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Trans fat ban expected soon
Newsmax
Harmful trans fats may soon be banished from America's food supply, following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement expected any day now. The move could prevent as many as 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease a year, the FDA says.
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Upscale dining in school cafeterias
The Wall Street Journal
At certain New York City schools, students dine on chef Bill Telepan’s recipes, ranging from Tuscan roasted chicken to butternut squash ravioli. The cost? $1.75. Gratis if the student qualifies for a free lunch.
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Here's why American waste so much food
Smithsonian
The Washington Post’s Roberto A. Ferdman reports that new research sheds light on the dirty little habit that squanders over 30 percent of the country’s food supply and costs $161.6 billion a year, a habit driven in part by fear of food poisoning and a desire to eat only the freshest foods.
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House GOP eyeing another shot at trade bill
Politico
House Republicans could take another shot at passing Obama’s trade agenda this week, just days after Democrats handed Obama a stinging defeat by blocking the package.
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Jeb Bush to officially launch his presidential campaign
The Washington Post
Jeb Bush, a former two-term governor and the son and brother of former presidents, will formally launch his presidential campaign on Monday, seeking to make history as the third member of his family to reach the White House.

Related: In crowded field, Bush runs as the grown-up candidate (Politico)

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Poll finds Sanders closing in on Clinton
The Hill
Sen. Bernie Sanders is just 12 percentage points behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a new online poll. While the poll has a 6-percentage-point margin of error, it highlights Sanders's strength as a liberal insurgent against Clinton.

Related: Why Hillary Clinton will be hard to beat (The Wall Street Journal)

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House Democrats rebuff Obama on trade, delivering major defeat
The Washington Post
House Democrats dealt President Obama a humiliating defeat on his free-trade initiative Friday, derailing a key priority for the president and rebuffing his rare, personal pleas for their support.

Related: Business leaders react with dismay to defeat trade bill (The New York Times)

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US chicken legs back in Jordan after package rule reversed
Bloomberg
American chicken legs are back in Jordan after the Middle East importer rescinded a packaging rule that raised the ire of the U.S. government and enabled Brazil, the biggest exporter of the meat, to step in and fill the gap.
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The federal role in GMO food labeling
The Hill
Across America a political battle is raging over proposed state laws mandating the labeling of genetically modified food. Although the scientific community overwhelmingly agrees that GMO foods are safe, some 60 percent of Americans still have concerns.
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Egg prices seem a lot higher? Blame bird flu
The Wall Street Journal
Egg prices soared last month, the latest fallout from a severe U.S. bird-flu outbreak. The producer-price index, a measure of prices businesses receive for their goods and services, showed chicken eggs skyrocketed 56.4 percent in May, according to Labor Department data released Friday.
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Lean pork can be part of 'DASH' eating plan
Pork Network
Adults following the health-promoting DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan to help lower blood pressure can also include nutrient-rich lean pork as the primary source of protein in their diets, according to new research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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Larry's Custom Meats Inc. recalls beef tongue products that may contain specified risk materials
USDA
Larry’s Custom Meats Inc., a Hartwick, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 529 pounds of beef tongue products that may have been shipped with lingual tonsils still attached, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on June 12.

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Breaking consumer ties with junk food brands could backfire
Food Navigator
Consumers' affinity with beloved junk food brands can be strong – but trying to weaken it may be counter-productive by reducing preferences for healthy foods, say scientists.
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Kashi agrees to pay up to $3.99 million to settle 'all-natural' lawsuit; Campbell Soup under fire over Prego labels
Food Navigator-USA
New developments in three high-profile false advertising lawsuits underline the risks associated with making ‘all-natural’ claims on foods made with genetically engineered ingredients, with Kashi and Karlin Foods agreeing to sizeable settlements, and Campbell under fire over Prego labels.
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The food industry has changed how our taste buds work
Medical Daily
During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity, which has added up to over a third of American adults tipping the scales — their taste buds carefully trained by the food industry.
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Fresh tests reveal big noodle brands like Top Ramen, Ching's and Foodles fail quality standards
Daily Mail
If you carried the impression that Maggi was the only noodle brand harmful to your health, think again. The latest lab report shows that several other popular brands are equally unsafe for consumption.
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New York firm recalls Smoked Andouille Sausage for listeria contamination
Food Safety News
Shirks Meats of Dundee, New York, is recalling “Smoked Andouille Sausage” due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

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Salmonella outbreak possibly linked to Boise Co-op
Idaho Statesman
About 30 people tested positive for salmonella since Monday, according to Central District Health Department. A few additional cases reported to the CDHD were not connected to the store.
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Documents show officials urged earlier Foster Farms recall
Food Quality
USDA officials recommended taking action on Foster Farms poultry products tainted with Salmonella almost nine months before they were actually recalled, according to Food and Water Watch.
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