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In surprise, House defeats farm bill with big food stamp cuts
Republican budget-cutters joined Democratic defenders of food stamps to defeat the $500 billion, five-year farm bill backed by GOP leaders Thursday. Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas said there may not be a second chance to write a farm bill this year.
FSMA implementation slowed by House farm bill amendment (AP via Yahoo News)
Boehner wins dairy fight in farm bill (The Hill)
Food stamps, crop subsidies up for vote in House (AP via The Washington Post)
World Food Prize goes for work on GMO food crops
Three scientists are sharing the World Food Prize for work on genetically modifying plants to improve productivity. The award, announced Wednesday, recognizes those who have improved quantity and quality of food throughout the world.
Related: Study: Crop yields insufficient to feed the world in 2050 (Food Navigator)
Senators urge inclusion of food safety in Smithfield review
Fifteen U.S. Senators on Thursday raised questions about government oversight of the proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods Inc. by Chinese food company Shuanghui International.
Senate Democrats' fundraising outpaces Republicans
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, with a fundraising assist from President Barack Obama, took into $4.9 million in May — outpacing its Republican rival committee by more than $1 million.
Democrat groups launch anti-Mitch McConnell ads
A pair of Democratic groups have dropped about a quarter-million dollars into the Kentucky Senate race, debuting what they promise will be a protracted TV ad campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Democrats start Obama-to-Clinton transition
Democrats in Washington are starting to shift from the Obamas to the Clintons. Hillary Clinton has already racked up a couple of endorsements for the 2016 presidential race — and she hasn't even announced she's running yet.
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Border deal greatly improves chances for immigration bill
The Washington Post
Prospects for the sweeping and controversial immigration reform bill that has been working its way through the Senate for months seemed vastly improved Thursday after senators reached an agreement that would almost double the number of federal agents patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.
Related: Pols might agree on immigration: Why it's not enough (The Washington Post)
Plan offers insights into what worries FDA's science unit
Food Safety News
What worries the deep thinkers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the agency's science-based regulatory unit, is pretty well spelled out in the Center's new Science and Research Strategic Plan.
CFIA lays down law as it suspends operations of two food firms
Food Quality News
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has stretched its regulatory muscle, suspending the licenses of Aliments Pasta-Mer and for Aliya's Foods.
Senate approves Froman as US trade representative
The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved White House international economic affairs adviser Michael Froman to be the next U.S. trade representative, sending him into the fray of two huge trade negotiations in Asia and Europe.
Opinion: The capitalist's case for a $15 minimum wage
The fundamental law of capitalism is that if workers have no money, businesses have no customers. That's why the extreme, and widening, wealth gap in our economy presents not just a moral challenge, but an economic one, too.
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Minneapolis food producer buys Austin Packaging for $6.1 million
Austin Daily Herald
A Minneapolis-based food production company will be the new owner of Austin Packaging Company, pending a Thursday court approval and sale closing next week. The company says it plans to keep APC in Austin, Minn., and expand its operations.
Outpacing Wall Street expectations, Kroger shines in first quarter
The Associated Press via USA Today
Stronger sales boosted the first-quarter profit for Cincinnati-based Kroger, parent of not only namesake Kroger supermarkets but also Ralphs, Fry's and Food 4 Less. The company's efforts to compete with outlets like Wal-Mart are keeping its stores competitive.
Chipotle becomes first US restaurant chain to label food with GMOs
On its "Ingredients Statement" website, Chipotle clearly outlines which of its food products contain GMOs and also states it is working aggressively to source completely non-GMO ingredients for all of its products as it moves forward.
Consumer habits may not reflect it, but natural flavors are growing
Consumer preference for natural flavors — seen in market research data — does not always translate into product purchasing, but the future still looks very rosy for natural flavors, say industry experts.
Do consumers discount restaurant calorie counts?
Dr. Brian Elbel, associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center, discusses whether calorie information makes a difference in consumer's food choices as Starbucks announces plans to post calorie counts on menu boards in all of its 11,100 U.S. locations.
Tex-Mex frozen food business plans major expansion
The Ruiz Foods plant in Denison, Texas, has grown to a payroll of $20 million and is building a new 50,000-square-foot addition that will employ dozens more workers.
Plastic bits lead to recall of chicken drumsticks
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Tip Top Poultry Inc., based in Rockmart, Ga., is recalling approximately 18,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken product that may contain pieces of plastic from a washer that broke.
Food recall update: E. coli-related ground beef recall expands
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