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More scientists doubt salt is as bad for you as the government says
The Washington Post
For years, the federal government has advised Americans they are eating too much salt, and that this excess contributes yearly to the deaths of tens of thousands of people. But unknown to many shoppers urged to buy foods that are "low sodium" and "low salt," this longstanding warning has come under assault by scientists who say that typical American salt consumption is without risk.
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Food safety law's funding is far below estimated requirement
The New York Times
After thousands of people were sickened by tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach, Congress passed a sweeping food safety law in 2010 that gave the Food and Drug Administration new powers to prevent additional outbreaks. But lawmakers have not provided enough money for the mission.
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Heinz CEO warns Kraft employees to prepare for disruption
Bloomberg
Bernardo Hees, who cut more than 7,000 jobs at H.J. Heinz Co. after his investment firm took the company private, has a message for Kraft workers: Change is hard.

Related: Could Heinz-Kraft merger face opposition from the FTC? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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POLITICS


Rand Paul announces presidential run
The Washington Post
Sen. Rand Paul, the maverick first-term senator who rode a tea party wave from a Kentucky ophthalmology practice to Congress, on Tuesday formally announced a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Related: Paul to argue electability with 2016 launch (The Hill)

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Reid, left push for liberal 2016 candidate
The Hill
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has joined a progressive group's call for Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic White House candidate to run from the left in 2016.
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The GOP base isn't necessarily more extreme — but it is more dominant
The Washington Post
In American politics today, the Republican Party is the party of infighting. From primary challenges for incumbents to battles over tactics in Congress, Republicans love to fight with themselves. And the conservative wing of the party often gets its way. Ipso facto, the Republican Party is more extreme than the Democratic Party — or at least more polarized. Right? Not necessarily.
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Groups urge FTC to investigate YouTube kids video app
Reuters
A coalition of consumer and children advocacy groups plans to urge federal regulators to investigate a YouTube video app aimed at children that the groups say disregards long-established safeguards limiting advertising to young audiences.
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How to encourage healthier eating
The New York Times
Three health, nutrition and policy experts — including the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, offer commentary on the various suggestions for helping consumers make better nutritional choices.
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Who is responsible for battling the big issues in food?
Food Navigator
From obesity to malnutrition and water scarcity, the world is facing an ever-growing number of food-related problems. But how responsible is the food industry for fighting back against these issues?
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WHO highlights food safety on World Health Day
Food Quality News
The World Health Organization in Europe has estimated that levels of foodborne disease are much higher than currently reported. For World Health Day on Tuesday, WHO is highlighting the challenges and opportunities, using the theme "From farm to plate, make food safe."
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Food, not fear: Why GMOs deserve our trust
The Hill
Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, presents the scientific support for GMO food production and says it's "more than a head-scratcher when we read some people want to require special labels for food that includes ingredients from GMO crops."
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Poison expert: Fear obscuring science in herbicide debate
The Hill
Soon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will launch its regulatory review of the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup. It's called glyphosate, and the debate over its safety has already begun. The EPA has a long tradition of conducting thorough, objective reviews based on rigorous science. Unfortunately, glyphosate's opponents are trying to influence the process by injecting irrational fear.
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Codex panel forwards 302 food additive provisions for final adoption
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Meeting in Xi'an, China, the Codex Committee on Food Additives on March 27 forwarded 302 food additive provisions for final adoption by the Codex Commission in July.
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Food labeling, food safety and nutrition
Mintz Levin via Lexology
From a national action plan on combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals to a presidential task force on fishing and seafood fraud to proposed rules on nutrition and supplement fact labeling, the Obama administration continues a robust use of executive authority on issues related to food labeling, food safety and nutrition.
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Teaching kids to waste less food
MSNBC
Lessons learned early in life can prompt a lifetime of smart habits, so let's help students become food waste aware. A new toolkit for educators helps chart the path to teaching students about food waste.
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USDA to purchase surplus grape juice
Empire State News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will use up to $9.6 million in Section 32 funds to purchase Concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs, helping keep the industry stable following a large 2014 crop that led to a surplus.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Bird flu confirmed on turkey farm in Canada
Reuters
Preliminary testing by the province of Ontario has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Monday.
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Agriculture gets a tech revamp
The Wall Street Journal
A range of new technologies that promise to change how food is grown, transported, sold and consumed is attracting increased interest from investors.
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Radiation from Fukushima disaster newly detected off Canada's coast
Reuters
Radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said Monday.
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Food safety across the global supply chain
Food Processing
A new consortium developed by IBM Research and Mars Inc. is set to undertake the largest-ever metagenomics study and unlock food safety insights across the supply chain.

Related: Study: Traditional supply chains will be transformed by 2025 (Refrigerated & Frozen Foods)

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Large firms fight back as small companies steal market share
Food Navigator-USA
Large food and beverage companies are starting to fight back with mixed success against the smaller, more nimble companies that continue to steal market share, according to market analysts.
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Smithfield Foods unit applies to expand Iowa plant
Meatingplace
Smithfield Foods has asked Sioux City, Iowa, officials to support its application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority for financial assistance to expand its Sioux City plant, which produces smoked and cooked meats under the Curly's Foods brand.
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Southeastern Mills Inc. acquires The Original Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce
Rome News-Tribune
Rome, Georgia-based Southeastern Mills Inc. announced Monday it has purchased The Original Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce from Bruce Foods Corp.
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Day-Lee adds sriracha variants to Asian brand Crazy Cuizine
just-food (subscriber story)
Day-Lee Foods is expanding its Asian food brand Crazy Cuizine with the launch of frozen meal varieties containing the popular flavoring sriracha.
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Expo West 2015: Biggest show to date
Whole Foods Magazine
Natural Products Expo West (co-located with Engredea) firmly held its position as a premier convention for natural products businesses with its biggest show ever.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    More than half of packaged food has too much salt (The Washington Post)
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