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Influence analytics: Support for trans fats
Sunlight Foundation
Late last year, the FDA made what in the world of regulatory foot dragging was a bold proposal: to all but ban artery-clogging trans fats from foods. Then it opened its door for comments. And it got, ahem, a belly full.
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Kids' advertising entrenches adult brand loyalty
Food Navigator
Food brand mascots advertised to children can spark long-term brand loyalty and biases — a strategy that could be used to benefit public health but one that could also fuel public concern, warn researchers.
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Deadly pig virus numbers rise in US hog herd
Reuters
Confirmed cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus increased by 296 in the week ended March 15, bringing the total number to 4,757, according to data released Thursday by USDA's National Animal Health Laboratory Network.
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GOP memo says SNAP cuts will stand
Politico
The House Agriculture Committee's GOP leaders are brushing aside an attempt by a growing number of states to block food stamp cuts, saying it won't make a dent in their plans to shrink the program.
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14 political races to watch in 2014
USA Today
In the 2014 elections, Republicans need to net a six-seat pickup to retake control of the U.S. Senate. They have high hopes, but there is little room for error. In the House, Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats to gain majority control and return Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to the speaker's chair. Here are key races to watch.
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Democrats navigate around Obama's unpopularity
The Wall Street Journal
Democrats are girding for a tough slog in the midterm congressional elections by cranking up their fundraising and voter turnout programs, but there is only so much they can do about one of the biggest political problems their candidates have to cope with: President Barack Obama's sagging approval ratings.
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Russia allows US pork imports from Chinese-owned Smithfield
Reuters
Russia has allowed U.S. pork imports from two firms of Chinese-owned producer Smithfield Foods Inc. after it received additional guarantees, Russia's veterinary watchdog said on its website. Russia banned most meat imports from the United States early last year because of concerns over the use of the feed additive ractopamine.
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Anti-GM protesters 'storm' EFSA headquarters
Food Navigator
A group of anti-GM protesters forced entry into EFSA's premises Thursday in what the authority says was a bid to "denounce" its role in assessing GMO applications in the European Union.

Related: Hawaii House revives and kills GMO label bill (The AP via San Francisco Chronicle)

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BRC guideline to meet allergen management
Food Quality News
The British Retail Consortium Global Standards has published a guideline to help manufacturers identify allergens and ensure best practices are met and risks reduced.
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Fast food workers facing wage deflation
Bloomberg
On today's "Single Best Chart," Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu looks at the percentage of U.S. fast food employees versus the average hourly wage.

Related: The burger chain that pays $10 an hour with benefits (ThinkProgress)

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Lawmakers: Salmonella action plan 'should be delayed'
Food Quality News
Congress members have called for a delay in the proposed Salmonella action plan because there is a "lack of evidence" that it will reduce foodborne pathogens.
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Shellfish causing confusion in FSMA sanitary transportation rule
Food Safety News
The exemption of live animals from the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act sanitary transportation rule might need a caveat.
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Study: Taste for sweet and salty foods linked
Food Navigator
Children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt, suggesting such a link could be behind high childhood consumption of both.

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California to ease water restrictions to help ag
Reuters
Drought-plagued California will ease some protection for fish in the fragile San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, officials said Tuesday, making more water available.

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How a food maker soars without social media
Inc. via Business Insider
Inc.'s "Build 100" list of America's premiere sustained-growth firms includes one business, a frozen food maker, that has no trace of presence on social media — yet is growing.

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Birds Eye plans 'First Choice' marketing campaign
Talking Retail
Coinciding with the introduction of new packaging and a new logo, Birds Eye is launching a yearlong marketing campaign in the U.K. to change the consumer view of frozen food from "fall-back" to "first choice."
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Campbell's chef: We're charged with finding the iconic products of the future
Food Navigator-USA
How does an $8 billion packaged food and beverage business known for everything from condensed soup to fresh juices, skillet sauces to packaged snacks navigate the dynamic world of culinary trends? By building a team of chefs, marketers, food scientists and packaging and consumer insights specialists dedicated to innovation.
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McDonald's operating chief Fenton to retire in October
Bloomberg
McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant chain, said Chief Operating Officer Tim Fenton will retire in October and the company will eliminate the position.
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Nestle among 4 firms eyeing Danone's Medical Nutrition
Reuters
Swiss food giant Nestle and diversified German health care group Fresenius are among the four groups that have shown interest in buying the Medical Nutrition unit of France's Danone, daily Les Echos said Thursday.
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US: 200 jobs to go in Supervalu restructure
just-food
U.S. grocer SuperValu Inc. has announced a business restructure — consolidating its business from three to two regions — that could see 200 jobs axed.
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Trends come and go: So what's next in food?
Southernminn.com
Trends are moving away from processed and unhealthy food and moving back to fresh local ingredients cooked simply and from scratch.
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Latest food contaminant risks revealed
Laboratory Talk
In its latest research report, "Global Food Safety Testing Market Outlook 2018," Research & Markets analysts have studied the global food safety testing market in terms of contaminants and key markets.
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Honey may stop bacterial resistance to antibiotics
Food Quality News
Honey could be one solution to the ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, according to researchers.
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