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• Tom Stenzel, president/CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that he was pulling the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement:

"We were not surprised that President Trump has officially withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. As we know, Congress was not likely to confirm the agreement in any case. But now is the time to move past anti-trade rhetoric and begin the process of building consensus for the key portions of the agreement that had been negotiated in the TPP. Both U.S. agriculture and U.S. consumers benefit from trade, and exports to the Asian Pacific countries are a critical opportunity for U.S. producers. Beyond that, the TPP was the first major agreement that began to build strong rules for countries to prevent putting up protectionist measures in the form of sanitary and phytosanitary barriers. Without this agreement, we fall back to an environment where countries can simply choose to block imports without scientific justification.

"We encourage President Trump and his new Administration not just to withdraw from trade agreements, but to come to the table to renegotiate agricultural agreements as soon as possible. Our potential trading partners won’t sit idly by, but will find other partners and leave the United States behind. Most importantly, America deserves real trade agreements that benefit both consumers and producers.”


• Campbell Soup announced that it is teaming up with NBC's "Today Show" and Vox Media to produce what Ad Week calls four "original branded videos that will live on Today.com and Eater, Vox's food and dining site ... The series, 'Home-cooked, chef-made,' showcases Campbell's products used both by chefs and home cooks. The goal is to show Eater's and Today's audiences the diverse range of uses for those products."

The goal, according to the companies, is to "highlight accessible recipes for busy families" and show Campbell's "saving the day in the creation of one-dish meals."


Bloomberg reports that Costco has "won dismissal of a lawsuit claiming it didn’t disclose to customers that it was selling farmed shrimp from Thailand fed a diet of cheap fish caught at sea with unpaid, forced labor. A San Francisco federal judge threw out the case Tuesday," the story says, without ruling on the facts but rather saying that the consumers who filed it did not have the standing to do so.
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