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Senate approves farm bill without major food safety amendments
Food Safety News
The Senate approved a farm bill Monday evening that did not include major food safety amendments, including Sen. John McCain's provision to repeal the controversial catfish inspection program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
AFFI salutes Senate for extending farm flex program (AFFI)
Senate passes farm bill easily; food stamp fight looms in House (Reuters)
Senators to Nickelodeon: Scrap junk food ads
Food Product Design
In a letter, Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., urged the top executives of Nickelodeon and its parent company Viacom to implement nutrition standards that resemble a move announced one year ago by Walt Disney Corp.
Study: Junk food bans help students avoid unhealthy snacks (HealthDay via Health24)
Wisconsin lawmakers call for junk food ban for food stamps (Fox Business)
Americans scoop up specialty foods
Facts, Figures & the Future
Three straight years of dollar sales growth — and a doubling of the growth rate in 2012 — suggest a deepening emotional dependence on specialty foods and beverages to feel a little better each day, a new report says.
Senate GOP leaders face tough choice on immigration reform
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas plan to vote Tuesday in favor of the motion to proceed to the immigration reform bill, which is more than 1,000 pages long. But they are unsure whether to support final passage.
Ads take on House GOP on immigration (Politico)
Boehner: Immigration bill will pass this year (The Hill)
Obama to rally support for immigration reform as Senate weighs bill (The Hill)
The tweet heard 'round the world: Hillary Clinton arrives on Twitter
The Washington Post
Her Twitter followers signed up fast, almost 1,000 of them a minute, to see what she had to say. And Hillary Rodham Clinton, debuting on the social media site Monday with a biography identifying her as a "hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker," kept them guessing. The end of her bio read: "TBD . . . "
Capitol Hill fall preview: Shutdown, debt limit fight
With Washington consumed by scandals this summer, the White House and GOP congressional leaders are slowly lurching toward a potential debt default or government shutdown this fall.
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Appeals court will consider blocked NYC soda ban Tuesday
Lawyers for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration will try to convince an appeals court Tuesday to reinstate a ban on large sugary drinks, three months after a judge struck it down at the 11th hour as an illegal overreach of executive power.
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New FRAC report finds summer meals continue to fall short
PRWeb via WatchList News
The Food Research and Action Center's new analysis of summer nutrition program finds that only 1 in 7 low-income students who depend on the National School Lunch Program for food also receives summer meals.
The depressing political reality keeping kids hungry when school's out (The Atlantic Cities)
USDA needs help to keep kids from going hungry this summer (USDA)
Report: Health and wellness spells opportunity in today's economy
Drug Store News
With renewed consumer confidence converting more shoppers into buyers, there is greater opportunity for companies in the health and wellness space, noted a report titled "The Why Behind the Buy Spring 2013," which recently was released by Acosta Sales and Marketing.
Dole Food receives unsolicited takeover offer from CEO
The New York Times
The chief executive of Dole Food, David H. Murdock, made an unsolicited offer Tuesday to buy the company in a deal that values Dole at almost $1.1 billion.
In fast food, five — as in $5 — now the magic number
At a time when popular fast-casual chains are pushing the average diner bill upward, the $5 price point is especially likely to get the attention of deal hunters.
World's largest fast food chain plans massive expansion
It's already the world's largest fast food chain, overtaking McDonald's in 2010, but Subway, with its nearly 39,500 restaurants in 102 countries, is looking to have 100,000 stores by 2030, with 10,000 of those opening by 2017.
Diamond Foods names Silcock as finance chief, restates results
Diamond Foods Inc. named a permanent chief financial officer and said it will revise fiscal second-quarter earnings per share after a restatement last year derailed its effort to buy the Pringles potato chip brand.
Company helps food processors 'clean' labels by replacing GMOs
Food Production Daily
Z Trim Holdings aims to help food manufacturers replace chemically modified foods with corn fiber. The Illinois-based biotech firm will present strategies at the Clean Label Conference in October.
Cooking system conserves energy, water during processing
Food Production Daily
Lyco Manufacturing has released a cooking system that helps food manufacturing operations recapture heat and water from cooker overflow in pasta, rice and vegetable processing.
German researchers: Listeria limits in RTE foods not always observed
Food Quality News
Microbiological criteria for Listeria are not always strictly adhered to in ready-to-eat foods, leading to an increased risk of infection, according to a study by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment.
Ticks spreading red meat allergy
The Wall Street Journal
Odd as it seems, researchers say that bites from the voracious lone star tick are making some people allergic to red meat — even if they've never had a problem eating it before.
The secret of tomato sauce's power
The Wall Street Journal
Scientists have identified a number of mechanisms by which lycopene, the compound that gives tomatoes their deep red color, helps enhance cancer-fighting properties in healthy prostate cells, according to a report in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.
UK: Focus on frozen food
The horse meat scandal hit frozen burger and ready meal sales hard, but did the key to category growth already lie elsewhere?
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