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FDA to reduce sodium in food
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The Food and Drug Administration is planning to issue guidelines to reduce sodium levels in the food industry. This extra pressure on food companies and restaurants is part of an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

Related: A look at saltiest foods as FDA preps sodium guidelines (AP via The Huffington Post)

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Wal-Mart China to triple food safety spending to $48 million
Reuters
The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said Tuesday it will increase its spending on food safety in China to $48.32 million in 2013, 2014 and 2015, effectively tripling what it had expected to spend.
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Meet the billionaire who wants to crush Whole Foods
Daily Finance
There's a war brewing in the organic food industry, traditionally led by Whole Foods Market. But after seven years of silence, the Wild Oats brand is being revived with the help of billionaire Ron Burkle.
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House GOP reserves $30 million in TV time
The Hill
The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $30 million worth of fall TV time across 26 districts, tipping its hand about where it thinks the most competitive battles will be this November.
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Raul Labrador: End leaders' stranglehold
Politico
Rep. Raul Labrador on Tuesday made his case to be elected as House majority leader by saying he can unify the Republican conference better than Rep. Kevin McCarthy and that he will end the leadership's "top-down approach" to members.
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Breaking news: Americans despise Congress; dislike Obama
USA Today
Gallup is out with a new poll concluding, yet again, that Americans are largely disgusted by Washington. According to Gallup, the approval ratings for both Congress and the president are at barrel-bottom lows that could indicate sweeping change in the midterm elections.
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National fight looms over opting out of school lunch standards
The Inquirer
First, the nation agreed its children are too heavy and unhealthy. Then, the federal government — Democrats and Republicans together channeling scientific research — hammered out ideas to reduce fat, calories and salt in school meals. Now, that harmonious effort is splintering as a food fight embroiling Congress, health professionals, the White House and even cafeteria workers threatens to rage through the summer and disrupt lunch period come September.

Related: The influence battle for your child's lunch (Sunlight Foundation)

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FDA reopens comments on Reportable Food Registry
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA is reopening the comment period for an additional 60 days on its advance notice of proposed rulemaking titled "Implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act Amendments to the Reportable Food Registry Provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act." In the advance notice of proposed rulemaking, FDA requested comments, data and information that will help to implement the new provisions to the RFR requirements added by FSMA.
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Targeting executives of food and beverage companies, transporters
Food Safety Magazine
The federal government has recently trained its most potent weapon — criminal prosecution — on the food and beverage industry, and the threat also affects companies that transport the industry's products.
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Agriculture seen as sticky point in TTIP trade talks between EU, US
EurActiv
EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş met USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday in Brussels to discuss the relations between the U.S. and the EU in agricultural matters.
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On world stage, Canada jabs US COOL rule
Meatingplace
Making opening remarks at the World Meat Congress in Beijing, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz used the occasion to make a brief jab at the U.S. country-of-origin labeling law.
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Food for thought at global meat conference
The Wall Street Journal
Big deals were on just about everyone's mind at one of the meat industry's top regular shindigs in Beijing on Monday. Executives from global and Chinese meat companies took to the stage at a panel at the World Meat Conference.
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EU, US request for food security data sparks trade row with India
Food Navigator-USA
The U.S. and EU have called on the World Trade Organization to make the provision of full information on India's food subsidy program a precondition before they can begin negotiations on how to tackle the issue of legitimizing food procurement subsidies.
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Genetically modified 'super banana' to be tested on Americans
RT
A vitamin-enhanced "super-banana" developed by scientists is to be tested on humans during a six-week trial in the U.S. Researchers aim to start growing the fruit in Uganda by 2020.
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Reliable, traceable processed food a hit in Asia
Silk Road Associates via Financial Times
Walk along the chilled meat aisle in Wellcome, a Hong Kong supermarket chain, and Betagro's pork products stand out. The company is one of Thailand's largest poultry and pork producers exporting nearly $700 million annually to buyers who are attracted by not just the product's price, but also its quality.
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Trader Joe's is America's favorite grocery chain
CPGmatters
For the second year in a row, Trader Joe's branding, private-label products and variety made it U.S. shoppers' favorite grocery store chain in a survey by Market Force Information.

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Consumer Reports calls for ban on 'natural' label
PR Newswire via Digital Journal
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 sets path to end deal with Pinnacle
The New York Times
Hillshire Brands said Monday its board no longer backs its $4.3 billion takeover of Pinnacle Foods, paving the way for the company to sell to Tyson Foods for $7.7 billion.

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Who is 'qualified' to implement FSMA?
Food Safety Magazine
Are you prepared to implement the new requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act and do you have the appropriate staff to help you do so? The answer is that no one knows – not even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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PepsiCo opens baking innovation center in $5 billion Mexico expansion plan
FBR
PepsiCo has established Baking Category Innovation Center in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to expand the company's research and development arm. The new center in Apodaca is a part of PepsiCo's five-year plan to invest $5 billion to strengthen its business in the country.
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US consumer prices rise, pointing to firming inflation pressures
Reuters
U.S. consumer prices recorded their largest increase in more than a year in May as costs for a range of goods and services rose, pointing to a steady firming of inflation pressures.
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Functional foods forum: Move toward organic is an unstoppable groundswell
Food Navigator-USA
Natural and organic is the future of functional food and food in general, according to MetaBrandCEO Eric Schnell, a panelist in an upcoming NutraIngredients-USA online forum.
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Foster Farms shares progress on reducing Salmonella
Meatingplace
Foster Farms used the occasion of its 75th anniversary to report on the company's $75 million effort to reduce Salmonella — an effort that has seen the operation's Salmonella parts level reduced to 2 percent.
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Sysco says FTC review of US Foods merger remains on track
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Sysco Corp. on Monday said federal antitrust regulators' review of the company's planned merger with US Foods Inc. remains on track.
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Canada meat packers slow production due to worker shortage
Reuters
Canadian meat packers are short hundreds of workers, forcing plants to run at well below full capacity, the industry group Canadian Meat Council said Monday.
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Land swap finalized for northern blueberry processing plant
CBC News
Canada's Department of Natural Resources has finalized a land swap with a subsidiary of Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd. so the company can create a new blueberry operation in northeastern New Brunswick.
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Online sales of packaged goods to jump to $53 billion by 2016
Reuters
Global e-commerce sales of packaged goods will hit $53 billion by 2016 to take 5.2 percent of total turnover, up from 3.7 percent now, as shoppers increasingly go online to buy items from breakfast cereals to cosmetics, a study showed.
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Original unpackaged: A new, package-free shopping experience
The Epoch Times
A new supermarket revolution is on its way — first stop Berlin, where the crowdfunded Original and Unpackaged aims to revive shopping without packaging.
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Marketers' new tactics in the food label wars
Adweek
Few consumer conflicts have been more bitterly fought than the battle between the food and beverage industry and advocates who blame the marketers of snacks and fast food for making Americans fat.
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Michael ends 41-year career at Associated Wholesalers
CSP Daily News
Associated Wholesalers Inc. has announced that President and CEO J. Christopher Michael is retiring from the company after 41 years of service. Veteran wholesale executive Matthew Saunders has been named president and CEO of AWI, effective immediately.
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MamaMancini's grows distribution, increases R&D spend
just-food
Increased distribution enabled MamaMancini's to book higher first-quarter sales, but a step up in the group's R&D investment weighed on the bottom line, quarterly reports show.
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Warehouse clubs no longer a specialty destination
CPGmatters
Nearly 2 of 3 shoppers visit warehouse clubs at least once every two weeks, says a new nationwide study by VideoMining Corp., a leading provider of in-store behavior analytics.
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Private-label brands eat market share of soup giant
International Business Times
Campbell Soup's share of the soup market is shrinking because of changing consumer food preference as more people opt for healthier fares. This, in turn, has benefited private-label brands whose sales are now eating into the soup giant's sales.
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