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AFFI: FDA needs more funds to support FSMA but not through user fees
Food Quality News
A coalition of more than 60 groups has called for additional U.S. Food and Drug Administration funding to come from the Congressional budget rather than new user fees.

Editor’s note: "The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story urging the Obama Administration to adequately fund FDA food safety programs without burdensome new taxes or fees."

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2 FSMA preventive control rules sent to Federal Register
Food Chemical News
FDA has met the Aug. 31 court deadline and submitted the long-awaited final preventive control rules for animal and human foods to the Federal Register today, assuring the rules will be released this week, the agency just announced.
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The bustle in the frozen food aisle
The New York Times
The pizza arrived, mozzarella melting on a red crushed tomato blanket dotted with brilliant green spinach aboard a crispy, irregularly shaped crust dusted here and there with ash. The only hint that it had emerged from the freezer rather than the nearby wood-fired oven in the culinary kitchen at Nestlé’s new research and development center here? A faint, raised ring around the edge of the crust, a telltale sign that it was stamped out of a sheet of dough in an industrial process.
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Trump is setting the GOP agenda
Politico
Reemember way back to two weeks ago when the Donald Trump candidacy was the best thing to ever happen to Jeb Bush. That didn’t last long. A week after boasting that it would ignore Trump, with its usual Clouseau-like finesse, JebWorld decided to hit Trump every day. Which means every GOP candidate is now playing Donald Trump’s game instead of their own—and doing about as well as you’d expect.

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    Chaos in Colorado risks key Senate seat for GOP
    Politico
    Republicans started this election cycle with a big target in Colorado: The seat occupied by Michael Bennet was seen as their one, probably only, chance to beat a sitting Democratic senator.
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    Fiorina, Christie battle for spot on main debate stage
    The Hill
    Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina are battling to be on the main stage of the next GOP presidential primary debate. While Christie’s supporters are spending $1 million in advertising to solidify his spot, Fiorina is unlikely to be able to buy the ad time needed to help her climb enough in national polls to make it onto the main debate stage in two weeks, a GOP strategist said.
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    Administration asked to suspend WOTUS enforcement nationwide
    Agri-Pulse
    Some producer groups are asking the Obama administration to suspend enforcement of its new Clean Water Act rule until a court case is resolved. The administration considers implementation of the rule blocked in only 13 states as a result of last week's decision by a North Dakota federal judge.
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    USDA survey shows limited access to land for new farmers
    Agri-Pulse
    A new survey of land ownership in the lower 48 states illustrates some of the difficulties would-be farmers face in acquiring farmland. The survey, by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, shows that about a tenth of the 911 million farmland acres outside of Alaska and Hawaii - about 91.5 million acres - is slated for ownership transfer in the next five years, not including farmland that is in or expected to be put into wills.
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    USDA survey shows limited access to land for new farmers
    Agri-Pulse
    A new survey of land ownership in the lower 48 states illustrates some of the difficulties would-be farmers face in acquiring farmland. The survey, by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, shows that about a tenth of the 911 million farmland acres outside of Alaska and Hawaii - about 91.5 million acres - is slated for ownership transfer in the next five years, not including farmland that is in or expected to be put into wills.
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    Consumer groups urge Costco to publicly reject GMO salmon
    The Hill
    Consumer groups are pressuring retail giant Costco to publicly promise not to sell genetically modified salmon even if it’s approved by federal regulators. Friends of the Earth said more than 18,000 letters will be delivered to Costco Wholesale Corp. stores this week, about two months after a coalition of groups including the Center for Food Safety, Food & Water Watch, and Food Democracy Now, collected more than 300,000 signatures on petition urging Costco to refrain from selling the salmon, which they dubbed “Frankenfish.”
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    Regulations may make kids' fast food meals healthier
    Reuters
    Regulating fast food kids' meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study. If a proposed new policy in New York City is approved, then fast food meals that come with toys would contain fewer calories overall, and fewer from fat and sodium, researchers report.
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    Inside Kellogg's effort to cash in on the health-food craze
    The Wall Street Journal
    Years before natural and organic foods exploded in popularity, cereal behemoth Kellogg Co. acquired one of the segment’s pioneers: Kashi Co. Kellogg let the Southern California firm, known for its cereals, operate autonomously. After the 2000 merger, employees continued to wear T-shirts and flip flops, often meeting in small groups to conjure up new products. Success followed.
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    General Mills brings supply chain into emissions goal
    Green Biz
    Taking bolder responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions by its supply chain of farmers and mills and packagers than is typical, General Mills announced a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its entire business — “from farm to fork to landfill” — by 28 percent within 10 years.
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    Changing tastes churn up ice cream industry
    Reuters
    Changing tastes and distribution challenges in emerging markets are opening up an ice cream industry long dominated by global food companies such as Unilever and Nestle.
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    Chipotle Mexican Grill sued over GMO-free menu claims
    NBC News
    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's new GMO-free menu claims have lured diners and boosted the burrito chain's stock price, but it has some consumers crying foul. A California woman has accused the popular chain in a lawsuit of false advertising after it trumpeted on April 27 that it was the first national restaurant company to use only ingredients that are free of controversial genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
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    Jeni's reopens Ohio production kitchen but with limited capacity
    Food Safety News
    Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has reopened its Columbus, Ohio, production kitchen after facing Listeria issues, but will only use it to make certain ingredients for its ice creams. After a random sample of Jeni’s ice cream tested positive for Listeria this past spring, the company recalled all of its frozen products on the market and shut down its production kitchen to clear out the problem.
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    Is pork the new chicken when it comes to drug-resistant salmonella?
    Healthline
    An outbreak of salmonella at a pork processing plant in Washington highlights the importance of proper food safety.
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    French supermarkets commit to voluntary food waste package
    Food Navigator
    France’s major retailers, including Carrefour, Aldi and Lidl, have signed a voluntary contract to replace the food waste law – but a British industry group has called it a distraction from the real issue, saying similar measures are not needed in the U.K.
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    Sleep-deprived kids are more tempted by food
    Reuters
    Children who don’t get enough sleep might be more tempted by food, a new study suggests. Five-year-olds who slept less than 11 hours a night were more eager to eat at the sight or reminder of a favorite snack, compared to those who slept longer, researchers reported in the International Journal of Obesity.
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    McDonald's loses artisan label on Irish bacon and cabbage burger
    Bloomberg
    When is an artisan burger not an artisan burger? When it’s a McDonald’s Corp. special in Ireland. On Monday in Dublin, McDonald’s hailed the creation of its first artisan Irish burger, the McMor, which broadly translates as a Big Mac. The McMor contains Ballymaloe Relish and Charleville Cheddar Cheese, and its “potato-flaked bun” is layered with shredded cabbage atop beef and bacon, the company said.
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    Frozen corn distributed under 4 different labels recalled for listeria risk
    Food Safety News
    Bonduelle USA Inc., is recalling 9,335 cases of frozen corn because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen cut corn was distributed to stores in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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