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US group overhauls China business in meat safety scandal
Reuters
A leading U.S. meat supplier said Monday that a Chinese unit at the center of a food safety scandal had issues that were "absolutely inconsistent" with the group's high standards.

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    Food inflation likely to subside in 2015, USDA says
    Reuters
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday maintained its forecast for 2014 U.S. food price inflation at 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent. But in its first estimate for 2015, USDA said food price increases would subside slightly, to an annual rate of 2 percent to 3 percent.
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    Journalists subpoenaed in pink slime suit
    Columbia Journalism Review
    At least four journalists and a writer have been ordered to hand over documents to attorneys representing the largest manufacturer of "pink slime," the latest development in Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News and others.
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    Prospects brighten for Republicans to reclaim a Senate majority
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    With 100 days to go until the midterm election, unexpectedly strong bids by several Republican candidates and President Barack Obama's continued sagging approval ratings are boosting GOP chances of capturing a Senate majority.
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    Jobless rate falls; Democrats don't rise
    The Hill
    The economy is, finally, improving. But it is not helping Democrats much in the battle for control of the Senate.

    Related: Michelle Obama to Democrats: Get 'hungry' for midterm campaign (The Hill)

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    A more compassionate GOP?
    The Hill
    The Republican Party's biggest names are seeking ways to broaden out the GOP base, as they seek to learn from their mistakes in the 2012 election.
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    Nutrition Facts label may take a hard line on sugar
    Roll Call
    The food industry knows the little white label called the Nutrition Facts panel is probably the most valuable real estate on a package, and a tiny line for added sugars wields big power — and means potentially big problems for manufacturers.
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    Fast food workers intensify fight for $15 an hour
    The New York Times
    As labor gatherings go, this one was highly unusual: 68 workers arrived in a Chicago suburb on charter buses from St. Louis, 100 from New York City and 180 from Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas; 50 flew in from Los Angeles and two dozen from Seattle. All were pursuing an ambitious goal of creating a $15-an-hour wage floor for the nation's 4 million fast food workers.
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    Trade above all: The leaked draft food safety chapter of TTIP
    Think Forward via Twin Cities Daily Planet
    This piece reviews the recently leaked draft chapter of the U.S.-EU trade agreement and accompanying IATP analysis.
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    India blocks WTO agreement to ease trade rules
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    India effectively blocked an international agreement on easing trade regulations last week, saying the effort to promote global trade should be linked to food security.
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    States battle nutrition standards to defend the all-American bake sale
    Takepart
    Out with the cupcakes, in with the fruit cups. At least that's what USDA envisioned when it came up with the "Smart Snacks in School" standards as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. But some states are pushing back; they will not have the "bake" (and granulated sugar) taken out of bake sale.
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    What's behind the political food fight at school?
    Bloomberg TV
    Bloomberg's Yang Yang reports on the battle over the $11 billion school lunch program as the School Nutrition Association attempts to roll back funding for the bill.

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    CEO brands company's practices 'unacceptable'
    Food Quality News
    The chief of OSI Group, parent of the meat processor under investigation for supplying expired meat to international fast food chains, has "sincerely apologized" for events.

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    Tyson Foods to shut 3 factories, cut 950 jobs
    Reuters
    Tyson Foods said Friday it will discontinue operations at three of its factories — in Iowa, New York and New Mexico — that make processed meat products such as sausages and hot dogs, affecting about 950 people.

    Related: Tyson to sell Mexican, Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS (Reuters)

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    FSIS issues public health alert after producer refuses to recall poultry products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued an alert to warn the public about breaded chicken products that were produced and distributed without being inspected, at a Kansas City plant whose operations have since been suspended, in part, pending an investigation.

    Also recalled:
  • 2,476 pounds of turkey breasts on misbranding (USDA FSIS)
  • 475 pounds of ready-to-eat products on Listeria concerns (FDA)

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    Abundant grain ripples through US ag industry
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    A tidal wave of grain looms over the U.S. agricultural sector, spelling bounty for some companies and challenges for others.
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    Inspectors shut down Illinois meat processing plant
    Food Production Daily
    Food safety inspectors have ordered the closure of Parks Locker Service, an Illinois meat and poultry facility, after inspectors found 136 different safety and sanitation violations at the site.
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    Food packaging plant to close; owner to repay state development corps
    Journal Inquirer
    The state Department of Economic and Community Development is pressing the owners of the Fusion Paperboard plant in Sprague, Connecticut, to pay back money they got in 2013 for an expansion project that hasn't happened, an agency spokesman said Friday. Not only has the company failed to expand as it promised when it was granted up to $3 million in state loans a year ago, it announced it will close the plant by September and lay off more than 140 workers.
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    Safeway shareholders approve Albertsons merger
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Safeway Inc.'s shareholders have approved a planned merger with Albertsons, part of a group led by private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP., the company said Friday.
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    System integration for the food supply chain
    Automation World
    The manufacturing IT staff of food safety test-system manufacturer Roka Bioscience increased efficiencies and compliance by choosing a metadata-based integration platform to pull together Oracle ERP, PLM and third-party systems data.
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    5 new supply chain risks and regulations
    Supply Chain Digital
    Supply chain risk is a major issue, and new sources continue to pop up. Adverse weather, natural disasters and factory fires have historically grabbed the attention of CPOs, but there are other risks procurement leaders must be aware of that are just as hazardous.
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