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Bird flu 'catastrophe' mounts amid concern virus is airborne
Bloomberg
Deadly bird flu swelled in the poultry industry in Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin amid speculation that winds may be carrying virus particles into facilities housing turkeys and chickens.

Related: Study: Bird flu does not affect food safety (News Everyday)

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Retailers OK with Vermont GMO labeling regs, not with exemptions
Supermarket News
As Vermont's GMO labeling rules receive yet another stamp of approval, the regulations, if implemented as planned next year, would require action not only from packaged food manufacturers, but also retailers.
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Nestlé USA announces factories now landfill-free
Triple Pundit
Nestlé USA, best known for its water, coffee and chocolate products, has announced a milestone: Effective Wednesday, all of its U.S.-based factories are now landfill-free.
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POLITICS


Obama trade fight engulfs Capitol
The Hill
The clash over President Barack Obama's trade agenda engulfed Washington on Wednesday as liberal critics delayed a Senate vote, House Democratic leaders lined up in opposition and GOP supporters predicted success despite the growing commotion.
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Republicans reach 'tentative' budget agreement
Politico
House and Senate negotiators are putting the finishing touches on a budget agreement, nearing the finish line of a weeks-long effort to align both chambers' fiscal frameworks — a key priority for the GOP-controlled Congress.
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2016 rookies stumble out of gate
The Hill
Many of the White House hopefuls are showing they are rookies on the presidential campaign trail. None of the early mistakes, gaffes or lapses in judgment so far are bid-killers, but they do highlight candidates who are adjusting to the brightest spotlight in politics.
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POLICY


Top FDA, FSIS food safety officials weigh in on key issues
Food Safety News
At the risk of sounding naive, Michael Taylor said this week he's still feeling "great" about the progress made on the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Related: Food safety during Obama's first 6 years (Food Safety News)

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Cotton to Senate: Get ready to change COOL
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Sen. Tom Cotton told fellow lawmakers Wednesday that he stands ready to work with them to start modifying the country-of-origin labeling requirements, based on the possibility that the World Trade Organization will not reverse its earlier decision against USDA's rules.
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USDA to offer Greek yogurt to schools across US following pilot success
Food Navigator-USA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has officially added Greek yogurt to the list of items available through the National School Lunch Program.
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TTIP: Proposed Geographical Indications likely similar to those in EU-Canada deal
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The list of EU Geographical Indications to be presented to U.S. negotiators for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks this week will likely be very similar to the one agreed in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Agra Europe reports.
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USDA lauds Ohio region's comprehensive approach to healthy eating
Civitas Media
Allen County, Ohio, is on the road to health, according to representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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USDA app aims to stop Americans from wasting 36 lbs. food a month
Washington Examiner
The Agriculture Department has determined that 36 pounds of food per person is wasted every month, about 21 percent of the available food in the United States. And one big reason: Those expiration dates are wrong or overly cautious.

Related: A farm-to-kitchen approach to eliminating food waste (MSNBC)

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WHO/Europe receives strong support for its work on food marketing to children
World Health Organization
Consumer groups, public health associations and nongovernmental organizations from across Europe have demonstrated their strong support for WHO/Europe's recent work on food marketing to children in a series of open letters to WHO Regional Director Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


'Bust the myth' of physical inactivity and obesity, urge researchers
Food Navigator
Public health messages intended to tackle obesity should focus on unhealthy eating rather than physical activity, which does not promote weight loss, according to an editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
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Food Babe says she won a victory over Kraft; Science Babe says otherwise
The Washington Post
The battle of the "babes" continues. Food blogger Vani Hari (who goes by "The Food Babe") is celebrating a victory over Kraft, but Yvette d'Entremont, who goes by SciBabe, is one of many science communicators who are swift to debunk Hari's claims.
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'Pure food' trend a boon to supermarkets, analyst says
Supermarket News
The so-called "mainstreaming" of the health and wellness trend is increasingly tarnishing iconic food suppliers while helping supermarket retailers in particular gain a greater control of food industry profits, an analyst said Wednesday.
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When companies try to be cool: A lesson in 'wackaging'
Food Navigator
Wackaging — using cute and quirky language on a product's packaging — seems to be everywhere. But with consumers becoming increasingly cynical, should manufacturers stop trying to be cool?
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Pioneer Food acquires 50 percent shares of FUTURELIFE
Reuters
Pioneer Foods has entered into an agreement to acquire a 50 percent shareholding in FUTURELIFE Health Products Ltd., the company announced Thursday.
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Devault Foods names new COO
Meat + Poultry
Brett Black was named COO of Devault Foods, a national supplier of portion-controlled meat products serving the foodservice and retail segments.
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NatureBox names StubHub executive to CMO role
Fortune
NatureBox has put in an order for a new chief marketing officer. The snack box provider is hiring Ray Elias away from eBay's online ticket reseller StubHub.
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