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House passes trade authority bill, Senate outcome unclear
CNN
The House on Thursday voted to advance legislation to give President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a mammoth Pacific trade deal, reviving the prospects for the President to achieve a key element of his agenda.

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    Lots of surprises in House Ag approps bill
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    The House Appropriations Committee's agriculture panel on Thursday advanced a $20.7 billion fiscal 2016 discretionary spending bill, $175 million less than the previous year.

    Related: Delay in FDA calorie-count rule is tucked into House Ag spending bill (The Wall Street Journal)

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    All milk brands will undergo safety tests
    Deccan Herald
    The Food Safety Department will now test sample milk of all brands, said an official on Thursday. This comes close on the heels of the controversy that broke out after the UP Food and Drug Administration told the media earlier this week that samples of milk of Mother Dairy were found to contain detergents.
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    Sanders surge is becoming a bigger problem for Clinton
    The Hill
    It may be time for Hillary Clinton to take the challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders more seriously. Sanders is surging in the race for the party’s presidential nomination.
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    For Republicans in 2016, the electability issue
    The Hill
    While the political world is breathlessly discussing Donald Trump, let's take a look at something more relevant to the election of the next president — and that's electability. Assuming Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton, will any of the Republicans be able to defeat her?
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    Operation replace Jeb Bush
    Politico
    Sensing the window of opportunity is closing, John Kasich is on a last-minute dash across the country to convince party donors and power-brokers that there’s room for one more candidate in the most crowded Republican presidential field in decades.
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    FDA releases new industry guide for food allergy labeling exemptions
    Food Chemical News
    FDA has released a new guidance that sets out data the agency says it needs in evaluating exemptions from the food allergen labeling requirements.
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    Dairy group urges reconsideration of proposed Nutrition Facts panel
    Food Chemical News
    The International Dairy Foods Association is pushing for tweaks to FDA’s proposed new Nutrition Facts panel because the dairy industry will face significant reformulation and packaging challenges if the changes go through in their current form, a spokeswoman said Tuesday (June 16) at the dairy group’s Regulatory Roundup meeting.
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    U.S. hopes to block proposed Codex processed cheese standard
    Food Chemical News
    The United States hopes to nip in the bud a proposed processed cheese standard that just won’t go away, when the Codex Alimentarius Commission meets, July 6-11, in Geneva, Switzerland.
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    USDA expands $500 million summer meals programs to sites outside of school
    CNS News
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the expansion of its summer meal programs beyond the $500 million of taxpayer dollars used to pay for last year’s effort, with a goal of serving an unprecedented 200 million meals to “children” 18 or younger, not only on school campuses, but at other sites, including at home.
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    House panel's review of Pompeo GMO labeling bill largely positive
    Agri-Pulse
    Most lawmakers present at a House hearing on labeling of biotech foods today expressed support for a bill that would codify a national, voluntary standard for labeling such foods and preempt state GMO [genetically modified organism] labeling laws.

    Related: Grocers Association: Vermont GMO labeling law could lead to fines of up to $10 million a day (The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report)

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    House appropriations gives FSMA $41.5 million increase
    Food Safety News
    The House Appropriations Committee has allocated a $41.5 million increase for the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety activities for fiscal year 2016, but it’s less than half of what President Obama’s budget requested.
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    R-CALF applauds USTR request to arbitrate COOL
    USAgNet
    This week, the United States Trade Representative formally triggered an arbitration process with Canada regarding country of origin labeling at the World Trade Organization. The purpose of the arbitration process is to determine the level of damages, if any, that Canada incurred as a result of the United States' mandatory country of origin labeling law.
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    Hershey cuts annual profit forecast after China growth slows
    Bloomberg
    Hershey Co., the maker of Reese’s, Twizzlers and Almond Joy candies, is cutting its profit forecast and eliminating 300 jobs after struggling with slowing growth in China.
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    Uber breaks into food delivery in Indonesia for Ramadan
    The Wall Street Journal
    Ride-hailing application Uber is testing out its food delivery service in Muslim-majority Indonesia in an effort to gain users during the Islamic fasting month. The month-long service, called UberBuka, in reference to what Indonesians say for fast breaking, allows users to order their evening fast-breaking meal from selected restaurants through the Uber mobile application.
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    Kroger expanding e-commerce efforts
    Food Business News
    The Kroger Co. seeks to fuel continued growth by expanding its use of digital technology. Less than a year after acquiring Vitacost.com, Inc., an on-line retailer of natural and organic products, the Cincinnati-based supermarket chain is leveraging the company’s e-commerce expertise to test and launch new platforms. In the Denver market, Kroger has introduced a new web site with its King Soopers division.
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    How foodpreneurs are reinventing your kid's school lunch
    Fortune Magazine
    Last week, co-founder and former chief executive officer and chairman of America Online Steve Case posted a pointed take down on Re/Code challenging the ambitions behind the uber-hyped Soylent powder drink and other food impersonators as misguided.
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    Ice cream brand churns out all-natural gelato
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Turkey Hill Dairy, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is said to be one of the first ice cream brands to launch an all-natural gelato line.
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    IDFA members express concern over environmental monitoring for Listeria
    Food Chemical News
    Listeria control was a hot issue at the International Dairy Foods Association meeting Wednesday (June 17), not only because of a high-profile outbreak but also because of concerns industry has about FDA’s current guidance on environmental sampling.
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    Penn State launches pilot food safety program for farmers market vendors
    Food Safety News
    The pilot program in select cities across Pennsylvania is directed at small-scale food processors and farmers. It includes a three-hour session that covers key food safety concepts, such as safe processing and preparation methods, and guidance for managing food safety risks in the retail setting.
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