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California: Labels on ads for sugary soda advance
The New York Times
San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and some other drinks, saying such beverages contribute to obesity, diabetes and other health problems.
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McDonald's hired Gibbs to counter potential franchise bill
New York Post
McDonald's on Tuesday hired former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs — not to flip burgers but possibly, to fend off a move on Capitol Hill to empower franchisees, D.C. insiders speculated.
Kraft shareholders to vote on H.J. Heinz acquisition
Food Production Daily
Kraft shareholders will vote on a proposed acquisition of Kraft Foods Group by H.J. Heinz following a waiting period set by the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act, which has now expired.
GOP bullish on trade vote
House leaders, confident but not yet certain they have the support to pass sweeping trade legislation, are aiming to bring the package to a floor vote by the end of this week — even as they rush to resolve a last-minute hangup over how to pay for aid to displaced workers.
Fast-track holdouts play 'let's make a deal' (The Hill)
Whip List: House GOP 'no' votes reach 30 (The Hill)
GOP dares Democrats to stymie spending bills
Congressional Republicans are calling Democrats’ bluff on government spending and vowing to press ahead with funding bills despite filibuster threats from the left — a move that deepens a standoff between both parties and all but ensures an all-out spending war this summer.
Kasich taps 2 veteran advisers for expected presidential campaign
The Washington Post
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has tapped a pair of veteran Republicans to play senior roles in his upcoming presidential campaign, according to multiple sources. The decisions are the latest steps in preparation for a formal announcement of candidacy that will come sometime next month.
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COOL debate to hit House floor today
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Lawmakers are scheduled to square off today over legislation to repeal
country-of-origin labeling for beef, pork and poultry, which supporters said
was needed to avoid more than $3.6 billion in potential trade retaliation by
Canada and Mexico.
House passes funding for transportation, housing
The House late Tuesday passed the fifth of a dozen spending bills for fiscal 2016 to fund transportation and housing projects.
Lawmakers approved the $55.3 billion measure by a razor-thin margin, 216-210, after rejecting amendments from Democrats that would have increased funding for Amtrak and the D.C. Metro, as well as doing away with a provision restricting travel to Cuba.
Are the data underlying the US dietary guidelines flawed?
In a special article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, an obesity theorist and cardiovascular health researchers claim that the main source of dietary information used by the U.S. Government's 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is scientifically flawed because the underlying data are primarily informed by memory-based dietary assessment methods.
In Germany, grass-roots opposition to a European-US trade deal
The New York Times
Mr. Kolb and his organization, Campact, are on the front line of a populist campaign against the trade negotiations underway between the United States and the European Union.
7 maps and charts that explain the looming egg crisis everyone will soon be talking about
The Washington Post
The avian flu is about much more than just higher prices for your omelettes. It's become a vast epidemic affecting several regions of the country. Here are seven maps and charts to help understand the seriousness of the avian flu.
Midwest egg prices going up because of bird flu (USAgNet)
Netherlands steps up egg production for US (Politico via American Frozen Food Institute)
Barry Callebaut Picks Unilever's Saint-Affrique as new chief
Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s biggest maker of bulk chocolate, hired Unilever’s head of food as chief executive officer, laying down a marker of its growth ambitions and dealing a new blow to the Magnum ice-cream maker.
Coca-Cola Enterprises vows to cut calories 10 percent by 2020
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., says it will reduce calories 10 percent per liter by 2020 due to growing concerns over obesity. CEE said it wants to take a leadership role in calorie reduction as concerns regarding calorie intake and obesity continue to grow.
Costco egg supplier under scrutiny for 'inhumane treatment' of chickens
Food Safety News
An undercover investigation recently conducted by the Humane Society of the United States has discovered “inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns” at a Hillandale Farms facility in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Judge wants a thorough search for consumers sickened by Peter Pan peanut butter
Food Safety News
If you were eating Peter Pan peanut butter during the winter of 2006-07 and got sick, the federal government is about to come looking for you. And federal Judge W. Louis Sands wants a more robust search for victims of the Salmonella Tennessee outbreak now that Omaha-based ConAgra has agreed to accept responsibility for it.
Robotic harvesting of broccoli could be coming to a field near you
A project involving 3-D camera technology currently being developed at the University of Lincoln, U.K., could result in a fully automatic robotic harvesting system for broccoli.
New House food contractor promises smoothies; a young wedding in Capitol
U.S. News & World Report
Jamba Juice, Dunkin' Donuts and fresh sushi are coming to the House of Representatives. The House is changing contractors for its several cafeterias and other food vendors. The new provider, Sodexo, promises to retain qualified workers amid widespread debate about their pay and work conditions.
Frozen food chain Iceland reports 'challenging year'
Flintshire-based food chain Iceland has reported a "challenging year", with earnings falling to £150.2 million down from £202.2 million the previous year.
Why fast casual is eating the industry's lunch
Nation's Restaurant News
Economic shifts and cultural preferences accelerated by Generation Y and Z’s new attitudes have created an outspoken segment of customers who demand high quality, locally-sourced menus offering bold and diverse flavor profiles at a fair price, delivered quickly. While some concepts are fulfilling this tall order – Chipotle, Panera, Five Guys, and Shake Shack to name a few – the entire restaurant industry is changing in real time to meet evolved consumer tastes.
Decades of research yield natural dairy thickener with probiotic potential
Microbiologists at Oregon State University have discovered and helped patent and commercialize a new type of dairy or food thickener, which may add probiotic characteristics to the products in which it's used. The thickener is now in commercial use, and OSU officials say it may have a significant impact in major industries.
Noosa on course to generate revenues of $100 million in 2015, says co-founder
Just over five years after hitting the U.S. market, honey-infused Aussie-style yogurt Noosa is on course to generate revenues of $100 million in 2015 as more consumers embrace whole milk products promising healthy indulgence, says co-founder Koel Thomae.
Study urges Quaker to label GMOs
A recent survey for Just Label It found that nearly 93 percent of moms who buy Quaker products want the company to label foods that contain genetically modified organism, known as GMOs.
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