and details of the law's rules.

Related: Boost for FDA food safety funding 'difficult' (Politico Pro via AFFI)

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How could technology change the way we eat?
Food Navigator
Technology and digital media influence the taste, appearance and experience of food more than ever before, says Mandy Saven, head of food, beverage and hospitality at innovation and trends consultancy Stylus.
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Advocates, states take a bite out of school nutrition law
U.S. News & World Report
The days of mystery meat and soda-dispensing vending machines may be gone, but that doesn't mean that the new era of school meals and snacks hasn't come without its own challenges.
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POLITICS


Senate Republicans' budget targets Medicaid, food stamps
The Wall Street Journal
The Senate Republican budget slated for release next week is expected to generate savings by turning more responsibility for Medicaid and food-stamp programs over to states, GOP lawmakers and aides said Thursday.

Related articles:
  • Republican high hopes for balanced budget face Senate battle (Reuters)
  • Senate Democrats slam forthcoming GOP budget (TRNS)

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    The right questions to ask to determine 2016 winner
    The Hill
    Followers of the 2016 presidential campaign encounter a daily blizzard of questions. Understanding the dynamics of the election requires some method of weighting the answers as they emerge, some of which are more important than others.
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    No, there isn't going to be a serious primary challenge to Hillary Clinton
    The Washington Post
    Democrats are in a bit of a panic these days as Hillary Clinton's handling of her use of a private email address during her time at the State Department has raised questions about her readiness for the presidential race.
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    POLICY


    Senate appropriators take aim at FDA menu labeling rule
    Agri-Pulse
    Republicans on the Senate committee responsible for writing the FDA's budget attacked the agency's new menu labeling rule, which they claim is overly broad in its regulation of supermarket delis and other non-restaurant food outlets.

    Related: FDA releases menu labeling compliance guide (Federal Register)

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    Senators urge USDA, HHS to keep lean meat in Dietary Guidelines
    Agri-Pulse
    A cohort of mostly GOP Senators is calling on USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to make sure lean meat is included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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    The next looming funding shutdown: Highway programs
    The Hill
    Transportation funding is running on empty, forcing Congress to scramble to meet its next major deadline before the tank runs dry on May 31. Both parties say they want to avoid a repeat of last month's tense standoff over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. But the likelihood of an impasse increases with each day that passes without an infrastructure reauthorization bill.
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    Idaho bill calling for national GMO labeling moves to state Senate
    Twin Falls Times-News
    Idaho is one step closer to calling on the federal government to adopt a voluntary, nationwide labeling system for genetically engineered foods.

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  • Federal judge delays hearing on Hawaii's GMO litigation (Maui Now)

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    Vilsack revives smartphone fix for GM food labeling debate
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday reiterated his view that smartphones could help solve the controversy over labeling of genetically modified foods. Revisiting an idea he's mentioned several times in the past year, Vilsack suggested the food industry could provide information on GM ingredients within product barcodes for consumers to read with their mobile devices.
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    Candy tax dropped from Connecticut sugar levy bill
    Food Navigator-USA
    Connecticut's proposed sugar tax has been amended to exclude a levy on candy.
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    USDA to conduct survey as baseline for pre-FSMA food safety practices
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be playing a role in developing a baseline of produce food-safety practices in a survey being sent out to the industry later this year.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Amy's: 'We plan on not selling'
    Food Business News
    Rachel and Andy Berliner want to make one thing clear. Amy's Kitchen, the company they founded in 1987, is not for sale.
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    Bolthouse Farms' new lineup makes fruits, veggies easier to consume
    Food Navigator-USA
    Known for its baby carrots and premium juices, Bolthouse Farms is making healthy snacks more fun for children and easier for parents with creative packaging and flavor combinations.
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    Bolstr helps firms raise funds fast
    Food Navigator-USA
    Need money fast to buy new equipment, secure supply for quick expansion or open a new location, but don't want to give up equity? Funding website Bolstr may be the way to go.
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    Misbranding forces recall of 20 tons of food in separate incidents
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Undeclared allergens have led two more companies to issue recalls for several tons of products, including:
    30,665 pounds of bacon bits from L&L Foods of Wilmington, Ohio;
    10,429 pounds of Tex-Mex chicken products from Bon Appetizers LLC of Lakewood, New Jersey.

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    How AS/R systems shape the future of cold food
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Whether it's to reduce labor, increase throughput or improve inventory control, today's automated storage and retrieval systems are designed to help the cold food industry operate better, faster and more efficiently.
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    Why is metal still the biggest food contaminant?
    Packaging Europe
    Metal remains the biggest and most likely contaminant risk within a food processing and packing plant today. But why is that? In the raw ingredient phase, food is exposed to different processes.
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    Victory for capitalism as OIEG wins $455 million from Venezuelan government
    Food Production Daily
    Owens-Illinois European Group has been awarded more than $455 million for Venezuela's expropriation of two plants, in Los Guayos and Valera, in a tribunal organized by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
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