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Inspection found no problem at Oklahoma ice cream plant
The Associated Press via Fox News
Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a "great job," according to a copy of the inspection report.

Related: Inspections and audits are never enough (Barfblog)

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Why millennials love store brands
Food Business News
Recent innovation has vaulted the category of private label from "off-brand" to on-trend. Brand trust is particularly strong for millennials, who are more likely to buy store brand foods in general.
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Developing an alternative to GMO technology
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis biotech startup Apse Inc. is working on an agricultural platform offering some of the benefits of genetic modification, without the permanence.
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POLITICS


Hillary Clinton expected to launch 2016 bid this weekend
Politico
The wait is almost over. Hillary Clinton will kick off her long-anticipated campaign for president this weekend with a social-media announcement, probably on Sunday, a person close to the campaign-to-be said — and will begin her 2016 run for the presidency with a trip to Iowa.
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Top GOP negotiators return early to work on budget
Politico
The top House and Senate budget negotiators are returning to Washington early from congressional recess to begin to hash out a final fiscal blueprint agreement, several sources say.
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A 'libertarianish' revolution
The Washington Post
Here we go again with presidential politics in the Live Free or Die state, with a man named Dr. Paul making his pitch in this historic town hall across from a vintage gazebo.
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POLICY


FSMA empowers FDA to capture food safety's 'Great White Whale' — GRAS
Food Safety News
For most consumers, it may come as a surprise to learn that many of the foods available at their local grocery store contain ingredients that have neither been evaluated nor approved by the FDA. This stunning radio silence from our nation’s foremost food safety regulatory agency is the result of a statutory loophole that has been utilized by the industry for decades: Generally Recognized as Safe.
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Menu labeling tops retail agenda in Washington
Supermarket News
Delaying implementation of a new menu labeling rule will be the industry's top priority at the annual Day in Washington, scheduled April 15-16, according to a Food Marketing Institute executive.
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Local California processors adopt 'non-GMO' labeling to gain marketing edge
The Business Journal
In 2014, Mountain View Fruit Sales in Reedley, California, became the first stone fruit shipper in the country to be certified as "non-GMO." And in February, Terra Bella-based Setton Pistachio, the nation's second -largest pistachio processor, announced three of their products had also been officially verified as "non-GMO." Both Valley companies are now in the process of adding "non-GMO" to their product packaging and labeling, a move the companies believe will give them a marketing advantage over their competitors.
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USDA raises US sugar ending stocks
Food Business News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released Thursday, projected 2014-15 U.S. sugar ending stocks to be up 3 percent from March but down 6 percent year-over-year.
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RPA issues guidelines to maintain product safety
Refrigerated Transporter
The Reusable Packaging Association has issued comprehensive and science-based protocols to help ensure the continued safe use of reusable plastic containers for fresh and perishable products in the supply chain.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Hain Celestial all-natural lawsuit to proceed
Food Navigator-USA
A California federal judge has given the green light to a false advertising lawsuit filed against Hain Celestial, accusing it of misleading shoppers by describing its Sunflower Dream beverage and related products as "all-natural" when they contained "artificial, synthetic or extensively processed" ingredients.
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Study finds fast food just as effective for recovery as sports supplements
Medical News Today
University of Montana researchers have good news for endurance athletes hankering for a burger and fries after an intense workout: Dig in. In moderation, that is.
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Will 2015 be the year of tempeh?
Food Navigator-USA
Manufacturers are cautiously reinvesting in tempeh, which is well-positioned to capitalize on multiple growing consumer trends, but they realize that before it can take off it must clear a major hurdle: Most consumers have never heard of it.
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Global meat consumption reaches 225 million tons
Prepared Foods
Euromonitor International released new market research on the global fresh food industry. The global meat market saw 3 percent volume sales growth in 2014 to reach 225 million tons, driven by growing demand in emerging markets.
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Universal Pasteurization opens new HPP cold storage facility
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Universal Pasteurization Co., based in Lincoln, Nebraska, has announced plans to build a new 170,000-square-foot facility in Malvern, Pennsylvania, to offer high-pressure processing, cold storage and other value-added services to food companies in the northeastern United States.
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New report sheds light on the food traceability market
WhaTech
The food traceability (tracking technologies) market is growing at a healthy rate, with increasing awareness about food safety among governments and consumers.
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Manipulating porosity reduces salt and fat content in processed foods
Food Processing
How do you make salty, fried food healthier? By manipulating its porosity, two food scientists from the University of Illinois have found.
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CDR targets fat and oil quality control
Food Quality News
CDR and Filsorb have launched a benchtop analyzer for quality control of raw materials when purchased, stored and during production.
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Magic mushrooms remove gluten from wheat
Food Processing
A US food technology company has developed a magic mushroom with a twist. Rather than causing hallucinations, these mushrooms remove gluten from wheat — a mind-bending concept in itself.
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Zero-emission reefer system delivers some cool results
Refrigerated Transporter
A revolutionary zero-emission refrigeration system for transportation applications, developed in the United Kingdom, that delivers both power and cooling from liquid nitrogen, has begun on-vehicle testing.
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    Listeria fear spreads as Blue Bell closes Oklahoma ice cream plant (Reuters)
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