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Fatty food is the new tobacco, says international report
City A.M.
The global food industry could be facing a regulatory regime similar to that of the tobacco industry, if world leaders follow the recommendations of a report released by the World Obesity Federation and Consumers International.

Related: Battling unhealthy food requires tobacco-style response (Food Navigator)

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Senators target ad tax deduction — this time for the children
Advertising Age
A couple of U.S. senators are making a new attack on the the long-targeted ad tax deduction, and this one goes squarely after the food and beverage industries. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have introduced a bill called the "Stop Subsidizing Childhood Obesity Act," that would prohibit deductions of expenses from the advertising of foods and beverages of "poor nutritional quality" that are marketed to kids.
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French fry wars heat up in test battlegrounds
The Sacramento Bee
In a response to Burger King's "Satisfries," McDonald's is preparing to launch Shakin' Flavor Fries, a line of seasoned fries in three flavors, with Sacramento as one of two test markets in the country.
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Boehner's big immigration decision
The Hill
Republican and Democratic advocates see one final, long-shot chance to pass immigration reform this summer, and its fate rests with a Speaker stuck between his party's resistance and his search for a career-defining legacy.
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Poll: McConnell maintains lead over Bevin
The Hill
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., maintains a significant lead over his primary challenger but is in a statistical dead heat with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for November, a new poll suggests.

Related: DSCC tops NRSC in April fundraising (The Hill)

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Tuesday primaries will shape critical 2014 contests
USA Today
Six states are holding primary election contests Tuesday to set the ballots for some of 2014's most consequential general election battles.
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PEW pushes for antibiotics language in sustainable beef definition
Meatingplace
Leaving no stone unturned to further its views on the use of antibiotics to treat food animals, 11 organizations led by the PEW Charitable Trusts are asking the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef to include the topic in its definition of sustainable beef.
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Connecticut proposes ban on chocolate milk, some juices in schools
CBS News
Connecticut lawmakers are awaiting Gov. Dannel Malloy's signature on a bill that would ban chocolate milk and some juices from school cafeterias in the state. If he signs it, Connecticut would be the first state in the country — not just a single school district — to ban chocolate milk in school cafeterias.
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Southern comfort: Potato trade agreement may stabilize Maine spuds price
Mainebiz
Often, the best way to judge the future health of Maine's potato industry is to look at what's happening outside the state. That's why the state's potato farmers are following with interest a possible potato trade deal between Mexico and the United States.
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USDA, CDC agencies agree to work together in foodborne illness cases
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards associated with meat, poultry and processed egg products.
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Label confusion: How 'humane' and 'sustainable' claims deceive consumers
Animal Welfare Institute
The Animal Welfare Institute says it conducted a review of the government label approval for 25 claims appearing on the packages of meat and poultry products. They say label regulators — chiefly the FDA and USDA — regularly approve the use of animal welfare and environmental claims with little or no supporting evidence documenting the accuracy of the claims.
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Impending US food safety rules will affect carriers
Truck News
The U.S. is modernizing its food safety regulations, introducing sweeping changes that will include new requirements for trucking companies.
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Secret EU plan drawn up to ban 'best by' dates to cut food waste
Daily Mail
In a letter backed by Austria, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg, EU ministers from the Netherlands and Sweden have asked the European Commission to exempt items that do not need a best-before warning.
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EU agencies say Salmonella strain that sickened 700 in 2011 still circulating
Food Quality News
New cases of a Salmonella strain that caused more than 700 illnesses linked to turkey meat in 2011 and 2012 have been identified, prompting EU agencies to suggest the outbreak strain is still circulating.
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ISO 9001 draft available for public comment
Food Quality News
"ISO 9001 — Quality Management Systems" has been made available as a Draft International Standard, available for purchase to companies that want to find out more about impending changes before publication.
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Séralini: GM study retraction was based on 'unscientific double standards'
Food Navigator
The decision to retract research linking the consumption of herbicide and genetically modified crops to cancer in rats was based on "double standards" and pressure from the GM food industry, claims the man behind the study.
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NLRB decision puts focus on cameras in the workplace
Reuters
A fight between Boeing Co. and a U.S. labor regulator over cameras in the workplace could clarify how the government will adapt analog-era labor laws to the digital age, when workers have smartphones with cameras.
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Campaign urges a fresh look at frozen
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Tuesday marked the launch of the "Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh." national consumer education and promotion campaign inviting a fresh look at frozen foods.

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Wal-Mart won't fight hike in minimum wage
The Wall Street Journal
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it wouldn't oppose an increase in the federal minimum wage, its most explicit comment yet on the debate to move past the $7.25-an-hour minimum.

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Kellogg expands snacks, frozen food, cereals
The Wall Street Journal
The Kellogg Co. will roll out 34 new products in the next few weeks, debuting new frozen breakfast options, cereals, cookies, crackers, salty snacks and snack bars.

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11 sick in 4 states as E. coli forces recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
FSIS has revealed 11 patients in four states are sick with E. coli O157:H7 illnesses, and traceback has led to the recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef from the Wolverine Packaging Co., based in Detroit.

Also recalled: 449,000 pounds of misbranded pork products from Transatlantic Foods

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More consumers choosing 'grocerants' over restaurants
Supermarket News
Consumers are increasingly preferring heat and eat offerings of grocery and convenience stores over restaurant fare, said a panel at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant-Hotel-Motel Show held in Chicago.
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Congress wants you to vote for the most American food of all time
InTheCapital
It's that time of year again, when baseball and barbecue become all America can think about. In Washington, D.C., that translates to two things specifically: the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park and Roll Call's "Taste of America" bracket leading up to the event.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a sponsor of the CQ Roll Call Taste of America campaign.

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Future food: What's next to feed a hungry world?
CPGmatters
The world population is growing rapidly and food production may not be able to keep up with demand in coming years. So what is the future of food? "Product development will come out of the lab and into online communities," says futurologist James Bellini, who predicts that consumers will have a lot more say in the way food is produced.
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Tyson boosts sales using social media, cause marketing
CPGmatters
Tyson Foods sparked sales of a fun food — chicken nuggets — by drawing attention to a serious issue: child hunger. To make the program work, the company deployed social media and partnered with Sam's Club, the national chain of warehouse club stores.
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Darden to sell Red Lobster for $2.1 billion
Bloomberg
Darden Restaurants Inc. agreed to sell the Red Lobster seafood-restaurant chain to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion, giving it an injection of cash and time to focus on reviving growth in its Olive Garden business.
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Food Production Daily
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GNP Co. expands frozen chicken line
Meatingplace
GNP Co.'s Gold'n Plump brand announced Friday it is expanding its frozen chicken patties line by adding two new flavors and increasing the patty size.
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Cold Train plans terminal expansion
Railway Age
While BNSF expands capacity along its Northern Corridor, many of its customers are expanding their own facilities to accommodate more of the business that corridor carries.
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Bob Evans expands 2 plants
Meatingplace
Bob Evans Farms Inc. will expand two of its BEF Foods plants, adding jobs and increasing local payrolls in Xenia, Ohio, and Hillsdale, Michigan, the company announced.
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'Industry 4.0' connects CEO to factory floor
Food Production Daily
Smart technology and integration is revolutionizing the way factories work, according to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
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New cherry bags boost sales
Good Fruit Grower
Cherry marketers, excited about a new consumer bag that will hit retail shelves in a big way this year, see it as a way to sell more cherries at a premium price.
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Mitsubishi: Making bakery production future-ready with data transparency
Process and Control Today
At this year's trade press days in Karlsruhe, Mitsubishi Electric switched the focus to the bakery industry with its presentation "Increasing Productivity through Automation Technology in the Food Industry."
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The truth about gluten
Scoop San Diego
At least 93 percent of people — and probably many more — are completely healthy and happy following a diet that includes wheat and its protein, gluten.
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