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At poultry plants, chemicals blamed for ailments poised to proliferate
The Washington Post
When Jose Navarro landed a job as a federal poultry inspector in 2006, he moved his wife and newborn son to a rural town in Upstate New York near the processing plant, believing it was a steppingstone to a better life. Five years later, Navarro was dead. The 37-year-old's lungs had bled out.

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    GMO food labeling drive has biotech industry biting back
    Reuters
    New efforts to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, including a bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, have struck a nerve with biotech crop developers who say they are rushing to roll out a broad strategy to combat consumer concerns about their products.
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    Focus on sustainable initiatives in food industry
    Food Navigator
    With ever-growing global populations and increasing pressure on the world's food system, sustainability is no longer an "optional extra" for the food industry.
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    Poll: Pat Toomey's numbers rise
    Politico
    Sen. Pat Toomey — the Pennsylvania Republican who helped lead the failed bipartisan background check proposal — has climbed to a record high approval rating in the Keystone State, according to a new poll Friday.
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    House conservatives to push own immigration agenda
    The Washington Post
    Influential House conservatives signaled Thursday they will pursue their own course on revising the nation's immigration laws, a move some lawmakers warned could derail a comprehensive overhaul that President Barack Obama has made a top priority for his second term.
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    How Schumer and McCain teamed up to lead push for immigration reform
    The Hill
    Charles Schumer has finally learned to laugh at John McCain's jokes, and McCain has put aside his concerns about Schumer's partisan reputation. The two have become the public face of the 844-page comprehensive immigration reform bill now pending in the upper chamber.
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    Senators ask FDA to be more transparent with food animal antibiotics data
    Food Safety News
    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators this week asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be more transparent when they publish data regarding the use of antimicrobial drugs in food animal production.

    Related: Opinion: Antibiotics report ignores food safety facts (AgWeb)

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    Freight needs money and federal planning, House panel told
    Truckinginfo
    A couple of themes emerged from the first hearing of a new House panel on freight transportation. One: The U.S. needs to reinvest in freight infrastructure across all modes, and for highways that means raising money by raising fuel taxes. Two: The federal government plays an indispensable role in determining where the investment should be made and how to allocate the funding.
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    Opinion: Delivering 'Big Ethanol' a reality check on RINs
    Politico
    The adverse impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard on consumers, a range of industries and the environment are becoming increasingly apparent to lawmakers and Americans across the nation. It is time for Big Ethanol to have a reality check.

    Related: Florida axes state Renewable Fuel Standard (Domestic Fuel)

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    Poll: Most Americans oppose soda, candy taxes
    HealthDay News
    Most U.S. adults aren't sweet on the idea of soda and candy taxes, and many doubt the bigger price tags would trim the national waistline. That's the finding of a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll released Thursday.
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    Alice Waters, school officials talk teaching with food
    Los Angeles Times
    Fast food begets a fast-food culture that has seeped into pretty much everything going on in the world today, chef Alice Waters told a crowd gathered at UCLA for a presentation about edible education.
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    Opinion: Cucumbers, Salmonella and budget cuts
    Food Safety News
    The CDC announced Thursday that a multistate Salmonella outbreak was likely caused by the consumption of cucumbers imported from Mexico. The announcement came one day after the FDA said it would be conducting 18 percent fewer food inspections this year due to a loss of funding and that "even before the sequester, the FDA was able to inspect less than 2 percent of all food imports."
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    PepsiCo and Mondelez — better together?
    Bloomberg
    PepsiCo Inc. and Mondelez International Inc. shareholders are wagering that salty and sweet are better together. Shares of both companies have surged more than 8 percent in the past month to new highs amid bets that activist investors Nelson Peltz and Ralph Whitworth will push for a merger.
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    Cost cuts help Burger King
    The Wall Street Journal (open-access story)
    Burger King Worldwide Inc.'s first-quarter earnings rose as the fast food chain continued to cut expenses, helping to offset softer revenue and weaker same-store sales.
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    Wal-Mart vs. Amazon: Could come down to veggies
    Forbes
    Wal-Mart and Amazon are fighting for e-commerce supremacy. Some experts predict food — especially perishables — could be the key.

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    Food Technology & Innovation Forum 2013
    Food Navigator-USA
    From PepsiCo to Unilever, the food industry's biggest guns headed to Chicago this week to discuss everything from millennials to portion sizes.

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    FDA chief: Sequester to reduce food inspections
    USA Today
    The FDA will conduct fewer food safety inspections this year because of the sequester, commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Wednesday.

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    Northern Beef Packers to lay off some workers temporarily
    Meatingplace
    Aberdeen, S.D.–based Northern Beef Packers, which opened last fall and has been plagued with funding problems, must temporarily lay off about 108 of its 420 workers as it seeks to raise more money, CEO David Palmer said.
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    Continental Grain criticizes Smithfield Foods reply
    International Venture Capital Post
    One of the biggest shareholders in Smithfield Foods Inc., Continental Grain Co., has urged the meat company to add three new directors to its existing board. The motion is but part of the restructuring plan that can help boost share values of Smithfield to $40 in the next three years.
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    GrainCorp will be ADM's biggest acquisition ever
    The Wall Street Journal (open-access story)
    Archer Daniels Midland Co. has a market value of $21.9 billion, but it hasn't grown by undertaking large-scale M&A. The group's $2.5 billion takeover offer for the 80.1 percent of GrainCorp Ltd. that it doesn't already own is its biggest acquisition on record, according to Dealogic.
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    Wakefern donates $1 million to Academy of Food Marketing
    PR Newswire via Digital-Journal
    Wakefern this week donated a record $1 million to The Academy of Food Marketing at St. Joseph's University — the largest-ever gift to the food business school based in Philadelphia.
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