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House set to begin on farm bill
The House opens debate Tuesday on a new five-year farm bill with Republicans encouraged by their vote count but faced with continued infighting among commodity groups over the shape of future subsidies.
Sushi aid in farm bill irks watchdogs (Bloomberg)
House Democrats live on food stamp budget to protest farm bill cuts (Politix)
Industry groups refute latest anti-BPA study
Food Production Daily
Industry associations on both sides of the Atlantic are refuting a study that links food-contact packaging containing bisphenol-A with obesity in pre-teen girls.
Study: Combined traffic light, GDA labeling may improve teens' food choices
Adolescents may choose healthier foods when they carry traffic light-style information, rather than guideline daily amounts alone, suggests a new study in Public Health Nutrition.
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Major tests loom for Boehner
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is facing some tough decisions in the coming weeks. By and large, Boehner has dodged controversy since January, when his political stock took major hits as Congress debated the fiscal cliff and Sandy relief. But that respite will soon come to an end.
Poll: Obama approval, trust drops
President Barack Obama's approval and trust numbers have dropped sharply in the last month, a new poll found Monday. The president's approval was down 8 points from May, to 45 percent from 53 percent, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.
Related: Obama keeps allies, enemies guessing in second term (The Hill)
Graham predicts 'breakthrough' passage of immigration bill with over '70 votes'
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday predicted overwhelming congressional passage of an immigration reform bill. Graham said passing the bill is a political necessity for the GOP.
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Food aid program aims to offer double helpings of fresh produce
Detroit Free Press
Adding a few Detroit grocers to the dozens of farmers markets that double the amount food stamp recipients can spend on Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables may seem like small potatoes, but some local advocates believe it could be the leading edge of a new effort in the fresh food movement.
Obama, EU leaders launch trade talks
U.S. and European leaders launched trade talks Monday aimed at forming a massive $5 trillion trans-Atlantic trading zone. President Barack Obama said the U.S. and the 27-nation European Union would embark on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as an avenue toward creating jobs and boosting economic growth.
GOP bill would cut renewable energy spending in half
House appropriators on Monday revealed they plan to cut Energy Department spending on renewable energy in half next year as part of their plan to cope with automatic sequestration cuts in fiscal 2014.
NLRB poster rule likely dead after second federal appeals court ruling
Reuters via Thomson Reuters News & Insight
In a decision Friday, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals questions the National Labor Relations Board's authority to craft certain types of rules. The court invalidated a rule that required workplace posters notifying employees of their right to unionize.
Healthy food effort starts at day care sites
Minnesota Public Radio
A new program designed to serve healthy, locally grown food to young children kicks off on Monday at 62 child care centers around Minnesota. The farm-to-child care program is a collaboration between the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the child care provider New Horizon Academy.
Bloomberg plan aims to require food composting
The New York Times
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has tried to curb soda consumption, ban smoking in parks and encourage bike riding, is taking on a new cause: requiring New Yorkers to separate their food scraps for composting.
CKE executive: iPads will replace workers at some fast food restaurants
iPads and other tablets may replace workers at fast food restaurants because of Obamacare and other federal and state government mandates that dramatically increase the cost of doing business. That is the assessment of Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, parent company of the Carl's Jr and Hardee's fast food chains.
FSMA updates: Preventive controls meeting minutes posted
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Transcripts from the March meeting on FSMA's preventive controls proposal have been posted online, offering additional insight to the review process for the first of five proposed rules under FSMA.
Dole Food shareholders sue over CEO's $645 million bid
Dole Food Co. shareholders sued directors of the fresh fruit producer, alleging they are potentially shortchanging investors by considering a $645 million buyout offer by the company's top executive.
Cleaner than clean: When 'natural' is not enough
It's boom time for makers of natural ingredients, from colors to flavors to hydrocolloids. . . or is it? Despite widespread demand for all things natural, some "natural" ingredients still aren't acceptable to consumers — so when does "clean label" need to go further than naturalness alone?
Sandridge Food acquires majority stake in RMH Foods
U.S. sandwich-to-soup firm Sandridge Food Corp. has acquired a majority interest in RMH Foods, a manufacturer of fully-cooked, refrigerated and frozen entrees. The collaboration will strengthen Sandridge's ability to create and distribute a wider variety of products that allow for reduced sodium and no preservatives.
Tankersley Foodservice adds cold storage in Arkansas plant
Tankersley Foodservice Inc., a locally owned company with a 70-year history in Arkansas' Fort Smith-Van Buren area, is growing again. Company officials broke ground in early June on a $4 million addition that will add a combined 28,000 square feet of cold storage and dock space and expand and improve customer service offices.
Kraft Foods adds units dedicated to desserts and nuts
Kraft Foods Group Inc., the North American grocery business that separated from the snacks enterprise, said it will add two standalone business units to focus its brand-building work.
Burger King piggybacks on McDonald's rise in South Africa
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Burger King recently made its first break into the newly lucrative South African fast food market, but it's a little late to the game.
Mondelez plans growth investments in emerging markets
Mondelez International is looking to drive long-term growth by expanding margins while funding investments in emerging markets.
Pizza: The biggest single contributor of sodium to the American diet?
Pizza was the single biggest contributor of sodium to the diet of young Americans in the period 2003-2008, according to a new analysis of dietary intake data from the government's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Smithfield investor urges breakup
Smithfield Foods Inc., the U.S. hog producer that agreed to a $4.7 billion acquisition by Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., was urged by activist investor Starboard Value LP to consider splitting itself up instead.
Digital coupon users spend more than average shoppers
What's the difference between shoppers who use digital coupons and those who don't? The former group buys more groceries and makes more trips to the supermarket, says a new report from GfK.
Food hub, biofuel facility possibilities for former Air Force base
Could the former Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois become the site of a food hub or a biofuel facility? Those are two possibilities being explored, according to Mike Royse, a community innovations consultant with the Center for Community Adaptation.
Halal meat boosts Brazil's export sales 447 percent
Brazilian halal meat exports grew 447 percent and 76 percent in sales and volume, respectively, in the past 10 years. The statistics were shared during last week's Brazil Halal Workshop, held in Brasilia.
What does A.G. Lafley's return mean for P&G and its retail partners?
Procter & Gamble is the latest company to go the "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss" route as it announced it was bringing back former CEO A.G. Lafley to run the company following the resignation of Bob McDonald.
Microorganisms that spoil meat: A review
Microorganisms can be considered our friends or our foes. But since they are everywhere — in the environment, in food and even within our bodies — we must learn how to co-exist with them and live in harmony when at all possible.
US man claims his formula can replace fast food as healthy option
A U.S. man, who hasn't eaten three solid meals a day in months, has claimed he has created what he says is a formula that gives his body the exact amount of vitamins and minerals it needs to survive.
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