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Child nutrition bill delayed as talks continue
The Senate Agriculture Committee has delayed action on a child nutrition bill with negotiations still continuing. The committee was scheduled to mark up a replacement of the expiring Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on Thursday but will instead turn to three less controversial bills, including measures to re-authorize mandatory price reporting and grain inspection standards.
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Kellogg to buy $450 million stake in Multipro to grow in Africa
Kellogg Co. agreed to buy a 50 percent stake in Nigerian food distributor Multipro for $450 million and is creating a joint venture with Tolaram Africa to help expand on the continent. The Tolaram venture includes an option for Kellogg to buy a stake in the African company in the future, the Battle Creek, Michigan-based foodmaker said in a statement Tuesday.
Restaurant report card grades on antibiotics in meat supply
A new report is sounding the alarm about the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry supply chains of the 25 largest U.S. fast food and "fast casual" restaurants. Most top U.S. restaurant chains have no publicly available policy to limit regular use of antibiotics in their meat and poultry supply chains, according to the "Chain Reaction" report by Friends of the Earth, the Natural Resources Defense Council and four other consumer interest, public health and environmental organizations.
U.S. fast-food meat still mostly raised on antibiotics: Consumer groups (Reuters via Business Insider )
Beef's meaty profits slow effort to boost antibiotic-free production (The Wall Street Journal)
House GOP obsessed with Boehner's future
Speaker John Boehner says he’s not worried about his political future, but the Ohio Republican’s fate has become an overwhelming obsession of House Republicans. His backers believe Boehner is being "blackmailed" by conservative hard-liners into supporting a government shutdown. His critics insist they just want their leader to do the right thing.
Clinton's support erodes sharply among Democratic women
The Washington Post
Hillary Rodham Clinton is suffering a rapid erosion of support among Democratic women — the voters long presumed to be the bedrock in her bid to become the nation’s first female president. The numbers in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll are an alarm siren: Where 71 percent of Democratic-leaning female voters said in July that they expected to vote for Clinton, only 42 percent do now, a drop of 29 percentage points in eight weeks.
McConnell wary of Murray-Ryan 2.0
Democrats are working with a small group of Republican appropriators in a push for an eight-week stopgap government funding measure meant to give leaders time to negotiate Ryan-Murray 2.0, a budget deal that will allow them to pass appropriations bills before Christmas.
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Final WTO COOL battle is over the tab
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Nearly seven years after Canada and Mexico launched a dispute with the
United States over its country-of-origin labeling requirements for meat, the
fight might almost be over. The United States will clash with Canada and
Mexico at a two-day hearing in Geneva starting today that will help decide
how much its North American partners can raise their tariffs to retaliate.
'Big Salt' takes aim at school lunch rules
Health experts and industry groups are clashing over national sodium standards ahead of a fall congressional debate over first lady Michelle Obama’s signature school lunch regulations. Groups including the Salt Institute contend that the federal government is years behind in its research on sodium consumption and that some studies have shown getting too little could be more dangerous than getting too much.
Rail industry seeks to put the brakes on heavier trucks
The rail industry is seeking to put the brakes on proposal to increase the amount of weight that trucks can carry in a bid to protect cargo business that typically goes to trains. The inter-industry squabble has been spurred by an effort in Congress to increase a current limit of 80,000 pounds for cargo trucks to 91,000 pounds, which is the level being sought by the trucking industry.
China to sign agreement allowing U.S. rice imports, USRPA says
U.S. and Chinese officials will sign a phytosanitary agreement next week that will allow U.S. rice exporters to ship the grain into the world's most populous country, U.S. Rice Producers Association said in a news release.
Lieberman says menu labeling guide offers some relief for supermarkets, raises other questions
Food Chemical News
The new menu labeling guide released Friday (Sept. 11) appears to spell some relief for supermarkets but at the same time raise questions about what type of advertisements trigger menu labeling disclosures, says Erik Lieberman, founding principal of Lieberman PLLC.
Senate panel to hear FSMA budget priorities
Food Chemical News
Top FDA officials will be discussing the latest Food Safety Modernization Act rules and budget priorities at a Wednesday (Sept.16) hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee.
This company is using DNA to sniff out contaminated food
Seeing the contents of the freezer at Clear Labs, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into a college dorm room. Stacked high with Ziplocs, it’s stocked with seemingly every frozen food known to man: microwaveable burgers, chicken bacon ranch sandwiches, mozzarella sticks.
Lower milk prices may be around for awhile
On the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand report, USDA estimated milk production this year to reach 208.9 billion pounds. This was an increase of 100 million pounds from the previous estimate.
A chart of how Americans should spend their food budget ... and how they actually do
The USDA’s economic research group put together a look at how an American food budget that actually follows dietary guidelines would break down — and then they put together one using the actual data on how Americans spend their food budget. Unsurprisingly, the two match up not at all. Almost half of what we spend on our food goes towards either meats or “other foods.”
Turkey's food safety problems magnified by unregistered facilities
Food Safety News
Only about one in 10 food producers and/or retailers in Turkey have an official license issued by the state, which means that the vast majority are never inspected. According to a recent media report, a survey called “Adulterated Foods” from the Turkish Agriculturists Association found that only about 40,000 of the estimated 400,000 food establishments in Turkey are licensed.
Campbell Soup hitting the mark with millennial moms
Food Business News
Smart. Resourceful. Determined. Those three words were just a few of many used by a Campbell Soup Co. executive to describe millennial moms as part of a panel discussion at the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference held Sept. 9 in Boston.
Target teams up with Instacart to challenge Amazon on groceries
Target Corp. is teaming up with Instacart Inc., to offer same-day delivery of groceries and household items for $3.99 in its hometown of Minneapolis as the big-box retailer rolls out an alternative to online rival Amazon.com Inc.’s $299-a-year Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service.
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