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FDA agrees to deadlines on food safety overhaul
The Hill
The largest American food safety update in 70 years will be complete by spring 2016 under the terms of a settlement announced Thursday between food safety advocates. A consent agreement filed Thursday in federal district court in Oakland, Calif., cements a new, staggered set of deadlines for FSMA rules.

Related: FSMA gets new deadlines for final rules (Food Safety News)

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Packaged food industry slims down
The Wall Street Journal
Whether it's a cookie factory with too much capacity or a corporate culture of first-class flights, the packaged food industry's focus these days is on grinding away excess costs.
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Wal-Mart's China syndrome a symptom of international woes
Reuters
China's consumers say they want food that is safe and authentic, and, after 17 years, Wal-Mart is changing its approach, closing some big-box stores that never quite caught on with locals. Instead, it's focusing on private-label products and imports, putting its stamp on quality and safety.
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Being appointed a senator doesn't help you win the next election
The Washington Post
John Walsh is the recently appointed Democratic U.S. senator from Montana. He replaced Max Baucus, our new ambassador to China. Walsh has all the rights and privileges provided to all U.S. senators. So, in one sense he is obviously an "incumbent." But, what about when it comes to the Senate election in Montana this fall?

Related: Poll: Roberts numbers drop in Kansas (The Hill)

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Obama to Democrats: Make midterms 'sexy'
The Hill
President Barack Obama warned that Democrats often get into trouble during the midterm elections because state-level races aren't as "sexy" as national presidential elections during a meeting with Democratic governors and party donors Thursday night.
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2014 governors' races provide drama for 2016
The Wall Street Journal
Republicans, increasingly bullish about their prospects to recapture the Senate, face a more daunting task at the state level, where voters will render judgment on the class of GOP governors elected in 2010.
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Soda tax, warning labels backed by voters, poll finds
San Francisco Chronicle
A large, bipartisan majority of California voters support the idea of putting health-warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks, while two-thirds of voters back a proposal to tax those drinks and use the money to make children healthier, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.
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Court says food labeling lawsuit against ConAgra can proceed
Reuters
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived a lawsuit against ConAgra Foods Inc. over the amount of sodium the company discloses on sunflower seed packages.
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Fast food workers crisscross Seattle protesting for higher minimum wage
KCPQ-TV
About 30 fast food workers and their supporters spent Thursday morning protesting outside of the McDonald's on Seattle's First Hill as part of daylong "Boycott McPoverty" protests.
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Ingredients comparison: Wal-Mart vs. Whole Foods
Slate
How many of the groceries sold at Wal-Mart would be banned by Whole Foods? A comparison of the two food centers highlights differences in their sales channel philosophy.

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Labor's WTF moment: Stunning vote
Politico
Last week workers and their would-be union representatives found themselves on the edge of Alice's surreal rabbit hole. And when the votes were counted, they seemed to have fallen in.

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Consumer Reports evaluates grocery items
KGO-TV
There are now more choices than ever when it comes to buying food. So what does this mean for your wallet? Consumer Reports helped a California news crew find out.

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El Nino threatens to return, hit global food production
Reuters
The El Nino weather pattern that can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others is increasingly likely to return this year, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar.
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Who really owns organic food companies?
PolicyMic
Agriculture business researcher Dr. Philip Howard has been tracking the corporate takeover of mid-size organic food processing companies for years. A new chart shows just how concentrated the business has become.
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Professor: Non-GMO Grape Nuts, Cheerios 'certainly less nutritious'
Food Navigator-USA
The new non-GMO formulations of Original Cheerios and Grape Nuts might be made without ingredients from genetically engineered crops, but they also come with fewer vitamins — although brand owners General Mills and Post Foods won't say why.
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Ammonia leaks hit 2 US cold storage facilities
Food Quality News
Two separate cold storage facilities suffered from roof collapses and subsequent ammonia leaks, within hours of each other. Performance Food Group's facility in Kendallville, Ind., and Cloverleaf Cold Storage in Napoleon, Ohio, both reported weather-related structural problems that led to the leaks.
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2 ways to think about sustainable food sourcing
The Strategic Sourceror
Sustainable products and environmentally sound business practices are more important to today's consumers than ever before, and much of the attention when it comes to ecological issues is centered on the food industry.

Related: Sustainability watch: Trust and the triple bottom line (just-food)

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Sensor chip aims for food safety
Food Quality News
An EU project has created a disposable, mass-producible polymer-based nano-photonic sensor chip for a range of applications including food safety.
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Hand hygiene 'essential' to food facilities
Food Production Daily
A food science specialist says ensuring an effective safety program at any food processing environment involves one key ingredient: its people.
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European industry: Packaging can reduce global food waste
Packaging Europe
The United Nations estimates that more than 1 billion tons of food is wasted globally every year — but this is a figure that could be significantly reduced with the right packaging, according to the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers.
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