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Food firms seek to rebuild trust with labeling, ad pledge
The world's top food and drink companies announced a raft of measures Wednesday to try to improve the industry's image, including stopping advertising junk food to children by 2018, harmonizing nutritional labeling and fighting deforestation.
Related: Oxfam applauds CEOs of 8 of Big 10 food firms for bold call to action (AllAfrica)
FDA commissioner promises guidance to help reduce salt
Food Safety News
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg is promising in media interviews that new sodium guidance, probably dependent on voluntary compliance by the food industry, is coming soon.
Related: FDA to issue salt guidelines for the food industry to reduce sodium consumption (New York Daily News)
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Michelle Obama vows again to fight delays in enforcing school lunch standards
The Washington Post
First lady Michelle Obama vowed again Wednesday to fight attempts to delay enforcement of school lunch nutrition standards, expressing surprise and regret at proposals in Congress that would allow some school districts to seek waivers from requirements that they offer more healthful fare.
First lady fights for kids' nutrition (CNN)
Senate Democrats scuttle a vote on spending bill (The AP via The Bellingham Herald)
Three-way contest for House majority whip keeps Capitol buzzing
The Washington Post
With House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., expected to easily ascend Thursday to the majority leader role being vacated by Eric Cantor, R-Va., in July, the scramble by the three candidates hoping to replace McCarthy dominated the Capitol's marble halls on Wednesday.
Furious House whip scramble down to wire (Politico)
GOP chooses leaders today (The Hill)
For Thad Cochran, a Brett Favre ad blitz
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is bringing in a big-time closer for the Mississippi Senate race: NFL legend Brett Favre.
Poll: Clinton's negatives rise — but not among Democrats
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll offers an interesting glimpse into the partisan divide over Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is increasingly becoming the center of Republican attacks as the 2016 presidential primaries creep closer.
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Missouri AG takes Tyson to court
Meat & Poultry
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods for "unlawful dumping of untreated industrial wastewater" that led to a fish kill in a Southwest Missouri stream. Koster is seeking penalties against the company, compensation for damage to the stream, Clear Creek, and reimbursement for costs associated with the state's investigation into the incident.
Food group: 7 percent cap on conventional biofuels 'not ambitious enough'
The agreement reached by the Energy Council last week to place a 7 percent cap on using food crops for biofuels is not ambitious enough and does not place enough emphasis on the "food first" approach, says food industry association FoodDrinkEurope.
Opinion: Immigration reform can't wait
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers, argues Rupert Murdoch.
Canada to introduce national pig identification and traceability program
On July 1, amendments to Canada's Health of Animals regulations will come into force, extending livestock traceability requirements to domestic pigs farmed for food production, according to Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, a Canada-based law firm.
Nestle Professional commits to 2017 salt reduction pledge
Foodservice supplier Nestle Professional UK&I has signed up to the F9 Salt Reduction 2017 pledge, the latest U.K. government Responsibility Deal initiative to help consumers reduce their salt intake. "The health of the nation remains a key issue and is one that the government recognizes must be tackled strategically and holistically across the entire food industry," said managing director Neil Stephens.
KSU: Most food poisoning cases go unreported
The Wichita Eagle
Food poisoning, also known as food-borne illness, is one of the most severely under-reported health problems in the country, says a food safety specialist from Kansas State University. But she is on a mission to change that.
Ruiz Foods invests $20 million in second production line
Meat & Poultry
Ruiz Food Products Inc. announced phase two of the company's expansion plans for its Denison, Texas, processing plant.
Former Maine Hostess bakery for sale
Portland Press Herald
A former industrial bakery in Biddeford, Maine, is now listed for sale for $8.45 million, erasing any hope that it will be reopened by the company that took it over after Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy and laid off hundreds of employees.
Maine region seeks manufacturing boost from local foods
The Boston Globe
Famous for lobster, fresh fish and an abundance of restaurants, the Portland, Maine, area is hoping to use its designation as a federal manufacturing center — and the economic development grants that are expected to follow — to revive a food processing industry fallen on hard times, expanding it to take advantage of a passionate local food movement.
Mystery birth defect cluster: Could food additive prevent it?
A baffling cluster of birth defects in central Washington state is raising new questions about whether adding a vital nutrient to corn tortillas, tamales and other foods favored by Hispanic families could prevent such devastating problems in the first place.
ConAgra Foods struggles as Consumer Foods Private Brands underperform
Meat & Poultry
Full details of the company's performance will not be announced until June 26, but ConAgra Foods estimated the fourth-quarter impairment charge to be $681 million, and it includes the company's revised profit projections as well as expectations for continued challenges for some of the company's retail brands, most notably Chef Boyardee.
Kroger profit beats estimates helped by Harris Teeter buy
Kroger Co., the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by its acquisition of grocer Harris Teeter earlier this year.
Another frozen food handler invests in South Carolina
The Post and Courier
Another cold-storage warehouse business is expanding to the Charleston, South Carolina, region. Atlanta-based Agro Merchants Group said it's leasing the refrigerated portion of the former Piggly Wiggly distribution center near Summerville for importers and exporters of meat and other fresh foods.
Processor pursues tax incentive for plant expansion
A Chicago-area meat processor this week gained official backing from its local municipality for a tax incentive that would support plans for a 62,000-square-foot plant expansion.
SnydersLance completes acquisition of Baptistas Bakery
Snyder's-Lance, Inc. on June 16 completed the acquisition of Franklin, Wisconsin-based Baptista's Bakery, Inc., a maker of baked snack foods and "better-for-you" snacks.
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