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Farm bill clears first hurdle in Senate
The Associated Press
A five-year farm and food bill that would revamp the federal safety net for farmers and eliminate direct government payments for idle crop fields took its first step toward passage Thursday in the Senate.

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    Tainted food could draw $5 million fines in Canada
    The Canadian Press via Global TV
    Anyone who meddles with Canada's food supply soon will get more than a slap on the wrist, the Conservative government said Thursday as it introduced new measures to streamline the food inspection system and impose towering fines against violators. More
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    Coca-Cola: Obesity grew as sugary drink consumption fell
    USA Today
    Sorry Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but the folks at Coca-Cola say you've got your facts fizzy. "There is no scientific evidence that connects sugary beverages to obesity," says Katie Bayne, Coca-Cola's president of sparkling beverages in North America, in an exclusive interview.

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    Obama to make statement on economy
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama is trying to seize some control over the news with a statement on the economy Friday morning. Obama is expected to push Congress to pass his jobs plan, saying it would put construction workers, teachers and police and firefighters back to work. More
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    Two new polls show presidential race deadlocked
    The Hill
    In a Fox News survey released Friday, President Barack Obama and GOP contender Mitt Romney each garnered the support of 43 percent of likely voters surveyed. Meanwhile, Gallup's daily tracking poll gives the Republican challenger a slight edge, 47 percent to 45.

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    Campaigns blitz 9 swing states in battle of ads
    The New York Times
    The presidential campaigns and their allies are zeroing in mainly on nine swing states, bombarding them with commercials in the earliest concentration of advertising in modern politics. More
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    Opinion: Eat your fruits and vegetables
    Food Safety News
    Last month USDA released its Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary, which reports pesticide residues on fruits, vegetables and other foods commonly consumed in the United States. Regrettably, there is a high probability that this pesticide residue report will be misrepresented by some, and consumers will be advised to shy away from certain fruits and vegetables due to allegations about "high" levels of pesticide residues. More
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    House scraps public advocate for undocumented immigrants
    The Hill
    The House voted Thursday evening to prevent the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from spending any money on its newly created "public advocate" position, which critics say is a formal position in the department aimed at helping people in undocumented immigration proceedings. More
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    FSIS reclassifies certain food animal violations as noncompliance
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is revising its policy on how it views multiple or repeated residue violations in animals slaughtered for food. An establishment that continues to purchase food animals from a source whose product previously failed residue testing could be subject to noncompliance penalties, FSIS has ruled. More
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    Boehner floats 6-month US transport funding extension
    Reuters
    Signaling that hopes for a deal on a highway bill may be fading, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner floated the idea Thursday of a six-month extension of current funding to push the issue past the November elections. More
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    Input sought on timing of USDA statistical reports
    Federal Register
    The National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Office of the Chief Economist are accepting stakeholder input on the public release time and procedures of several major USDA statistical reports. To weigh in on the matter, submit feedback by July 9. More
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    NASS to study farm labor injuries in children, adults
    Federal Register
    The National Agricultural Statistics Services this year will conduct surveys to identify the rates and types of injuries among children and adults involved in agriculture operations, specifically farm labor. More
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    Chicken and egg debate heating up
    The Inquirer
    As the nation's third-largest egg producer, Pennsylvania has a major stake in a proposal introduced last week in the Senate — and already gathering sponsors in the House — that would improve living conditions for egg-laying chickens.

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    PepsiCo seeking more use of Rapid Recall Exchange
    Supermarket News
    The number of suppliers now participating in the Rapid Recall Exchange — the Web-based recall notification network — has reached about 900, while the number of retailers is about 100, said Jeff Brazell of PepsiCo, which is seeking more retail participation. More
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    Food safety companies join to create Sanitary Cold Chain
    The Packer
    Ryan Systems, a quality control company that designs food safety delivery control solutions for the food transportation industries, and Kleen Trans, which specializes in providing container and truck sanitation, have created a partnership, Sanitary Cold Chain, to meet new Food Safety Modernization Act requirements, according to a Ryan Systems news release. More
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    High-tech facility planned for frozen, ready-to-eat bakery
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Baker's Pride Inc., a commercial bakery and manufacturer of private-label and proprietary baked products, Thursday announced expanded production capabilities and products through a new, high-tech facility in Burlington, Iowa, which is anticipated to begin production later this year. More
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    Organic food company sees sales leap 20 percent
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Natural and organic food company Annie's Inc. recorded strong growth during its first reporting period as a public company. Net income in the fiscal year ended March 31 was $9.6 million, with net sales jumping 20 percent year-over-year. More
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    New Jersey awards $325,000 for food safety training
    Perishable News
    F&S Produce, in conjunction with Gloucester County College's Division of Continuing Education, has been awarded a $324,800 grant through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for comprehensive training for employees at F&S Produce Co. and its sister companies, Pipco Transportation and Mid-Eastern Cold Storage. More
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    Group protests research center's practice of selling board seats
    Athens Banner-Herald
    A nonprofit food safety advocacy group has singled out a University of Georgia research center for its open practice of selling seats on the center's advisory board. More
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    Gated approach to food processing plant design
    Plant Engineering
    Most of us have heard the old saying, "Measure twice, cut once." It simply expresses the importance of proper planning as a means of using time and other resources wisely. This same principle governs all engineering and installation projects, including updating an existing control system or designing a completely new one. More
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    PMMI report on purchasing shows importance of solutions
    Packaging Digest
    Spare parts, reliability and the ever-blurring line between packaging and processing continue to rank high among the factors shaping packaging and processing machinery purchases, according to "Key Attributes of Packaging & Processing Machinery and Suppliers 2012," newly released by PMMI. More
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    Smucker lowering prices, boosting marketing to combat loss
    The Wall Street Journal
    J.M. Smucker Co. is taking several steps to offer lower prices to consumers and is boosting its marketing spending nearly 20 percent in fiscal 2013. Smucker is trying to rebound from sharp declines in its sales volume because of significant price increases on coffee, peanut butter and other products. More
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    US manufacturers committed to renewal
    Supply Chain Brain
    Buoyed by growth and confident in their futures, American manufacturers are laying out an agenda for restoring their industry to its earlier glory, according to results of ThomasNet.com's newest Industry Market Barometer. Overwhelmingly, they are pushing to revitalize the American manufacturing sector by creating jobs at home, doing business with U.S. suppliers and expressing pride in the quality of products that are "Made in America." More
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