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Why frozen veggies may be healthier than fresh ones
Medical Daily
The latest video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series debunks a widely-known myth that frozen vegetables aren't, in fact, less healthy than fresh vegetables.
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Hormel Foods agrees to buy Applegate Farms for $775 million
Bloomberg
Hormel Foods Corp., the maker of Spam, agreed to buy closely held Applegate Farms LLC for about $775 million in an effort to gain more credibility in natural foods.
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Fighting food waste: A frozen food solution!
AFFI
The Frozen Food Foundation is making tremendous progress enhancing the public’s appreciation for frozen foods. Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, the Foundation has been able to conduct nutritional studies that prove frozen fruits and vegetables are as rich in nutrients and, in many cases, are packed with even higher nutrient levels than their fresh counterparts.
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POLITICS


2016 GOP field grows more crowded
The Hill
The Republican presidential field will swell to nine official candidates in the next week as three new contenders enter the race. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who, in 2012, won the Iowa caucuses and finished second overall to eventual nominee Mitt Romney, is expected to announce his second consecutive presidential bid from Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Related: Runner-up Rick Santorum is running again (The Washington Post)

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Trade votes play big in 2016 politics
Roll Call
Rob Portman isn't a bomb thrower. But his pitch last week for an amendment cracking down on countries that artificially weaken their currencies threatened to blow up President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, and exposed a deep split in approaches among Republicans who face the voters in 2016.
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Dems hope for Cruz, fear Bush
The Hill
Democrats are rooting for Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) to win the Republican presidential nomination, and Jeb Bush is the 2016 candidate they fear the most, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.
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POLICY


AFFI seeks solution to US egg shortage
AFFI
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently confirmed hundreds of cases of avian influenza in a growing number of U.S. egg farms and commercial poultry flocks, adversely impacting egg production and supply throughout the U.S.
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SGS sets out starting point for food safety plan
Food Quality News
The starting point for any food safety plan is knowledge of raw material suppliers and products/ingredients provided, according to SGS.
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Unified Agenda: FSIS again forecasts a proposed label rule on 'natural'
Food Chemical News
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has once again, in the Unified Agenda released May 21, promised a proposed rule on use of the voluntary claim “natural” on labeling of meat and poultry products.
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Health officials call for less meat, more plants in dietary guidelines
The Hill
More than 700 doctors, nutritionists, nurses and public health professionals are calling on the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services to follow the recommendations of a federally appointed panel and tell Americans to eat less meat because it’s healthier for them — and the environment.
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Report: About 20-30 percent of foodborne illness victims file lawsuits
Food Safety News
Approximately 20-30 percent of victims in foodborne illness outbreaks seek legal action against the companies whose products sickened them or their family members, according to an attorney quoted in a May 24 report by the Dallas Morning News.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


USDA chief vet says bird flu cases waning, sees end by July
The New York Times
The number of cases of bird flu in the United States has started to decline and the epidemic is likely to be over within a couple of months, helped by warm weather in the summer, the U.S. chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday.

Related: Avian flu prompting strategic rethink at US food companies, claims Hampton Creek boss: 'It's not just about price' (Food Navigator-USA)

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Taco Bell's 'Doritos Locos Tacos' recipe isn't changing
The Wall Street Journal
Taco Bell generated a lot of attention over its announcement Tuesday to remove all artificial flavors and colors from its food by year-end. But one of its best-selling products ever – Doritos Locos Tacos – won’t be changing.
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Nielsen: Higher meat prices drag down sales across grocery departments
Food Navigator-USA
Higher beef and pork prices are dragging down grocery sales not just in the meat department, but in the center of the store as well, according to a recent Nielsen survey.
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Almond milk sales are soaring
Fortune Magazine
American consumers are drinking almond milk in record numbers. Sales of the non-dairy product are now more than $700 million a year— up 40 percent in 2014 from 2013.
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AFFI visits Firestone Pacific Foods and NORPAC facilities
AFFI
Firestone Pacific Foods, Inc. President Stan Firestone and NORPAC Foods, Inc. President and CEO George Smith recently welcomed AFFI Vice President of Government Affairs Kelly Poulsen to their respective production facilities.
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Smithfield commends Walmart for animal welfare position
USAgNet
Smithfield Foods said that it supports Walmart in its release of the company's new animal welfare and antibiotics positions. The food processor says it is already compliant with the newly announced policies on its company-owned farms and encourages the rest of the industry to develop programs consistent with these guidelines.
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2015 Food Logistics Forum just days away!
AFFI
Make plans now to attend the 2015 Food Logistics Forum (FLF) scheduled for May 31 – June 2 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada.
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Lee's Sandwiches meat recall update: USDA to dig deeper into Garden Grove plant's meat mislabeling
The Orange County Register
Nearly a week after Lee's Sandwiches recalled roughly 100 tons of meat products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the Garden Grove processing plant that distributes the chain’s food in multiple states would be further investigated for misbranding violations that reach back at least a year.
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Western US drought might raise food prices: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Reuters
An overwhelming majority of U.S. residents think the drought that has hit agriculture in the West will lead to increased food prices, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.
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Michigan confirms 1st CWD case in free-ranging white-tails
USAgNet
The Michigan departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development Tuesday confirmed that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose.
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