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FAO: Biotech contamination in traded food is on the rise
Bloomberg
Contamination of traded food and feed with genetically modified crops is on the rise as production increases around the world, the U.N.'s Food & Agriculture Organization reported.

Related: Europe's fear of US hormone meat, GM food divides trade talks (Reuters)

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Many states weigh GMO labels
The Pew Charitable Trusts
This year, at least half the states may consider requiring special labels on food that has been genetically modified to grow better.
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Business groups stunned as Obama gives millions overtime
The Hill
Business groups and congressional Republicans are blasting regulations President Barack Obama will announce Thursday that could extend overtime pay to as many as 10 million workers who are now ineligible for it.
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Florida loss exposes Democrats' disarray on Obamacare
Politico
Democrats can't even agree whether Obamacare was the reason for their crushing loss in a Florida special election Tuesday. Now picture how their messaging plan for the health care law is shaping up for 2014.

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  • Democrats pinning Florida loss on dismal turnout effort (The Washington Post)
  • Opinion: Midterms an Obamacare referendum? Not so fast (The Washington Post)

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    Democrats get a sinking 2014 feeling
    The Hill
    Democrats put on a brave face while sorting through the post-election rubble of their loss in Florida's 13th District Tuesday, but the takeaway was clear and urgent: The party has a dire turnout problem heading into the midterm elections.
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    Hillary Clinton leads Christie and other GOP hopefuls in Iowa
    USA Today
    The presidential election is two years away, but it looks like Iowa voters are shifting away from Chris Christie and moving to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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    EU: Rejected nano labeling law goes back to square one
    Food Navigator
    The question of how to define and label nano-scale ingredients will return to the drawing board, after the European Parliament rejected proposed regulation Wednesday.

    Related: Defining nano-food: A big problem at a very small scale (European Parliament)

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    Costly food regulations
    AgInfo.net
    In the ongoing battle surrounding the food industry the approach most often taken is "us vs. them," with food activists and consumers pitted against Big Food. In reality, the food industry is made up of several diverse groups, much like any other industry.
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    Japan, US make 'bit of progress' in trade talks — Japanese official
    Reuters
    The United States and Japan made some progress on resolving a deadlock over tariffs on farm and industrial exports, which is dragging on a wider Pacific trade deal, a senior Japanese official said Wednesday.
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    Do young shoppers share parents' love for Costco?
    Consumerist
    Some investment analysts are starting to wonder whether today's young adults will buy their own memberships to wholesale clubs like Costco or Sam's.

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    McDonald's plan to win back its customers
    The AP via The Spectrum
    As chains like Chipotle and Five Guys Burgers and Fries grow, McDonald's is strategizing to overcome "challenging industry dynamics."

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    Food fight starting early over school lunch rules
    Politico
    Keeping intact a 2010 rewrite of a law that dictates what kids eat in school could be a major challenge as some in Congress are already angling for a rollback.

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    Texas grocer to launch private-label organics
    Meat & Poultry
    Texas grocer H-E-B has launched its own line of organic products called H-E-B Organics. The company said the line will increase availability of organic food products in Texas at affordable prices.
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    No sugar reduction in Mondelez health and wellness pledge
    Confectionery News
    Mondelez is to cut saturated fat and sodium by 10 percent by 2020 but suggests reducing consumer sugar intake is manageable with portion controlled products and education.
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    EPA: 51.5 percent of US packaging gets recycled
    Food Production Daily
    Lightweighted containers, reduced material use, improved recycling awareness — many shifts in the U.S. waste stream points toward food packaging having a better impact on the environment than ever before.
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    Coding and marking: Are you controlling costs effectively?
    Food Engineering
    Hygiene requirements, durability and much more factor into code application for primary food packaging.
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    Wholesale food distributor coming to Alabama; 100 jobs expected
    AL.com
    A Gulf Coast wholesale food distributor will be expanding into the south Alabama market this summer with the hiring of 25 new employees and sales of $7.5 million expected in the first year.
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    Veggie-rich muffins filling gap in frozen food options
    The Paramus Post
    Garden Lites, The Delicious Vegetable Company®, has debuted the latest innovation in frozen cuisine with the launch of Garden Lites Veggie Muffins™, whose first and main ingredient is a vegetable.
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    Jury returns $12 million+ verdict against Frozen Food Express
    Truckinginfo
    A Milwaukee County Circuit Court jury has decided that negligence on the part of Frozen Food Express and one of its truck drivers contributed to the injuries suffered by a man when he was crushed between a trailer and the loading dock he was inspecting at the Birds Eye plant in Walworth County, Wis., according to a release from the plaintiff’s attorneys.
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