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Canada to retaliate against US over labeling
Business Standard
Canada is to pursue retaliatory trade measures against the United States over what it says are discriminatory labeling practices, following a win before the World Trade Organization. The dispute centers on a U.S. regulation in place since 2009 which requires that certain product labels must include an item's country of origin.
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Grocery store sales surpassed by restaurants for the first time
Fast Casual
National Restaurant Association Chief Economist Bruce Grindy reported that for the first time on record, in December 2014 monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery stores sales, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Bacon is so cheap, even veggie burgers get two strips
Bloomberg
At the supermarket, bacon has slumped 25 percent in the past year, to $4.12 a pound this week, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Wholesale pork bellies, the cut of meat used to make bacon slices, touched a five-year low in April and now cost 45 percent less than a year ago.
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POLITICS


Florida quietly sets up an epic 2016 primary clash
Politico
The campaign for the Republican presidential nomination may have a new expiration date: March 15. That’s when Florida holds its primary contest – which will now be winner-take-all. The state's Republican Party quietly approved the new delegate allocation rules Saturday night, while the political world's attention was focused on Iowa and the 11 Republican presidential hopefuls stumping there.
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2016 hopefuls look for love in a very wrong place
Politico
For weeks they’ve been deriding Congress, casting it as a dungeon of gridlock and dysfunction and blaming it for much of the nation’s ills. But now, White House aspirants are beginning an urgent push to lock down the support of the very people they’re trashing each day on the campaign trail.
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In Iowa for second visit, Clinton keeps to her low-key, tilt-left strategy
The Washington Post
Hillary Rodham Clinton's appearance on Monday at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson — one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa — spoke volumes about the political pitch and style of her nascent presidential campaign. The event was tailored to fit that low-key, tilt-left strategy, which her campaign hopes will signal that she is taking little for granted in the primary race.

Related: House liberals play hard-to-get with Hillary Clinton (Politico)

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POLICY


How the White House plans to help the humble bee maintain its buzz
The Washington Post
The humble bee — nuisance, threat, and linchpin of the American food supply — has won over the leader of the free world. And now President Obama is intervening on the bee’s behalf as its habitat dwindles.
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FDA proposes rule to collect antimicrobial sales and distribution data by animal species
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a rule today that would require animal drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals to obtain estimates of sales by major food-producing species (cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys).
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Labor group escalates fight against fast food
The Hill
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed a petition Monday with the Federal Trade Commission seeking an investigation of the alleged practices at 14 major chains, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Quiznos.
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Catfish swimming into trade debate
Politico
The humble catfish is back on the Senate's plate this week, and the stakes have never been higher — with a Pacific trade deal on the menu, too. At issue is a new food safety inspection program tailored for catfish alone and first slipped into the 2008 farm bill on behalf of U.S. producers struggling to compete with a wave of imports from Vietnam and China.
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Lawmakers confront FDA over calorie counts
The Hill
The Food and Drug Administration is facing major blowback on Capitol Hill over a controversial Obamacare rule that requires restaurants to list the number of calories in the foods they sell. The menu labeling requirements, set to take effect in December, are being scrutinized by dozens of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, setting up a showdown between Congress and the Obama administration.
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US dairy companies urge Congress to act now to reform cool and protect American jobs
MarketWatch
The World Trade Organization's final ruling against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule will cause severe economic harm to U.S. manufacturing and agriculture without immediate congressional intervention, said the International Dairy Foods Association. With this final ruling, Canada and Mexico, America's two largest export markets, will promptly move to institute retaliatory tariffs worth billions of dollars on U.S. food, agricultural and manufactured goods.
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Feds launch social media push to combat complaints about Michelle Obama's lunch program
The Washington Times
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing back against a campaign criticizing First Lady Michelle Obama's school lunch rules by showing one picture of a somewhat appetizing child’s lunch.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Novel paper biosensors could detect food contaminants
Food Safety & Quality Control
A method to print paper biosensors that could be used in the food safety field has been developed at McMaster University. Using methods to produce "bio-inks," researchers can use conventional office ink-jet printers to print man-made DNA molecules with very high molecular weight on paper.
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Study: Dairy alternative segment does milk market good
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
More and more refrigerators nationwide are being stocked with almond milk and other assorted dairy alternatives, thus presenting a clear a shift in the U.S. beverage market, according to "Dairy and Dairy Alternative Beverage Trends in the U.S.," a new report by New York-based market research publisher Packaged Facts.
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Food stamps are a billion-dollar business in Oregon
KGW-TV
The nation's largest food assistance program has become big business for Oregon retailers. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that Oregon retailers redeemed $1.2 billion worth of food stamps, up from $366 million in 2003.
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5 ways to prepare for food data sharing
Food Safety Magazine
A major change to the way data are shared in the food industry is just 1 year away. The GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network will be restructured and streamlined to keep pace with the growing demand for fast, accurate product information beginning May 6, 2016.
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Food company Golden County files for Ch. 11 to help planned sale
Reuters
Prepared foods maker Golden County Foods Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday to help push through a planned sale, which requires the company to scrap a collective bargaining agreement, according to court documents.
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Consumer concerns about chemicals in food rise while their trust in food safety sinks, survey finds
Food Navigator
Concern about "chemicals" in the food supply is growing among Americans, many of whom are changing how they buy food as a result, according to a recent survey. Of the more than 1,000 American adults in the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2015 Food and Health Survey, 36 percent said "chemicals in food" is the most important food safety issue for them – outpacing the 34 percent who identified food borne illness from bacteria as their top concern.
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Engineers and scientists to examine antibiotic resistance in food chain from farm to fork
Phys.org
Growing evidence suggests that agricultural practices, especially widespread antibiotic use, could be contributing to the increasing antibiotic resistance problem in humans. In order to learn how to effectively control this spread of antibiotic resistance from livestock manure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $2.25 million grant to a Virginia Tech team of engineers and scientists to examine the food chain from farm to fork.
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UK launches Food Safety Week with Chicken Challenge
Food Safety News
According to new data from the Food Standards Agency, one-third of the U.K. population could contract food poisoning from Campylobacter over the course of their lifetime. The Chicken Challenge directs the entire food chain from industry to consumer to "do their bit to halve the number of campylobacter food poisoning cases by the end of 2015."
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CDC: Salmonella Outbreak has sickened 50 people in 9 states
Food Safety News
At least 50 people in the southwestern U.S. have been sickened with a rare strain of Salmonella that has been associated with consumption of raw tuna sushi in several states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Related: Frozen dog food recalled over salmonella risk (The Seattle Times)

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Those on the lookout for Listeria are finding it this year
Food Safety News
More than two dozen food recalls so far this year due to contamination with deadly Listeria monocytogenes do not necessarily mark an increase, but they are involving a much broader range of foods and popular brands which the public has never before associated with the nasty pathogen.
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Veal recalled after positive test for E. Coli O157:H7
Food Safety News
Duvall, Washington-based ZYK Enterprises Inc., has recalled 2,522 pounds of boneless veal trim and whole veal muscle cut products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), when reviewing records, discovered a positive test result for E. coli O157:H7 from May 15.
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NPD: Over half of US consumers are concerned about bird flu outbreak and hazard it poses to food safety
Benzinga
Since the USDA has reported more than 160 cases involving three deadly strains of avian flu (bird flu) since December, consumers are expressing concerns about avian flu in regards to food safety, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.
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