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Producer groups launch FSMA guidelines
Food Production Daily
With the Food Safety Modernization Act looming on the horizon, a number of food processing organizations are taking a proactive bent and offering up resources to help member companies sort out the legislative tangles ahead.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is mentioned in this story as offering its FSMA Self-Assessment Tool. For more information, please click here.

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California state senator pushing for sugary drinks tax
Monterey County Herald
Central Coast state Sen. Bill Monning is pushing again for a tax on sugary drinks in California to pay for health programs to battle what he calls "the epidemic of childhood obesity." In its current version, the new tax would raise about $2.7 billion a year, according to a legislative analysis.
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McDonald's delivery, breakfast all day: It could happen, CEO says
CNBC
Consumers can expect one of the world's largest restaurant chains to look very different in the future, with new menu items, delivery services, loyalty programs and maybe even all-day breakfast options, said McDonald's President and CEO Don Thompson.
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GOP mega-donor backs immigration reform
Politico
Republican mega-bundler Paul Singer has quietly gotten involved in the fight for immigration reform, making a six-figure donation to a group involved in marshaling conservatives to support an overhaul of federal laws.
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Rising star Anthony Foxx gets nod to replace Ray LaHood
Politico
Anthony Foxx, the fast-rising young mayor of Charlotte, N.C., will fill one of the last remaining slots in President Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet when the president taps him to replace Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, an administration official confirmed Sunday.

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    Senators take polling hit after voting against background checks bill
    The Hill
    Senators from Alaska, Arizona, Nevada and Ohio are facing a backlash for voting against gun control legislation, according to new survey results from Public Policy Polling.
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    Little appetite for food facility user fees, committee tells Hamburg
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    FDA's proposal to start charging food companies facility registration and import fees received a chilly reception at the House appropriations FDA-USDA subcommittee, where FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg testified at a 90-minute budget hearing Friday.
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    Poultry, meat processors could benefit from new ag worker bill
    Meatingplace
    Groups that represent poultry and meat processors praised a bill introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to create a new guest worker program, saying it would help establish a stable workforce and sustain the rural communities where many processing plants are located.
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    GMO bill headed to Connecticut House
    The Register Citizen
    A bill requiring labeling of "genetically engineered foods," such as corn that produces its own pesticide, is making its way to Connecticut's House. The law would cover food made from crops whose genes have been modified by inserting genetic material from another organism.
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    Report: Congress spent $136 billion on disaster relief — in 2 years
    The Washington Post
    Hurricanes, floods and droughts are putting an increasingly large strain on the federal budget. A new report out Monday from the Center for American Progress finds that Congress spent at least $136 billion on disaster relief between 2011 and 2013.
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    UK: Junk foods avoid ad ban by targeting children online
    The Guardian
    Advertising regulators have been accused of failing to protect children from aggressive online marketing by food companies using Internet games and advertising.
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    Restaurants vow to stop tossing out so much food
    The New York Times
    New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday that more than 100 New York City restaurants, including haute cuisine temples like Le Bernardin and chains like Pret a Manger, have pledged to reduce the food waste they send to landfills by 50 percent.
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    Companies will survey consumers via Twitter
    The Verge
    Companies will launch in-tweet surveys later this year. PRWeek reports Twitter will be expanding its survey functionality for big industry.

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    Focus on sustainable initiatives in food industry
    Food Navigator
    With growing global populations and increasing pressure on the world's food system, sustainability is no longer optional for the food industry.

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    Chemicals blamed for illness flourish in plants
    The Washington Post
    The case of a 37-year-old poultry plant inspector who mysteriously contracted — and died of — a lung illness has led to closer exams of food facilities.

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    Why Wendy's is the consumer's favorite for fast food
    BSCKids
    When it comes to fast food, no two burgers are quite alike. Recent data findings from food industry market research and consultant group Technomic show Wendy's wins over the likes of McDonald's and Burger King.
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    Bemis: Closing numerous plants saved $45 million
    Food Production Daily
    Bemis is expecting to deliver total program costs savings of $45 million this year after announcing its consolidation program is almost complete: 8 of 9 planned closures have taken place, with the last one expected in the second quarter of this year.
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    Twitter icon wants to fix how fast food does business
    USA Today
    The guy who created Twitter, Jack Dorsey, now wants to re-create the way fast food does business. Not with big shots such as McDonald's and Taco Bell, but with smaller joints, which make up about half of the nation's 210,000 quick-service restaurants, with sales exceeding $188 billion last year.
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    How DC's food entrepreneurs are cutting costs
    The Washington Post
    Washington, D.C.'s expanding food culture has inspired a new generation of entrepreneurs to try their hand at the food business, often peddling treats they make themselves through food trucks, farmers markets, coffee shops and restaurants.
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    Video: 'The Story of Frozen Food' examines history of industry
    Pop Blend
    In the video titled "The Story of Frozen Food," One Minute Science examines the long, strange history of frozen food — and more specifically, Clarence Birdseye's inspiration.
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