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How can big food compete against fresher rivals?
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. food giants like Kellogg Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc., are facing a dramatic shift in the way Americans eat. The push for fresher, healthier food has traditional packaged-food purveyors scrambling for a way to stay relevant and boost weak sales.
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GMO labeling is at the center of a congressional food fight
The Washington Post
A fierce food fight has erupted in Congress over the labeling of genetically engineered foods. At the center of the conflict is a bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that would block state and local laws from requiring food labels to disclose genetically engineered ingredients.

Related: Should companies be required to label genetically modified foods? (The Wall Street Journal)

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Cheap U.S. chicken leaves Indian poultry farmers in a flap
The Wall Street Journal
Indians could be enjoying an abundance of cheap American chicken legs and wings within a year. After losing an appeal against the U.S at a World Trade Organization appellate body last month, Indian authorities are gearing up to start negotiations with their U.S. counterparts to resume the import of poultry products, banned for several years over avian influenza, or bird flu, fears.
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Walker announces: 'I'm running for president'
The Hill
Walker is the final top-tier candidate in the GOP field, with more than a dozen declared candidates. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore are also expected to announce bids. The Wisconsin governor, first elected in 2010, fended off a recall attempt in 2012 amid a fight over collective bargaining powers and sailed to reelection last year.

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    What Donald Trump means to 2016
    The Washington Post
    Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. Trump may be in the middle of a bit of a polling burst, but those same polls show large numbers of people who won’t vote for the reality TV star under any circumstances.
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    Rubio reports raising $12 million, stands 3rd in overall GOP money chase
    The Washington Post
    Marco Rubio raised $12 million for his presidential campaign through the end of last month, bringing the total hauled in by the Florida senator and his allied outside groups to about $44 million, and putting him in third place so far in the overall GOP money chase behind Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz.

    Related: The universe of 2016 fundraising (The Washington Post)

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    Op-ed: Don't reverse progress toward healthier school lunches
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    As parents, you trust your family pediatrician to help you make informed choices about your children's health — not politicians or special interests. That's why when developing the first meaningful improvements to school meals in 30 years, we turned to the people who care the most for kids, including pediatricians and other respected health, nutrition and school meal professionals.

    Related: Vilsack greets SNA attendees in Salt Lake with op-ed (Politico via American Frozen Food Institute)

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    Dietary guidelines: Focus on diets, not individual nutrients
    The Hill
    The Ohio State University Food Innovation Center and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs joined with National Geographic to host a summit in Washington on developing a workable nutrition guidance for all Americans that improves health and reduces healthcare costs.

    Related: Why the strongest science must prevail in nutrition policymaking (The Hill)

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    U.S. to streamline organic trade policies with Switzerland
    USAgNet
    The United States and Switzerland announced that beginning July 10, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country. The organic equivalency arrangement between the two nations will streamline organic trade, strengthen organic agriculture and support jobs and businesses on a global scale.
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    DOJ offers new plan for notifying 2006-07 salmonella outbreak victims
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a plan with the U.S. District Court in Albany, Georgia, for notifying victims of the first Salmonella outbreak involving peanut butter ever to occur in the United States.
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    Egypt to begin food imports via direct order – supplies ministry
    Reuters
    Egypt will not issue new tenders to import cooking oil, meat, frozen chicken or fruits and vegetables, the supplies ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
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    7 Salmonella illnesses linked to chicken
    Food Quality
    Two outbreaks of Salmonella linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken entrees have sickened seven people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Related: Barber Foods recalls chicken products over Salmonella contamination (CBS News)

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    Child food program failures cost taxpayers millions
    The Tennessean
    For five years, Vivian Parker and her two adult daughters raked in nearly half a million dollars in bonuses — taxpayer dollars, rubber-stamped by state officials — to operate a food program in rural west Tennessee intended to feed hungry children.
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    The food industry needs to learn to fail fast, like the IT industry
    Food Navigator-USA
    New web-based tools are democratizing the concept testing process and enabling everyone from brand managers at large CPG companies to start-ups to get rapid feedback on new product concepts, packaging, pricing or marketing campaigns at a fraction of the cost of traditional market research, says the boss of one leading analytics firm.
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    Can organic food feed the world?
    The Wall Street Journal
    While still a tiny portion of food production overall, organic products have gotten more space on supermarket shelves in recent years. Stores and restaurants that specialize in organic food have grown in popularity. Farmers and others who grow and process organics have been reporting big increases in demand and sales.
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    Study: 8 million baby boomers facing hunger in U.S.
    USAgNet
    More than eight million baby boomers age 50 to 64 are turning to charitable food assistance to make ends meet, according to a new report released today by Feeding America made possible by a grant from AARP Foundation.
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    How Walmart and Costco can shift the food industry on animal welfare
    Triple Pundit
    Both Walmart and Costco have been in the news for their positions on animal welfare. While Walmart’s recently released position on animal welfare has been heralded as the greatest commitment to animal protection yet by any single food business, Costco is just another in a long string of companies to come under the microscope, after undercover footage of one of its egg suppliers, Hillandale Farms, treating hens cruelly surfaced last month.
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    That 'fitness friendly' bar might backfire
    USA Today
    A new study in the Journal of Marketing Research shows that weight-conscious people who were offered snacks labeled "Fitness Trail Mix" vs. just "Trail Mix" ate more of the healthy-label option.
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