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Are popular food activists giving us good advice?
National Center for Public Policy Research
"Industrialized food," sold by big companies that can afford to invest in expensive state-of-the-art technology to freeze vegetables where they are picked, is often more nutritious than the "fresh" lettuce and carrots you pick up on your way home from work. Yet a tax embraced by food elitists would serve only to make frozen foods less competitive and discourage their consumption.
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A modest proposal about how to do GMO food labeling right
Science 2.0
Should food with ingredients from genetically engineered crops — "GMOs" — be labeled? Many argue that consumers have a "right to know" about this. If consumer education is the goal, then the label should read: "Contains ingredients from biotech enhanced crops approved by the USDA, FDA and EPA."

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    Food Logistics Forum targets automation, sustainability, energy management
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    This year's Food Logistics Forum examined some big issues facing the refrigerated and frozen food sectors: Automation, sustainability and energy management topped the list of trends and opportunities.
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    Confidence in Congress drops to historic low
    The Washington Post
    Americans' confidence in the House and Senate has dropped so low that it now ranks as the least popular societal institution in U.S. history, according to a Gallup poll released recently. Public confidence in Congress is at just 10 per cent, its lowest mark in the history of Gallup surveys, and more than half of Americans — 52 per cent — say they have little or no confidence in lawmakers.
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    On immigration, hurry up and wait
    Politico
    The Senate finished its first week of debate on a massive immigration reform bill — with almost nothing to show for it. Senators delivered hours of speeches and filed dozens of amendments. But they never figured out a way to begin casting votes on all of those proposed changes.

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    Poll: Christie, Rubio leading Hillary Clinton in swing state Colorado
    The Hill
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slightly lags behind both New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Florida Senator Marco Rubio in hypothetical presidential match-ups in Colorado, one of the first polls showing her running behind potential 2016 opponents in a swing state. In the Quinipiac University poll, Christie takes 44 per cent support to Clinton's 41 per cent support, while Rubio leads her by just one percentage point, 46 per cent to 45 per cent support for Clinton.

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    NSA revelations, modified wheat cast a pall on U.S. trade talks with Europe
    The Washington Post
    Chances for a broad trade deal between the United States and the European Union are fading following recent revelations about U.S. electronic surveillance programs, oversight of genetically modified food and other issues, according to officials and analysts in the United States and Europe who are following the discussions.
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    Report: Obama readies July climate plan
    The Hill
    President Obama intends to unveil a package of second-term climate change policies in July, according to a news account. Bloomberg reports that Obama, at closed-door fundraisers in recent weeks, "has been telling Democratic party donors that he will unveil new climate proposals in July." The story cites sources that attended the events or have been briefed.
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    House committee urges USDA to finalize modernized poultry inspection
    Meatingplace
    The House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment Thursday urging the USDA to finalize its proposed rule to modernize poultry inspection.
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    Lucas expects hundreds of amendments to House farm bill next week
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., told the National Council of Farm Cooperatives this week that he expects the farm bill to come up on the floor next week, according to the Hagstrom Report.
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    House advances bill banning horse slaughter, giving FDA small boost
    Food Safety News
    The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a $19.5 billion funding bill that would ban funding for USDA horse slaughter inspection and give FDA a relatively minor boost for food safety — $27 million out of a $4.3 billion budget for the entire agency.
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    Fruit juice company's ex-marketer to test FSMA whistle-blower protections
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    A fruit juice concentrate company's marketing director, who claims he was fired for complaining about efforts to sell expired food products, looks to become the first person to test the new whistle-blower protections under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
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    3 severe E. coli illnesses surface in Massachusetts
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    Since May 20, three women have been hospitalized in Newton, Mass., with severe E. coli infections in an apparent outbreak now being investigated.

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    Food industry upstarts beating the big guys
    The Wall Street Journal
    Food brands are coming from nowhere, nibbling away at the edges of an established category and eventually having a significant impact.

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    BPI suit against ABC returns to state court
    Sioux City Journal
    In a victory for BPI, a federal judge Tuesday returned Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News to state court.

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    The top 10 natural, organic food trends coming to mainstream
    Food Navigator-USA
    Gourmet nut butters, pea protein, purple corn, yogurt for men and more chewy drinks? Sterling-Rice Group identifies the top 10 natural and organic food trends that are starting to influence the mainstream grocery market.
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    Wendy's is latest to see gross photo go viral
    USA Today
    In recent days, social media images of a few fast food workers doing pretty gross stuff with brand-name food have gone viral. The latest shows an unidentified Wendy's worker at an unidentified Wendy's location bending down with his mouth wide open under a familiar Frosty machine. For the fast food industry, it's all about figuring out how to keep damaging images of employees doing dumb, if not dangerous, stuff with food from going viral.
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    Mintel: Healthy snack reformulation claims are decreasing
    Food Navigator
    Claims like low sodium, low fat and low calorie on snacks are decreasing, which seems counterintuitive given action is being taken by manufacturers, said the director of innovation and insights at Mintel.
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    Study links food-packaging chemical and obesity in girls
    USA Today
    Unhealthy diets and limited physical activity are leading causes of obesity in children, and now new research adds to growing evidence that the chemical BPA found in food packaging may be partly to blame. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, shows girls between ages 9 and 12 with high BPA levels had double the risk of being obese than girls with low BPA levels, validating previous animal and human studies, said Kimberly Gray, a health scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
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    Del Monte shops canned food business
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Del Monte is exploring a sale of the canned food business that made it a household name, as it increasingly focuses on pet products.
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    Dole holders see deja vu in push for deal bump
    Bloomberg
    Dole Food has traded above the $12-a-share buyout offer from Chairman and CEO David Murdock since it was announced this week — a sign traders expect a sweetened offer from the 90-year-old.
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    Wet spring weighs on DuPont
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    DuPont warned investors and analysts that the cool, wet spring in the U.S. and elsewhere would damp earnings at its food and agriculture business.
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    Atkins adds two new chicken-based frozen meals to lineup
    Meatingplace
    Atkins Nutritionals Inc. is introducing three new low-calorie frozen meals this summer, including two that place a spotlight on chicken.
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    Father's Day restaurant freebies on the rise
    USA Today
    Knowing that Dad would probably rather flip burgers on the grill, restaurant chains are offering freebies to lure in Father's Day business.
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    US corn belt expanding north
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Wheat has long dominated the fields of the northern Great Plains. But increasingly, farmers are switching to corn, reflecting how climate change, advancements in biotech and high corn prices are pushing the Corn Belt northward.
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    World's food import bill to stay below 2011 record
    Bloomberg
    The world's food import bill is expected to remain stable this year as cheaper sugar and cooking oils compensate for increased costs of dairy, fish and meat, according to the U.N.'s Food & Agriculture Organization.
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    Plant-based package coating targets meat, fish shelf life
    Food Production Daily
    Inhibiting the development of biogenic amines in meat and fish is the target of a new patent identifying plant-based packaging coatings as an option.
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    Electronic nose nanosensor in development for food safety
    R&D Magazine
    The "electronic nose" sensor developed by a UC-Riverside engineering professor and being commercialized by Innovation Economy Crowd will be further refined to detect deadly pathogens including toxic pesticides in the global food supply chain, according to a recently signed product development and distribution agreement.
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    Solar power could transform food industry in hot countries
    Food Manufacture UK
    Projects are underway to explore solar power's large-scale commercial and domestic potential to heat and chill food in developing countries, according to a leading figure behind the research.
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