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Cornell's Brian Wansink to step down after probe finds academic misconduct

Food researcher Brian Wansink, who has been under investigation for research misconduct for more than a year, has resigned and will be removed from all teaching and research duties at Cornell University, Michael Kotlikoff, Cornell provost, said last week.

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Court lifts stay on Jif ‘Natural’ labeling complaint

A federal judge has revived a class action lawsuit that alleges the J.M. Smucker Company is misleading consumers by labeling its Jif peanut butter as "natural."

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

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Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

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Luxembourg did not give illegal tax sweetener deal to McDonald’s, Commission rules

After nearly three years of investigation, the European Commission has ruled that Luxembourg did not breach EU state aid rules in giving McDonald’s tax breaks on some profits, since it did not give the company a selective advantage over competitors and the sweetener deal was in line with both national law and a double taxation treaty with the US.

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NPIS plants more likely to fail FSIS Salmonella standards, advocates find

A significant number of chicken slaughter plants that are operating under the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), which allows plants to operate with fewer government inspectors, continue to show a greater likelihood of failing the government’s performance standard for Salmonella than plants still using the traditional inspection model, advocacy group Food & Water Watch (F&WW) has found.

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Cornell's Brian Wansink to step down after probe finds academic misconduct

Food researcher Brian Wansink, who has been under investigation for research misconduct for more than a year, has resigned and will be removed from all teaching and research duties at Cornell University, Michael Kotlikoff, Cornell provost, said last week.

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

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Low-calorie food makers ask FDA to not list allulose as 'sugar' on revised label

While FDA is still deciding how to treat allulose, a low-calorie sugar substitute, on the new Nutrition Facts panel, the agency has received yet another call from industry requesting that the substance not be labeled as “sugar” or “added sugar.”

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CFBAI cuts sodium, sugar for foods advertised to children

Food companies may need to reformulate up to 40% of their products to meet stricter sodium and sugar requirements to advertise to children under the Council of Better Business Bureau’s revamped standards.
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Conaway committed to finishing farm bill, says multiple issues remain unresolved

Multiple issues, not just differences on new work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, remain to be worked out between the House and Senate-passed versions of the farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said in an interview with IEG Policy and another reporter.

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Lawmakers pull IARC funding threat from spending bill

Congress has abandoned a plan to tie funding for the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to demands for changes to the global cancer agency's research practices and policies.

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Luxembourg did not give illegal tax sweetener deal to McDonald’s, Commission rules

After nearly three years of investigation, the European Commission has ruled that Luxembourg did not breach EU state aid rules in giving McDonald’s tax breaks on some profits, since it did not give the company a selective advantage over competitors and the sweetener deal was in line with both national law and a double taxation treaty with the US.

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Draft global resolution falls short on obesity, says campaign group

An international Political Declaration that goes before world leaders later this month at the United Nations third global high level meeting (HLM) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as obesity, “is lacking in the strength, clarity and ambition needed to turn the tide on NCDs and their toll of preventable premature mortality,” according to Nina Renshaw, Policy and Advocacy Director at non-governmental organisation, the NCD Alliance.

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Fight against sugar weighs on long-term outlook for world consumption

World sugar consumption is expected to rise in the short term, but demand growth in major markets is likely to slow in the coming years. Consumer concerns over health is one of the factors weighing on the consumption outlook for the sweetener.

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