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Food ads during children's TV don't meet proposed guidelines
On network and cable TV, during shows aimed at kids under age 12, the vast majority of commercials are for products with too much added sugar, saturated fat or sodium, according to a new study.
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Syngenta rejects Monsanto takeover bid
Reuters via Fox Business
Agrochemicals firm Syngenta on Friday rejected a $45 billion takeover offer from Monsanto, saying the offer undervalued the Swiss firm and did not fully take into account regulatory risks.
Monsanto, in bid for Syngenta, reaches for a business it left behind (The New York Times)
Syngenta can reap more from Monsanto
(The Wall Street Journal)
Food waste an 'enormous' global concern, G20 says
Food wasted by consumers is an enormous economic problem and nations should ensure excess food is given to the hungry instead of being thrown away, agriculture ministers from the Group of 20 leading countries said Friday.
Trade bill fate in doubt as debate kicks off
A controversial trade bill is well shy of the votes needed to pass the House and faces a difficult vote in the Senate as the debate in Congress kicks off in earnest this week.
Related: Obama finds Oregon to be a friendly landscape for trade battle (The Washington Post)
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GOP 2016: The top 10 contenders
The race for the Republican presidential nomination is heating up, with the first GOP debate just three months away. Here is The Hill's look at who is most likely to claim the nomination next year.
Amid gridlock in D.C., influence industry expands rapidly in the states
The Washington Post
Lobbyists aren't having much luck on a gridlocked Capitol Hill — so more and more, they're opening their wallets in state capitols around the country. Not keeping pace with the surge, say watchdog groups: the disclosure laws that are supposed to keep the influence industry in check.
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USDA proposes new rule to enforce school nutrition compliance
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is seeking to revise the state agency's administrative review process to establish a unified accountability system designed to ensure that participating school food authorities comply with the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program requirements.
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Timeline compromise emerges as policy expiration looms
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Two workweeks away from expiration of transportation policy, lawmakers are beginning to give a little in negotiations over the length of the next patch they'll undoubtedly be delivering instead of a long-term revamp.
Summer spending fight looms
Congress faces rough waters ahead on government spending, with less than five months before the annual deadline to pass a full slate of appropriations bills for the next fiscal year.
Nearly 23,000 Dietary Guidelines comments and still counting
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
As of late morning on Friday, USDA and HHS had received nearly 23,000 comments on the scientific report issued by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in February. Comments were accepted until midnight.
TSCRA opposes 2015 DGAC report (The Gilmer Mirror)
A beef with language in dietary guidelines (World-Herald via Norfolk Daily News)
Trans fat putative class actions filed against General Mills, Nestle
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP via Lexology
A California man has filed purported class actions against Nestle USA Inc. and General Mills Inc., claiming that both companies use trans fat in their products — specifically, General Mills' baking mixes and Nestle's coffee creamers — despite the availability of acceptable alternative ingredients without trans fat.
Frontline to air documentary on 'the trouble with chicken'
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Foster Farms will take center stage in a new FRONTLINE documentary
scheduled to air this week, detailing the U.S. food safety system and foodborne illness in America as it pertains to the poultry industry.
UK study: Frozen food can be good for your health, environment and your wallet
The News Hub
Researches at the School of Applied Sciences at Cranfield University say frozen foods can play a valuable role in meeting the U.K. government's 2020 and 2050 food security targets.
5 reasons Wild Blueberries buck the bland food trend
While many foods grown today are getting bigger and blander, Wild Blueberries are bucking the blandification trend. Since the 1800s, Wild Blueberry Association of America growers have managed their crops so that Wild Blueberries have stayed smaller and burst with flavor.
IAFP names Tyson Foods as recipient of prestigious Black Pearl Award
IAFP via Perishable News
The International Association for Food Protection has selected Tyson Foods Inc. as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Black Pearl Award.
Boulder Brands taking frozen forward
Food Business News
While so many frozen food brands are losing steam, Boulder Brands Inc. is leading what its executives call a "frozen revolution."
Heinz reports lower revenue, higher net income
Packaged foods giant H.J. Heinz Co., which is merging with Kraft Foods Group Inc., reported a 12 percent drop in revenue in the first quarter, hurt by foreign currency exchange rates and inventory buildup in the year-ago period.
WhiteWave Foods posts rise in profit, raises outlook
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Whitewave Foods reported a rise in first-quarter profit and raised its full-year guidance, as sales jumped despite foreign-exchange impacts.
Second wave of conventional retailers demanding natural, organic, non-GMO
Retailers want growth, and CPG giants are falling behind the companies that can deliver it by supplying natural and organic brands appealing to millennials, said Hain Celestial bosses last week.
Ceres report: Smithfield Foods leads industry in water management
Smithfield Foods ranks No. 1 in water management among leading meat companies in a new report from business sustainability organization Ceres. Achieving the top ranking, a significant accomplishment given the water-use challenges across global agriculture, underscores the company's leadership position in providing sustainable food.
Walker's Foods recalls 47,000 pounds of sausage because of bad labeling
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Walker's Foods, a Carrollton, Georgia, establishment, is recalling approximately 46,612 pounds of pork with sauce products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
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Research: Cheap junk food expands waistlines in emerging economies
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Eating healthy is becoming an expensive luxury in emerging market countries, where vegetable prices have spiked while high fat, sugary junk foods have become cheaper, economists said Monday.
New processing plant to open in Texas
Meat + Poultry
A new meat processing facility will open its doors in Lockney, Texas, this June. Rome, New York-based Gold Medal Packing Group has spent an estimated $1 million over the past year renovating the former Lockney Meat Company.
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