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Democrats to propose $12/hour federal minimum wage
SeattlePI
A phased-in, $12-an-hour minimum wage will be proposed Thursday by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., with Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on hand to offer support.

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  • Wisconsin lawmaker wants to double state's minimum wage to $15/hour (The AP via WITI-TV)
  • What's the effect of a $15 minimum wage? Automation, job losses (The Huffington Post)

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    Why frozen and canned vegetables reduce food waste
    Fresh Plaza
    Food industry leaders are calling upon policymakers to acknowledge the power of frozen and canned vegetables in the battle to reduce food waste.
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    The silent profit killer: 77 percent of your workers are unengaged
    American Frozen Food Institute
    A recent Gallup poll showed that over 77 percent of manufacturing workers are disengaged in their work. This disengagement directly affects safety, quality, yield and productivity in your organization. It is critical for food companies to engage their front-line workers to drive desired behaviors.
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    Corker relents, handing GOP a budget victory
    Politico
    Under intense pressure from his Republican colleagues, Sen. Bob Corker on Wednesday dropped objections to what he called gimmickry in a budget deal, paving the way for Congress to clear a spending blueprint for the first time in half a decade.

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  • Democrats march to budget war (The Hill)

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    Rust-belt Republicans face tough sell on global trade deals before 2016
    The Washington Post
    From the largely shuttered steel mills around Scranton, Pennsylvania, to the devastated manufacturing region around Kansas City, Missouri, Senate Republicans face the daunting task of promoting global trade while defending seats in states that have seen many factories fade into history.
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    Crowded primary field creates dilemma for GOP leaders
    The Hill
    The rapid growth of the GOP presidential field is causing major headaches for party bosses ahead of a primary debate season that begins this summer.
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    POLICY


    Obama trade bill in trouble
    Politico
    The House is currently dozens of votes short of being able to pass legislation that would allow President Barack Obama to send trade deals to Congress for fast approval, according to senior lawmakers and aides in both parties, imperiling a top White House priority for the president's final years in office.
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    California governor orders country's most aggressive emission cut goals
    The Washington Post
    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is ordering his state to cut harmful carbon emission levels more aggressively than any other government in North America, as an historic drought grips the Western United States.
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    Americans eating green, meat industry seeing red
    The Hill
    Eat more veggies, fruits, beans and grains; cut back on animal products. It's hard to believe that such simple advice could spur fiery debate, but the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's main recommendation has done just that.
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    Food Safety Summit points to challenges in federal/state integration under FSMA
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    When do federal and state inspectors cross the line to become industry consultants? This was just one of many issues explored as experts discussed Food Safety Modernization Act federal/state coordination at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore this week.

    Related: AFFI to present on Preventive Controls rule at Food Safety Summit (American Frozen Food Institute)

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    China just overhauled its advertising law: Here's what you need to know
    Advertising Age
    Chinese legislators just updated the country's advertising law, which hadn't been overhauled since 1994 — well before the arrival of many Western brands, and before the Internet took off. Study up before the new rules go into effect Sept. 1.
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    FSIS to industry: Lack of consistency leads to more regulation
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    "We regulate failure," said Daniel Engeljohn, assistant administrator at USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, speaking on the second day of the Federal Food Regulatory Conference in Washington, D.C., this week.
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    Striking West Coast port truck drivers take picket line to rail yard
    American Journal of Transportation
    Striking port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than as independent contractors for their companies picketed a rail yard Wednesday as they called again on the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach to weigh in on drivers' behalf.
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    USDA announces $18.3 million bonus buy of apples
    Fresh Fruit Portal
    Following a period of excess supply, the United States Department of Agriculture has pledged to make its largest apple purchase in history with the fruit destined for nutrition-based initiatives like the school lunch program.
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    Commentary: Chipotle's junk science on GMOs
    Los Angeles Times
    Chipotle's announcement this week that safety compelled it to remove all genetically modified organisms from its food is rooted either in ignorance or in crass profit-seeking at the expense of science.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Frozen Food Foundation hosts all forms luncheon
    American Frozen Food Institute
    The Frozen Food Foundation, along with the Canned Food Alliance and Can Manufacturers Institute, recently hosted an all forms of fruits and vegetables luncheon in Washington, D.C.
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    Clear Springs Foods announces new vice president of marketing
    American Frozen Food Institute
    Clear Springs Foods, the rainbow trout leader and sustainable seafood innovator, recently announced Kurt Myers has joined the company as vice president of marketing.
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    Colliers lists available food facilities for sale or lease
    American Frozen Food Institute
    AFFI Advantage Partner Colliers International, through their Food Advisory Services group, recently listed two food processing and cold storage facilities in Alabama and Kentucky for sale and/or lease.
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    Costco's organic food sales approach $3 billion
    Food Business News
    Wal-Mart and Kroger, the nation's two largest retailers, and Target, the fourth-largest retailer, have made significant strides in the organic food category over the past year, so it's only fitting that Costco — the No. 3 chain — is getting in on the action.
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    Food companies scrambling to cut palm oil from supply chains
    The Wall Street Journal
    The roster of food companies that want to eliminate palm oil from their products is getting longer. But actually reaching that goal will require an enormous effort across their supply chains.
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    9 million pounds of beef, chicken products recalled over labeling mistake
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    New York-based Golden Krust Patties is recalling a little more than 9 million pounds of beef and chicken products shipped to distributors, retailers and consumers nationwide after an FSIS inspector discovered egg, a known allergen, was not included on the product label.

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    Officials try to contain avian flu as outbreak continues
    Iowa Public Radio
    As the number of farms hit with avian flu grows over 100 nationwide, regulators are implementing containment plans meant to stop the virus's spread and spare millions of at-risk birds and thousands of poultry farms.
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    Organic NPD vital to survive mainstream 'healthification'
    Food Navigator
    The organic sector has cultivated a culture of ethical awareness among consumers that conventional manufacturers are now cashing in on — and new product development is vital for the sector to retain its value, say experts.
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    Most consumers unwilling to pay more for non-GMO, even as their concern rises
    Food Navigator-USA
    Consumers' concern about genetically modified food is on the rise, but most shoppers are not yet willing to pay a premium for non-GMO foods — making it difficult for manufacturers to evaluate the business case for going non-GMO, according to research by The NPD Group.
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    Refrigeration: Can magnetism improve the storage of foods?
    New Food
    Frozen food is one of the largest sectors of the food industry, and its value is increasing throughout the world. There is growing interest in finding a freezing method that will give a long shelf life but preserve the intrinsic "fresh" quality of food. The application of fluctuating magnetic fields, especially the Cells Alive System, has been advocated in this role.
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    Revision of ISO 22000 on food safety management
    Food Processing
    ISO has commenced the revision of ISO 22000 on food safety management, seeking to update, simplify and clarify its standards.
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