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Industry urges Congress to fund FSMA
Supermarket News
Retailers, manufacturers and industry associations have written a joint letter to congressional leaders asking them to increase the FDA's budget in order to fund Food Safety Modernization Act regulations.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute played a leading role in this effort.

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Russia looks set to extend import ban on Western food
Reuters
Russia looks likely to extend a ban on Western food imports beyond an Aug. 7 deadline, with a lack of incentive to lift its embargo due to the prospect of extended European sanctions.
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10 beloved foods that are getting a 'natural' makeover
Time
Diet Pepsi, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Nestle candies, Newcastle Brown Ale, and McDonald's chicken are among the foods whose ingredients are being tweaked to appease consumers concerned about health.
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POLITICS


House passes budget in win for GOP
The Hill
The House on Thursday passed a Republican budget that would boost defense spending, slash social welfare programs and target Obamacare, in what GOP leaders cast as a victory for fiscal sanity.

Related: House approves first '16 spending bill (The Hill)

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Roles of presidential super PACs expanding
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
When Carly Fiorina announces on Monday that she is running for president, she will do so under the banner of Carly for President. But a different group — an independent super PAC called Carly for America — will handle many of the basic tasks of campaigning, such as identifying and contacting Republican voters.
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8 added to House GOP protection list
The Hill
The House GOP's campaign arm on Friday added eight lawmakers to its program to protect vulnerable incumbents.
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POLICY


Congressional leaders seek more funds to fight bird flu
Meatingplace
Senate and House agriculture committee leaders urged the release of more emergency funds to help fight the spread of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget.

Related: Bird flu outbreak could set US record with 'probable' cases in Iowa (Reuters)

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Roberts introduces bill to block EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' proposal
Salina Post
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, along with a bipartisan group of senators this week introduced The Federal Water Quality Protection Act to halt the Environmental Protection Agency's "Waters of the United States" proposed rule.
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Democrats' $12 minimum-wage pitch aims to highlight income inequality
The Wall Street Journal
Democratic lawmakers upped the ante Thursday in their push to raise the federal minimum wage, latching onto an income-inequality debate that is quickly becoming a focal point of the 2016 election.
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Expect FSMA laboratory standards in early 2016
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
FDA plans to publish the food laboratory standards under the Food Safety Modernization Act in early 2016, said Roberta Wagner, deputy director for regulatory affairs at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, speaking at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


McDonald's tests customization program
Meat + Poultry
McDonald's Corp. is putting its new TasteCrafted Burgers and Chicken customization program to the test.
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Sysco: FTC got market definition wrong in merger fight
Reuters
Sysco Corp., urging regulatory approval of its plan to buy its biggest rival, US Foods, has criticized antitrust authorities over how they have evaluated market competition in the sector.
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Chaucer Foods opens a fine-smelling freeze drying factory
The Oregonian
International freeze dried food company Chaucer Foods officially opened its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Forest Grove, Oregon, this week — after the bulk of production ramped up in late 2014.
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Pinnacle Foods reports growth in Q1
MarketWatch
Pinnacle Foods Inc. on Thursday reported its financial results for the first quarter and reaffirmed its outlook for full-year adjusted diluted earnings per share in the range of $1.86 to $1.91, representing growth of 7-10 percent versus a year ago.
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Foster Farms executive receives food safety award
The Poultry Site
NSF International, a global independent public health organization, has honored Robert O'Connor, DVM, senior vice president of technical services at Foster Farms, with a 2015 Food Safety Innovation Award.
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Cargill, Tesla, PG&E collaborate to ease peak energy use at Fresno plant
MarketWatch
Cargill has collaborated with Tesla and Pacific Gas & Electric, to install Tesla's Energy Storage product at the company's Fresno beef processing facility. Tesla's batteries help to reduce energy costs by storing electricity at off-peak use times, then using it during peak periods.
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Diet food delivery industry to expand through 2020
The Epoch Times
A ResearchandMarkets.com report from Business Wire shows the diet food delivery service niche market in the United States is set to expand substantially for the next five years.

Related: Food delivery goes tech-savvy (Mid-Day)

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California processor recalls 160,000 pounds of misbranded sausage
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Ohanyan’s Bastirma & Soujouk Co., based in Fresno, California, has recalled 159,291 pounds of sausage that shipped without being labeled with soy lecithin, a known allergen.

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