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AFFI urges OMB, HHS not to revert to FSMA user fees in FY 2017 FDA budget plan
Food Chemical News
Sixty-five trade associations are sending a letter today urging the Obama administration not to revert to industry user fees in its next FDA spending plan to pay for the Food Safety Modernization Act, and to fully fund the fledgling program through budget authority.
AFFI Implores Congress to Reject New Food Taxes (MarketWatch)
AFFI Implores Congress to Reject New Food Taxes (American Frozen Food Institute)
Editor’s note: AFFI Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Joe Clayton is quoted in this story asking HHS and OMB to adequately fund FDA food safety programs through the appropriations process rather than new taxes, and to recognize the important role the food industry played in passing FSMA when crafting the FY 2017 FDA budget.
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Monsanto drops $46 billion bid for Syngenta
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Monsanto Co. dropped its roughly $46 billion bid for Syngenta AG after the Swiss agribusiness giant rejected a sweetened offer, dashing — at least for now — chances of a union that would have reshaped the global market for seeds and pesticides.
Nomad Foods has an appetite for more deals
Nomad Foods, the new owners of Birds Eye and Findus’ European assets, has said that it is hungry for more deals. Nomad, which was set up as a cash vehicle by consumer goods tycoons Martin E Franklin and Noam Gottesman, said that revenues fell by 2.4 percent in the year to the end of June.
Poll: Biden outperforms Hillary in general election; Trump leads GOP field
Vice President Joe Biden has the best favorability rating among top 2016 contenders in either party, and he would run a little better than Hillary Clinton in the general election, according to a new Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday that also shows Donald Trump increasing his lead in the GOP race.
Pollsters dumbfounded by Trump (The Hill)
Biden checking 'emotional fuel' as he considers a presidential run (The Wall Street Journal)
Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert
The Washington Post
The possibility that Vice President Biden may jump into the 2016 presidential campaign is convulsing the network of wealthy Democrats that financed President Obama’s two White House bids, galvanizing fundraisers who are underwhelmed by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s performance.
Related: Biden donors lying in wait (The Hill)
Carly Fiorina camp goes to war with the RNC
The first GOP presidential candidate to go to war publicly with the Republican National Committee is not Donald Trump. It’s Carly Fiorina.
Faced with the very real possibility that she will again be relegated to a lower-tier debate, Fiorina’s campaign is going after the RNC and the news organization the committee picked to host the next debate, CNN.
Related: CNN defends debate criteria (The Hill)
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FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens
Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases.
Food safety group sues USDA over requests for records
The Center for Food Safety has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allegedly failing to respond to the group’s requests for records on genetically engineered crops CFS says harm the environment.
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Tyson Foods wins reversal of damages in Nebraska wage lawsuits
Tyson Foods Inc., one of the world's largest meat processors, on Wednesday won the reversal of nearly $24 million of damage awards in two class action lawsuits claiming it cheated thousands of hourly workers in two Nebraska plants out of wages.
'High risk' to bees from certain neonicotinoid applications, EFSA says
Food Chemical News
The European Food Safety Authority has identified a number of “high risks” to honeybees and bumble bees from authorized applications of three pesticides suspended for use by the European Commission.
Related: Europe and the food industry are at war over whether pesticides are dangerous (Business Insider)
Clinton lays out four-part plan for rural America
With USDA forecasting a 36 percent drop in net farm income, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to Iowa today to announce her policies to strengthen agriculture and support rural communities. With a John Deere tractor in the background, she was introduced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who endorsed her candidacy on Tuesday.
Rural children less likely to participate in school nutrition programs
High Plains Public Radio
According to a new study, rural children are less likely to take part in school lunch programs than their urban counterparts. As reported by The Daily Yonder, school-aged children in rural areas are 8 percent less likely to participate in the federal nutrition program, even though they qualify at the same rates as urban children.
McDonald's nixes Burger King's McWhopper pitch
Burger King has extended an olive branch to longtime rival McDonald's – an offer to collaborate on a bold new hybrid frankenburger called the McWhopper. But McDonald's has said no.
Egg producers make progress repopulating flocks
Food Business News
U.S. egg producers are repopulating flocks lost to the outbreak of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza in the spring, while also increasing biosecurity measures ahead of the fall migratory bird season, said Chad Gregory, president and chief executive officer of United Egg Producers.
Smucker results top expectations on higher U.S. coffee sales
The Wall Street Journal
J.M. Smucker Co. on Thursday reported better-than-expected profit and revenue growth for its first quarter, helped by a jump in U.S. coffee sales after a new-product launch and improvements in pricing.
Reports: Amazon Prime Now testing meal delivery
Nation's Restaurant News
Amazon.com Inc., the online shopping behemoth, is testing restaurant delivery through its Prime Now network in the company’s headquarters city of Seattle, according to a report.
Study: No reliable scientific evidence of health benefits from raw milk
Food Safety News
Raw milk may have a placebo effect if you’re paying $15 per gallon for it, but any other health claims are pure myth. At least that’s one of the conclusions one might come to after reading the July/August edition of Nutrition Today, which includes a peer-reviewed study into the health benefits, if any, of raw milk.
Green beans recalled for possible listeria contamination
Food Safety News
General Mills announced on Wednesday a voluntary Class I recall of a limited quantity of frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans produced over two days in March 2014. The recall is being issued as a precaution after one package of finished product tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
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Kashi GoLean non-GMO project cereal has traces of glyphosate
Not only does organic food have pesticides, which the $100 billion big organic industry would rather you forget, but it even has synthetic pesticides.
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