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A healthful legacy: Michelle Obama looks to the future of 'Let's Move'
The Washington Post
Five years after she launched Let's Move, Michelle Obama's willingness "to make a complete fool of myself" is the most visible part of her campaign to end childhood obesity. She'll dance with a turnip, or Big Bird, or Jimmy Fallon. Behind the scenes, however, she has cultivated partnerships with big business to cut salt, sugar and fat from food.
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Revised food safety law in China signals many changes and some surprises
Forbes
Much faster than expected, and only three months after the comment period on the last draft closed, China's revised Food Safety Law is here. On April 24, the National People's Congress Standing Committee passed significant revisions to the FSL that have the potential to materially strengthen regulation of food companies in China.

Related: Food safety legislation in US, Europe now a blueprint for emerging markets (Food Quality News)

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As millennials demand better meals, Big Food shifts to keep up
The Christian Science Monitor
In general, Millennials say they care deeply about where their food comes from and how it is produced. They are more likely to seek out locally grown produce, environmentally sustainable meat and nutritionally dense superfoods. And given their numbers, corporations are starting to pay attention.
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POLITICS


3 new GOP candidates to enter 2016 race
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will gain three new candidates this week who face long odds of success but who could help shape the primary-season debate and the calculations of front-runners trying to build winning coalitions.

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  • Ben Carson: People have lost hope (The Hill)

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    The 2016 results we can already predict
    Politico
    As the country has become more divided and polarized, the number of swing states has steadily shrunk. Even in 2000, when 537 votes in Florida elected a president, just 12 states were decided by 5 points or less. That number contracted to just four states in 2012.
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    4 Senate Democrats could help hand Obama fast track
    Politico
    The fate of President Barack Obama's "fast-track" trade bill in the Senate may come down to whether four Democrat senators are willing to buck labor unions and liberal activists to give the White House a historic victory on free trade.
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    Report shows little economic benefit to COOL
    Agri-Pulse
    In Congressionally mandated correspondence to some of agriculture's leading lawmakers, the Department of Agriculture said there is little economic benefit, but still consumer interest, in the country-of-origin labeling rule currently entangled in an international trade dispute.
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    Taylor says FDA is working to improve consumer confidence in GRAS
    Food Safety News
    The FDA is studying the regulatory comment submitted by consumer groups two weeks ago, suggesting its rule for the process of determining food substances as "generally recognized as safe" be altered before it's finalized.
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    Ryan amplifies call for Obama's trade agenda
    The Hill
    Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., warned a wary Congress Sunday that a failure to pass President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda would leave the country behind in an ever-expanding global economy.
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    200 scientists sign petition asking for PFCs in food packaging to be phased out
    Food Production Daily
    More than 200 scientists from 38 countries have signed a petition asking for PFCs in food packaging to be phased out, according to The Green Science Policy Institute.
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    FSMA readiness: Accountability starts at the top, just like Sarbanes-Oxley
    Food Safety News
    As enforcement time nears for the Food Safety Modernization Act, experts such as Repositrak's Randy Fields are being heard making comparisons between FSMA and the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
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    House ag committee advances Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act
    Meatingplace
    The House Agriculture Committee has approved a bill to reauthorize the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act, according to committee documents. The law facilitates market transparency by allowing producers and packers access to timely and accurate price and supply data.
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    Stabenow bill ties college financial aid to National School Lunch Program
    PoliticalNews.me
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has introduced the Early Pell Promise Act, which would provide college financial aid information to eighth-grade students based on enrollment in the National School Lunch Program. The bill also provides a commitment to these students that if they work hard and graduate they will receive the maximum Pell grant award for their first two years of college.
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    Essential California: Questioning safety of California's food chain
    Los Angeles Times
    Here in California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    How will Target's new grocery boss get the job done?
    RetailWire via CPGmatters
    Target CEO Brian Cornell has made it clear he sees the chain's grocery business as a "critically important area of opportunity." No pressure if you're Anne Dament and you've been hired to lead "the strategic repositioning of Target's food business."
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    McDonald's faces 'show me' moment with new CEO strategy
    Reuters
    McDonald's new Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook is set to unveil his plan Monday to revive growth as the world's largest hamburger chain struggles to win back consumers and investors.
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    Sysco, FTC court fight over merger may occur partly in secret
    Reuters
    In an unusual move, portions of a court fight between Sysco Corp. and the Federal Trade Commission over the food distributor's bid for its largest rival may be closed to the public, including some of the opening arguments, lawyers for the two sides said in a pre-hearing conference on Friday.
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    Growing shipping alliances are straining major US gateway ports
    The Wall Street Journal
    A sharp growth in container ship sizes and alliances among the world's biggest shipping operators is overwhelming U.S. major gateway ports during peak periods, costing millions to importers and exporters who can't access their cargo on time and prompting the country's marine watchdog to warn of legal action if the parties don't deal with the mess.
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    Goya opens new corporate headquarters
    Food Engineering
    Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S., has opened its new state-of-the-art and sustainable corporate headquarters in New Jersey as part of a $500 million global expansion.
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    Research: Food grazers tend to be young — and seeking sugar
    Food Navigator-USA
    A whopping 80 percent of U.S. consumers snack at least once per day, with the vast majority favoring unhealthy but convenient foods, according to a new poll conducted by CivicScience.
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    Myceliation: A mushroom-fueled process to change the game in food industry?
    Food Navigator-USA
    From a commercial perspective, it's still early days for myceliation, a process by which mushrooms (or rather, their filament-like roots called "mycelium") can remove bitter compounds and naturally occurring toxins from some of the world's most valuable crops and enhance their nutritional profile. But 2015 could be the year it hits prime time, predicts Colorado-based MycoTechnology.
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