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Push on to pass Pompeo bill this year
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
More than 370 groups have signed onto a letter from the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food urging members of the House of Representatives to quickly pass Rep. Mike Pompeo's bill that would bar the labeling of GMO ingredients in food unless there were a health concern.

Related: In GMO labeling battle, PepsiCo is latest target (Reuters)

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, a broad-based coalition that advocates for a federal labeling solution for food products made with genetically-enhanced ingredients.

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Phil Lempert: Chipotle's non-GMO policy changes everything
Forbes
The announcement by Chipotle that it will start serving food only made with non-GMO ingredients was not a surprise. And while it does fast-track the anti-GMO and GMO labeling debates, it also has the potential to add to consumers' confusion and fear.
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Salt set to be next 'bad boy' ingredient in children's food
Food Navigator
Manufacturers should act now to reduce salt content in foods intended for children — or risk criticism in the near future, says a Euromonitor analyst.
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POLITICS


Budget still blocked by Corker over 'gimmick'
Politico
Sen. Bob Corker has slammed the brakes on a much-awaited budget deal that was supposed to sail to passage this week — taking on Republican leadership, budget negotiators and appropriators alike over what he calls a spending "gimmick" that produces billions in fantasy savings.
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House Democrats chart path back to majority
Politico
House Democrats are crafting an election-year message that leaders hope will reverse years of seat loses and help lawmakers connect with independent voters.
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Bernie Sanders to launch presidential bid Thursday
The Washington Post
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a blunt self-described socialist who has become a favorite of progressive activists for his denunciations of big banks and the financial elite, will jump into the 2016 presidential campaign on Thursday, according to two people familiar with his plans.
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POLICY


Renegade Lunch Lady: Opting out of school lunch is not an option
U.S. News & World Report
All children, regardless of their circumstances, deserve safe, nourishing and delicious school meals, says Ann Cooper, an author, chef, educator and child nutrition advocate who has built a reputation as the Renegade Lunch Lady.
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Country of origin labeling: an update
Mondaq
As of April 1, food business operators must comply with new EU rules on the labeling of fresh, chilled or frozen meat of swine, sheep, goats and poultry. These new rules are in addition to the obligations imposed by the EU Food Information for Consumers regulation, which came into force across the EU in December. What different wording should now be included on food labels?
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US court fight over herbicide widens to 15 states
Reuters
A court fight over use of a new Dow Chemical herbicide on genetically engineered U.S. corn and soybean crops is growing to encompass 15 Midwestern states after the company recently won federal approval for more widespread application.
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Judge orders filing of redacted versions of sealed Sysco documents
Reuters
The judge in a court fight over No. 1 U.S. food distributor Sysco Corp.'s bid to buy its biggest rival has ordered that redacted versions of several key documents, which had been filed under seal, be put on the docket for the public to see.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Wal-Mart to expand China store network by nearly a third after growth stalls
Reuters
Giant U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to expand its footprint in China by nearly a third by opening 115 new stores by 2017, the firm's chief executive said, in a renewed push to lure China's grocery shoppers despite slowing growth.
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Mondelez earnings nearly double, helped by higher prices
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Mondelez International Inc. reported that first-quarter earnings nearly doubled, as higher prices helped offset the effect of the strong dollar.
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Kraft Foods profit falls as sales edge lower
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Kraft Foods Inc.'s profit fell in the first quarter as sales edged down despite price increases last year, underlining the packaged-food giant's challenges ahead of its pending merger with H.J. Heinz Co.
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Food companies keep exports growing
Union Springs Herald
Being the world's largest producer of organic sprouted bread flours and grains didn't mean as much a few years ago. But that has changed as demand for the health-conscious product has taken off, and now Black Belt-based To Your Health Sprouted Flour has followed that demand overseas.
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Organic breaks social class barriers
Food Navigator
With working class households making up nearly one-third of sales, organic is no longer a middle-class preserve — and some say it is even fueling a "foodie" culture.

Related: Can organic feed the world? (Food Navigator)

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New study indicates effective means of cleaning deli meat slicers
Meatingplace
Ammonium chloride were more effective than traditional chlorine at reducing Listeria innocua and Salmonella Typhimurium on unwashed deli meat slicer surfaces, a study by Texas A&M University concluded.
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Produce can play central role in allergen-free food for kids
Produce Business UK
When childminder Michele Budgen started catering for those children she cared for with food allergies, the seed was sown for an innovative business idea.
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