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'How many sick kids does it take for us to act?'
Politico
According to a Politico investigation, the Obama administration and Congress have all but squandered an opportunity to give the anemic Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for the safety of 80 percent of the nation’s food supply, a level of oversight the public long assumed it already had.
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Food companies risk prosecution for outbreaks: Justice Department
Chicago Tribune
Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream, the Justice Department is warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they poison their customers. "We have made a priority holding individuals and companies responsible when they fail to live up to their obligations that they have to protect the safety of the food that all of us eat," Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery said in an interview with The Associated Press.
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AFFI commends House Agriculture Committee for advancing responsible food labeling legislation
American Frozen Food Institute
The American Frozen Food Institute today commended the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture for approving bipartisan legislation establishing a federal labeling standard for food and beverage products with genetically enhanced ingredients.

Related: GMO labeling bill sails through House panel (Agri-Pulse)

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POLITICS


Hillary takes aim at Republicans in policy speech
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Hillary Clinton, delivering her 2016 campaign's first big economic speech, virtually ignored her Democratic rivals and instead targeted Republicans, signaling to voters in her party how she would carry the fight in a general election.
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Scott Walker vows to 'fight and win' with a conservative message for 2016
The Washington Post
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose time at the ramparts against Democrats and labor unions made him a national conservative hero, announced his presidential candidacy Monday, vowing to bring his combative style and an outsider’s perspective to the White House.

Related: Walker seeks to rally GOP on a pledge of victory with no compromise (The Washington Post)

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Democrats attack Trump as they woo Hispanic voters
Politico
Not one Republican presidential hopeful bothered — or dared — to show up at this annual gathering of influential Latino activists. But one of them was very much in the room: A certain real estate mogul who’s been spending his summer bashing Mexican immigrants.
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POLICY


House could vote on highway bill this week
The Hill
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., huddled with leaders of the conservative Freedom Caucus Monday evening to discuss the possibility of a six-month highway funding bill.
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Pelosi wins leverage as GOP, Boehner scramble for votes
The Hill
The pitched battle over an Interior Department spending bill has underscored the troubles facing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, — and the unique leverage enjoyed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., — in the summer’s coming spending fights.
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New UN guidance on parasite could boost U.S. pork exports
Agri-Pulse
A United Nations standard-setting body for food safety has issued new guidance that the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says could lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in increased exports of American pork products.
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New York City to require freezing fish before serving it raw
Food Safety News
Beginning in August, New York City will require that fish served raw in restaurants be frozen before serving, according to The New York Times.
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How the future of biofuels is taking shape
The Wall Street Journal
Global production of biofuels has surged over the past decade or so, with annual production climbing from approximately 10 billion liters in 2000 to nearly 80 billion liters in 2012. Much of this growth is being driven by governments’ increasing focus on alternate fuel sources in an effort to reduce the countries’ reliance on foreign oil.
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Feds move to expand grocery deliveries for low-income seniors
The Hill
Low-income people with disabilities and seniors who are homebound might be able to use nutrition benefits in the future for grocery shopping and delivery services run by the government and non-profit organizations.
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Canada and Ukraine said to sign free trade agreement Tuesday
Bloomberg
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to sign a free trade agreement with his Ukrainian counterpart Tuesday, Canada’s latest show of support for the country in its conflict with Russia.
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Food stamp beneficiaries have exceeded 45 million for 48 straight months
The Washington Free Beacon
The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 48 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Major food and beverage manufacturers continue to struggle
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
According to consumer products industry advisor Deloitte, its annual survey of more than 354 brands across 34 product categories reveals many of America’s national food and beverage household brands continue to struggle for the hearts and minds of consumers for the fifth year in a row.

Related: Consumers are more afraid of food (Food Business News)

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Hormel Foods closes acquisition of Applegate
MarketWatch
Hormel Foods Corporation announced the closing of its acquisition of Applegate Farms, LLC, owner of the Applegate brand.
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Non-GMO product use rising across all age groups
Food Business News
Products labeled as non-G.M.O. are increasing in use among millennials — and among baby boomers, people in Generation X and pretty much all age groups in the United States, according to data from the Natural Marketing Institute.
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Americans now consider literally anything a 'snack'
Munchies
According to a new report titled Snacking Motivations and Attitudes U.S. 2015 from market research group Mintel, 94 percent of Americans are snacking at least once a day. But what’s more is that 70 percent of American adults assert that “anything can be a snack.”
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Food Lion is lowering prices on 'everyday items'
WTVR-TV
Grocery store chain Food Lion announced Monday that the company is lowering prices on some of the everyday items people buy. The announcement comes just weeks after the company said it’s merging with Martin’s.
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Smithfield Foods achieves sustainability targets
National Hog Farmer
Smithfield Foods Inc., announced that it has issued a new set of sustainability targets, after surpassing or achieving many of its previous targets set in 2010 in areas that include animal care, environment, employees, food safety and helping communities.
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Barber Foods expands stuffed chicken products recall
KTIC-TV
Barber Foods is now recalling more than 1.7 million pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products because of fears of salmonella. The chicken products were produced from Feb. 17 to May 20, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and include chicken tenders, chicken Cordon Bleu and stuffed chicken breasts.

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DNA sequencing helps FDA project combat seafood fraud
Food Safety News
At the end of June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded one of its seven 2015 innovation awards to FDA’s Fish SCALE (Seafood Compliance and Labeling Enforcement) project for transitioning the agency toward new DNA barcoding.
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The future of food: Print and eat?
Food Business News
Few devices have recently captured the imagination of the food and beverage industry as much as the 3-D printer. Current systems have the ability to print such ingredients as sugar and cocoa into unique shapes and formats.
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General Mills targets 'wellness' with latest launches
just-food.com
General Mills has unveiled a swathe of new product development globally which it said aligns with "growing consumer interest in wellness."
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Starbucks strikes deal to open stores in South Africa starting next year
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The Seattle-based coffee chain has agreed to a licensed partnership with management group Taste Holdings Ltd. to open its first store in Johannesburg in the first half of 2016, with more locations in South Africa to come.
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U.S. 'specialty gourmet' channel has 1,000 stores and revenues topping $18 billion, says SPINS
Food Navigator-USA
The U.S. "specialty gourmet" retail channel – led by retailers such as The Fresh Market and Mariano's - has 1,000 stores and revenues topping $18 billion, according to market researcher SPINS.
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