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Food safety advocates plead for more FSMA funding
Food Safety News
As Congress goes about determining agency funding levels for fiscal year 2015, public health groups are urging members of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees on agriculture to provide increased funding to the FDA to support implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Ag scientists: Voluntary GMO food labeling already provides consumer choice
Farm Progress
A new issue paper released Monday by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology suggests that a mandatory affirmative labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified ingredients could have negative impacts on the economy, First Amendment rights and trade.

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    Consumers might read organic label differently than Organic Standards Board
    Food Safety News
    The Consumer Reports National Research Center says that "questionable practices" remain in the regulation of the fast-growing organics industry.
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    Poll shows Democrats at risk in November as Obama's approval rating falls
    The Washington Post
    Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Barack Obama's approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president's agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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    Congress returns with one goal: Do no (political) harm
    The Washington Post
    Lawmakers begin returning to Washington Monday after a two-week Easter recess, and the goal of Republicans and Democrats controlling the House and Senate remains the same: Do no political harm, or at least do nothing to cause serious shifts in the political winds that could upset the status quo before Election Day.
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    Eric Cantor confronts Republican infighting
    Politico
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is a rising star in national politics, but at home in Virginia, he's at the center of a battle with fellow Republicans.
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    Harry Reid slates minimum wage vote
    Politico
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday set up a long-shot Wednesday vote on a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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    Sugar users cite CBO forecast of sugar program costs
    Food Business News
    The Coalition for Sugar Reform cited the Congressional Budget Office's April 2014 Baseline for Farm Programs as further reason to change the U.S. sugar program.
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    APHIS proposes new testing on imported animal, poultry products
    Federal Register
    In its ongoing mission to prevent, control and eliminate domestic diseases among livestock and food animal resources, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has proposed testing processes for imported animal and poultry products.
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    Separate animal feed plan not necessary for human food makers, FDA says
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    FDA says it never intended to require human food makers to create separate animal feed safety plans for their byproducts, and the agency plans to make this clear when Food Safety Modernization Act regulations are reopened for comment, Mike Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said.
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    Food summit confronts sustainability challenges
    Food Production Daily
    The Sustainable Foods Summit brought together Cargill, Unilever, Mondelez, Wal-Mart and other significant stakeholders to hammer out sustainability concerns.
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    CDC conference dissects Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak
    Food Safety Magazine
    Antimicrobial resistance is becoming an increasingly hot topic among health care professionals, scientists, regulatory personnel and many in the food industry, especially growers and processors of livestock and poultry.
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    EU set to approve 2 GMO imports
    Food Chemical News
    The European Union is set to reauthorize Bayer's genetically modified maize (corn) T25 for food and feed uses, import and processing in the EU, after the habitual lack of consensus among member states
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    'Invisible' olive oil tags help stop adulteration
    Food Quality News
    An invisible label to protect olive oil from adulteration has been developed by ETH researchers, who say their method is equivalent to a label that can't be removed.

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    Are we really spending more on food? Maybe not
    Bloomberg TV
    Michael McKee reports on the price of food, examining the 10-year average increases in the overall cost of food staples.

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    Efforts to zap bacteria in food slow to catch hold
    The Washington Post
    The nuclear energy Frank Benso uses to kill bacteria in fruit and oysters has widespread support from public health officials and scientists. But it has barely caught on in the U.S.

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    Who's winning the breakfast war? Customers
    The Fiscal Times
    The battle between Taco Bell and McDonald's that's playing out on your TV screen and across social media centers on a $30-plus-billion-dollar fast food breakfast market — one the industry hopes may be staggering back to life as the job market recovers.

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    Hain Celestial acquires Rudi's Organic Bakery for $61.3 million
    FBR
    Hain Celestial, a U.S.-based organic and natural products maker, has acquired Rudi's Organic Bakery, an organic and gluten-free company with facilities in Boulder, Colo., for $61.3 million.
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    Are bugs headed to a grocery store near you?
    NBC News
    Andrew Brentano, co-founder of Tiny Farms, shares a few of the benefits of eating bugs, from health to the environment.
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    More than 200,000 frozen sliders produced at Ohio plant
    Dayton Daily News
    White Castle will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at its Vandalia, Ohio, production plant, which was built for $19.4 million and finished in December.
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    Kansas wheat turning brown shows drought damage for winter crops
    Bloomberg
    Growers in Kansas, the biggest U.S. wheat producer, will collect 299 million bushels, down 6.3 percent from 2013, according to the average of 14 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
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    China faces growing beef shortages in spite of government efforts
    Food Production Daily
    Faced with a long-term decline in cattle stock and a widening gap in productivity compared to other producing countries, the Chinese beef industry is having a difficult time catching up with demand on home turf.
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    Water-assisted pulsed light shows decontamination potential with fruit
    Food Quality News
    Water-assisted pulsed light processing could be a non-chemical alternative to chlorine washing to decontaminate blueberries, according to researchers.
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    Vivione receives LNO for pathogen test kit
    Food Quality News
    Vivione Biosciences has received a Letter of No Objection from USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service for its RAPID-B non-O157 Shigatoxigenic group of E.coli test kit.
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    Kraft Foods discontinues private fleet service
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill., announced plans to discontinue its Champaign, Ill.-based private fleet service by year's end, eliminating 285 jobs across 10 sites.
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    Meredian and Tate & Lyle in PHA pilot project
    Food Production Daily
    Meredian biopolymer manufacturer and Tate & Lyle have completed a successful pilot of production of Meredian's PHA formulation process.
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    Freedonia market research: Latest trends in pouches
    FoodBev.com
    Demand for pouches in the U.S. is projected to increase 4.6 percent per year to $9.4 billion in 2018. According to Freedonia Group analyst Esther Palevsky, "Growth will be fueled by continued solid opportunities for stand-up pouches."
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