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Monsanto ups Syngenta bid, values firm at $47 billion
Reuters via CNBC
U.S.-based Monsanto sweetened its offer to buy Switzerland's Syngenta, valuing the company at around $47 billion as it tries to lure the Swiss firm to the negotiating table, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.
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School officials check trash to see what kids really eat
To determine what kids really eat at school, cafeteria workers here have come up with a modified version of dumpster diving. They already knew what students ask for, what gets put on the tray, said Karen Hallford, Gwinnett County Schools coordinator of nutrition support and procurement. Last school year, Hallford and her staff decided to look at the leftovers to get to the root of the school nutrition problem.
Here's how big food was affected by the stock market plunge
Many of America’s largest food, beverage and restaurant companies are heavily invested in China. So how did the China-induced swoon in the markets affect them?
House GOP leaders desperate to avoid shutdown
An explosive confrontation brewing between the House Republican leadership and conservatives over Planned Parenthood is threatening to shut down the government for the second time in three years. And House GOP leaders have yet to settle on a strategy to avert it.
Wall Street rattles Washington
The stock market closed a wild Monday with the Dow Jones industrial average down over 500 points, setting off fresh fears about the health of the global economy. The Wall Street drama quickly spread to the 2016 campaign trail and Washington, as flashbacks to the 2008 financial crisis drew responses from the political world.
How market anxiety could affect the 2016 presidential election (The Wall Street Journal)
Dems see bad news for Clinton in market plunge (The Hill)
Will Biden run? Drama creates dilemma for Obama
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The real possibility of Vice President Joe Biden entering the presidential race is creating an awkward dynamic for the White House.
The Daily 202: What Joe Biden risks by running for president (The Washington post)
Family issues weigh heaviest on Biden as he considers a 2016 campaign (The Washington Post)
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Dems to FDA: Help small farmers comply with new food safety rules
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., along with 12 other lawmakers, sent a letter to the FDA’s Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff on Monday asking that he implement technical assistance and training programs geared toward helping small farmers, small producers, and fruit and vegetable wholesale merchants follow the new rules required by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
USDA asks for input on improving dietary guidelines messages
Food Chemical News
USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is inviting comments on how to improve communications to consumers about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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Proposal on hair drug testing ruffles truckers
A proposal to test truck drivers' hair for drugs instead of checking their urine has ruffled the nation's truckers. Critics have suggested the hair drug testing is "unproven" and could discriminate against minorities who typically have coarser follicles.
Germany moves to ban genetically modified crops
Germany has begun moves ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, according to official documents.
Give me five, says FSA with research proposal call
Food Quality News
The U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA) is inviting expressions of interest for research proposals in five areas.
Why the courts won't save fast food companies from the $15 minimum wage
Not surprisingly, the fast-food industry is doggedly resisting the wage increases. The Seattle ordinance was challenged in court within a week of its enactment, and some New York franchise owners are already contemplating a lawsuit if the state passes the recommended wage hike. This raises an obvious question: Who’s going to win, workers or fast-food corporations?
Consumer Reports points to bacteria in ground beef, while USDA and other groups deny danger
A new study from Consumer Reports, the organization known for investigating and rating all sorts of consumer goods from cars to countertops, found high levels of what they deemed “dangerous” strains of bacteria in American ground beef. But federal officials and trade associations deny the danger.
Arby's names Greg Vojnovic chief development officer
Nation's Restaurant News
Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc., has named Greg Vojnovic chief development officer, a newly created position, effective Sept. 8, the company said Monday.
Saffron Road parent acquires Mediterranean Snack Foods
Food Business News
American Halal Co., Inc., parent company of Saffron Road, has acquired Mediterranean Snack Foods Co., L.L.C. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
JBS USA Pork purchases Cargill's pork business
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
JBS USA Pork entered into an agreement with Cargill to acquire the company’s U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion. Completion of the acquisition is subject to regulatory review and approval.
Tiny trackers could help solve global bee death mystery
An international group of scientists, beekeepers, farmers and technology companies is using cutting-edge technology to help find out why honey bee populations around the world are crashing.
Organic is not always the best choice for you or the planet
Eating organically grown food might make you feel good inside, but a University of Queensland researcher says organic agriculture is not necessarily sustainable and — contrary to popular belief — often relies on chemical sprays.
Friendly skies? One airport is testing 'happy meals' with mood-enhancing hormones
Los Angeles Times
According to a recent report from CNN, London's Gatwick Airport is introducing "happy meals," working with a nutritionist to test foods rich in mood-enhancing hormones. According to nutritionist Jo Travers, "there are certain foods that will help the 'happy' chemicals in your brain to keep flowing. Two key players are the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
Pizza makers should re-think marketing, formulation to appeal to health-conscious women, study finds
The cliché of pizza lovers as beer-pong playing frat boys or men sharing a slice while watching sports is all wrong – and as a result, so are many manufacturers’ marketing and formulation strategies, according to recent research.
McDonald's lands in a real-estate dilemma
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
For McDonald's Corp., the suggestion that it should spin off its vast property holdings poses an existential question: What are the Golden Arches without real estate?
Nebraska Beef pays $200 thousand penalty for unfair employment practices
Food Production Daily
The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a $200 thousand settlement with Nebraska Beef, meat processing and packaging company, based in Omaha, Nebraska, for unfair employment practices.
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