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Senate passes farm bill curtailing aid
The Wall Street Journal
The Senate passed a sweeping package of farm and nutrition-assistance programs that would reduce spending by billions of dollars partly by ending direct subsidies to farmers, setting up a showdown with House Republicans who have demanded steeper spending cuts in exchange for their support.

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    Study: Industry efforts to improve nutrition, marketing for children's cereals yield mixed results
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Cereal companies have improved the nutritional quality of most cereals marketed directly to children, but they also have increased advertising to children for many of their least nutritious products, according to a report by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. More
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    The economics of a school lunch
    The Business Review
    Lisa Ostrowski recently asked a chef at US Foods to make a good-tasting meal with low salt content, no sugar, lower fat and increased fiber — all for less than $2.60. His response: "Huh?" That's the challenge facing school lunch programs as they comply with tougher federal standards designed to provide students with healthier meals, teach better eating habits and curb childhood obesity. More
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    Donors' push strengthens behind Romney
    USA Today
    Republican donors rallied to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in May. Scores of his allies wrote five-figure checks to fuel his joint fundraising with the Republican Party, and hundreds more contributed for the first time, newly filed campaign finance reports show. More
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    Obama's 13-point poll lead is disputed
    USA Today
    Even members of President Barack Obama's team don't believe he has a 13-point lead over Mitt Romney, as reflected in a new Bloomberg Poll cited yesterday.

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    Romney promotes first 100 days in swing state ads
    USA Today
    Mitt Romney is out today with new TV ads touting what his first 100 days in the White House would be like. Each commercial is designed for a key swing state. More
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    Latino vote looms larger in this and future elections
    The Washington Post
    As Mitt Romney prepares to travel to Orlando Thursday to address a large gathering of Hispanic political activists, the Republican Party is still struggling to respond to President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he would halt deportations of young illegal immigrants — a decision that could help the president with Latino voters in this fall's election. More
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    AMA: Require obesity education for children
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The American Medical Association on Wednesday put its weight behind requiring yearly instruction aimed at preventing obesity for public school children and teens. More
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    USDA testing program destined for scrap heap
    The Grower
    Adding momentum to its speeding demise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Microbiological Data Program was defunded in the agency's fiscal year 2013 budget passed by the House Appropriations Committee.

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    Opinion: Food Safety Modernization Act needs funding
    The Kalamazoo Gazette
    Kathy Dopp, whose daughter contracted Hepatitis A by eating contaminated strawberries at a school party, outlines why the Food Safety Modernization Act funding should be a priority for lawmakers and consumers alike. More
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    FSMA update: Thoughts from FDA's meeting on international capacity building for food safety
    From Field to Fork
    USDA's public meeting Tuesday to discuss a plan to build and expand various capacities of foreign governments and their respective food industries in countries that export foods to the U.S. had widespread attendance and raised some interesting points. More
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    Kosher: Hottest word on food labels
    NPR
    Demand for products made under strict rabbinical supervision — i.e. kosher products — is exploding, according to data from market research firm Mintel. What accounts for the revival of these most ancient food rules? More
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    Antibiotic-free meat map launched
    Food Safety News
    Coinciding with the new "Meat Without Drugs" campaign announced this week, tech start up Real Time Farms launched a crowd-sourced map to help consumers locate meat from animals raised without antibiotics.

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    Microbe that lives in salt shows promise for Salmonella vaccine
    The Baltimore Sun
    After years of complex research, a small team of University of Maryland scientists says it has developed a simple solution to a killer Third World disease using salt and an ancient microbe that has been genetically mutated to act as a vaccine for Salmonella. A $4 million grant will fast-track development of a vaccine. More
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    White Castle to build food processing plant in Ohio
    Dayton Daily News
    Ohio-based White Castle hamburger restaurant chain plans to construct an 83,000-square-foot food processing plant in Vandalia, investing $22.5 million during the next four years. More
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    Patterson plant's 350 workers join ranks of unemployed today
    The Modesto Bee
    Mariano Chalaca has shown up at Patterson Vegetable Co. ready to work for the past 20 years. Today is his last day. Chalaca will join 36,600 unemployed workers in Stanislaus County, Calif., as the processing plant for frozen vegetables closes its doors for good. More
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    CAPS opens centers in Oregon, California
    Food Production Daily
    Container and Pooling Solutions has opened service centers in Oregon and California to address growing customer demand. Both centers are equipped with cleaning and repair equipment and tracking technology. More
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    ConAgra rises after forecast beats estimates after 4Q loss
    Bloomberg
    ConAgra Foods Inc., the maker of Chef Boyardee and Healthy Choice meals, rose the most in almost four months after its earnings forecast for fiscal 2013 exceeded analysts' estimates as food inflation moderates. More
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    Con-way Freight announces rate increase
    Truckinginfo
    Con-way Freight, the nationwide less-than-truckload carrier of Con-way Inc., will institute a general rate increase averaging 6.9 percent applicable to non-contractual business effective July 9. More
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    4 railroads face class-action price-fixing lawsuit
    The Journal of Commerce
    A lawsuit brought by eight shippers accusing the top four U.S. railroads of colluding to set fuel surcharges gained class action status Thursday. The lawsuit accuses BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation of conspiring to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize prices from mid-2003 until 2008. More
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    Bacon bits recalled when cardboard, plastic turn up
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Square-H Brands Inc., a Los Angeles establishment, is recalling approximately 1,350 pounds of a ground smoked bacon product that may contain pieces of cardboard and plastic.

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    A new model to understand the supertasting phenomenon
    PhysOrg
    Supertasting describes the ability to strongly detect food flavors such as bitter and sweet, and it can affect a person's food preferences. Now a team at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Pennsylvania have developed a new model that may be useful to study supertasting. More
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    Partnership aims for antimicrobial coating to extend shelf life
    Food Production Daily
    Oplon has partnered with Reynolds Group to create antimicrobial coatings for their packaging that could extend shelf life of products by months and will be commercially available within the next two years. More
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    Sealed Air, Evocative to sell packaging made of mushrooms
    Packaging-Gateway
    Sealed Air and Ecovative Design have completed an agreement to speed up the production, sales and distribution of Ecovative's EcoCradle mushroom packaging, a technology for green packaging materials made from agricultural byproducts and mycelium or mushroom roots. More
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    Sustainable warehouses: A new way forward
    Food Logistics
    In 10 years, ES3's grocery warehouse in York, Pa., has taken collaboration to new heights among food and CPG manufacturers and their retail grocery customers, yielding environmental and supply chain successes that are gaining recognition throughout the industry. More
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    LimeSprings Beef, LifeCycle Meats prep with PR team
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    LimeSprings Beef and LifeCycle Meats — two companies planning to build meat processing plants and offer products focused on traceability and sustainability — have hired a public relations firm to develop branding and marketing solutions in advance of any plants opening. More
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    Specialty food maker Stonewall Kitchen launches 21 new products
    PRWeb via Times Union
    Stonewall Kitchen, a specialty food manufacturer based in Maine, has planned the launch of 21 new products in June, ranging from specialty sauces to waffles and baking mixes. More
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