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Nestle USA to remove artificial flavors, cut salt in some foods
Nestle USA said on Tuesday it would remove artificial flavors and reduce salt by 10 percent in its frozen pizza and snack products by the end of this year. The move will include more than 250 products sold under the Digiorno, Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack's, Hot Pocket and Lean Pockets brands.
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Blue Bell expands agreement as it moves towards resuming production
Food Quality News
Blue Bell Creameries has expanded its agreements with U.S. public health agencies to tackle Listeria as it takes steps to resume production.
Largest organic grocer now Costco, analysts say
The Seattle Times
Costco Wholesale seems to have quietly surpassed Whole Foods to become the biggest organic grocer as it courts a younger demographic, according to one investment bank.
Frontrunner angst: Bush lead evaporates, Clinton favorability hits 7-year low
The Washington Post
After five months of forums, fundraising appearances and trips to the early states, the 2016 Republican nomination contest is as unsettled as ever, with no candidate receiving more than 11 percent support and seven candidates all within three points of one another, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Obama woos Dems on fast-track
The White House is aggressively courting House Democrats on fast-track trade legislation ahead of a contentious summer vote. The effort is expected to be similar to a White House push in the Senate that included personal calls from President Obama, last-minute talks off the Senate floor, briefings by Cabinet officials and perks from the Oval Office.
Populism strains both parties. Can they adapt?
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Is a third political party straining to break out in America? Listen to the early sounds of the 2016 presidential campaign, in which candidates of the left and the right sound almost identical populist, anti-Wall Street, antiestablishment themes, and the idea doesn’t seem so crazy.
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What's actually in Obama's secret trade deal?
Burdensome overseas tariffs, provided to POLITICO by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, are the kind of problems President Barack Obama hopes to address with the free-trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has not yet been finalized but has recently erupted into one of the most contentious topics on Washington’s agenda.
Dutch eggs on the way
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
The Agriculture Department announced Monday, in a constituent update,
that it will now allow egg products from the Netherlands to be imported
into the United States, following findings by the USDA's Food Safety and
Inspection Service that the Dutch food safety inspection system is
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Big school districts reject USDA school lunch recipes, too costly, not 'student friendly'
New federal school cafeteria recipes designed to support first lady Michelle Obama's health mandate don't meet the government's demands for colorful veggies, low salt and low sugar foods and are being widely rejected because they aren't "student friendly," according to a survey of school nutrition professionals.
Whataburger limits breakfast hours amid egg shortage
Nation's Restaurant News
Whataburger Restaurants LLC took the unprecedented step Monday of reducing its breakfast hours to deal with a national egg shortage linked to an outbreak of avian flu. The San Antonio-based quick-service chain, which has 770 restaurants in 10 states, reduced its breakfast hours to 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends, the company said Sunday. It previously offered breakfast from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. daily.
Related: Egg price outlook 'impossible' amid bird flu crisis (Food Business News)
Startup offers antibiotic alternative to animal producers
A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections. The innovation comes as growing public concern about antibiotic resistance has induced McDonald's, Tyson Foods and other industry giants to announce major cuts in antibiotic use in meat production.
Most Americans could eat locally, research shows
University of California Merced
New farmland-mapping research published today shows that up to 90 percent of Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their homes.
The psychology of why so many people are anti-GMO
The biggest chasm between scientists and the public is actually over GMOs: 88 percent of U.S. scientists say genetically modified foods are safe to eat, and only 37 percent of Americans agree. A team of biotech scientists and philosophers argue in a recent article inTrends in Plant Science that the answer lies in human psychology.
KFC in China has not produced an 8-legged chicken. It's going to court to prove it
The Washington Post
Yum Brands Inc., which owns China's largest fried-chicken chain, said in a statement Monday that it has sued three companies there that have been spreading false rumors on social media — among them that the restaurant delivered maggot-infested food and created a deformed chicken.
Sysco sizes up organics
Food Business News
In a May 28 presentation at the Citi Global Consumer Conference in New York that centered mostly on the Houston-based company’s pending merger with U.S. Foods, Chris Kreidler, chief financial officer and executive vice-president, took time to address an analyst’s question about the company’s presence and plans for organics.
Vietnamese cashews recalled due to possible salmonella contamination
Food Safety News
The Hemisphere Group Inc., of Smithtown, New York, is recalling 14,000 lbs. of Vietnamese LP Cashews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. (LP is a grade of cashews meaning “lightly blemished pieces.”) The firm has not received any reports of illnesses to date.
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