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When it comes to food safety, whole chicken differs from sum of its parts
Frontline
Though 80 percent of the chicken sold today has been cut up into parts, FSIS inspectors are largely focused on testing whole chickens. That's a problem — as cutting up whole chickens is a process that can release Salmonella buried in the skin. The whole-versus-parts dilemma is just one of the issues facing America's poultry regulation system, which has been criticized as outdated and ineffective.
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ConAgra buys Blake's All Natural Foods
The Wall Street Journal
ConAgra Foods Inc. has purchased Blake's All Natural Foods, the latest food company to acquire a smaller, natural brand in an effort to shore up sluggish sales.
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Nestle pledges to help the world tackle food loss and waste
Food Navigator
The world's biggest food firm, Nestle, has put reducing food waste firmly on its agenda, announcing plans to help further prevent the issue of food losses and waste around the world at the Save Food Congress.

Related: Nestle moves toward zero-water factories (Food Processing)

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Senate Democrats vote to block Obama on trade
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama collided with his own party Tuesday when Senate Democrats stalled consideration of a trade measure that would give the administration greater authority to negotiate more freely with other countries.

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    Barack Obama's war on the left
    Politico
    In the fourth quarter of his presidency, without another race to run, Barack Obama has gone to war with what he sees as an out-of-touch, stuck-in-old-thinking Washington liberal elite — Elizabeth Warren's the most famous member, but AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and a coterie of Hill Democrats are up there with her.

    Related: Feud with Warren breaks open amid 'fast track' vote (The Washington Post)

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    GOP wrestles with how to fit ballooning 2016 field on debate stage
    The Washington Post
    A pivotal turning point in the Republican presidential race will come in August, when the first debate of the primary season is held in Cleveland. But there's already a problem: Not everyone will make it on stage.

    Related: Driving the day (Politico)

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    A healthy lunch debate
    National Journal
    Last week's Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on reauthorization of child nutrition programs confirmed a very troubling phenomenon about school meals: Some middle-class children are rejecting the healthier meals served since the rules under the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect, while children eligible for free and reduced-price meals are eating them in greater numbers than in the past.
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    House votes to kill WOTUS rule
    Agri-Pulse
    The House voted to kill the Obama administration's proposed Clean Water Act rule, but the margin was far short of the two-thirds support that would be needed to override a likely presidential veto.
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    Senate bill would provide warnings of future port disputes
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    Four GOP senators on Tuesday introduced a bill to help federal authorities and Congress know when labor disputes are beginning to affect productivity at ports.
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    USDA finalizes rule to require labels on mechanically tenderized beef products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Wednesday announced new labeling requirements for raw or partially cooked beef products that have been mechanically tenderized. Consumers, restaurants and other food service facilities will now have more information about the products they are buying, as well as useful cooking instructions so they know how to safely prepare them.

    Related: FSIS compliance guide for validating cooking instructions on mechanically tenderized beef

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    China releases harshest food safety law in history
    China Briefing
    China is updating its food safety law for the first time since 2009, in what is hailed as the harshest food safety regulation in China so far. The 2015 Food Safety Law will have a significant impact on both domestic and foreign firms involved in food business in China.
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    Organic food industry to ask USDA for checkoff referendum
    Farm Futures
    The organic farming industry says it cannot meet the demand for its products, so it will ask USDA to implement an industry-wide vote on a checkoff program that hopefully would raise $30 million a year to fund programs aimed at growth.

    Related: Organic checkoff won't be like any other (Politico Pro)

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    Overseas action fuels US tax fears
    The Hill
    The corporate community is increasingly sounding the warning to Congress: Europe is coming after us on taxes.
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    USDA seeks comments on extending rules for voluntary recalls
    Federal Register
    FSIS is requesting an extension of an approved information collection addressing paperwork requirements regarding voluntary recalls from commerce of meat and poultry products.
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    Food industry and health advocates clash in Dietary Guidelines comments
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    The food industry's criticism of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's scientific report, opposed by a torrent of support for the DGAC recommendations, brought a total of nearly 30,000 comments before the midnight deadline last Friday.
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    Food testing labs brief Capitol Hill on need for FSMA standard
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    The final Food Safety Modernization Act rules due out this year will require a great deal more testing to assure preventive controls are working, but the accuracy of the tests may be in question unless FDA moves fast to issue federal laboratory accreditation standards, said testing representatives at a Capitol Hill briefing last week.
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    EU regulatory deadlock welcomed by organic groups
    Food Navigator
    EU ministers have failed to reach an agreement on proposed changes to EU organic regulation, pushing back a vote until June — a standstill that is welcomed by organic farming associations.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Consumers less confident in safety of food supply, more confused
    Farm Futures
    A new survey of Americans' food eating and purchasing habits finds consumers are both less confident in the safety of the food supply and more confused about what they should be eating.
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    Greenyard Foods, Univeg, Peatinvest combine to become fruit & veggie leader
    Greenyard Foods
    The Board of Directors of Greenyard Foods announces a final agreement has been reached with respect to the business combination between Greenyard Foods, Univeg and Peatinvest to create a global leader in fruit and vegetables.
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    Food Safety Summit moves ahead, out of shadow of last year's food poisoning
    Food Production Daily
    The 17th Annual Food Safety Summit went ahead as planned in Baltimore recently, with contingency plans in place to avoid an outbreak like the one in 2014, which saw more than 200 people sick from food poisoning.
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    Globalization worsens food price shocks for importers
    Reuters
    The chances of shock food price rises in import-dependent states are rising as the world's population grows and nations become more reliant on global markets, researchers from Thomson Reuters Foundation said in a study published Tuesday.
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    Chinese scientists breed omega-3 rich cattle
    Food Navigator
    Chinese scientists have successfully reared beef cattle rich in the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are traditionally associated with fish oils.
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