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These 26 states won't let you sue McDonald's for making you fat. The surprising consequence of banning obesity lawsuits
The Washington Post
A 2002 suit claiming that McDonald's ought to pay for making two Bronx teenagers, both habitual Mickey D's patrons, fat and sick, was eventually tossed out. But not before thoroughly spooking the food and restaurant industries, who have since spent millions lobbying for immunity from further lawsuits.
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Companies make straws out of beef, cookie and other things; 'You can't go wrong with bacon'
The Wall Street Journal
Some companies want thirsty consumers to sip out of everything from sliced pork to beef, stainless steel to repurposed cookie.
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3rd of Post Holdings's Nebraska Chicken flock tests positive for bird flu
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Packaged-goods company Post Holdings Inc., on Wednesday said a third of its company-owned chicken flock in Nebraska has tested positive for bird flu, bringing the affected supply to about 35 percent of the company’s volume commitments.
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Rick Santorum announces second presidential bid
The Washington Post
Rick Santorum, the brusque and deeply conservative former senator who won nearly a dozen contests in the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination, announced here Wednesday that he would seek to recapture that magic by entering a crowded primary competition likely to be far more difficult than the last.
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George Pataki joins crowded GOP field
The Hill
Former New York Gov. George Pataki early Thursday released a video announcing his 2016 White House bid, joining a crowded field of Republican candidates. "Washington has grown too big, too powerful, too expensive and too intrusive," Pataki said in the video, which includes images of the New York skyline and close-ups of the Republican.
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National poll shows no clear GOP frontrunner
Politico
The Republican field for 2016 is growing increasingly top-heavy, with no clear front-runner emerging in the latest nationwide Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Grabbing 10 percent apiece among Republican voters are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
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WOTUS rule sets up Senate fight
Agri-Pulse
The Obama administration's release of its final Clean Water Act rule sets the stage for a battle with Congress in coming weeks that could divide Senate Democrats. Administration officials said the 297-page rule would make it clear what streams, wetlands, ponds and ditches that are subject to regulation under the law

Related: Barack Obama's water war (Politico)

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FDA issues draft guidance on mandatory food recalls Under the Food Safety Modernization Act
The National Law Review
The Food and Drug Administration recently issued a draft guidance titled, "Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls." FDA was given general mandatory food recall authority by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Free trade agreements seen as good for US, but concerns persist
Pew Research Center
As Congress considers a major new trade pact with Asia, there is broad public agreement that international free trade agreements are good for the United States. But fewer Americans express positive views of the impact of trade deals on their personal finances.
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Dairy groups praise US effort to defend common names at WIPO meeting
Food Chemical News
The dairy industry has praised U.S. diplomats for leading a fight against treaty changes “that could seriously impair the ability of companies worldwide to use generic food terms in export markets.”
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Nestlé seeks more transparency from FDA on FSMA
Politico
Global food giant Nestlé would like FDA to provide for more information about the development of inspector training programs and future guidance documents as they relate to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
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USDA asks appeals court to dismiss poultry inspection system lawsuit
Food Chemical News
USDA attorneys recently urged a U.S. appeals court to uphold a district court's February decision to dismiss a Food & Water Watch lawsuit to block implementation of USDA's New Poultry Inspection System.
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FDA to propose new FSMA rule to collect 3rd-party accreditation program fees
Food Chemical News
FDA is planning to propose a rule soon that would collect fees to establish a reimbursement program for managing the Food Safety Modernization Act’s accreditation of the third party auditing system, according to the White House’s spring 2015 regulatory agenda.
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Data software company aims to revolutionize access to restaurant inspection scores
Food Safety News
Open data software company Socrata is launching an initiative in June to begin familiarizing local and state health departments with a standardized restaurant inspection scoring system called LIVES, or Local Inspector Value Entry Specification.
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Treatments of hot water with calcium found effective for kiwifruit
Phys.org
A new study from Iran recommends treatments that can extend storage life and improve quality in kiwifruit. This research evaluated the effect of hot water combined with Ca solution treatments to maintain qualitative characteristics of kiwifruit during cold storage.
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4 years later, tougher US food safety law yet to yield overhaul
gosanangelo.com
The Food Safety Modernization Act, the biggest food safety overhaul since 1938, came in response to a 46-state outbreak tied to salmonella at a Georgia peanut plant in 2008. The new law is supposed to change that. It shifts the focus from merely reacting to deadly outbreaks to preventing them. That is, if it can ever get implemented.
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McDonald's is making 2 big changes to its burgers
TIME
McDonald’s believes it has the solution to declining sales — and it starts with warmer buns. The world’s largest fast-food chain is “recommitting to hotter, tastier food,” said CEO Steve Easterbrook, who launched a new strategic turnaround plan earlier this month.
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Ground beef recalled for possible E. coli contamination
Food Safety News
Western Meat Company is recalling ground beef sold between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 30 due to the potential risk of E. coli contamination, according to a May 27 announcement from the Arizona Department of Agriculture.

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Burger King now testing corn dogs and hot dogs
Fox news
Burger King has officially acknowledged the start of summer by offering two of the country's all American greats — hot dogs and corn dogs.
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Millennial food shoppers and diners
The Gourmet Retailer
Hartman Group's newest report shares millennials' food shopping and dining habits. According to the report, millennials are more spontaneous and adventurous when it comes to food and drink than previous generations.
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Sugar falls to 6-year low on global glut
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Raw sugar prices fell to their lowest level in more than six years on Wednesday as traders anticipated more supply entering the global market. In other markets, frozen concentrated orange-juice futures continued to fall on weak retail demand, with the July contract ending down 1.4 percent at $1.13 a pound.
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Bird flu egg-splained: The impact goes far beyond your breakfast bench
Yahoo
Because of a bird flu outbreak, wholesale prices for eggs have risen to over $2 a dozen, up a whopping 71 percent since late April. Retail prices haven't risen nearly as fast – up 17 percent in the past month according to The Guardian ... but grocers can only hold off passing on the price increase to consumers for so long.
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New sausage plant on the drawing board
Food Business News
Smithfield Foods and Kansas City Sausage have entered into a 50:50 joint venture to build a $44.8 million sausage plant in Sampson County, North Carolina.
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