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Making children hanker for broccoli and carrots
The New York Times
Birds Eye, the frozen vegetable brand, is taking the unusual step of marketing directly to children through a promotional partnership with "iCarly," a popular show on Nickelodeon. More
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House unveils farm bill with bigger cuts to food stamp program
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday unveiled its approach for a long-term farm and food bill that would reduce spending by $3.5 billion a year, almost half of that coming from cuts in the federal food stamp program.

Editor's note: Members of the frozen food community are encouraged to use AFFI's Friends of Frozen grassroots platform to urge their lawmakers to support expanding USDA's Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program to include all forms of produce, including frozen.

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    At movies and beaches, soda industry makes its case
    The New York Times
    Efforts coordinated by the soft drink industry and several national movie theater chains have led to airborne banners, T-shirts and marquee messages in the first steps of what is expected to be a major public relations campaign against the proposed soda ban. The city's Board of Health will decide, after a public hearing on July 24, whether to approve the proposal.

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    Obama's troubling trend line on jobs
    The Washington Post
    The news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday morning that the economy added just 80,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate stayed stuck at 8.2 percent suggests any hope President Barack Obama will be able to run for re-election bolstered by an improving financial picture is rapidly disappearing.

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    Fundraising crunch: 8 Senate candidates with something to prove
    The Washington Post
    Second-quarter fundraising reports are due next weekend, and candidates are likely to start announcing their totals in the days to come. With Senate races starting to take shape in several key states — particularly ones where the primary has been held — these reports are the most important to date.

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    Union chief dismisses talk of rift between Democrats, labor
    The Hill
    The new president of the nation's largest union of public workers on Thursday rejected suggestions that tensions linger between Democrats and labor over their defeat in the Wisconsin recall election. More
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    Poll: Americans don't know possible Romney running mates
    USA Today
    Republicans Tim Pawlenty and Bobby Jindal are in Pennsylvania today, talking up their man Mitt Romney for the presidency and shadowing President Barack Obama's bus tour. But neither man's name is well-known among the general public. More
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    Food industry to Slaughter: We follow rules on antibiotics
    meatingplace
    Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., continued her campaign against antibiotics use in animal agriculture by sending a detailed questionnaire to 60 fast food companies, meat producers, meat processors and grocery chains asking them to disclose their policies on antibiotic use in meat and poultry production. For the most part, the responses across the food chain were consistent: Compliance reigns. More
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    Cool Lumens Inc.
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    FSIS to conduct survey for food defense plan
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will conduct its seventh annual food defense plan survey July 16 through Aug. 10, gathering information about the food industry's voluntary adoption of food defense plans. When the survey began in 2006, 27 percent of establishments reported having a functional food defense plan; in 2011 the adoption rate was 75 percent, and FSIS wants 90 percent adoption by 2016. More
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    Codex sets ractopamine standards
    Pork Magazine
    A United Nations Commission has approved international standards for ractopamine, a feed ingredient used to promote leanness in pork and beef. The decision mirrors acceptance by 26 countries but contradicts some nations' ban on ractopamine, which has kept their markets closed to many exporting countries.

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    Campaign to reduce antibiotic use in animals comes under fire
    Food Safety News
    In a letter to Congress this week, a coalition of agricultural groups sharply criticized a campaign launched this month to reduce the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals. More
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    Import reinspection process updated for meat, poultry, eggs
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued updated instructions for inspection personnel on how to conduct import reinspections for meat, poultry and egg products.

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    President to sign highway bill into law Friday
    Land Line
    President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign Congress' two-year, $101 billion transportation bill into law during a White House ceremony today after House and Senate lawmakers approved it June 29. More
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    Fruit As It Should Be!

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    Economic fears take toll on retail sales in June
    CNBC.com
    Retailers reported largely disappointing sales in June, as consumers pulled back on spending amid concerns about jobs and the economy. More
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    Food price index drops for third consecutive month
    UN News Centre
    The United Nations Thursday reported a drop in global food prices for the third consecutive month because of continued economic uncertainty and generally adequate prospects for food supplies.

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    Gluten-free food manufacturing plant opens in New Jersey
    Progressive Grocer
    Dr. Schar USA, a subsidiary of Europe's market leader in gluten-free food, has opened its first gluten-free manufacturing facility in the United States. Located in Swedesboro, N.J., the 60,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will produce baked goods, including frozen dough. More
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    Mettler Toledo publishes inspection white paper
    Labels & Labeling
    Mettler Toledo CI-Vision, a designer and implementer of machine vision inspection programs, has published a white paper that details the benefits that a vision inspection component can add to a food safety assurance program. More
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    Nanotechnology in food packaging
    AZoNano
    Despite much enthusiasm, the adoption of nanotechnology in the food industry has been slow and limited. Due to restrictions imposed by increased costs, uncertain legislation and fear of a consumer reaction, food manufacturers have been reluctant to push research into proposed "nanofood" technologies. In the realm of food packaging, however, nanotechnology is being adopted much more rapidly. More
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    2012 Power of Meat report available
    Food & Beverage Packaging
    The 2012 Power of Meat Report is the seventh in an annual report series exploring consumer perceptions, attitudes and behaviors regarding fresh meat and poultry and food shopping and preparation. More
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