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United egg producers: It could be 1-2 years before U.S. egg industry recovers from avian flu
Food Navigator-USA
It could be one to two years before the U.S. egg industry is firing on all cylinders again following the latest avian flu outbreak, says United Egg Producers, a co-op which owns 95 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens.

Related: Avian flu outbreak has not dented consumer confidence in eggs, reveals American Egg Board survey (Food Navigator-USA)

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McDonald's U.S. store count to shrink this year, possibly for 1st time
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
The burger chain that put "supersize" into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald's says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking.
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Judge approves sale of Gourmet Dining to Genesis Merchant Partners
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
A judge has approved the sale of frozen-food maker Gourmet Dining to private-equity firm Genesis Merchant Partners LP, with an offer the company has characterized as $10.8 million plus the assumption of certain liabilities.
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POLITICS


House approves fast-track 218-208, sending bill to Senate
The Hill
The House on Thursday took the first step toward resuscitating the White House's trade agenda by passing legislation granting President Obama fast-track authority. The bill now goes to the Senate, where the White House and GOP leaders are seeking to strike a deal with pro-trade Democrats.
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Highway cliff vexes Republicans
Politico
Congress is hurtling toward an imminent funding cliff for highways and bridges with no apparent plan to avoid a summertime construction shutdown.
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Top Dems demand bipartisan budget talks
The Hill
Top Senate Democrats are demanding that Republicans schedule a first round of bipartisan budget negotiations for next week that would focus on easing sequestration spending caps for 2016.
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U.S. will seek WTO arbitration over COOL retaliation
Agri-Pulse
The U.S. will seek World Trade Organization arbitration over Canada's request for retaliation stemming from a country-of-origin labeling dispute, the Canadian government confirmed today in a release.
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Trucking industry pleads with Congress to raise gas taxes
Huffington Post
There’s an easy solution to stop the federal highway fund from going broke at the end of July, the head of the American Trucking Associations told Congress Wednesday – raise the gas tax.
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Proposed trade deal prompts concern over imported shrimp
Food Safety News
Members of the U.S. shrimp industry are voicing concerns that elements of a major trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, could weaken the ability of regulators to reject unsafe seafood imports.
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The school lunch program with an unappetizing report card
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which expires in September, lawmakers are sharpening their knives to address complaints of inedible meals, food waste and misspent funds.
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Why biofuels can't replace oil
Forbes
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007′s Renewable Fuel Standard orders the use of at least 36 billion gallons of transport biofuels by 2022, up from about 15 billion gallons of output today.
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The rocky road to free trade across Africa
Forbes
While the agreement’s major promoters — South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mauritius — unanimously welcomed the trade negotiations’ successful conclusion, the signing of this agreement does, however, raise questions about the global dynamics of regional integration in Africa.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Bee species other than major pollinators should be protected to ensure food security in the future
Headlines and Global News
Only a small number of bee species pollinate major crops in the United Kingdom, but researchers believe protecting rare bees and insects will help protect against food shortages in the future.
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Innovation and communication 'revitalize the relevance of milk': Tetra Pak
Food Production Daily
Dairies around the world must innovate and communicate to "revitalize the relevance of milk" among consumers, says Tetra Pak.
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Is a spin-off in store for Bob Evans?
Food Business News
Bob Evans is exploring its options after earnings tumbled 51 percent in the recent fiscal year, reflecting operating losses in the restaurant business that offset a stronger performance in the packaged food segment.
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Safety issues raised as Costco won't commit to cage-free eggs
CBS
A week after releasing undercover footage showing the mistreatment of chickens at a supplier to Costco Wholesale, the Humane Society of the United States is stepping up its campaign to get the retail giant to switch to cage-free eggs.
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Hormel Foods announces advancement at Dan's Prize
MarketWatch
Hormel Foods Corporation HRL, today announced that Jeffrey M. Tobak, foodservice area manager, Chicago sales office, will advance to the position of president of Dan’s Prize. Tobak replaces Mark E. Morey, who was recently named president of Farmer John.
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Nestlé works to navigate India's regulatory tangle
The Wall Street Journal(subscriber story)
A steady flow of delivery trucks rolled into Nestlé SA’s distribution center in northern India this week, disgorging thousands of instant-noodle packets that had been pulled from store shelves after Indian authorities found high lead levels in some samples.
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Is it time for an antibiotic-free label on our food?
Guardian
A post-antibiotic age in which common infections and minor injuries can kill is too frightening to contemplate. Yet it is a very real possibility for this century, says the World Health Organization.
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Jeni's closes scoop shops after second listeria discovery
Columbus Alive
Jeni's Ice Creams shut down its scoop shops because listeria was again discovered in its production kitchen. All ice cream served in the shops was deemed safe, as the contamination was pinpointed to the facility, and everything leaving it had been inspected.
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Whole Foods' pickle: Does Gen Y really need its own grocery store?
Marketing Daily
In recent weeks, industry trackers have confirmed that Whole Foods is losing at its own game: Costco is said to be currently outselling it in terms of organic purchases, and Kroger is poised to pass it soon as well, indicating that Whole Foods can’t waste any time with its new strategy.

Related: Can an upscale grocer succeed in a downscale world? Pricing lessons from Whole Foods (Forbes)

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CDC foundation's new business pulse issue focuses on food safety
Food Safety News
The focus of the latest issue of CDC Foundation’s Business Pulse web series is food safety. Business Pulse: Food Safety, published Wednesday, describes how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fights foodborne diseases to protect American consumers and businesses from contaminated foods.
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U.S. consumer prices post largest gain in more than 2 years
Reuters
U.S. consumer prices in May recorded their largest increase in more than two years as gasoline prices surged, suggesting an energy-driven disinflationary trend had probably run its course.
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CDC: Each year 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food, costing $15.5 billion
Food Poison Journal
Foodborne illness, estimated to cost more than $15.5 billion annually, is a common, costly health problem that can be reduced. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reducing foodborne infections by just 10 percent would keep 5 million Americans from getting sick each year.
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MRSA superbug found in supermarket pork raises alarm over farming risks
Guardian
Pork sold by several leading British supermarkets has been found to be contaminated with a strain of the superbug MRSA that is linked to the overuse of powerful antibiotics on factory farms, a Guardian investigation has revealed.
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