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Frozen fruit sales soar as smoothies get popular
The Wall Street Journal
Finally, after decades of sitting in a small corner of the freezer case, frozen fruit has landed its breakthrough role: smoothie ingredient.
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Michael Taylor: Making the case for critical FSMA funding
Food Safety Magazine
"We're at a critical juncture as Congress considers the funding that will help transform all the plans and preparations we've shared with you into protections that will greatly reduce the number of illnesses caused by contaminated foods and greatly increase consumer confidence in the safety of our food supply," writes Michael R. Taylor, FDA under secretary for food safety.
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IOM reverses policy on white potatoes in WIC voucher program
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
In a major policy reversal, the Institute of Medicine released a report Tuesday that finds the U.S. Department of Agriculture should allow fresh white potatoes to be eligible for purchase under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Related: National Potato Council applauds IOM recommendation (PotatoPro)

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GOP majority faces problems as Democrats block bill to fund DHS in immigration fight
The Washington Post
Congressional Republicans on Tuesday continued their assault on President Barack Obama's signature accomplishments and his ambitious budget proposal. But they faced stiff resistance from Democrats.

Related: Democrats learn to love the filibuster (Politico)

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GOP stalls in effort to oust Reid
The Hill
Senate Republicans are unlikely to land their most formidable recruit to take down Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
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Scott Walker works to harness national donor network for White House run
The Washington Post
In the intense jockeying to win the 2016 money primary, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are moving aggressively to lock down financial backers nationwide. On their heels is Scott Walker, who has a 50-state network of wealthy contributors and small donors far more expansive than expected for a Midwestern governor and former Milwaukee County executive.
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Obama flinches from an easy decision on the gas tax
The Washington Post
On his centerpiece proposal to pump money into the country's roads, bridges and rails, the president failed to make a politically challenging but substantively obvious point: Congress should increase the federal gasoline tax.
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The political battle over red meat
National Journal
There's a real food fight happening in Washington. Green groups want the government to tell Americans that eating less meat benefits the earth. And they are lobbying to add what amounts to a climate-change warning to federal dietary guidelines.
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USDA seeks nutrition, allergens, ingredients on labels for school food
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
USDA is requesting direct-delivered foods purchased for the Child Nutrition Programs for next school year to be labeled with nutrition information, allergen declarations and ingredient statements, according to a Jan. 28 letter to industry by David Tuckwiller, director of USDA's commodity procurement staff.
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Grassley: Taking USDA off food safety jeopardizes consumer health
Iowa Public Radio
Sen. Chuck Grassley says although in theory he supports consolidating federal responsibilities to one department, he prefers food inspection to stay under the purview of USDA.
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H-2B coalition takes aim at DOL's declaratory order power
Law360 (subscriber story)
The H-2B Workforce Coalition and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce argued Monday that the U.S. Secretary of Labor doesn't have the power to issue a declaratory order confirming his ability to set H-2B labor certification program policy, claiming that doing so would be improper under federal law.
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4 lawmakers begin second effort at biofuels reform bill
Reuters
A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers will begin their second attempt on Wednesday to introduce a bill that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standards program in the United States, targeting an end to ethanol fuel-blending mandates.
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Fields of gold: GMO-free crops prove lucrative for farmers
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Last spring, for the first time in 20 years, Indiana farmer Jim Benham planted his fields entirely with soybean seeds that hadn't been genetically modified to withstand herbicides. He was drawn to a nearly 14 percent per bushel premium for non-GMO soybeans offered by a local grain terminal.
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Flying frozen fish sales in China: Sales of core frozen food categories increase in China
DDMA
Convenience and safety concerns are driving the growth in sales of frozen groceries in China, where 65 percent of wealthy Chinese households say they are buying more food in a frozen format for home consumption than they were one year ago.
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Power lunch: The potential in Cuba
Food Processing
An end to the 50-year-old embargo of Cuba could be quite an opportunity for U.S. food and beverage processors.
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Worker risks from chemical flavorings get manufacturers' attention
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Food and flavorings manufacturers are looking for ways to minimize the health and safety risks their workers face when handling large quantities of chemical compounds used to enhance scents and flavors.
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Studies to reveal details of food stamp usage
Argus Leader
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to release studies this spring that will provide more information about the types of foods purchased by people on food stamps and whether that information can be tracked on a national level.
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How fish could change what it means for food to be organic
KBIA-FM via MPR
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering a set of rules for organic farmed fish. Several consumer groups, though, say the recommended rules don't go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods.
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Chipotle sales growth slows, shares fall
Reuters
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. on Tuesday reported sales growth at established restaurants slowed in the fourth quarter and slightly missed Wall Street's estimate, sending shares down more than 6 percent in after-hours trade.
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USDA announces $16 million to support food production
USAgNet
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding to support research, education and Extension efforts to improve food production and increase food security, defined as regular access to affordable, nutritious food. NIFA is funding the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Food Security program.
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