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Facing consumer pressure, companies start to seek safe alternatives to BPA
The New York Times
For consumers, figuring out which canned foods and plastics contain the controversial chemical known as BPA can be nearly impossible. But determining whether newer alternatives are any safer may be even more difficult.
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USDA reports says industry practices may have helped spread bird flu
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Inadequate biosecurity and cleaning practices by the poultry industry probably contributed to the spread of bird flu that has hobbled U.S. egg and turkey producers and led to the deaths of more than 47 million birds, federal officials said Monday.
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US bans trans fat
Bloomberg
Artificial trans fat will be removed from the U.S. food supply over the next three years under a ruling by regulators that the products pose health risks that contribute to heart disease.

Related: It's official: Obama axes trans fat (Politico)

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Obama wins more time to twist arms on trade bill
The Washington Post
The House on Tuesday voted to give congressional leaders and the White House more time time to resolve the impasse over legislation that would give the president fast-track authorities the administration says will help it finalize pending international trade deals.

Related: Boehner rips Republicans for 'nonsense' (The Hill)

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Democrats face gut-check moment on spending
Politico
Senate Democrats are ready to follow through on a risky strategy to confront Republicans this week over government spending, shrugging off Republicans’ assertions that blocking a military funding bill amounts to "political suicide."
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Donald Trump begins 2016 bid, citing his outsider status
The Washington Post
Donald Trump, the reality TV and real estate impresario, descended a golden escalator in a building that bears his name to announce that this time, he actually is running for president.
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Fast-food pay hike would kill half of my restaurants, McDonald's franchise owner says
Crain's New York Business
Deep into Queens, far from a jam-packed Manhattan hearing on a proposed $15 wage for fast-food workers, an owner of seven McDonald's locations declares that he would close three or four if the idea came to pass.
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Consumer group asks lawmakers to kill revised GMO labeling bill
The Hill
The Center for Food Safety is calling on lawmakers to throw out a Republican-backed bill that keeps states from regulating food with genetically modified ingredients. The consumer group is upset over new revisions to Rep. Mike Pompeo’s, R-Kan., genetically engineered food labeling bill.
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American Heart Association petition aims to save school lunch rules
The Hill
The health group is fighting back against special interest groups that are lobbying Congress to roll back requirements that now force schools to serve 100 percent whole grain products, further reduce sodium content by 2017 and make students take a half-cup of fruit or vegetables with each meal.
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FDA rejects several snack products from India for contaminants
Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected a number of snack imports made by Indian company Haldiram Snacks for concerns over high levels of pesticides, mold and bacteria.
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National Chicken Council unhappy with poultry parts standards
Food Chemical News
The National Chicken Council says it has "serious concerns" with USDA's proposed pathogen performance standards for chicken parts and comminuted chicken.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Mamma Mia! Olive Garden food truck invades Boston's Italian neighborhood
NPR
Boston's North End neighborhood is a popular destination for authentic Italian food. But local eateries recently got some unlikely competition: The Olive Garden food truck.
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Daiya teams up with beyond meat to expand frozen pizza offering
PRNewswire
Daiya Foods, the leader and creator of deliciously dairy-free products that melt, taste and stretch like dairy-based cheese, has teamed up with Beyond Meat — makers of 100-percent plant-protein meat alternatives — to extend its frozen pizza lineup.
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APHIS releases partial epidemiology report on avian influenza
USAgNet
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Monday released an epidemiology report outlining its initial findings through June 5 about how highly pathogenic avian influenza was likely entering new premises during this period of time.
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Ingredients made via synthetic biology won't qualify for Non-GMO Project verified stamp
Food Navigator-USA
Food ingredients produced using "synthetic biology" techniques – such as Evolva's vanillin , which is made from genetically engineered baker’s yeast - do not qualify for the Non-GMO Project Verified stamp, says the Non GMO Project.
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Why scream for gelato instead of ice cream? Here's the scoop
NPR
Gelato, ice cream's Italian cousin, that's keeping more customers coming back. Gelato sales rose from $11 million in 2009 to an estimated $416 million in 2014, which has kept frozen dessert sales afloat, according to the market research firm Mintel.
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Cheese could be the next health food, industry expert suggests
Food Navigator-USA
The tide may be changing for cheese, as science helps re-position the dairy food as a protein-dense, calcium-rich, healthy snack rather than as a high-fat and -sodium food to be enjoyed in moderation, suggests a market trends expert.
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1st chef-driven frozen food store chain heading to Lincoln Park
Eater
Are storefronts selling frozen meals designed by noteworthy chefs one of the next big things? Steve Menza of Menza Foods thinks so, and he's planning to open his prototype — which he hopes is the first of many locations in Chicago and around the country.
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Whole Foods defends its prices and explains source of new value chain's savings
Food Navigator-USA
Executives are aggressively defending Whole Foods Market’s high prices, even as they tout the potential cost-savings for the consumers at the retailer’s newly named value chain. The green truck, emblazoned with the words "Breadstick Nation" and "Italian Kitchen," found a parking spot on the edge of the Boston neighborhood where Italian food is most sacred.
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