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Can the White House convince Americans that GMOs are safe?
National Journal
The White House has a message for America: There's nothing dangerous about genetically modified food that makes it to your dinner plate.
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General Mills pledges to use 100-percent cage-free eggs
Food Safety News
As part of a new animal welfare policy, major food manufacturer General Mills has pledged to shift its egg-buying practices in the U.S. to source exclusively from cage-free suppliers.
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Twinkies maker Hostess Brands shelves sale for IPO
Reuters
Hostess Brands LLC, the U.S. bakery company whose snack cake brands include Twinkies and Ding Dongs, has pulled itself from the auction block because it believes it can command a higher valuation in an initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.

Related: Hostess Brands ends sale without $2.3 billion offer (New York Post)

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Scott Walker is about to launch his campaign, with Bush and Rubio in his sights
The Washington Post
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is poised to become the 15th Republican to declare his presidential bid, with at least one more candidate expected to enter soon after.
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Senate GOP leaving tea party primary battles behind
Politico
The bloody primary battles between Republican senators and tea party activists that have cost the party dearly for years aren’t materializing yet in 2016.
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Clinton, Pelosi differ on Dem chances to win back House majority
The Hill
Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have different takes on whether their party can take back the House in 2016. Clinton on Tuesday said Democrats will “hopefully take back the Senate” and “narrow the margin in the House.”
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POLICY


Commerce Department stands ready to support TPP
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
The Commerce Department has "more than 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers across the country ready to help American businesses with every step of the export process" as soon as the ink is dry on a TPP deal, Secretary Penny Pritzker said in an op-ed posted Tuesday on the department's website.
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1 in 5 Americans participates in government assistance programs each month
The Washington Free Beacon
Approximately 52.2 million (or 21.3 percent) people in the U.S. participated in major means-tested government assistance programs each month in 2012, according to the Census Bureau’s report.
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U.S. poultry industry devastated by bird flu
The Hill
The United States has faced the largest animal health emergency in its history, an Agriculture Department administrator said Tuesday.

Related article: USDA readies for threat of more avian influenza (Farm and Dairy)

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OMB warns Rogers against cuts, riders
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
As the House Appropriations Committee prepares to mark up a fiscal 2016 agriculture spending bill this morning, it's confronting a letter sent Tuesday night by White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan that warns against following the suggestions of its subcommittee.
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Canada pledges support for 'powerhouse' Pacific Trade Pact
Bloomberg
The Canadian government is reiterating its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, with Finance Minister Joe Oliver saying increased trade and investment will benefit the economy.
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Trucking industry faces stricter fuel efficiency standards
Roll Call
Medium- and heavy-duty fleet trucks would have to meet stricter fuel efficiency standards under a proposal by federal environmental and highway regulators, part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce climate-warming pollution across the economy.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Tycoons behind Birdseye takeover launch $330 million fundraising to target next deal
The Telegraph
The two consumer goods tycoons who swooped on Birds Eye earlier this year have launched a $330 million share sale to finance their deal making.
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Albertsons files for IPO
Food Business News
Albertsons Companies Inc., the No. 2 supermarket retailer whose brands include Albertsons, Safeway and Jewel-Osco, has filed for an initial public offering.
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Online grocery shoppers are upping their spending online
Food Navigator-USA
More than half (54 percent) of online grocery shoppers say they have upped their spending over the past year, although some are still reluctant to buy fresh foods online, according to a new survey.
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Wendy's buys back $639 million of stock in tender offer
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Wendy’s Co. on Wednesday said it repurchased $639 million in stock through a tender offer commenced last month, about 15 percent of its total shares outstanding.
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Shake Shack's chicken sandwich is real and it looks spectacular
TIME
Chik-Fil-A and KFC, hunker down. Shake Shack is releasing a limited run of chicken sandwiches in its three Brooklyn locations starting Tuesday.
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Hershey helps Ghana produce nutritious snacks for children
Hershey helps Ghana produce nutritious snacks for children The Washington Times
The 120-year-old Hershey Co. has taken a keen interest in helping some of the world’s neediest to eat more healthfully with a new project called “Energize Learning,” a partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education and Hershey’s Project Peanut Butter.
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Taco Bell begins testing delivery service at 200 stores
USA Today
The fast-food company says it will begin testing delivery service on Wednesday at 200 outlets in their Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, California, and San Francisco Bay area markets.
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Study aims to keep salmonella out of food
Beef Magazine
Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are taking a closer look at salmonella in feedlots in effort to help develop pre-harvest food safety interventions and providing safe, wholesome food for consumers.
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Americans' shifting tastes are rattling the food industry
Money Talk News
A growing number of Americans are shifting their food dollars to purchase organic products. And it’s driving a seismic shift in the food industry, market research expert Susan Schwallie of NPD Group told The Charleston Post and Courier.
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Bassett and Walker International, Inc. recall beef products produced without benefit of import inspection
USDA
pounds of beef lip products produced in Australia that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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Consumers indulge themselves by dining in at restaurants more
NPD Group
More customers are sitting down and eating their meal in the restaurant than are carrying it out or using the drive-thru, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.
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