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Obama moves to give legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants
President Barack Obama announced an expansive new set of executive actions in a prime-time address Thursday that the White House says will give legal status and work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants.
Related: GOP: Immigration need 'doesn't justify' White House actions (The Hill)
Sysco set to merge with biggest rival in billion-dollar deal
New York Post
Sysco, the country's biggest food distributor, is closing in on a deal to win regulatory approval for its $3.5 billion acquisition/merger with closest rival US Foods, The Post has learned.
AFFI President and CEO re-elected to key business advocacy group
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz has been re-elected to a new two-year term as a director of the Business Institute for Political Analysis. Naasz was first elected to the BIPAC Board of Directors in 2005 and will be serving
his fifth term.
Republicans confront own worst enemy on immigration
The Washington Post
Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Barack Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, party leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president's immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of GOP governance.
Obama unites 2016 crowd — for now
Jeb Bush charged that President Barack Obama was engaging in "divisive and manipulative politics." Rand Paul warned that Obama is "not above the law." And Ted Cruz blasted the president's "unconstitutional amnesty." But beyond indignation over the president's executive action on immigration, these potential GOP 2016 hopefuls and others haven't yet shown much unity on what, if anything, to do about it.
Related: GOP's 2016 contenders blast Obama (The Hill)
Poll: Cassidy up 15 points on Landrieu
Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., has opened up a 15-point lead over incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in their runoff race, according to a new poll from conservative-leaning Rasmussen.
Sugar users, producers say U.S.-Mexico sugar deal needs fixes
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
Sugar producers and sweetener users are typically on opposite sides of the trade debate, but both groups agree the recent United States-Mexico sugar deal could use a few revisions.
Wage impact of immigration order may disappoint
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration is expected to boost wages for undocumented immigrants. But don't count on it boosting them very much.
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Oregon GMO measure may be headed for recount
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
An Oregon ballot measure that would require labels for genetically engineered foods may be heading for an automatic recount. The measure was rejected, but results released Thursday by Multnomah County pushed the margin of defeat to a mere 0.1 percent — inside the 0.2 percent threshold that triggers an automatic recount.
House agriculture chief plans 'thoughtful' look at food stamps
The Wall Street Journal
Rep. Mike Conaway, R.-Texas, the newly appointed chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is pledging to undertake a "thoughtful" review of food stamps.
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Mandatory salt reduction could save more in health care costs
Mandatory salt reduction may save more in health care costs than the current voluntary system, say the authors of a study published in Value in Health.
Regulating the sacred: Why US halal food industry needs better oversight
There are 1.6 billion Muslims around the world who collectively support a market for halal foods that is currently valued at more than $1 trillion — and the demand for halal products from countries like the U.S. is certain to grow.
FDA Science Board to review agreements under FERN lab system
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
At FDA's request, the Science Board agreed Thursday to review the nearly $40 million investment FDA makes in cooperative agreements in building an integrated food safety laboratory system that is largely dependent on federal funding.
CSPI asks FDA to add sesame to list of allergens, mandate labeling
FDA should protect the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Americans who are dangerously allergic to sesame by mandating the ingredient be labeled clearly when in foods and when products are made on the same machinery as foods with the ingredient, the Center for Science in the Public Interest argues.
Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered
The Associated Press via Rapid City Journal
The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico.
Canada, Ireland top food safety world ranking
Food Safety News
A comprehensive report from The Conference Board of Canada's Centre for Food ranks Canada and Ireland as the top countries in food safety performance.
'Robust' evidence for GM crop benefits, says meta-analysis
Genetically modified crops offer "large and significant" agronomic and economic benefits in both developed and developing countries, according to a new meta-analysis.
Americans buy organic, non-GMO without knowing what it means
A survey conducted by brand consultancy BFG found nearly 70 percent of people were buying organic food, but only 20 percent of those buyers were able to define what "organic" actually meant.
Federal, state officials investigating Salmonella cluster
State and federal health officials are looking into cases of Salmonella that have been reported in multiple states.
Gluten-free growth: Room to expand in entrees, desserts
Even though Ian's Natural Foods specializes in gluten-free foods, the CEO of Elevation Brands is not worried about a negative impact on the firm if the gluten-free fad ever fades because he says the Framingham, Massachusetts, firm's products hold broad consumer appeal.
'Food Chains' documents tomato pickers' efforts to break free
The New York Times
However you look at it, "Food Chains" is a mouthful. Gathering at least three films under one rousing umbrella — the fair-wage struggle of tomato pickers in Florida — this emphatic and empathetic documentary (directed by Sanjay Rawal and narrated by Forest Whitaker) presents the plight of our farm laborers as modern-day slavery.
Meat producer JBS to pay $1.3 billion for Primo
JBS SA, the world's biggest meat producer, said it plans to increase exports to Asia after paying $1.3 billion to buy Primo Group, the largest producer of ham and bacon in Australia and New Zealand.
Bright Food plans global IPOs
China's biggest investor in the New Zealand food industry, Bright Food, is planning a series of international IPOs, including potential major listings in Hong Kong and London.
Cargill's China poultry operation delivers 1st shipment of chicken nuggets
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
GEA Food Solutions, The Netherlands, delivered, installed and commissioned two 1000 mm-wide processing lines for the new Cargill integrated poultry GEA CookStar poultry cooking line operation in Lai'an, China in just nine months — eight weeks ahead of schedule.
Pulsemaster introduces new PEF technology for potato processing
Dutch company Pulsemaster has introduced a new generation PEF technology that significantly improves potato processing. With this cost-efficient application the final breakthrough of PEF processing in the food industry is approaching.
DNA barcodes track the food, not the package
Food Quality News
Food producers will be able to spray unique DNA barcodes directly onto food to improve traceability, when DNATrax becomes commercially available next year.
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