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PBS documentary sparks poultry safety bills in Congress
Meatingplace
A PBS documentary safe on poultry production that aired this week has prompted three federal lawmakers to introduce two separate bills aimed at improving the safety of the meat and poultry entering the U.S. food system.
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How McDonald's could conquer kale
Bloomberg
McDonald's has confirmed plans to test the leafy superfood in an experimental breakfast bowl that will be served in nine southern California locations.
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USDA debuts government label for GMO-free products
The Associated Press via Farm Journal
The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms.
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Naming names helped Obama get fast-track back on track
Politico
The White House named names. And not 24 hours later, President Barack Obama and his aides had a deal to get fast-track back on track.

Related: Senate compromise revives fast-track bill, but uphill slog looms in House (The Washington Post)

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Martin O'Malley likely to announce presidential bid on May 30
Politico
Democrat Martin O'Malley will likely jump into the presidential race with an announcement about his future in Baltimore on May 30, an aide confirmed Thursday morning.
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GOP poll: Clinton losing in battlegrounds
The Hill
Hillary Clinton trails a generic Republican presidential candidate by double-digits among voters in six key battleground states, according to a new poll from the GOP firm Vox Populi.

Related: Pollsters struggle to assess 19 GOP contenders (Politico)

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POLICY


FSIS issues revised compliance guide for HACCP systems validation
Federal Register
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is announcing the availability of the final revision of the Compliance Guideline for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point systems validation and responding to comments received on the draft guide that FSIS published in May 2013. In addition, FSIS is announcing its plans to verify that establishments meet all validation requirements.
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NLRB says DOL's posting rule win supports union election rule
Law360 (subscriber story)
Defending its controversial union election rule, the National Labor Relations Board has asked a D.C. federal court to look to its decision in another suit in which the court favored the government's right to mandate that federal contractors display posters outlining unionization rights.
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House poised for action on COOL
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway said in an interview with Pro Trade's Victoria Guida on Wednesday that he will move forward quickly with legislation to repeal U.S. country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and poultry if the World Trade Organization again faults them as discriminatory. Agriculture Committee staff has circulated a draft of the legislation.

Related: COOL rule causes 'significant damage' to US meat industry (Global Meat News)

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Mexico cracks down on junk food in schools
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Mexico has taken a page from the playbook of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama by restricting high-calorie foods in schools, as the country struggles to reverse a stubborn obesity trend.
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Survey: Food safety is retailers' biggest fear
Food Safety Magazine
The first-ever Fresh Foods Survey conducted by Supermarket News has revealed that food safety is by far retailers' greatest concern: 50 percent of survey respondents said that food safety is one of their "biggest fears."
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Sysco, US Foods antitrust hearing extended
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Federal court proceedings in the government's antitrust challenge to the proposed merger of rivals Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc. are going into overtime. A planned seven-day hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta was scheduled to end Wednesday, but it will be extended with an additional hearing day this week and closing arguments at the end of May.
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Experts: Grocery industry disruption will profit food producers, processors
Capital Press
Grocers are expecting a disruption from online sales in coming years, but experts say the shift will likely profit farmers and food processors.

Related: Kroger's in test mode — after 45 consecutive quarters of sales growth (Food Business News)

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All-natural M&A: Did Beyonce and Jay-Z kick off a vegan craze?
Fox Business
Beyonce and Jay-Z did it back in 2013: They went vegan for 22 days. Then they took it a step further by launching a vegan meal delivery service. Now a long list of major companies — most recently, ConAgra — have been following suit.
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The new black market for Blue Bell ice cream
The Washington Post
Ice cream addicts no doubt had a meltdown last month when a Listeria outbreak prompted Blue Bell Creameries to recall its products — all of them. Despite the warnings, some are attempting to capitalize on America's ice cream shortage, building a black market for Blue Bell treats online where one pint of Blue Bell Krazy Kookie Dough carries a $10,000 price tag on Craigslist.
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USDA: Soybean surplus in US to grow 43 percent in 2016
Bloomberg
Stockpiles of soybeans in the U.S. will expand 43 percent in 2016 as competition from South America reduces exports, a government report showed.
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Technomic: Healthier ingredient options may boost pizza sales
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
The Technomic Status & Outlook of the U.K. Pizza Category and Its Customers study finds that nearly half of surveyed consumers (46 percent) would like more restaurants to offer healthier pizza ingredients.
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Post tumbles on concern that bird flu will weigh on costs
Bloomberg
Post Holdings Inc. shares fell 8.2 percent after the breakfast-food company said that bird flu has spread to more of its egg supply, raising concern that the outbreak will inflate its costs.
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China's middle class turns to organics after food safety scares
The Guardian
In China, a country plagued by food safety scandals in recent years, organic food and imported products have risen in popularity and are considered a safer option than the traditional markets where fresh vegetables, meat and fish are sold.
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Brand rivalry deepens in post-crisis Europe
Food Navigator
Own-brands have enjoyed a boom in crisis-hit Europe, winning new consumers with both price and quality — but big brands are resorting to aggressive pricing and promotions to win back their old consumer base.
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Owens-Illinois to buy Vitro's food, beverage glass business
Reuters
Glass container maker Owens-Illinois Inc. said it Wednesday it will buy Mexican glass maker Vitro SAB de CV's food and beverage glass container business for about $2.15 billion.
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Dot Foods adding 45 positions at warehouse
Dyersburg State Gazette
Dot Foods, the nation's largest food industry redistributor, announced it will hire an additional 45 full- and part-time warehouse positions at its Dyersburg, Tennessee, distribution center, which opened in January and is the company's ninth and newest distribution center nationwide.
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