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FDA finalizes new safety controls for food, feed
Agri-Pulse
The Food and Drug Administration has finalized the first major food safety regulations under a sweeping federal law that's intended to prevent illnesses linked to both domestic and foreign-produced foods.

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  • Final FSMA rules start to drop, renewing calls for funding (Politico via American Frozen Food Institute)
  • FDA gives farmers a break on FSMA rule (Politico via American Frozen Food Institute)
  • New FDA rules tighten food safety requirements (The Wall Street Journal)


  • Editor’s note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story commending FDA for its collaborative working relationship during the development of Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rules.

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    Why fast food breakfast is booming
    The Christian Science Monitor
    McDonald’s upcoming October 6 introduction of a limited all-day breakfast menu has not just other QSRs but also mid-price family concepts scrambling to defend their breakfast turfs. The NPD Group reported that breakfast has been the fast growing daypart, with a 4 percent increase in customer counts during the 12 months ended May 2015. No chain wants to lose its momentum in the mornings.
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    Acquisitions remain a priority for TreeHouse Foods
    Food Business News
    Companies manufacturing frozen foods and those processing products perceived as better-for-you are two market segments where TreeHouse Foods is interested in exploring an acquisition.
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    Insiders: Clinton still on track to win Iowa and N.H.
    Politico
    Despite a barrage of bad headlines, lagging poll numbers and mounting evidence that she's in a dogfight with Bernie Sanders, Democratic insiders overwhelmingly think Hillary Clinton would win Iowa and New Hampshire if the contests were held this week.
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    Conservative lawmaker insists GOP can win shutdown fight
    The Hill
    An influential House Republican said Thursday that the GOP could win the government shutdown fight with the White House if party leaders adopt the right tactics.
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    GOP rebel: Boehner's job is on the line
    The Hill
    The Republican lawmaker who introduced a measure to oust Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker said Wednesday that the effort to get rid of him depends on his actions this fall.
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    POLICY


    NY governor proposes statewide $15 minimum wage
    Nation's Restaurant News
    Quick-service restaurant chains in New York State will start paying a minimum wage of $15 an hour as soon as 2018, after the state labor commissioner accepted recommendations from a fast-food wage board, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
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    Almost 20 million kids are getting free lunch
    CNN
    The number of children fed through the National School Lunch Program has expanded dramatically in the last few decades. This is partly due to the growing number of children living in poverty. In 2013, 21% of kids were living in poverty compared with 15 percent in 2000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
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    Appeals court overturns approval of pesticide over concerns about declining honey bee numbers
    The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
    A federal appeals court Thursday blocked the use of a pesticide over concerns about its effect on honey bees, which have mysteriously disappeared across the country in recent years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately study the pesticide sulfoxaflor before approving its use in 2013 on a wide variety of crops, including citrus and cotton, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Beef prices sizzle with U.S. demand
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Americans’ love of the humble hamburger and a good steak is keeping beef prices at records in Australia and New Zealand, even as China’s economic slowdown eats away at demand for other agricultural commodities.
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    Falling food prices, rising deflation risk
    Bloomberg
    The 2 percent inflation target that the world's most important central banks regard as the Goldilocks scenario for consumer prices – not too hot, not too cold – looks less and less likely to be achieved any time soon in many countries. And with crude oil languishing at about $45 a barrel amid a glut of supply, the biggest decline in food prices in almost seven years suggests the risk of deflation is growing.
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    Karro Food Group eyes M&A
    just-food.com
    Karro Food Group, the U.K. meat processor, has signaled its interest in acquisitions as it reported a continued improvement in profitability.
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    How Google and Amazon are entering the food delivery market
    Business Insider
    Online food delivery services are growing rapidly across the US, and some unlikely players – including multiple big-name companies – are vying to capture a piece of the rapidly growing demand.
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    Sam's Clubs to accept AmEx cards
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    American Express Co. on Thursday said Sam’s Club, the warehouse-club retailer owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., would accept AmEx cards starting Oct. 1.
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    Rise in food recalls catalyzes development of improved food safety technologies
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Recent food product recalls due to potential health hazards have created the need for detailed monitoring of food safety at every step along the supply chain. As a result, the market is seeing the introduction of new pathogen testing technologies, novel packaging, intervention technologies and advances in electronic tracking systems, according to recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Mountain View, California.
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    NACMCF group convenes to suggest ways to reduce salmonellosis
    Food Chemical News
    A National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods subcommittee began meeting this week to identify best practices for controlling Salmonella in poultry and to discuss new science aimed at reducing the rate of salmonellosis.
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