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First lady has food industry in a frenzy
National Journal
Michelle Obama's push for better nutrition is bringing sweeping changes to agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, schools and American homes. Many of those changes could result in multibillion-dollar shifts in how the government and consumers spend their money on food.

Related: A plunge in US preschool obesity? Not so fast, experts say (Reuters)

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Food tribes: Making up the rules as we go
The Vancouver Sun
Can we all just agree that sugar, fat, wheat gluten, dairy, meat and salt are poisons that are killing us? There are large numbers of people who make the avoidance of one or more of those items a central element of their lives. We are becoming a nation of food tribalists, defined not by where we live or the language we speak, but by what we don't eat.
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Gluten-free, millennial habits, daily deals: Trends or fads?
Food Business News
Three speakers from three different professional viewpoints took the stage at the Research Chefs Association's annual conference and Culinology Expo last week to dissect what is a trend and what is a fad. The wide-ranging conversation touched on gluten free, millennials, daily deals and flavor innovation.

Related: Millennials: Don't buy into the hype (Food Business News)

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Republicans seize edge in fight for the Senate majority
The Washington Post
The Senate playing field has shifted in Republicans' favor over the last several weeks thanks to recruiting successes in Colorado and New Hampshire, as well as a national political environment that looks increasingly treacherous for Democrats.

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  • Scott Brown fires up Senate fight (The Hill)
  • Gibbs frets about Democrats' 2014 chances (Politico)

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    Democrats' anti-Koch strategy is risky
    The Washington Post
    From the Senate floor to television advertisements across the country, Democrats are assailing Republicans for their alliance with billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. The coordinated strategy is designed to try and counteract the tens of millions of dollars in attack ads funded largely by the Kochs and their network of conservative groups that have been pummeling vulnerable Democrats over their support for Obamacare.
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    Democrats seek no-fuss primary in 2016 race
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Democratic political establishment isn't all that eager to talk about it publicly, but make no mistake: Many prominent figures in the party would just as soon avoid a hard-fought, contested primary in the 2016 presidential race.
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    How to comply with USDA food defense rules
    Meatingplace
    Food defense is a voluntary program encouraged by the USDA and FDA to provide protection against intentional contamination of food products. How can you keep your processes in line?
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    Fast food worker movement coming to Philly
    Philadelphia Daily News
    For the past month, scores of fast food workers and labor organizers have been working behind the scenes to finally bring the national fast food workers movement — which seeks a raise to $15 an hour and the right to unionize — to Philadelphia. It's tentatively scheduled to kick off Tuesday.
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    FDA extends study to track eye movement of food shoppers
    Federal Register
    The FDA is seeking to extend an experimental study it first proposed in 2013, tracking the eye movements of shoppers to explore the use of food labels among consumers.
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    Opinion: Serving up more regulations
    Orange County Register
    We recently got a taste of what libertarian paternalism looks like when first lady Michelle Obama announced the FDA's revisions to the nutritional information that appears on food packaging.
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    Brazil's unambiguous new approach to fighting fat
    The Globe and Mail
    Brazil has a plan to reverse obesity — and it's winning raves from North America's toughest nutrition critics. Brazil's proposed guide (in public consultation until May) emphasizes meals, not nutrients. It urges people to be critical of food industry advertising and introduces healthy eating as a lifestyle choice that involves learning how to cook from scratch.
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    California's toxic products list to drive US standards
    Law360 (subscription required)
    The California Department of Toxic Substances Control on Thursday unveiled its first list of consumer products that manufacturers might need to refashion with safer chemicals or stop selling in the state entirely, a step that will set standards for the state and that could create de facto chemical safety standards nationwide, lawyers say.
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    Salmonella causes heaviest health burden
    Food Quality News
    Salmonella causes the greatest foodborne pathogen-related overall burden annually in the U.S., according to a metric to measure health-related quality of life.
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    Mettler Toledo: Simplicity the future of the food lab
    Food Production Daily
    Evolving demands and stepped-up regulations are pushing food safety analytical technology toward greater precision and increased ease of use.

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    Obama's overtime plan could hurt small business
    The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama's overtime-pay proposal could be especially costly to small employers, HR experts and business owners said.

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    How Chipotle changed US fast food forever
    Fast Company
    Chipotle set out to challenge fast food trends and be better than the competition. In the end, they launched a new industry. Here's how.

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    10 facts about the changing fast food industry
    Medical Xpress
    There is no question that dieting and healthy eating has become a greater topic of conversation in recent years and the fast food industry has taken notice. In the March issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists, Contributing Editor A. Elizabeth Sloan writes about the increased demand for healthier options on fast food menus.

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    National Pork Board launches three-pronged attack on PEDV
    Global Meat News
    The U.S. National Pork Board has launched a three-pronged strategy to try and stem the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus.

    Related: Smithfield halts hog kill at North Carolina plant due to hog virus (Reuters)

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    Strong retailer partnerships power Hillshire Brands
    CPGmatters
    The Hillshire Brands Company attributes its success to a portfolio of market-leading brands and a strong category management program with retailers.
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    Find nutritious meals in the frozen aisle
    The Boston Globe
    Sales of frozen meals — call them TV dinners if you must — have been cooling off over the past few years. But nutritionists say we shouldn't skip the frozen food aisle altogether. In fact, we'd be foolhardy to do so.
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    Well-fed but not well-nourished
    Nutra Ingredients-USA
    The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the leading trade associations, addressed the issue of nutrient shortfalls and their potential public health implications.
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    Tree to table, consumers look to source
    The Boston Globe
    The desire to know exactly who raised and prepared the food on your table has been so transformative that even Domino's Pizza is telling us about its handcrafted pies.
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    Best-selling brands of 2013 delivered health benefits, convenience
    CPGmatters
    Some 190,000 new UPCs and 9,500 new CPG brand launches were placed on store shelves in 2013 to tempt picky consumers to toss them into their shopping carts. So which ones were the most successful?
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    Expo West highlights: All-natural's bottom line
    Food Navigator-USA
    If it's in the natural channel today, it could be in food, drug and mass merchandise stores tomorrow, so food and beverage trend-spotters were out in force at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim on March 6-9. The consensus: "Unless you've literally pulled it out of the ground yourself and stuck it in a box, don't call it all-natural."
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    Freshline QS tunnel freezer hits market
    FoodBev.com
    The Freshline QS tunnel freezer has been developed by Air Products in direct response to customer research findings among smaller, independent food businesses.
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    Lindt & Sprungli to expand US headquarters
    Food Business News
    An expansion underway for the Lindt USA headquarters in Stratham, N.H., will result in more than 1 million square feet of production, storage and distribution space.
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