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FDA to resurrect Bloomberg-era trans-fat ban nationwide
The Washington Free Beacon
Artificial trans-fats are the latest target of the Food and Drug Administration, which plans to propose new nutrition bans as soon as Monday.

Related: Critic blasts Obama administration for soon-to-be-released decision on PHOs (Food Chemical News)

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Protein ingredients market worth $39.08 billion by 2020
USAgNet
Industry players have focused on expanding their business and establishing new business units in the emerging markets in order to enhance their global reach and sustain the competition prevailing in the market.
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US producer prices up 0.5 percent in May
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The producer-price index for final demand, which measures prices that businesses receive for their goods and services, increased a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent last month from April, the Labor Department said Friday.
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Trade vote cliffhanger for Obama
The Hill
House GOP leaders and the Obama administration are scrambling to win over lawmakers in both parties ahead of two critical trade votes on Friday.

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    Marco Rubio is now at the top of the Republican presidential field
    The Washington Post
    Look at any national poll on the 2016 Republican presidential race, and you will see somewhere between three and five candidates clumped at the "top" of the field — all winning somewhere between 9 and 14 percent. It's fair, given that clumping, to conclude that the race lacks a front-runner.

    Related: GOP: Jeb can beat Hillary — but he might not make it past primary (Politico)

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    Want to know how Chuck Schumer will run Senate? Ask how Mitch McConnell is doing
    The Washington Post
    Sen. Charles E. Schumer won’t talk about his leadership style for 2017, when the New York Democrat is expected to succeed Minority Leader Harry Reid (N.Y.) as the Senate’s top Democrat. Schumer demurs at any mention of his presumptive new job because "Harry is the leader."
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    Looming crisis from transportation funding cuts
    Food Production Daily
    915 Labs has introduced a microwave sterilization system for natural, additive-free packaged food, with the first full-scale commercial system, MATS 150, to be delivered to a North American food processing facility in 2017.
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    Schools lobby against first lady's lunch rules
    The Hill
    Strict school lunch regulations, school administrators say are pushing kids to order fast-food at lunch and run to 7-Eleven for Big Gulps at the end of the school day.

    Related: Regulators and Processors Locked In Lunchroom Food Fight (Food Processing)

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    Massie pushes for voluntary COOL if Congress scraps mandatory program
    Food Chemical News
    If the House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling for meat products, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., wants it replaced with a voluntary program that maintains the same rules for defining U.S. products.
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    FDA moves to finalize food safety rules
    The Hill
    The Food and Drug Administration is getting ready to finalize new rules to protect people and animals from foodborne illnesses. The agency sent two rules to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review on Wednesday, that will force manufactures of food for both animals and people to implement preventive controls to minimize the risk of contaminating food when it’s manufactured, processed, packed or held by a facility.
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    Food guidelines are broken. Why aren't they being fixed?
    Newsweek
    Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture release new dietary guidelines that set the agenda for what Americans should eat to maintain a healthy weight, prevent disease and sustain overall wellness.
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    CDC issues avian flu outbreak health advisory
    USAgNet
    The Center for Disease Control has issued a health advisory to notify public health workers and clinicians of the potential for human infection with these viruses and to describe CDC recommendations for patient investigation and testing, infection control including the use personal protective equipment, and antiviral treatment and prophylaxis.

    Related: How Europe will help ease America’s egg crisis (TIME)

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    Petition asks FDA to ban 8 synthetic flavorings now considered GRAS
    Food Safety News
    A 38-page petition was filed Wednesday with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calling for a total ban on eight synthetic flavorings that may currently be used in minute amounts in baked goods, candy and ice cream.
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    Sprouts shares secrets to healthy growth
    Food Business News
    With its “nontraditional approach to natural foods,” Sprouts Farmers Market has become a formidable foe to Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s and the like.
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    AFFI's Food Logistics Forum highlights key logistics, transportation issues
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Featured speaker Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, Washington, D.C., provided attendees with an overview of how the West Coast ports labor dispute was resolved and what challenges still lie ahead.
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    How the 'internet of things' will impact food safety
    Food Safety News
    This is the year that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration begins rolling out key components of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the sweeping law meant to modernize the U.S. food safety system. And, as part of that legislation, FDA is requiring significantly more detailed monitoring and record-keeping on the part of food producers.
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    As the fro-yo bubble deflates, here is how Menchie's Chef keeps things fresh
    Entrepreneur
    The fro-yo bubble may have not burst just yet, but there's no question that the industry is over-stuffed with competition. However, for industry tastemakers like Laura Baldwin, director of research and development at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, that just makes work a little more interesting.
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    Airplane food is getting an upgrade as airlines court valuable business travelers
    The Denver Channel
    On the perimeter of Denver International Airport sits one of the largest kitchens in Colorado – but the meals produced at Chelsea Food Services aren’t meant to be consumed on the ground, they're intended for the sky.
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    Organic farmers object to Whole Foods rating system
    The New York Times
    Some organic farmers contend that Whole Foods is quietly using its formidable marketing skills and its credibility with consumers to convey that conventionally grown produce is just as good — or even better — than their organically grown products. Shoppers can choose from fruits and vegetables carrying the designation of “good,” “better” or “best.”
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    Consumers increasingly value animal welfare and seek out retailers, CPGs that do, too
    Food Navigator-USA
    Consumer concern about animal welfare is rising to a level that retailers – and by extension CPG manufacturers and suppliers – can no longer ignore, according to new research by the Food Marketing Institute.
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    When E. coli becomes a business opportunity
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Dozens of companies are sprouting to help U.S. food makers tackle a wave of new federal safety regulations and intensified enforcement of the nation’s food laws.
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    Tetra Pak launches world 1st high capacity ice cream extrusion line
    Food Production Daily
    Tetra Pak says it has developed an ice cream extrusion line with the highest capacity in the world, producing up to 43,200 pieces of ice cream sticks and sandwiches per hour, (the average is 36,000) with plans to launch a second one in Q1 next year.
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    Retail, foodservice sales see May surge
    Pizza Marketplace
    U.S. retail and food services sales for May hit $444.9 billion, an increase of 1.2 percent from the previous month, and 2.7 percent above May 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Total sales for the March through May period were up 2.1 percent the same period a year ago.
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    Blue Bell Creameries: We are reassessing everything
    Food Quality News
    Blue Bell Creameries has provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with corrective actions in response to the agency’s inspection reports.
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    From kale to acai: Plot the arc of a food fad
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Fat is good for you, artificial sweetener bad and cricket flour is a real thing being sold as a healthy source of protein in snack bars. Food companies and grocers count on us flitting from one eating habit to another to profit from a steady supply of products tailored to new tastes.
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    Millennials might not be the trendsetters marketers think, CivicScience research shows
    Food Navigator-USA
    Targeting millennials in an effort to reach adventurous, trendsetting consumers who will adopt and evangelize new products early will only get marketers a third of the way to their goal, recent research from CivicScience suggests.
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