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Food industry waging a bitter battle over proposal on added-sugar labels
Los Angeles Times
Of all the issues the Obama administration is grappling with, a modest redesign of what food labels say about sweeteners might not have seemed among the more controversial. But ever since first lady Michelle Obama unveiled the plan last year, a lobbying frenzy has ensued.
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USDA reports virulent strain of avian flu in Kansas poultry
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the first infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in poultry in Kansas, confirming the virus has spread into a migratory bird route that runs through the center of the country.
Related: US may impose tougher curbs to contain bird flu in Arkansas (Reuters)
Nestle indicates limited patience for US frozen food business
just-food (subscriber story)
Nestle has said its under-pressure U.S. frozen food business should "gain traction" this year — but the Lean Cuisine owner insisted the division only has finite time for attempts to improve its performance pay off.
With a seemingly innocuous bill, Senate manages to tie itself in knots
The Washington Post
With the fractious House of Representatives on recess last week, Republican leaders in the Senate had high hopes of making good on promises of capable governing, starting with passage of a noncontroversial measure cracking down on human trafficking. But the bill quickly became entangled in partisan skirmishing.
Republicans brace for budget debate
The unity of the new Republican Congress will be put to the test this week as leaders in the House and Senate unveil budget blueprints that are expected to slash trillions of dollars from federal spending.
GOP hopefuls rush toward starting gates
At least three Republican presidential candidates are expected to formally launch their campaigns within the next three or four weeks, due to a mix of calendar dates and deadlines that offer an ideal window for them to officially declare their intentions.
Related: What Jeb Bush's declining poll numbers tell us about today's GOP (The Washington Post)
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Senators call for extension of dietary guidelines comment period
Hoosier Ag Today
A key, bipartisan group of four senators on Monday requested a 30-day extension of the public comment period for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's Scientific Report.
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Michael Taylor: The future is now for the FSMA
Food Safety News
While the Food Safety Modernization Act is by far the biggest overhaul of the food safety system since the first national law was passed over a century ago, Michael Taylor says he doesn't think anyone fully envisioned how much would have to be done and how much would have to change to make FSMA a success.
EPA's McCarthy pledges to make WOTUS rule 'reasonable'
The Obama administration is promising to rewrite its proposed Clean Water Act rule to ensure that farmers have clear guidance about what streams, ditches and ponds will be regulated.
EPA chief and ag secretary address RFS at NFU
The heads of both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency spoke to the National Farmers Union convention in Wichita, Kansas, Monday and talked about the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Vilsack says ag groups need to stop fighting each other
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told delegates to the National Farmers Union convention in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday that even ag advocates and presidential candidates are having the wrong conversation about agriculture.
FTC gives ground on merger challenges
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The FTC is revising procedures for challenging mergers it believes are anticompetitive, a move that could factor into its pending case against the deal that would combine Sysco and US Foods.
FDA, EPA agree to share data on pesticides, toxic substances
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The FDA and EPA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share data on pesticides and toxic substances, a move the agencies contend will improve their risk assessments.
Japan cuts food self-sufficiency target as trade deals expand
Japan, which imports about 60 percent of its food, cut its self-sufficiency target as the government expands free-trade agreements for economic growth, lowering tariffs on meat and dairy.
Kraft cheese product gets nutritionist group's 'Kids Eat Right' label
A group representing nutritionists and dietitians is allowing Kraft to put one of its seals of approval on the company's famous single servings of cheese product, even though the organization says the move is not an endorsement.
Market research: Frozen food market impacted by drastic lifestyle changes
ReleaseWire via Digital Journal
In times that are dictated by work and busy schedules, there is little or no room for cooking elaborate meals. Owing to these reasons, several city dwellers are opting for frozen food items, and it's driving the frozen food market globally, according to a new report from Transparency Market Research.
Wal-Mart shuffles grocery team in effort to improve food
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is shaking up its executive food team in an effort to bring in more shoppers, the company said Friday in an internal memo.
Unprecedented sugar glut expanding as world output soars
The world has never been so awash in sugar. Global output is set to exceed demand for a fifth straight year, leaving the biggest stockpiles on record, the International Sugar Organization said.
Navigate or search — how do consumers shop for groceries online?
Online grocery shoppers tend to prefer navigating to product pages rather than searching for specific products, according to a study funded by the European Research Council.
The importance of food traceability
Food Safety Magazine
Traceability is most relevant when it comes to public health. Whether we are talking about food safety or food defense, emergency planning can be broken into four phases.
DNA sprays and added bacteria to fight food fraud
Spray-on DNA or added bacteria may be the future of the fight against food fraud — but analysts warn that consumers could react against more additives being used to guarantee a product's authenticity.
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