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Report wants to know how much soda is bought with food stamps
Reuters
A new report from a California watchdog group is calling for the U.S. government to disclose how much sugary soda and other unhealthy food is paid for with food stamps at a time when policy makers are searching for ways to contain the spiraling cost of diet-related illness. More
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Trade groups ask House to create top trade position at USDA
Food Chemical News
USDA hasn't changed the organizational structure of its trade-related office since 1978, and it's high time a new position was created to give that function more weight, say 25 food- and agriculture-related trade associations in a letter sent last week to Reps. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the House Agriculture Committee.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is cited in this story as one of the food groups advocating for the establishment of an under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.

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  • New under secretary post should be created (Agri-Pulse Communications Inc.)
  • Ag industry calls for creation of Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (Hoosier Ag Today)
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    The evolution of food safety
    QSR
    Providing safe food free of illness-causing contaminants is a continual challenge for quick-service operators, and technological evolution does not always ease the burden. In a social media–driven age, just one small misstep can be broadcast to thousands of people in seconds. More
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    Poll: Romney edges Obama in swing state of North Carolina
    The Hill
    Mitt Romney holds a small lead over President Barack Obama in the critical battleground state of North Carolina, according to a survey released Tuesday from left-leaning Public Policy Polling.

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  • Virginia seen as top prize by presidential campaigns (USA Today)
  • Quinnipiac: Obama up 6 in Pennsylvania (POLITICO)
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    Angus King makes stand for moderation in Maine Senate race
    The Washington Post
    Angus King, a popular former Maine governor and the favorite to become the state's next U.S. senator, thinks the way to win an election in 2012 is to stake out the middle ground, crusade against partisanship and present himself as a devout independent. More
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    Obama's Tuesday to net $3.6 million
    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama, continuing his harried fundraising pace, will hit six events Tuesday that are expected to bring in at least $3.6 million for his campaign. More
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    Californians to vote on GMO food labels
    The Sacramento Bee
    California's November ballot will include a question on requiring labels for genetically modified foods, Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced Monday.

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  • Coalition opposes "deceptive, costly food labeling proposition" (PR Newswire via MarketWatch)
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    Rhode Island House sends minimum wage hike to governor
    CBS MoneyWatch
    The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 60-8 Monday to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.40 to $7.75 an hour. The Senate approved the measure last week.

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  • Michigan legislature considers minimum wage as federal bill progresses (The State News)
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    FAO: Lower food prices should reduce hunger
    Food Ingredients First
    Falling food prices should mean a reduction in the number of hungry in the world in 2012, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva told the opening session of the organization's governing council today. More
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    Driver-vehicle inspection reports not needed in certain cases
    Federal Register
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule eliminating the need for drivers operating intermodal equipment to submit — and intermodal equipment providers to retain — driver-vehicle inspection reports when the driver has neither found nor been made aware of any defects in the equipment. More
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    FDA issues new form for food contact substance notification
    Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a new form and slightly revised other paperwork required as part of its food contact substance notification program. More
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    EU plans to allow traces of unapproved GMOs in food
    Pork Network
    Tiny amounts of unapproved genetically modified organisms will be permitted in food imports to the European Union under draft rules due to be proposed by the bloc's executive, EU officials said Monday. More
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    Maryland expands ban on shellfish from South Korea
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Maryland state health officials are expanding a ban on shellfish from South Korea, saying consumers shouldn't eat any fresh, frozen or canned products that contain the potentially harmful South Korean shellfish. More
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    Focus on frozen food
    The Grocer
    During the past 12 months, value growth of frozen foods has outstripped both ambient and fresh, as well as the grocery market as a whole. After being revived by innovation, education and a move away from damaging promotions, frozen must keep its newfound cool. More
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    New York City pension funds sue Wal-Mart leaders for 'bribery'
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    A group of New York City pension funds is suing current and former Wal-Mart executives, saying they mishandled an alleged bribery scheme at the world's largest retailer. The group filed a lawsuit Monday in the Chancery Court of Delaware on behalf of the company itself against the executives. More
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    Editorial: Egg producers, activists show how to make a deal
    USA Today
    Animal welfare activists have battled state by state for years to change conditions for laying-egg hens, taking on a well-funded egg production industry. A strange thing has happened on the way to the next skirmish: The activists and the industry reached a compromise, pending in Congress, that involves phasing in larger "enriched cages," with a percentage of the industry installing new cages every six years for the next 18 years. More
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    McDonald's sales drop in Asia a signal of fast food slowdown
    Bloomberg
    Chinese consumers may be losing their appetite for American fast food. On June 8, McDonald's Corp. reported same-store sales fell 1.7 percent in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa in May, the biggest decline since at least 2004. More
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    Taco Bell leads upscale charge to win back customers
    Forbes
    Taco Bell, owned by Yum! Brands, is trying to present itself in a more upscale manner with new menu items as McDonald's turns to upgrading its existing restaurants to attract a wider range of customers. More
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    Domino's hits $1 billion in digital sales in 1 year
    Pizza Marketplace
    Domino's Pizza is celebrating a milestone: more than $1 billion in U.S. digital sales from April 2011 to April 2012. To thanks its fans, the chain is running a 50 percent discount on all pizzas ordered online at menu price. More
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    Burger King adds sweet potato fries, barbecue, bacon sundae
    Foodbeast
    A Burger King employee tells Foodbeast the chain is training staff to handle a new summer menu that includes an apparent wider release of the bacon sundae, a couple flavors of frozen lemonades, a range of new barbecue-inspired sandwiches and the addition of sweet potato fries. More
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    Study: Sleepy brains crave junk food
    Food & Drink Digital
    Can fast food franchises and convenience store chains capitalize on consumers' nighttime cravings? According to research conducted at Columbia University and presented at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleep deprivation can activate the parts of the brain that seek pleasure while shutting down the parts that recognize hunger. More
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    Functional food expert: Time to tackle aging
    Nutra Ingredients
    The functional food and nutritional supplement industry must tackle the key issues of anti-aging in a "much more comprehensive" way than it currently does, warns Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger, chair of the NGO Committee on Aging at the United Nations. More
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    Diamond Foods to miss filing, face delisting
    The Associated Press via Manufacturing.net
    Diamond Foods shares fell more than 7 percent Monday after the snack maker said it won't report on its three most recent fiscal quarters by the Monday deadline set by Nasdaq, and it expects to Nasdaq to start delisting its stock as a result. More
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    California firm recalls 27 tons of pork dumplings on mislabeling
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    CB Foods Inc. of El Monte, Calif., has issued a recall for 55,757 pounds of pork dumpling products that contain MSG, which is not declared on the label.

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    16 most misleading food labels
    Health.com via CBS News
    Nearly 59 percent of consumers have a hard time understanding nutrition labels, according to a Nielsen survey. Health.com has issued its list of the 16 most common — and most misleading — phrases manufacturers use on food. More
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    'Mega-healthy' airline meal meets 222 health claims
    Food Manufacture
    A "mega-healthy" airline meal has been created by Leatherhead Food Research that satisfies all 222 Article 13.1 health claims approved by the European Commission in May. More
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    New chiller aims for 60 percent drop in energy costs
    Food Manufacture
    A new energy-efficient chiller designed to cut energy costs by up to 60 percent is being launched for the food manufacturing industry. More
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    Study: Low-carb diets could increase heart disease risk
    Food Navigator
    Schemes to reduce fat in foods may lead to reductions in heart disease risks, but switching to low-carbohydrate foods may lead to increased cholesterol levels and higher risks of heart disease, according to the results of a 25-year study published in Nutrition Journal. More
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    What will contribute most to food security?
    Slate
    Absent another productivity revolution, the 21st century might raise a new question for farmers: If beef provides the smallest amount of calories per acre of land required to raise it, what crops provide the most? More
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    The drivers behind low US fruit and vegetable prices
    FreshFruitPortal.com
    Consultant Dick Spezzano says current low fresh produce prices in the U.S. can be attributed to both supply and demand issues, with strong growing conditions for some products and food safety concerns for others. More
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