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Dietitians group negotiating to end labeling deal with Kraft Singles
The New York Times
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says it is working with Kraft Foods Group to end part of a deal that allowed the food company to use one of the academy's logos on packages of Kraft Singles.
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Chinese food giant explores deals in US
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Chinese food company Cofco is on a determined shopping spree. In a few short years, Cofco has spent a couple billion dollars quietly buying up Australian cane fields, French vineyards and soybean pastures in Brazil. Now, Cofco is exploring deals in the U.S.
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Complex food chain increases food safety risks
World Health Organization
On World Health Day 2015, WHO/Europe estimates that levels of foodborne disease are much higher than currently reported and underlines the need for improved collaboration among sectors to lower the health risks associated with unsafe food.
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POLITICS


Schumer reaches to left
The Hill
New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, is reaching out to liberals who are skeptical about his relationship with Wall Street and his centrist approach to taxes, foreign policy and other issues.

Related: Warren: Schumer has fought 'on the front lines' with me (The Hill)

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Dick Durbin vs. Patty Murray?
Politico
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, who witnessed his rival Chuck Schumer move aggressively to secure the post of Democratic leader, may now have to fight to keep his own job. Washington Sen. Patty Murray is refusing to rule out a run to be the chamber's No. 2 Democrat, a position Durbin wants to keep in the next Congress.
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Hillary Clinton's favorability rating falls in 2 key states
The Hill
Hillary Clinton's favorability ratings have plunged in two key battleground states that will be critical to determining the 2016 presidential election, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.
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POLICY


Froman: TPP agreement helps US companies such as Amy's
The Press Democrat
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says the country's international trade strategy — including the Trans-Pacific Partnership — will help level the playing field for American workers and business in the world's fastest-growing region.
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Food industry throws support behind national solution to GMO labeling debate
The Produce News
The food industry is throwing its support behind a bill introduced last week that would create a uniform, certification program for labeling foods free of genetically modified ingredients, bypassing state initiatives that would mandate labeling on all GMO foods.

Editor's note: AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz is quoted in this story.

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144 food industry employees filed FSMA whistleblower complaints in 3 years
Food Safety News
Food industry employees have been using the whistleblower protections provided under the Food Safety Modernization Act ever since it was signed into law, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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McDonald's labor liability dispute goes before judge
Nasdaq
A federal administrative law judge Monday took up the regulatory question underlying complaints about low wages in the fast food industry: whether companies like McDonald's Corp. share responsibility for the actions of their franchisees.
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Food safety system is a patchwork with big holes, critics say
Nebraska Public Radio Network
Walking through the warehouse of food processor Heartland Gourmet in Lincoln, Nebraska, shows how complicated the food safety system can be. Altogether, 15 federal agencies play a role in food safety, from the EPA to the Centers for Disease Control. Food processors are subject to a dizzying array of regulations, spending time and money to prove their products are safe.
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Drug banned in Europe, Russia and China could be in your American lunch
Reuters
If you eat meat in any country in the European Union, or even in China or Russia, you don't have to worry about getting a dash of ractopamine with your pork or beef. But if you eat meat in the United States, buyer beware.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Report: Kids' fast food consumption declining
Reuters
Between 2003 and 2010, the number of U.S. kids eating fast food on any given day went down, and the calories from some types of fast foods have declined as well, according to a new study.
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Warren Buffett's increasing influence on what and how we eat
Waterloo Region Record
Thanks perhaps to the multibillionaire's legendary sweet tooth, some observers have suggested that Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett aims to build the perfect snack foods portfolio. While this may be so, what is certain is his acumen concerning the business of food. And his timing could not have been better.
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ConAgra Foods outlines 3-point plan to grow consumer business
Food Navigator-USA
ConAgra Food outlines a three-point plant for growing sales of commercial brands, including Swiss Miss, Pam and Orville Redenbacher's, which continue to struggle despite improved share, profit and volume stabilization.
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Beyond Meat builds plant-based protein for meat eaters
Daily Breeze
A food startup in El Segundo is trying to save California from the drought, one grilled chicken strip at a time.
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Starbucks US cafes debuting new smoothies, kale optional
Reuters
Starbucks Corp. and Danone SA on Tuesday will begin selling a smoothie line at more than 4,300 U.S. Starbucks shops as part of a Greek yogurt partnership that will also include yogurt parfaits and ready-to-eat yogurt to be sold by grocers.
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Processors to Watch in 2016: Nominate your company today
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Nominations for Refrigerated & Frozen Foods' Processors to Watch in 2016 cover story are officially open.
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No crying in the kitchen: Japan firm engineers tearless onions
The Wall Street Journal
Japanese food maker House Foods Group says it has developed onions that don't result in tears, stinky hands or bad breath.
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