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Drug and food safety trump jobs, says FDA's Hamburg
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The economic turmoil in much of the industrialized world has affected the drug industry, but regulatory leaders from the United States, Canada and Europe said Monday that safety and science must not be compromised for the sake of jobs that might be created if rules were relaxed. More
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Industry testifies against soda ban in Los Angeles
Vending Times
The National Automatic Merchandising Association was among the vending and beverage industry advocates to testify at a hearing last week against a proposal to ban sodas from vending machines in Los Angeles parks and libraries. More
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Study: Student health, school budgets could benefit from upated nutrition standards
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Updating nutrition standards for snacks and beverages sold in school so they meet the most recent dietary guidelines for Americans could help students maintain a healthy weight and support school food service revenue, according to a health impact assessment released today by the Kids' Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health Impact Project. More
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Poll: Obama slips in Ohio
POLITICO
President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney 47 percent to 44 percent in Ohio, according to the latest poll by the Democratic-leaning firm PPP. But that's down from a 7-point lead he maintained in the last two PPP surveys of the state.

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    Supreme Court rejects Montana campaign finance limits
    POLITICO
    The Supreme Court on Monday struck down Montana's attempt to limit campaign contributions, citing the Citizens United ruling that opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate campaign spending. More
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    McCaskill will skip Democratic convention
    The Hill
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., one of President Barack Obama's biggest surrogates in 2008, will skip this summer's Democratic National Convention as she faces a tough re-election bid in her home state. More
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    Tuesday's races to watch: Hatch, Rangel
    The Wall Street Journal
    The fate of two longtime congressional incumbents will be decided in primaries Tuesday. Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, the 82-year-old dean of the New York Congressional delegation, faces three primary challengers. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, meanwhile, faces his first primary in 36 years. More
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    Federal court upholds Obama EPA's climate change rules
    The Hill
    A federal appeals court has upheld Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations, a victory for the Obama administration that also is sure to inflame election-year political battles over the White House green agenda.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is identified in this story as a member of a coalition that had challenged EPA's greenhouse gas emission rules.
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    Doctors urged to be 'gateway' for obesity tests, treatments
    USA Today
    Physicians should screen all adult patients for obesity during office visits and either refer obese patients to comprehensive weight management programs or offer them one, says the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in new recommendations announced Monday. More
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    Study: Fighting fat is crucial in battle for food security
    Food Navigator
    According to new research in "BMC Public Health," levels of national obesity — not just population size — should be taken into account when planning with how to deal with the increasing global demand for food. More
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    Administration threatens to veto House appropriations bill
    Food Safety News
    The Obama administration is threatening to veto a house agriculture spending bill that would cut funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and provide a small increase for food safety funding.

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    FSIS limits chemical residue testing method at slaughterhouses
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has set an Aug. 19 date for replacing the FAST test at all livestock slaughter establishments. Moving forward, inspectors will use the KIS™ test — kidney inhibition swab — exclusively. Training materials will be sent by July 30 to any establishment that wasn't included in the first three KIS™ test phases. More
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    OMB approves FDA study of consumer behavior in food recalls
    Office of the Federal Register
    A year after the Food and Drug Administration requested approval from the Office of Management and Budget to conduct a real-time survey of consumer behavior related to foodborne illness outbreaks or food recalls, the OMB has agreed. More
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    Temporary extension possible even if highway bill deal reached
    The Hill
    A key member of the committee of lawmakers negotiating a new transportation spending bill said Monday evening Congress may have to pass a temporary funding extension even if they reach a bicameral compromise. More
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    WTO to decide if Indian curbs on US poultry, eggs legal
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    The World Trade Organization has agreed to investigate Indian restrictions on U.S. poultry and eggs and decide whether the curbs break global commerce rules. More
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    Missouri court to decide if minimum wage hike will be on ballot
    Missourinet
    The State Supreme Court of Missouri heard arguments on both sides of ballot issues that would raise tobacco taxes, increase the state's minimum wage and cap interest rates on payday loans. If they're found to pass constitutional muster, voters will decide the issues in November. More
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    The why behind the buy
    Progressive Grocer
    The sluggish economy continues to divide consumers into two income groups, further influencing current purchasing trends, according to Acosta Sales & Marketing's biannual "The Why? Behind The Buy" report, compiled by AMG Strategic Advisors, Acosta's growth strategy consulting unit. More
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    Survey: Americans' love-hate relationship with junk food
    PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
    Online survey company Tellwut has released its poll results quizzing Americans about their opinions of junk food, government legislation of nutrition and corporate intervention in their diets. Turns out Americans have something of a love-hate relationship with junk food. More
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    What Twitter shows about global food consumption and emotion
    Forbes
    What can tweets tell us about global food consumption and its impact on emotional well-being? A lot, when combined with country gross domestic product data from CIA World Factbook and obesity level data from World Heath Organization, according to the recently created FoodMood, an interactive data visualization project. More
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    The psychology of fruit, vegetable consumption
    Produce for Better Health Foundation
    Scientists are using principles of behavioral economics and psychology to challenge the way fruits and vegetables are marketed to consumers — all in an attempt to overturn self-destructive human behavior. More
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    What's in your hot dog? Americans want to know
    PR Newswire via Retail Digital
    As National Hot Dog Month approaches in July and Americans prepare to chow down on an estimated 150 million wieners on Independence Day alone, a new survey sponsored by Applegate, the leading producer of organic and natural meats, finds that while many Americans differ in preferences for what's on their hot dogs, 77 percent of Americans are concerned about what's in their hot dogs. More
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    Are tick bites causing red meat allergies?
    Food Safety News
    A few years ago, doctors in the southern United States started noticing an odd phenomenon: People were becoming allergic to red meat, seemingly out of the blue. What in the environment was causing this response? The answer, surprisingly, has turned out to be ticks. More
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    Source: Blackstone, BC Partners revising offer for Iglo
    The Wall Street Journal
    Buyout groups Blackstone Group and BC Partners are working on a revised offer for European frozen food group Iglo after their initial approach was rejected by Iglo's owner, Permira, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday. More
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    High Liner Foods reels in sustainability savings
    Greener Package
    North American provider of frozen seafood has switched to a mineral-based coating for its cartons that provides greater barrier protection and reduces plastic use by 40,000 pounds per year. More
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    Assuring retailers that products are safe
    Packaging News
    Worldwide, the safety standards of food manufacturers are coming under increasing scrutiny. Companies face mounting pressure to comply with legislation. Retailers such as Walmart, Tesco and Marks and Spencer, among others, have devised their own codes of conduct for manufacturers to meet. How is this accomplished? How do manufacturers protect their reputation in the event of a potential contamination issue? More
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    Organics group challenges logic of AMA's GMO label stance
    PRWeb via Digital Journal
    The Organic Consumers Association Monday challenged the American Medical Association on its failure to support mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. More
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