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AFFI hosts Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum
AFFI
Food safety: It's the highest priority for AFFI member companies. In fact, AFFI has a long and distinguished track record as a food safety leader. In keeping with that commitment, AFFI will be hosting an all-new Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum Oct. 21-24 in Portland, Ore.
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New US school snack food rules clamp down on calories, fat
Reuters
Snacks sold in U.S. schools must be lower in fat, salt and sugar, according to federal rules released Thursday aimed at giving students more nutritious options and fighting childhood obesity.

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    With recent victories, movement to label GMOs gains steam
    Food Safety News
    In the past three weeks, Connecticut and Maine passed labeling bills, the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first time approved a non-GMO label claim for meat products, Chipotle began voluntarily labeling menu items containing GMO ingredients online and, perhaps most notably, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration funding to label genetically modified salmon if the agency approves the fish.

    Related: Connecticut governor signs GMO bill; law needs 2 fixes (The Middletown Press)

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    House Republicans may split farm bill in two
    Politico
    Moving further to the right, the House Republican leadership is actively pursuing a strategy now of splitting their failed farm bill into two parts so the nutrition title and food stamps funding can be considered on its own.

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  • Farm bill remains in limbo as Congress weighs options (Gannett/USA Today)
  • Farm bill problems could hurt USDA budget (Politico)

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    GOP prepares to pummel red-state Democrats on immigration reform votes
    The Hill
    Republicans plan to use votes for the Senate immigration reform bill to campaign against vulnerable incumbent Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Kay Hagan (N.C.).

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  • McConnell's tricky dance on immigration (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Paul Ryan: House won't take up Senate immigration bill (Politico)

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    The not-very-special elections of 2013
    The Washington Post
    The year of the upset this is not — so far, at least. And if you're looking for clues about how the national political environment might be influencing this year's elections, you'll be disappointed.
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    Foxx confirmed for transportation chief
    The Hill
    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) as Transportation secretary in a unanimous vote. Foxx will take over the nearly 60,000-employee Department of Transportation from outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood, who is resigning after four years at the helm.
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    Senate finance leaders to set stage for big tax debate
    The Wall Street Journal
    The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are expected to provide an update on their quest to rewrite the tax code on Thursday, setting the stage for a wide-ranging debate this summer.
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    FDA and CFIA working in tandem on food regulatory changes
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are working in tandem to harmonize implementation of the two nations' new food safety laws, representatives of the two agencies told a stakeholder dialogue session at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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    Opinion: California is ground zero for food lawsuits
    California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse via Fox & Hounds
    For some time, the plaintiffs' bar has been looking for the next cash cow — and the food industry seems to be it. The number of consumer fraud class actions brought in federal court against food and beverage companies has skyrocketed in the past five years, from 19 cases in 2008 to 102 cases in 2012.
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    Opinion: Is it wrong to market even healthy food to kids?
    The Huffington Post
    That's the contention put forth by public health lawyer Michele Simon (Eat Drink Politics) and Susan Linn, Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

    Related: What any business can learn from food marketing (Business 2 Community)

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    Consumer spending up, jobless claims down
    Reuters
    Consumer spending rebounded in May and new applications for unemployment benefits fell last week, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

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    Ground beef recall expands to 22 states
    USDA FSIS
    A recall of nearly 23,000 pounds of raw ground beef from Kansas-based National Beef Packing Co. now touches retailers and distributors in 22 states.

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    How junk food can end obesity
    The Atlantic
    Demonizing processed food may be dooming many people to obesity and disease. Could embracing the drive-thru make us all healthier?

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    Frozen organic pomegranate kernels recalled in a new Hepatitis A scare
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    In a second — and unrelated — incidence of Hepatitis A worries in frozen organic fruit, Scenic Fruit Co. of Gresham, Ore., is recalling more than 5,000 cases of Woodstock frozen organic pomegranate seeds.

    Related: Hepatitis A outbreak: Case count now at 122 (CDC)

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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    Q-and-A: How private labels are rebranding retailers
    MediaPost
    While the importance of private labels may have grown at hyperspeed during the recession, there's no sign of slowed growth yet. A new Deloitte study details the way stores are scrambling to keep the innovations coming.
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    New businesses, global sales boost General Mills
    Food Business News
    New businesses, including Yoki Alimentos in Brazil and Yoplait International, as well as contributions from international sales contributed to an 18 percent increase in income during fiscal 2013 at General Mills Inc.
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    Counterfeit food more widespread than suspected
    The New York Times
    Investigators around the world have uncovered thousands of fraud cases in the food and beverage industries, raising fresh questions about regulatory oversight as criminals offer bargain-hunting shoppers cheap versions of everyday products.
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    Breakfast: The most important meal for food companies
    American Public Media
    There's a something of a breakfast battle going on right now. Why? First, it's a growth market. Second, it's the food segment most likely to capture loyal-for-life customers.
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    Rise in biofuel production puts pressure on food
    Global Meat News
    World biofuel production has increased five times in less than a decade to more than 100 billion liters/year, putting massive strain on food sustainability.

    Related: EPA: Ethanol bounty may push refiners over blend wall (Bloomberg)

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    Why don't we use menu food labels?
    Food, Nutrition & Science via Supermarket Guru
    Few consumers use menu food labels for a variety of reasons, according to a recent study from the New York University School of Medicine.
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    In search for effective ads, US TV operators mine viewer data
    Reuters
    U.S. cable companies and satellite TV providers, locked in battle with broadcasters and online sites for advertising, are taking a page from Google by using data on their subscribers' tastes to serve up tailored commercials.
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    Major Products rolls out new lines targeting US food industry
    PR Newswire via African Business Review
    Major Products, a leading multinational manufacturer of high quality stocks, sauces and gravies used by many professional chefs, has launched three new product lines with the emphasis to diversify its current array of offerings within the food industry.
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