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Despite challenges, US meat optimistic over international markets
USAgNet
While U.S. meat exports face imposing challenges in 2015, this hasn’t dampened the industry's enthusiasm for international marketing. This was the prevailing theme throughout the U.S. Meat Export Federation Board of Directors Meeting.
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Taco Bell to eliminate artificial colors, flavors and added trans fat to 'simplify' food
Advertising Age
Food marketers are increasingly updating their ingredient lists to appeal to changing consumer sentiment, with companies from Kraft to McDonald's eliminating ingredients perceived as questionable, and now Taco Bell is the latest company to update its menu to respond to consumer demand.
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White House releases spring 2015 regulatory plan
Food Safety News
Last week, the White House released its "Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions" for spring 2015.
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POLITICS


'Fast track' trade fight moves to House
Politico
The Senate on Friday approved a "fast track" trade promotion authority bill that will help President Barack Obama conclude a massive Asia-Pacific trade agreement and sets the stage for a fierce battle in the House when lawmakers return in June.

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    GOP's fight for 2016 nomination likely to drag on longer than party desires
    The Washington Post
    Republicans have made no secret of their desire for a quick presidential primary fight aimed at rapidly producing a nominee to take on former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Related: As 'SEC primary' takes shape, will presidential contenders show up? (The Washington Post)

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    Southern Republican Leadership Conference: 5 takeaways
    Politico
    At one of the most important events on the GOP calendar, Scott Walker showed his crash course in foreign policy is paying off.
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    FDA may give PHO decision on or before June 15
    Food Business News
    The Food and Drug Administration on or before June 15 expects to make a final decision on the Generally Recognized As Safe status of partially hydrogenated oils (phos), according to a May 22 filing in the U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division.

    Related: In the US, at least 1 in 4 pre-packaged foods contains trans fats (Yahoo)

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    Congress sets new deadline on highways
    The Hill
    Before scuttling out of town for the Memorial Day recess, Congress met a key deadline by passing a short-term extension of federal highway funds.
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    Beyond the Border preclearance meat pilot dies in light of 'policy challenges'
    Food Chemical News
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have scrapped the preclearance fresh meat pilot for Canadian exports in light of “policy challenges and several logistical impediments,” government officials said.
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    Vilsack meets with Iowa officials to discuss avian flu
    USAgNet
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with Dr. Kevin Petersburg of the USDA 's Animal and Poultry Health Inspection Service, invited key Iowa leaders-Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey-to join them in a face-to-face meeting with a diverse group of farmers and related industry leaders severely affected by the avian influenza outbreak.
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    ABA seeks action to boost egg supplies
    Baking Business
    The American Bakers Association has activated its Rise to Action Grassroots Action Center to encourage food manufacturers and bakers to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Congress to allow for increased imports of eggs and egg products to help offset rapidly decreasing supplies caused by the worst outbreak of avian influenza in U.S. history.
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    Milk money is poor choice for school lunches
    The Hill
    The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015 that was introduced in Congress last week is the latest attempt by the dairy industry to make money from the government by keeping milk on school lunch trays.
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    New bill would limit permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice
    Food Safety News
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday which would limit the amount of inorganic arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based foods.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Source of multi-national outbreak of Salmonella unclear
    Food Quality News
    Budget cuts at a Finnish agency will delay detection of Salmonella outbreaks among travelers, according to researchers reporting on an incident which has affected almost 200 people.
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    Millennials are driving snack sales growth and reshaping how Americans eat
    Food-Navigator
    Sales of snacks account for a whopping 40 percent of the $370 billion U.S. packaged food market and are set to grow 2 percent annually through 2019, thanks in large part to millennials who eat more snacks than any other group, according to analysis by Euromonitor.
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    Midwestern BioAg to build new plant in Illinois
    USAgNet
    Midwestern BioAg, Inc., announced plans to build a 17,000-square-foot fertilizer blending and distribution facility in Milledgeville, Illinois. The plant will have the capacity to service hundreds of thousands of farmland acres and is expected to employ 15 to 20 staff over the next two years.
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    Frozen carrots, fruity Pepsi: India's weapons in inflation fight
    Bloomberg
    The workers extracting mango pulp, freezing carrots and packing spring rolls in southern India are the foot soldiers in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inflation war. The complex is one of four government-backed “mega food parks” intended to jumpstart a nascent food processing industry.
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    Campbell Soup still struggling to gain momentum
    Food Business News
    Earnings and sales for the Campbell Soup Co. were flat during the third quarter of fiscal 2015 as the company continued to realign its product mix in an effort to improve its performance.
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    Starbucks breakfast sandwiches has premium brands expanding
    Bloomberg
    Sales, which include live seafood and processed meats such as salami and pepperoni, have more than doubled since 2010 to $1.2 billion Canadian dollars last year.
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    Consumer reports finds harmful bacteria in frozen shrimp
    KABC-TV
    Scientists analyzed 342 packages of frozen shrimp purchased in supermarkets in 27 cities across the country ranging from farmed and wild, raw and cooked. Overall, 60 percent of the raw shrimp samples tested positive for bacteria.
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    ProPublica study dishes on cruise ship food safety problems
    Food Safety News
    Cruise ships are a popular way to get out and see the world, but they’re also a great venue for spreading contagious foodborne illnesses to a large number of people in a short amount of time, according to a new study on the health and safety of the cruise ship industry by ProPublica.
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    Fast-food franchises get creative when they go abroad
    The Wall Street Journal
    The big selling point of fast-food franchises is consistency: In Alaska or Alabama, customers can expect the same hamburger and fries from McDonald’s, or the same cheese pizza and breadsticks from Pizza Hut. But all of that changes when you cross the border.
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    Lee's Sandwiches recalls 100 tons of meat
    The Orange County Register
    Lee’s Sandwiches has recalled 213,000 pounds of meat products because the food was made without being inspected and because it bore unauthorized United States Department of Agriculture marks of inspection, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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