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Food processors address frozen produce's image problem
The Wall Street Journal
Frozen produce is convenient, and often it is nutritionally comparable to fresh produce. But it has an image problem, says Kate Gallager, research and development manager for Green Giant, a big producer of frozen produce and a unit of General Mills Inc. So frozen food companies are going on the offensive.

Editor's note: This story details a study from the University of Georgia commissioned by the Frozen Food Foundation that compares the nutritional value of frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, visit www.frozenfoodfacts.org.

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Cheerios drops genetically modified ingredients
USA Today
Under pressure from consumers and activist groups, General Mills says it will stop using genetically modified ingredients to make its original Cheerios cereal.

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    The hot industry topics of 2014
    Food Production Daily
    Automation, sustainability, shelf-life extension, smart packaging and other technologies are on the menu the FoodProductionDaily team has planned for the coming year.
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    2014 elections: 10 critical Senate races
    Politico
    Republicans have their best shot in years at taking back the Senate in 2014, but a lot has to break their way. They have to pick up just six seats and defend 14, unlike Democrats, who have to defend 21 seats.
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    Super PACs gear up for individual Senate battles
    USA Today
    Rules require that super PACs operate independently of their favored politicians, but a growing numbers of new candidate-aligned super PACS are run by their allies.
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    Climate to be 2014 battlefield
    The Hill
    Climate change and energy will be a major policy battleground in the 2014 midterms, advocates on both sides of the issue promise.
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    California group pushes for new vote on GMO labels
    Ag Professional
    Despite a statewide vote in 2012 that rejected a California proposal to require food to be labeled if it contained genetically modified ingredients, the issue is being brought up again in Napa County.

    Related: More GMO labeling ballot initiatives coming soon; federal push in Congress (Mondaq)

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    Connecticut launches poultry inspection program, mobile slaughter unit
    Meatingplace
    The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has established an inspection program for poultry producers to operate as a small poultry slaughter facility exempt from continuous USDA inspection and also will build a mobile slaughter unit.
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    Landmark organic food product case adjudicated in California
    PRWeb
    The California Court of Appeal ruled in December that state law consumer actions based on mislabeling of food products as "organic" by a certified grower are pre-empted by federal law and cannot be maintained in Quesada v. HerbThyme Farms Inc.
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    UK government to intervene in Monsanto GM soy case
    Food Navigator
    The U.K. government has confirmed its intention to intervene in a case against the European Commission's approval of a Monsanto GM soy variety at the European Court of Justice.
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    2014 consumer products industry outlook
    Deloitte via CIO Journal
    With economic growth slowing in developing markets, CPG companies will continue to enhance their digital commerce abilities to maintain revenue growth and take advantage of market and economic trends.

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    The 10 most controversial regulations of 2013
    The Hill
    The debate over federal regulation exploded in 2013, as President Barack Obama leaned on his regulatory authority to pursue key policy goals in lieu of congressional action, as the GOP pushed back.

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    Burger King arms for $1 menu rumble
    Burger Business
    Burger King has signaled its acceptance of making value menus a battlefield this year. The No. 2 burger chain expanded its budget lineup and rechristened it the King Deals Value Menu.

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    Plot thickens in Japan's frozen food recall
    The Wall Street Journal
    A major frozen food recall in Japan has taken a potentially sinister turn, with police launching an investigation after health officials said it was unlikely that contamination of products with a pesticide took place inadvertently during the production process.
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    Wal-Mart adds DNA tests in China after donkey meat recall
    Bloomberg
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it's adding DNA tests of meat it sells in China after recalling donkey products from a local supplier that authorities said contained fox DNA.
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    Sector viable despite Heinz and Kellogg closings, study finds
    The London Free Press via The Observer
    Stifled by regulatory issues and legacy costs such as outdated plants, Canada's food processing sector will grow only with concerted efforts to guide new and longtime companies, says a leading Canadian agricultural think tank.
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    Low-wage movement strikes fast food processing at Taylor Farms
    CounterPunch
    Hundreds of workers and supporters waged a one-day strike against unfair labor practices at Taylor Farms on Dec. 19. Among the workers at the company's two plants in Tracy, Calif., a large majority have signed union cards.
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    Food processing: Technology improves quality
    Gasworld
    A new "soft chill" means of using liquid nitrogen to control the temperature of foods while they are being processed will improve quality, says Air Products.
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