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Nestle nears sale of frozen food unit to Brakes
Nestle is in advanced talks to sell its frozen food unit Davigel to Brakes Group, owned by buyout fund Bain Capital, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
Egg executives sentenced to jail for Salmonella outbreak
The Associated Press via The Des Moines Register
Two former egg industry executives were sentenced to three months in jail Monday for their roles in a major 2010 Salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands.
What's in your food? A look at food fraud
Food Safety News
Fish, honey, olive oil, milk, select spices (saffron, black pepper, chili powder), fruit juices, meat, grains and organic foods are among the top food products at risks for food fraud.
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Rubio launches 2016 bid by dismissing 'leaders and ideas of the past'
The Washington Post
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a son of Cuban immigrants who is serving just his fourth year in the Senate, launched his presidential campaign Monday night by declaring himself the leader best suited to steer the country into what he called "the new American century."
Related: With a generational pitch, Rubio looks to bridge GOP divide (Politico)
The GOP's plan to turn Hillary into Mitt Romney in a pantsuit
Republicans are readying a familiar template: the out-of-touch plutocrat who lives in a world of private planes, chauffeured vehicles and million-dollar homes.
House standing ground on 'reconciliation' in budget talks
As top Republicans continue negotiating a final spending blueprint, House GOP leaders aren't backing away from their plans to use a fast-track budget procedure to do more than just move an Obamacare repeal.
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Food supply safer after recalls jolt consumer confidence
The Des Moines Register
Several high-profile recalls have helped vastly improve the safety of America's food supply, but experts say much more remains to be done.
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Taylor: GRAS needs rethinking
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
The Generally Recognized as Safe system of oversight for food additives needs to be re-evaluated, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor told a food industry audience Monday at the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science
Organic consumer group wants Hillary Clinton to support GMO labeling
The Organic Consumers Association is asking Hillary Clinton to support mandatory GMO labeling. According to OCA, the group has gathered around 100,000 signatures so far on a MoveOn.org petition asking Hillary to become a supporter of GMO labeling laws "and the transition to sustainable, organic, regenerative agriculture."
Related: Ex-lawmaker criticizes Maine's push for GMO labeling (Portland Press Herald)
Arizona takes huge step to shut down Michelle's school nutrition decrees
Republican Diane Douglas, recently elected as Arizona's public instruction superintendent, has released a statement indicating public schools in the state will not be forced to abide by one particularly controversial aspect included in federal school nutrition guidelines.
Related: USDA helps struggling districts meet food standards (The Lunch Tray)
Union chief: Why the Fight for $15 matters to all of us
UNI Global Union via The Huffington Post
Philip Jennings, general secretary of UNI Global Union, examines the recent wage increases among retail giants and state legislatures. It's progress, he says, but it's not enough.
USDA expands beef and pork trade with Mexico and Peru
Basin Business Journal
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru.
EU imposes diet on food-for-fuel quotas
EU politicians backed a deal on Tuesday to limit the amount of crop-based biofuel that can be used in the transport sector, drawing a line under years of debate over a fuel source criticized for doing more harm than good.
Target hires merchandiser to reinvent its food business
Food Business News
Anne Dament has been hired by Target Corp. as senior vice-president, merchandiser, tasked with the specific job of "leading the strategic repositioning of Target's food business," according to the company.
Rivals resist Sysco document request in US Foods merger fight
Rivals of Sysco Corp., which is fighting to save its proposed merger with US Foods, have protested far-reaching subpoenas from the food service giant, according to court documents that also show one of the rivals seems to have dropped the issue.
US specialty food sales top $1 billion
The specialty food industry is a bright spot in the U.S. economy, according to a new report from the Specialty Food Association produced in conjunction with research firms Mintel International and SPINS/IRI.
Consumers' perception of 'healthful' broadens
Nation's Restaurant News
It's an ongoing challenge to keep up with the latest health trends in the food industry. These days, consumers' definition of healthful food has broadened: It's less about removing negatives or adding positives, and more about simply eating real food, officials at market research firm The NPD Group said.
Could the water lentil be the next big thing in plant-based protein?
A new form of non-GMO plant-based protein boasting an amino acid profile comparable to whey, plus high levels of calcium and other nutrients, is now available in commercial quantities from Parabel Ltd., which has developed a proprietary process for producing ingredients from water lentils.
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