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Consumer Reports calls for ban on 'natural' label on food
PR Newswire via Digital Journal
According to a new national survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center released today, 59 percent of consumers check to see if the products they are buying are "natural," despite there being no federal or third-party verified label for this term. To close the gap between consumer expectations and reality, Consumer Reports is joining with TakePart in calling for a ban on the "natural" label on food.
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Hillshire lays out path to end its deal with Pinnacle Foods
The New York Times
Hillshire Brands said Monday that its board would no longer back its planned $4.3 billion takeover of Pinnacle Foods, paving the way for the company to sell itself to Tyson Foods for $7.7 billion.

Related: The good, bad and ugly of Tyson Hillshire deal (The Motley Fool via Daily Finance)

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USDA-approved vaccine for PEDv is on the horizon
MeatPoultry.com
An Ames, Iowa-based company is reportedly just days away from receiving conditional license from USDA for a vaccine that has been shown to stop the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.
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For tea party, Republican whip race is best shot at House leadership role
The Washington Post
The last best hope for the tea party to win a House leadership post after the stunning primary defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor is the race for majority whip, the House's third-ranking position.

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    Poll: Congress hits historic midterm low
    Politico
    Congressional approval rating has hit its lowest mark in a midterm election year in at least 40 years, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
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    Marathon Louisiana Senate race heating up
    USA Today
    Dramatic primaries in other states have grabbed national attention lately, but the spotlight may soon swing back to Louisiana, where a marathon Senate race is becoming increasingly heated.
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    Grocery manufacturers fail to squelch money-laundering lawsuit
    SeattlePI
    A Thurston County, Washington, judge on Friday rejected efforts by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to squelch a lawsuit in which state Attorney General Bob Ferguson accuses the Washington, D.C.-based lobby of laundering millions of dollars in last fall's campaign.
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    POM win could spur suits
    Politico Pro (subscriber story)
    The Supreme Court's 8-0 ruling against Coca-Cola on Thursday was widely cast as a win for consumers and label transparency, but legal experts say it could undermine the FDA's own labeling initiatives and cause a spike in corporate litigation.
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    China to tour US beef system for potential supply
    Meatingplace
    A delegation of China's food safety agency leaves Monday for the United States to review American beef production as both sides continue to discuss increased trade to help shore up China's beef shortage.
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    Canada to host broad consultation on food safety system improvements
    CFIA via Marketwired
    Canadian government officials will meet with representatives from industry and consumer groups Tuesday to discuss ongoing efforts to strengthen food safety. Proposed regulations under the Safe Food for Canadians Act will be the focus of the Healthy and Safe Food Regulatory Forum in Gatineau, Quebec.
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    Georgia won't enforce law on food stamp drug testing
    Reuters
    Georgia will not drug-test food stamp recipients under a controversial new law that both federal and state officials concluded was illegal, the governor's office said Friday.
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    China to consider revising food safety law
    Xinhua
    China's top legislature will review a series of draft amendments, bills and reports later this month, including a draft revision of the food safety law.
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    European Commission reaches 'political agreement' on GM cultivation proposal
    Food Navigator
    The European Commission's Environmental Council has "broken the deadlock" on GM crop cultivation proposals with a political agreement around how member states can restrict or ban such crop production on their soil.
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    10 e-commerce lessons for food manufacturers
    The Grocer
    Food makers aren't doing enough to prepare for the online age, Rabobank warned last week. What do food producers and suppliers need to know about online retail?

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    The Domino's Smart Slice goes to school
    The New York Times
    Despite the current uproar over school nutrition, Domino's is delivering a pizza it calls the Smart Slice to more than 3,000 lunchrooms in 38 states, up from 3 states in 2010.

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    Food makers sue to stop Vermont GMO label law
    Reuters
    Several food industry groups have asked a federal judge in Vermont to block that state's new law that will require labels on food products made with GMOs.

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    New facility expands Preferred Freezer Services footprint in California
    Preferred Freezer Services
    Preferred Freezer Services, a global leader in advanced design and engineered temperature-controlled warehouses, has completed a 250,000-square-foot facility in San Leandro, California, making it the company's seventh cold storage facility in the state and its 33rd facility worldwide.

    Editor's note: Preferred Freezer Services is a member of the American Frozen Food Institute. Member AFFI companies with news they would like shared in Frozen Express should contact AFFI Vice President of Communications Corey Henry at chenry@affi.com.

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    Grocery Outlet reportedly up for sale at more than $1 billion
    Reuters
    Discount supermarket chain Grocery Outlet, owned by Berkshire Partners LLC, is exploring a sale that is expected to value the bargain retailer at more than $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
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    The secret way Dollar Tree is getting you to spend more
    The Motley Fool
    Dollar Tree maintained its recent tradition of fantastic results with its first-quarter report. While its strategy of offering seasonal and fresh, changing merchandise is helping to power the chain forward, something else is baiting traffic to come through the doors in record numbers: frozen food.
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    Economy alone can't explain flat food sales, analyst says
    Meatingplace
    Food companies' continued meager to negative sales can't be blamed on the weak economy and suggest structural changes in consumer buying habits are under way, BB&T analyst Heather Jones wrote in a recap of recent earnings results.
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    Competing halal standards leave food industry with indigestion
    Reuters
    The storm of bad publicity that hit confectioner Cadbury in Malaysia after its chocolates tested positive for traces of pork highlights the costly, religious minefield food companies must navigate as they rush to tap the surging $1 trillion global halal market.
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    BPI struggles as maligned beef product springs back
    Sioux City Journal via Lincoln
    In the aftermath of a fast-spreading controversy that ignited a consumer backlash against its Lean Finely Textured Beef, BPI was forced to shutter 3 of its 4 plants and eliminate more than half of its work force. The Dakota Dunes-based company is still limping along, with 80 percent of its business gone. The lost jobs aren't coming back any time soon.
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    Kroger turns former Army base into state-of-the-art distribution center
    Refrigerated & Frozen Food
    The Kroger Co. has announced plans to open a 1 million-square-foot, $175 million state-of-the-art distribution center at Fort Gillem, a former U.S. Army base in Jonesboro, Georgia.
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    US Foods continues plan for New Hampshire distribution center
    Daily News
    Those who predicted the deal to bring US Foods to Seabrook, New Hampshire, was dead because of its pending merger with competitor Sysco Corp. appear to be wrong. The company last week announced it will open an enormous distribution center to serve customers throughout New England.
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    Tyson wins Sustainable Supply Chain Award at 2014 Food Logistics Forum
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods, presented Tyson Foods with its fourth annual Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year award at this year's Food Logistics Forum, hosted by the American Frozen Food Institute.
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    Misbranding forces recall of 3,000 pounds of poultry
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Vanee Foods, of Broadview, Illinois, is recalling approximately 3,156 pounds of turkey base because the turkey base, which contains milk, was misbranded as chicken base that does not include milk — a known allergen.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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    Grocery delivery startup Instacart brings home $44 million in funding
    Mashable
    Grocery delivery services, particularly those that can complete an order on the same day, are among the most popular but crowded spaces in the startup service market. With $44 million in new funding, add another name to the marketplace: Instacart.
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    Avure relocates global headquarters
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Avure Technologies has announced plans to relocate its global headquarters from Franklin, Tennessee, to Cincinnati. The new facility will house offices and an innovation center complete with new test kitchen, microbiology lab, high-pressure processing center and a learning pavilion.
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    Delhaize cutting jobs overseas as supermarket competition intensifies
    Salisbury Post
    Delhaize Group, the Brussels-based international retailer that owns Food Lion, may cut up to 2,500 jobs in Belgium to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Delhaize America and Food Lion, both based in Salisbury, would not be affected.
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