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Farm bill dodges first bullet with surprise, late-night agreement
U.S. News & World Report
Lawmakers came to a surprising late-night agreement on the 2012 farm bill Monday. Senators reached a bipartisan compromise, laying the groundwork to pass the bill out of the Senate in just a few days.

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    'Functional food' hot, but health claims rely on flimsy data
    The Washington Post
    So-called functional food, which manufacturers promise will reduce your risk of disease or boost your chances of optimal health, represents the fastest-growing category in the food industry. The problem? In most cases, the health claims are based on flimsy facts. More
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    House subcommittee urges FDA to limit menu labeling
    Food Chemical News
    The House Appropriations Committee is telling FDA to narrow the focus of its menu labeling rule, scrap a controversial dietary supplement guidance and report to lawmakers on the delay in implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act regulations, all in its report on the fiscal 2013 spending bill. More
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    Democrats' hope of taking House dim
    The Hill
    Democratic hopes of recapturing the House are dimming as a series of race-by-race setbacks and economic uncertainty suggest the 25 seats they need to net might be out of reach. More
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    Romney receives newfound enthusiasm from Republicans
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney is still awkward sometimes, a bit robotic and stilted at the lectern. But a turnabout seems to be happening: Voters say they are seeing him through a new prism.

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    Ohio win critical for Obama and Romney
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney's campaign bus rolled westward through Wisconsin and into Iowa Monday, nearing the end of a five-day tour of six potential battleground states. Most could be competitive in November, but none looms larger on the Electoral College chessboard than the place where he stumped Sunday: Ohio. More
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    China releases 5-year food safety plan
    Food Safety News
    In another attempt to calm consumer fears, China released a five-year plan last week to upgrade its food safety regulations. According to the government, the new plan by the country's Ministry of Health is aimed at revamping outdated standards, which includes "reviewing and abolishing any contradicting or overlapping standards" and writing new ones. More
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    Lawmakers try to save transportation bill
    The Associated Press via Star Tribune
    House and Senate leaders are making a last-ditch effort to revive stalled legislation to overhaul federal transportation programs — Congress' best bet for passage of a major jobs bill this year — but prospects for passage before the November election are dimming. More
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    Mexico to join Trans-Pacific Partnership talks
    Reuters
    The United States and eight other countries Monday welcomed Mexico into talks aimed at reaching an Asia Pacific free trade agreement but continued to mull over Canada and Japan's seven-month-old bids to join the negotiations. More
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    Hours of service rule's court battle starts in July
    Truckinginfo
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has consolidated lawsuits by a number of trucking groups that believe the hours of service rule is too restrictive and by several safety advocacy groups that believe the rule is too liberal. Briefs are due starting July 24. More
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    FDA proposes new study of foodborne pathogen risk in food service, retail, institutions
    Federal Register
    The FDA's National Retail Food Team has proposed a new study that will span 10 years and focus on the identification, treatment and prevention of foodborne illness-causing pathogens in food service sectors ranging from retail establishments to restaurants to health care institutions. More
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    Report: Are consumers being scared away from healthy food?
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Today, the Alliance for Food and Farming is issuing a new report, "Scared Fat," that illustrates how negative and misleading statements about the safety of fruits and vegetables is affecting consumption and undermining public health campaigns meant to improve diets and reduce obesity rates in the U.S. More
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    Fancy Food Show highlights new products
    Fox News
    The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade's Summer Fancy Food Show, ending today in Washington, D.C., boasts 180,000 items and dozens of businesses hoping for their big break. More
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    Rabobank report: Unstoppable rise of quick-service restaurants
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    A new report authored by Rabobank's global food and agribusiness research and advisory group looks at the growth of the quick-service restaurant or fast food sector in the United States, in particular the category's success in weathering economic downturns, managing input costs and responding to changing consumer tastes.

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    Feeding the obesity crisis
    Salon
    Caught between constant pressure from Wall Street to grow profits and a market overly sensitive to any price increases, fast food companies are leading a new campaign for a fourth meal.

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    Supply chain leaders lack confidence in product recall abilities
    Food Production Daily
    More than half of senior supply chain executives say their company could not conduct a product recall within hours and would expect the process to take days or weeks instead, according to a new study from RedPrairie Corporation.

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    Report: Shoppers feel good about store brands
    CPG Matters
    The good news keeps coming for private brands of consumer packaged goods. Not only are sales increasing, but so is positive consumer perception. New research finds the vast majority of shoppers — 86 percent — across different income groups regularly buy some private-label products, and they feel good about it. More
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    Nestle subsidiary faces $702,000 OSHA fine after fatal accident
    Taunton Daily Gazette
    Taunton, Mass.-based Tribe Mediterranean Foods faces $702,300 in proposed fines following an investigation after a worker was crushed to death while cleaning and sanitizing a machine used to manufacture hummus at Tribe's Taunton plant. More
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    Potato grower thinks local with marketing program
    Progressive Grocer
    Black Gold Farms has kicked off its summer red potato harvest with a five-month locally grown program. Under the program, specially marked package tags highlight fresh and local messages. Also included is a QR code that links to an educational video showcasing the local growing region and community programs supported by Grand Forks, N.D.-based Black Gold Farms. More
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    Sonic Drive-In joins gestation stall-free list
    Pork Network
    Sonic will join the growing list of U.S. food retailers and restaurants that have announced their intention of accepting pork products only from suppliers that do not use gestation stalls, according to an announcement by the Humane Society of the United States. Sonic's goal is to reach the objective by 2022. More
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    Automatic sampling system meets EHEDG guidelines
    Food Production Daily
    Increased flexibility, efficiency and accuracy are benefits claimed by Dinnissen Process Technology for its new automatic sampling systems designed specifically for food processing lines. More
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