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The new organic Wal-Mart is eating Whole Foods' lunch
Bloomberg
Over much of the past 30 years, Whole Foods Market co-founder John Mackey enjoyed wild success selling organic groceries to the masses. Now, with the likes of Kroger and Wal-Mart Stores muscling into everything from organic milk to sustainably raised salmon, Mackey finds himself fending off challenges from bigger rivals intent on eating Whole Foods' lunch.

Related: Organic is going mainstream (Al Jazeera America)

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Report shows mixed progress on curbing foodborne pathogens
Reuters
U.S. cases of two deadly types of foodborne pathogens have fallen sharply since 2008, but rates of other key types of foodborne bugs have increased, according to the latest report on nine pathogens tracked by health officials.

Related: CDC data show progress in reducing some foodborne infections in 2014 (CDC)

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Frozen foods can cut waste, emissions, study finds
Journal of Commerce
A study commissioned by the British Frozen Food Federation suggests frozen foods can help reduce waste and even greenhouse gas emissions.
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POLITICS


Obama's trade plan gets second wind but still faces fight from Democrats
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama reversed an embarrassing political defeat on Thursday when the Senate voted to advance his controversial trade agenda, which remains contentious among the president's traditional supporters.

Related: House votes 'not there' on trade (Politico via AFFI)

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Clinton has to watch out for Warren
The Hill
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., says she won't run for president. Many observers speculate the now-senior senator from Massachusetts is either biding her time or is waiting for an honest-to-goodness serious draft. For someone who was just elected to the Senate in 2012, the she has become a major name and force in the Democratic Party.
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Top 5 governor's races of 2015-2016
The Washington Post
A couple weeks back, The Washington Post deemed the Kentucky governor's race to be the nastiest of 2015. As it turns out, it's also perhaps the most competitive.
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POLICY


Action on GMOs stops far short of mandatory labels
The San Francisco Chronicle
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will start offering to verify food companies' claims that their products do not contain genetically modified organisms, but the agency stopped far short Thursday of requiring the mandatory labeling of GMOs that many food activists say is needed.

Related: What does USDA's non-GMO announcement really mean? (Politico via AFFI)

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Trans fat decision expected soon
Politico via AFFI
The Obama administration is expected to all but ban trans fat in a final ruling that could drop as soon as next week, killing most uses of an ingredient that has been put in everything from frozen pizza to Reese's Pieces but since deemed harmful to human health.
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Food stamp usage sinks to lowest level since 2011
The Wall Street Journal
The number of people receiving food stamps in the U.S. slipped to the lowest level in almost four years, a sign of an improving economy as well as more stringent qualification rules.
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Lawmakers demand release of TPP food safety chapter
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
U.S. trade negotiators should "embrace transparency" and release the food safety chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, urged Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, in a joint news briefing in Washington, D.C., Thursday.
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Wisconsin lawmakers to limit foods purchased with food stamps
WKBT-TV
Wisconsin lawmakers want to regulate what users can purchase with food stamps. The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill to limit the types of food that food stamp users can buy. The Republican-sponsored bill would require those using food stamps to use at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits to buy nutritional foods like beef, chicken and produce.
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Many food safety regulators not testing for Listeria in ice cream
KPRC
In the wake of an outbreak of Listeria-related illnesses and the shutdown of an iconic ice cream brand, a news investigation finds none of the 70 frozen dessert manufacturers licensed in Texas are being tested by state regulators for Listeria — and federal regulators do not test plants unless it's in response to an outbreak.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


When E. Coli becomes a business opportunity
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Dozens of firms are sprouting to help U.S. food makers tackle a wave of new safety regulations and intensified enforcement of food laws.
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What fewer bees means to food prices
Bloomberg
Bloomberg's Alan Bjerga reports on the rising annual death of bees and its impact on agriculture.
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Seaboard Foods, Triumph Foods to build Iowa pork plant
Reuters
Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods plan to jointly build a new pork processing plant in Sioux City, Iowa, both companies announced in a statement Thursday.
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IFIC survey finds food safety trust slipping
Meat + Poultry
The food industry may talk about food safety efforts, but Americans are more likely to trust several other groups, according to "What's Your Health Worth?", the International Food Information Council Foundation's 10th anniversary food and health survey released this week.
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Packaged foods go vegetarian
Newswise
Vegetarians used to be considered a very small percentage of the consumer market, but according to a survey by the Nutrition Business Journal as much as 26 percent of consumers now fall into the category of "flexitarians," who prefer a more plant-based diet. The food industry's technological developments have made an impact by offering a greater variety of prepared vegetarian options.
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Your favorite frozen veggies could be from this Iowa farm
KCCI-TV
We've all seen Birds Eye veggies in the frozen food aisle. Soon some of those may be coming from an Iowa field. The Minnesota-based frozen food company chose an Iowa farmer to grow crops for one of its most well-known products.
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El Nino near-certain to last through summer
Reuters
The El Nino climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice.
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Poultry processor issues recall after facility used unapproved substance
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
AA Poultry Processing LLC, based in Ridgeland, Wisconsin, is recalling approximately 2,191 pounds of chicken and 21 pounds of turkey products that may have been contaminated with trichloro-s-triazinetrione, which is not approved for use in poultry processing.

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