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Farm bill compromise will change programs, reduce spending, cut food stamps
The New York Times
House and Senate negotiators on Monday agreed on a new five-year farm bill that will eliminate or consolidate dozens of agriculture subsidy programs, expand government-subsidized crop insurance and cut about $8 billion from the food stamp program over the next decade.

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    Labeling debate continues: What do consumers care about?
    The Lempert Report
    A new report from AlixPartners asked more than 600 health-conscious shoppers, meaning those who spend more than 40 percent of their grocery budget on products associated with health and wellness, to vote on which attributes they will pay more for.
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    FSMA, GFSI turn small processors into competitors
    Food Processing
    While FSMA will close many gaps and require all industry players to follow improved food safety practices, it is impressive what companies have been able to achieve on their own initiative in recent years. Food manufacturers and their partners have driven significant change at all levels of the food supply chain.
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    What small-business owners should watch for in the State of the Union
    The Washington Post
    During his annual address to Congress on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will outline his plans to accelerate job creation and revive the economic recovery, which came to a near halt toward the end of last year. What remains to be seen is whether small businesses play a key role in his plans.

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    Obama's lows could hurt Democrats in 5 states
    Politico
    Daily tracking numbers published Monday by Gallup highlight the treacherous map facing Democrats in the midterm elections and offer a reminder of why incumbents in West Virginia, South Dakota and Montana decided to retire rather than run again.
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    Meet Cathy McMorris Rodgers, in GOP spotlight
    The Wall Street Journal
    In the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R.-Wash., will argue that the government should empower individual citizens over itself, emphasizing that trust in individuals is key to helping people find jobs and building a strong middle class, an aide said.
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    Food safety regulatory outlook for 2014
    Food Processing
    FDA's food safety activities for 2014 will be dominated by the continued implementation of FSMA, but USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service also will be busy implementing its ambitious Salmonella Action Plan.
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    High court brings clarity to 'changing clothes' under FLSA
    Law360 (subscription required)
    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday defining "changing clothes" under the Fair Labor Standards Act brings new clarity to a heavily litigated area that management-side lawyers say should give employers and unions renewed confidence that their collectively bargained deals over donning and doffing time will hold up.
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    Obama to raise minimum wage for contractors to $10.10
    Bloomberg
    Obama will issue an Executive Order for U.S. contract workers while repeating his call to reluctant lawmakers to increase the minimum hourly wage for all employed Americans.
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    FDA posts FSMA report on mandatory recall authority
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Per requirements as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the FDA has released a report on actions pertaining to the mandatory recall authority the agency gained when FSMA became law. During the first two years of having this authority, FDA has issued only one mandatory recall.
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    Wells Fargo: Sweeteners won't save sodas
    Food Navigator-USA
    It's been a grim year in the carbonated soft drinks aisles for the sector's three biggest guns, but will things look up in 2014? Wells Fargo predicts trouble ahead.

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    Japan food pesticide: Factory worker arrested
    BBC
    Japanese police have arrested a factory worker at a plant that produced food laced with pesticide, which led to hundreds of people being poisoned and a massive frozen food recall.

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    Food industry: GMO label laws 'unconstitutional'
    The Ecologist
    A leaked document reveals plans by the GMA to sue the first state that passes a GMO labeling law. Vermont will be the decisive battleground, reports claim.

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    WhiteWave enters China, jumps into US produce market
    Food Processing
    WhiteWave Foods Co., the 2013 spinoff from Dean Foods, has done some wheeling and dealing in the past month that takes it far afield from its U.S. dairy (or nondairy) roots.
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    Smithfield Foods to expand North Carolina plant
    WRAL-TV
    Smithfield Foods Inc. plans to expand its pork processing plant in Kinston, N.C., investing at least $16 million in the project, officials said last week. The move marks the company's third expansion since it opened in Kinston in 1978.
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    IFP's new line of encapsulated food ingredients omits PHOs
    Food Ingredients First
    IFP, Inc. has introduced a new line of encapsulated food ingredients to replace ingredients formerly coated with partially hydrogenated oils.
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    Food safety and quality: An inside view
    Food Quality News
    Simon Dawson, a food processing industry veteran-turned-lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, addresses the importance of a food safety culture.
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    Food company: Chip waste should be converted to biogas
    Food Production Daily
    Potato chip waste converted into biogas to fuel production is a viable, eco-friendly waste reduction plan that other snack makers should consider, says the president of Naturally Homegrown Foods.

    Related: Startups, organizations take on America's food waste challenge (PBS)

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    More than 1 million pounds of frozen poultry recalled on misbranding
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    George's Inc., a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 1.25 million pounds of frozen par-fried chicken tender products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

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    DuPont sets $5 billion buy-back as farm focus fuels profit
    Reuters
    DuPont's quarterly profit doubled, beating market estimates, as its strong push into agriculture paid off, and the chemical maker said it would buy back $5 billion in stock.
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    Eco-packaging alliance takes a bite out of US market
    Food Production Daily
    Vegware and Berkley Square have announced an alliance that will boost their share of the eco-packaging sector in the U.S.
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