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US private-label brands outpace national brands
Retail TouchPoints
Private label continues to grow in the U.S. as today's more cost-conscious and technologically empowered consumers question the value of their shopping baskets, the Nielsen Company, reported in a white paper produced by Planet Retail and Trace One. More
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Debate over government's role fizzes around soda ban
POLITICO
Many Americans are having a hard time swallowing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of big sodas — but it's not just about the sugar. The micro public health policy issue of restricting the sizes of some drinks has become a touchstone for the polarized and passionate debate over the proper role of government.

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    Fathers becoming primary grocery shoppers
    Consumer Reports
    According to a new survey, 52 percent of fathers now identify themselves as the primary grocery shopper in their household, and while not all moms agree, about 35 percent say that during the past few years, dad has taken on more of the shopping. More
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    Romney pounds economic message as slowdown hurts Obama
    The Washington Post
    The spring slowdown in the economy has further exposed President Barack Obama's greatest political vulnerability going into his re-election campaign and forced him into a more urgent and aggressive debate with Mitt Romney on the central issue of the presidential election.

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    Poll: Obama leads in swing-state Nevada
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney in the critical battleground state of Nevada, but the race is tightening, according to a survey from left-leaning Public Policy Polling released Wednesday. More
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    Recall winner Walker says Romney must hone message
    USA Today
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, fresh off surviving a recall election in his swing state, says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney must hone and sell a "clear, bold plan" for the economy to win election in November. More
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    Farm bill update: Reid says no deal on farm amendments; Senate won't consider all 250
    The Hill
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday morning there is still no agreement on which amendments to the farm bill to consider, but said the Senate will eventually find a way to whittle down the more than 200 amendments offered so far.

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  • Senate blasts farm bill as billion-per-page boondoggle (The Hill)
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    Senate panel rejects attempt to overturn labor board ruling
    The Hill
    The Senate Appropriations Committee blocked a Republican attempt Thursday to overturn a National Labor Relations Board ruling that would allow unions to form smaller bargaining units. More
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    Food stamps: Follow the money
    Eat Drink Politics
    This report examines what we know (and don't know) about how food manufacturers, food retailers and banks benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. More
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    Sides still far apart on highway bill
    Roll Call
    In a bleak sign for the highway bill conference committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., released a statement Wednesday expressing disappointment that Senate negotiators have yet to take up House proposals. More
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    FSMA facility registration requirements
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA has posted new FAQs related to facility registration requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Find out:
          • What form do I use to renew a food facility registration?
          • Am I required to renew a food facility registration online?
          • Why wait until Oct. 1 to start the registration renewal process?
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    Ag coalition to Slaughter: Use science in regulating antibiotics
    Animal Health Institute
    A coalition of 11 agricultural organizations sent a letter to Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., who is seeking to restrict antibiotic use severely in livestock and poultry production, pointing out the already stringent federal approval process and regulation of antibiotics, the lack of human health risks from their judicious use in livestock production and the benefits they offer in food animal production. More
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    Chile to become first in world to demand HFSS warning labels
    Food Ingredients First
    Chile's draft law on nutritional composition and advertising, approved in May, will be the first in the world to require warning labels on foods high in fat, sugar and salt, and international regulatory expert says. More
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    FDA plans online, in-store eye tracking studies for food labels
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration is seeking feedback on its proposal to launch two studies aimed at making nutritional labels easier for consumers to understand. Both studies involve eye tracking; one will test via an online format, while the other will record shoppers' eye movements in-store. More
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    Obesity vs. superbugs: Who wins when food system fails?
    The Huffington Post
    Duking it out this spring to be crowned "scourge of the 21st century": the dual public health epidemics of obesity and antibiotic resistance. To avoid catastrophe, policies in the public and private sectors can encourage a different food system, one grounded in human and fiscal health. More
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    Truckers sue to stop Minnesota out-of-service practice
    Truckinginfo
    The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has sued the Minnesota State Patrol and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance for the recently amended out-of-service criteria for fatigue. OOIDA says the recently revised policy that truck drivers can be placed out of service based on "reasonable articulable suspicion" for fatigue violates Fourth Amendment rights and contradicts a previous ruling in federal court that said out-of-service orders can be issued only if a law enforcement officer finds "probable cause," a more stringent standard. More
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    Expert: PulseNet success is industry's 'own worst enemy'
    Food Quality News
    The success of PulseNet for tracing the source of foodborne illness outbreaks has become the industry's own worst enemy as more news coverage has eroded consumer trust, according to Dr. Richard Raymond, a former USDA under secretary for food safety. More
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    Target to open new format — City Target — in 3 locations
    Supermarket News
    Target Corp. told shareholders Wednesday it plans to open its first urban format, City Target, in Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago next month. The stores will feature groceries and an assortment of household products geared for city residents and commuters. More
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    Forum focuses on worldwide food security
    The Washington Post
    Washington Post Live's 2012 Food Security for the 21st Century forum, held Thursday, brought together key public figures and experts to discuss production and distribution of healthy and affordable food. More
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    Potato growers eye expanding sales to entire Mexican market
    Capital Press
    U.S. potato growers hope this could be the year they are allowed to ship fresh spuds into all of Mexico, which would be a $120 million opportunity. The domestic spud industry, with help from members of Congress, is using a pending Asia-Pacific trade agreement as leverage to try to accomplish that goal. More
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    Court grants injunction against Greenpeace
    JBS
    A Brazilian court Wednesday ordered Greenpeace to immediately suspend the circulation of an erroneous and defamatory report about JBS, which it published last week. The group was told to withdraw the document from its website and will not be allowed to distribute it or its content in any format, electronic, written or verbal. More
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    Position paper: The food safety and quality compliance storm
    Safety Chain
    In today's global food supply chain, companies who supply, manufacture, distribute and sell food — including both retail and services — face complex challenges when it comes to safety and quality compliance, often getting caught in a storm of paper and manual processes. More
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    Food executives impressed by US soy sustainability practices
    USAgNet
    The United Soybean Board and soy checkoff's Sustainability Initiative recently organized an educational series of U.S. farm tours for food industry executives from Kellogg's, Kraft, Sodexo and Unilever, which together use a total of about 3.5 billion pounds of soybean oil annually. More
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    Trader Joe's stuffed chicken recalled on misbranding
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Antonelli's and Sons, a South San Francisco, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,534 pounds of a raw stuffed chicken product sold as Trader Joe's cranberry apple stuffed chicken breast. The label failed to declare known allergens.

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    'Domino effect' key to unlocking Shigella mysteries
    Food Safety News
    According to the World Health Organization, Shigellosis is responsible for 90 million illnesses and 108,000 deaths annually. But a team of researchers from three American universities, led by Dr. Erin Murphy, assistant professor of bacteriology at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, is shedding new light on this old plague. More
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    UK groups to open training facility to improve import safety
    Food Quality News
    The Food and Environment Research Agency and Waters Corp. are to open a new lab-based training facility in the U.K. in an effort to improve the standard of imported food "at the origin." More
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