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GMO labeling bill to drop Wednesday
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Word is the new GMO labeling bill will be introduced Wednesday. However, that would mean the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act — the legislation to be re-introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., to stop states from introducing their own GMO labeling requirements — would arrive a day too late to be included in a House Agriculture Committee hearing set for Tuesday.
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How to induce kids to eat more fruits and veggies? Hire a chef
Los Angeles Times
When it comes to making the good-for-you parts of school lunches delicious enough to actually eat, chefs really do earn their keep. That finding emerged from a trial designed to assess the relative contributions of two key factors — taste and choice — in improving school childrens' lunchtime nutritional choices.

Related: When the school lunch lady works with a chef, kids eat fruits, vegetables (The Washington Post)

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Future of sugar industry 'tricky'
Food Navigator
As sugar has become one of the most maligned ingredients within food, Euromonitor International research analyst Jack Skelly says the future may prove tricky for manufacturers.
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POLITICS


House GOP weighs votes on 2 budgets, winner takes all
Politico
As House Republicans try to pass a 2016 budget blueprint, GOP leadership is relying on an obscure legislative procedure to try to break the impasse between staunch fiscal conservatives and defense hawks.
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The scramble is on to succeed Nancy Pelosi
Politico
Nancy Pelosi is in the market for a new successor. The California Democrat had a favored recruit in Rep. Chris Van Hollen, but his decision to run for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski's Senate seat has opened a power vacuum in the caucus.
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With Cruz in the 2016 race, the battle for conservative voters heats up
The Washington Post
Ted Cruz's splashy entry into the 2016 race Monday intensifies the early battle to consolidate conservative voters who are intent on denying the Republican Party establishment yet another presidential nomination.
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POLICY


World Health Organization declares glyphosate 'probable carcinogen'
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The World Health Organization's cancer research agency has concluded glyphosate probably causes cancer in humans, an announcement that adds to growing controversy over the widespread use of the popular herbicide.
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Just Mayo lawsuit re-filed in Florida
Food Navigator-USA
A false advertising lawsuit filed — and then abruptly withdrawn — by Florida plaintiff Leah Davis against Hampton Creek Foods over its Just Mayo spread has been re-filed in a different court.
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Groups cite Congress's dissent in NLRB election lawsuit
Law360 (subscriber story)
Business groups challenging the National Labor Relations Board's new rule to speed up the union election process told a Texas federal court Friday that Congress' disapproval of the regulations shows that it runs contrary to the legislative intent behind the National Labor Relations Act.
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The last state standing against corporate farming weighs a change
Fortune
A proposed bill in Nebraska's state legislature would overturn a ban on the corporate ownership of hogs, allowing giant meatpackers to take even more control of the American meat industry.
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US catfish fight expected to sink a popular import
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
A white flaky fish known as basa or swai, which recently overtook cod and crab to become the sixth most popular seafood in the U.S., could soon disappear from American dinner plates.

Related: Mercurial regulators making fishy calculations (The Wall Street Journal)

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Preferred Freezer Services announces new facility in Lynden, Washington
Preferred Freezer Services
Preferred Freezer Services is building on its already-growing presence in the Pacific Northwest, planning a $32 million facility in Lynden, Washington, that is expected to open in September.
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J.M. Smucker acquires Big Heart Pet Brands in a $6 billion deal
The Plain Dealer
The J.M. Smucker Co., the Ohio food manufacturer best known for its Smucker's preserves, Jif Peanut Butter and Folgers Coffee, has now become a big dog in the pet food aisle.
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Frozen vegetables can be healthier for you than fresh vegetables
South China Morning Post
We're told that fresh is always better. While that may apply to certain foods, when you're buying vegetables you might actually be better off buying the frozen variety, and here's why.
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'Eat Right' meltdown for Kraft Singles
The Wall Street Journal
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, one of the world's largest groups of health professionals, is locked in talks with Kraft Foods Group Inc. to determine how to proceed with a controversial campaign to put the academy's "Kids Eat Right" logo on packages of Kraft Singles. A partnership between the academy and Kraft, made public earlier this month, opened a rift within the academy.
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Taco Bell introduces breakfast biscuits in bid for morning sales
Bloomberg
Taco Bell is sticking with the playbook that helped it muscle into the breakfast business last year: Take a breakfast sandwich, and put it in a taco.
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Goldman sees potential in Starbucks lunch
The Wall Street Journal
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Karen Holthouse says that even with the recent run-up in Starbucks Corp. shares, the coffee chain's stock isn't going to be running out of caffeine any time soon. One key reason: lunch.
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Dot Foods expands in Idaho
Times-news
Dot Foods Inc., the nation's largest food industry redistributor, and Dot Transportation Inc., a subsidiary trucking partner, are seeking to add up to 25 positions over the next few months. Dot's Idaho distribution center has seen a 12 percent increase in volume over last year.
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Boca Brand debuts new line focusing on meatless, 'complete protein'
PR Newswire
The Boca brand, best known for its popular veggie patties, is shaking up the frozen food aisle with the unveiling of Boca Essentials, a new line of vegetable-and grain-based patties in new flavors that offer a source of "complete protein" for meatless meals.
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This very expensive bull if fueling America's prime steak
Bloomberg
Perhaps more than ever, the money in the beef business is in the marbling. U.S. sales at fine-dining restaurants, where customers spend $50 or more for meals, surged last year at twice the rate of the broader industry, according to Technomic Inc. — and ranchers are responding.
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Former Mars Inc. official named president of IFST
Food Quality News
Maureen Edmondson, a 20-year employee of Mars Inc., has been named president of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
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Visibility and flexibility through automating quality management system
Food Quality News
Automating quality management processes can help firms meet compliance requirements and react quicker if there is a problem, according to Sparta Systems.
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