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AFFI lauds legislation in support of responsible food labeling
American Frozen Food Institute
The American Frozen Food Institute and its allies in the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food today expressed support for bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will establish a federal labeling standard for food and beverage products made with genetically enhanced ingredients.

Related: Label system for non-GMO foods proposed in House (The AP via San Jose Mercury News)

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Kraft, Heinz deal to form North America's No.3 food company
Reuters
Kraft Foods Group will merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, owned by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc., to form North America's third-largest food and beverage company.

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  • Why Berkshire, 3G are combining Kraft and Heinz (Bloomberg)
  • 3G's Kraft bid helps explain Blackstone's new fundraising strategies (The Wall Street Journal)

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    'Captain Birds Eye' to tout green credentials of frozen food
    Business Green
    Packets of Birds Eye fish fingers and frozen peas will include advice on slashing food waste as part of a new campaign to be launched by Iglo Group next month. The messaging will show how freezing food can save money and cut down on waste.
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    POLITICS


    House GOP smells victory in budget battle
    Politico
    After weeks of stumbling through one embarrassing crisis after another, GOP leadership and the rank and file, for once, seem surefooted about their strategy to pass a 2016 budget resolution and fix a Medicare physician formula that’s long bedeviled Congress.
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    Democrats to dial up some tough votes for GOP's 2016 contenders in Senate
    The Washington Post
    The Republican senators eyeing the presidency in 2016 are facing some political peril this week on Capitol Hill, where Democrats are trying to force them to take tough votes that could harm them in the future.
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    Coats's retirement could make Indiana matter in Senate majority battle
    The Washington Post
    Sen. Daniel R. Coats, R-Ind., announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election in 2016, throwing open a potentially competitive seat that could factor into the battle for the Senate majority.

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  • GOP braces for free-for-all in Indiana (The Hill)
  • Democrats see glimmer of hope in Dan Coats' retirement (Politico)

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    POLICY


    Public hearings begin on dietary guidelines; groups take positions
    Meatingplace
    About 70 groups were expected to address the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's proposed recommendations on U.S. consumer diets at public hearings in Bethesda, Maryland, Tuesday.
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    Rhode Island lawmaker introduces state bill calling for GMO labeling
    The Valley Breeze
    Rhode Island State Sen. Donna Nesselbush, a Democrat serving District 15 in Pawtucket and North Providence, has introduced a bill calling for labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms.
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    Use price policies to promote healthier diets, says WHO
    Food Navigator
    Price policies could encourage healthier diets, according to a new publication by the World Health Organization.
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    Vilsack, Duncan, Burwell: Keep school lunches healthy
    USA Today
    A trio of government chiefs is calling for policymakers and the public to look to science — not politics — for reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

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  • USPB's next steps toward potato-friendly salad bars in schools (AgInfo.net)
  • How 2 Colorado districts are trying to bring teens back to the school cafeteria (KDVR)

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    Slaughter reintroduces preservation of antibiotics legislation
    Food Safety News
    Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., on Tuesday reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, which would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production.
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    Coalition recommends label declaration for use of nanotechnology
    Food Navigator-USA
    A coalition of NGOs has released a policy recommendation on how companies should move forward on the use of nanotech in foods and supplements. The document recommends corporate transparency and label declarations for the use of this technology.
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    The next welfare reform: Food stamps
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Republicans need to start a national conversation about a program that grew nearly 69 percent between 2008 and 2013.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    30 new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate
    Reuters
    Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced Wednesday.
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    Meat, food industry execs among passengers of doomed Germanwings flight
    Meatingplace
    The 144 passengers on board Germanwings Flight 9525 that crashed Tuesday in France reportedly included several executives from the meat and food industries.
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    World's top chicken producers pressured by US supply outlook
    Reuters
    Shares of the world's biggest poultry producers fell Tuesday as expectations for an increasing U.S. chicken supply to pressure profit margins overshadowed a decision by top importer Mexico to ease trade restrictions.
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    Sales of indulgent snacks outpace healthy options, IRI data shows
    Food Navigator-USA
    Consumers may be seeking more healthy and fresh foods in general, but when it comes to snacks, more people want an indulgent treat than something good for them, according to marketing data from IRI.
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    Will you get more polyphenols from blueberry-grape juice or a smoothie?
    Nutra Ingredients
    Greater research into the impact of food matrixes on the bioavailability of polyphenols is needed, say researchers comparing grape and blueberry juice to smoothie.
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    Suppliers' tainted spinach ripples into further-processed food recalls
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Two food makers are recalling products that contain frozen spinach after their produce suppliers notified them of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes:
    Twin City Foods: The Stanwood, Washington, manufacturer is recalling four lines of frozen spinach products with spinach supplied by Coastal Green Vegetable Co. of Oxnard, California;
    Superior Foods: The Watsonville, California, manufacturer is recalling frozen spinach products supplied exclusively to Target after an unnamed supplier notified the company of Listeria contamination.

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