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The push to label genetically modified products
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times
Eric Herm, who farms near Lubbock, Texas, is among a small group of farmers and environmental advocates pushing for the labeling of GMO products in his state. But the push is getting little support from the Republican-dominated state leadership or from major agribusinesses.

Related: Vilsack: Technology offers alternative to GM label mandate (Dairy Herd Management)

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'Food avoiders' becoming a segment to watch
Food Business News
"Food avoiders" is a phrase used by the market research firm Packaged Facts in its report "Food formulation trends: Ingredients consumers avoid" to describe the consumers who are expressing caution over specific food ingredients.

Related: Athletes to CEOs finding food sensitivities can mar performance (Bloomberg)

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Inflation watch: Food costs in America rose 4 percent in past 12 months
Live Trading News
The cost of meats, fish and eggs led the biggest increase in U.S. food prices in nearly 2.5 years in February, according to government data. While overall inflation is said to remains low, the increases in food prices force shoppers to look for deals, cut back and buy less.
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Cantor attempts to remake the House GOP brand — and his own
The Washington Post
Every week, Eric Cantor, R-Va., huddles in a Capitol Hill basement meeting room with House conservatives, seeking their advice and input on legislation. As House majority leader, Cantor has been a trusted liaison between conservative activists and the Republican leadership. Yet in recent days, Cantor has begun laying out a far more centrist agenda than the one espoused by the core conservatives who have long formed his power base.
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White House weighs next nuclear option
Politico
Pressure is continuing to mount in President Barack Obama's base — and within his own White House — to push for a new nuclear option for judicial nominees. The clock is ticking: The Senate's less likely to vote on any nominees as the November election draws nearer, and a possible Republican takeover of the Senate is looming large.
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Silver: GOP slight favorite to win Senate
The Hill
Statistician Nate Silver on Sunday said Republicans are now slight favorites to win at least six seats and take control of the Senate.
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Alliance for a Stronger FDA criticizes budget request; FDA lists priorities
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The $24 million proposed increase for food safety in fiscal year 2015 falls far short of standing up a new food safety program, one of the reasons the Alliance for a Stronger FDA says the agency needs a stunning $200 million boost from Congress.
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US official lobbies for trans-Atlantic trade pact
The New York Times
Completing a landmark trans-Atlantic trade agreement could help Europe wean itself from reliance on Russian energy supplies, the United States trade representative, Michael Froman, has said.
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Contaminated chicken: How Denmark solved its Salmonella problem
The Oregonian
A sharp spike in chicken-related salmonella illnesses in Denmark about 25 years ago spurred a food safety revolution that produced what American experts say would not be feasible in the United States: Chicken meat essentially free of salmonella.

The Oregonian's four-day Salmonella series also includes:
  • Denmark attacks Salmonella at its source
  • The costs, benefits of trying to eradicate Salmonella
  • What can USDA learn from Denmark?
  • USDA says difficult to replicate Denmark and eliminate Salmonella in poultry
  • Timeline of Denmark's crackdown on Salmonella

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    Producing positive results during National Nutrition Month
    USDA
    Healthy eating plus physical fitness equals a positive lifestyle. It is a concept that has been talked about for years. Fruits and vegetables are an integral part of the equation and a cornerstone for National Nutrition Month.
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    FDA warning letters follow imported fish blocked at border after failing lab tests
    Food Safety News
    Three New York importers of fish and fishery products have a lot in common. Their dried filefish, dried anchovy fish and herring filets were all refused entry into the U.S. based on testing by FDA laboratories. Then FDA inspected their facilities and sent them warning letters calling for immediate correction of violations.
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    Food contact materials not intended for inclusion in FSVP, SPI says
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    When Congress was drafting the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, lawmakers likely intended to exempt food contact materials from the scope of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, the Society of the Plastics Industry asserts.
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    Canada: Feds want power to fine meat plants for food safety problems
    The Canadian Press via The Star Phoenix
    The Canadian federal government is proposing to give itself the power to fine meat-processing plants that break hygiene and other operating rules meant to protect human health. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the regulatory change would give it another enforcement tool to help protect consumers.
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    UK: Can the government really put a tax on sugar?
    AOL
    The evils of sugar have been so widely written about over the past few months that it wouldn't be long before someone decided we should tax it — and in the U.K., that honor goes to chief medical officer Sally Davies.
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    Turning food passions into businesses
    Orlando Sentinel
    Over the past two decades, private label food products have grown steadily in sales and often compete directly with national brands for market share, according to Datamonitor.

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    Russia allows US pork imports from Smithfield
    Reuters
    Russia has allowed U.S. pork imports from two firms of Chinese-owned producer Smithfield Foods Inc. after receiving additional guarantees of safety.

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    Influence analytics: Support for trans fats
    Sunlight Foundation
    Late last year, the FDA proposed 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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    Smithfield Foods, Nathan's enter retail licensing agreement
    Food Business News
    The John Morrell Food Group, a business unit of Smithfield Foods Inc., has entered into a licensing agreement with Nathan's Famous Inc. to bring Nathan's branded hot dogs, sausages and corned beef products to retailers nationwide.
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    Unilever's $2 billion Ragu auction said to lure Hormel, Smucker
    Bloomberg
    Unilever's Ragu could be paired with foods like Spam and jam as Hormel Foods Corp. and J.M. Smucker Co. prepare for an auction of the pasta sauce, people with knowledge of the matter said.
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    Kellogg's boss says EU exit could hurt Manchester
    Manchester Evening News
    Uncertainty over Britain's European Union membership is one of the biggest risks to Manchester's global competitiveness: That was the message delivered by the U.K. boss of cereal giant Kellogg's.
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    Food equipment manufacturer moving to Indiana
    AgriNews
    AM Manufacturing Co., a dough processing machine builder for the food industry, announced plans to relocate its headquarters from Dolton, Ill., to Munster, Ind., creating up to 40 new jobs by 2016.
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    UN: Climate change to disrupt food supplies, brake growth
    Reuters
    Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a U.N. report due this week that will put pressure on governments to act.
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    Innovation ahead: 6 emerging trends in food retailing
    Supermarket News (subscriber story)
    New food trends are emerging that could help retailers meet the needs of today's deeply informed, health-focused and on-the-go consumers. Supermarket News asked six food industry experts to each select one emerging trend they feel has the potential to drive sales gains at retail, and how retailers can best leverage those trends in their stores.
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    Papa Murphy's seeking a bigger slice of pie
    The Columbian
    The Vancouver-based restaurant chain faces challenges and unhappy franchises as it seeks to become a public company.
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    Thermal imaging cameras in the food industry
    Food Processing
    In the food industry, it's essential to carefully control the temperature of perishable goods throughout production, transportation, storage and sales. Because this almost always involves a human factor, food processors need tools that automate crucial operations in a way that helps minimize human error while keeping costs down.
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