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Don't worry so much about whether your food is 'processed'
The Atlantic
"To say all processed food is bad is a mistake," said Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, at a session before the Aspen Ideas Festival.
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ConAgra to sell store-brand food business
The Associated Press via ABC News
ConAgra Foods Inc., plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label foodmaker Ralcorp. The company said Tuesday that it wants to concentrate on improving business for its name brands, which include Chef Boyardee, Hebrew National hot dogs, Slim Jim meat sticks and others.
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Nestle U.S. chief seeks to turn around frozen food
Reuters
Nestle SA thinks it can turn around its U.S. frozen foods business despite recent sales declines driven by consumer perceptions that the products are not healthy, the company's U.S. chief executive said in an interview.
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It's New Hampshire or bust for several Republican hopefuls
The Hill
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will launch his presidential campaign in his home state Tuesday morning, but it is New Hampshire on which his hopes depend.

Related: Betting it all on New Hampshire (Politico)

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His star dimmed, Christie leans on truth-teller persona as he readies bid
The Washington Post
Chris Christie, riding high in national polls and bounding with self-confidence, headed to the Hamptons two summers ago for a round of fundraisers with Republican glitterati and members of the Bush family network.

Related articles:
  • Chris Christie, a faded Republican star, launches presidential campaign (The Washington Post)
  • Chris Christie is being taken seriously by the mainstream media (The Washington Post)

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    Obama's approval rating climbs to about 50 percent
    Politico
    After a historic week of victories on health care and same-sex marriage, along with a searing tragedy, President Barack Obama’s approval rating has climbed to 50 percent.
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    POLICY


    USDA's message to importers: Treat us fairly on bird flu
    Politico via The American Frozen Food Institute
    The USDA is reaching out to trading partners, asking them not to ban all poultry products in the U.S. in response bird flu outbreaks in some regions.

    Related: Senate AG committee schedules bird flu hearing next Tuesday (Food Chemical News)

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    Justices rule 5-4 that independent panels can draw election district lines
    The Washington Post
    A divided Supreme Court on Monday said voters concerned that partisan gerrymandering is creating unfair elections are entitled to take reapportionment away from state legislatures.
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    States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule
    Agri-Pulse
    Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands that are dry much of the year and increases the federal government's authority over land use.
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    Obama set to expand overtime pay for millions of workers
    The Hill
    President Obama on Monday announced new rules that will require businesses to pay millions of additional American workers overtime wages. The long-awaited regulation would make all salaried workers who earn less than $970 per week, roughly $50,440 per year, automatically eligible to earn overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. The cutoff under existing rules is around $23,660 per year.
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    Obama signs TPA Act, increase trade opportunities
    USAgNet
    Trade Promotion Authority will soon begin to help shape the United States' ability to complete international trade negotiations. On Monday, June 29, President Obama signed the bill into law.
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    USDA to allow beef imports from Argentina
    The Hill
    The Department of Agriculture is amending its rules that govern which meats can be imported into the U.S. to allow fresh beef that’s either chilled or frozen to come from Brazil and Argentina.
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    Schumer slams USDA budget cut in wake of Avian Influenza outbreak
    Food Chemical News
    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says the Avian Influenza outbreak is no time to cut $500 million from USDA’s research budget.
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    EU sets new limits on inorganic arsenic in rice
    Food Chemical News
    The EU is clamping down on inorganic arsenic levels in rice, particularly to cut infant and toddler’s exposure, which can be two to three times that of adults.
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    Heinz executives to dominate post-merger management of Kraft Heinz Co.
    TribLIVE.com
    Most of the top executives at Kraft Foods Group will head for the exits once the macaroni-and-cheese maker merges with H.J. Heinz Co., signaling that executives in Pittsburgh will be in control of the $28 billion food giant.
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    Most significant criminal food safety case nears conclusion
    Food Safety News
    Two days have been set aside this week to resolve remaining pre-sentence issues in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case being heard in federal court in Albany, Georgia. While this is the most significant criminal food safety case to ever be tried in the United States, it’s gone on so long that some people may have forgotten why it’s so important and just what happened.
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    July 4 cookout costs less this year
    USAgNet
    A Fourth of July cookout of Americans' favorite foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk will cost slightly less this year and still comes in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.

    Related: Traditional foods dominate Fourth of July menus (Food Navigator-USA)

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    Report: Blue Bell pulled products weeks before listeria recall
    Manufacturing.net
    Blue Bell Creameries quietly pulled the company's ice cream from retailers and large institutions weeks before issuing a recall over listeria contamination, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News. State and federal authorities largely accepted Blue Bell's procedures since no links to illnesses were established until later.
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    Study: Sugary drinks linked to health issues
    The Washington Post
    Scientists are asking people across the globe to lay off sugary drinks, linking the consumption to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year, including more than 25,000 Americans.
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    Nestlé India gets go ahead to export Maggi noodles
    Food Quality News
    Nestlé India has been allowed to export Maggi noodles by the Bombay High Court but the product will remain off shelves in India.
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    Salmonella tracking tools developed to control pathogen
    Food Quality News
    A diagnostic tool and dataset for identifying Salmonella has been developed by a veterinary medical officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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