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Farm bill pits fresh fruit against fruit
McClatchy Newspapers via San Francisco Chronicle
A wording change that expands a federal fruit and vegetable program to include dried, canned and frozen foods also could sour key lawmakers and spark a Capitol Hill fight. The conflict adds one more challenge for a Congress struggling to finish its farm bill work this year.

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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    A fight against sugary drinks, far from the streets of New York
    Contra Costa Times via The Detroit News
    In a few short months, New York City has pushed to new heights the national debate over sugary drinks and their impact on public health. But an equally important battle over the same turf is playing out in the Bay Area suburb long defined by its battles against crime and poverty. More
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    Has 'organic' been oversized?
    The New York Times
    Michael J. Potter is one of the last little big men left in organic food. More than 40 years ago, Potter bought into a hippie cafe and "whole earth" grocery here that has since morphed into a major organic foods producer and wholesaler, Eden Foods. More
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    Poll: Obama barrage barely holds back Romney
    Politico
    In a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of swing states, an overwhelming majority of voters remember seeing campaign ads over the past month; most voters in other states say they haven't. In the battlegrounds, 1 in 12 say the commercials have changed their minds about President Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney — a difference on the margins, but one that could prove crucial in a close race.

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    Romney outraised Obama in June, $106 million to $71 million
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney's presidential campaign outraised President Barack Obama by $35 million in June, pulling in $106 million to the incumbent president's $71 million, according to numbers announced by the campaigns. More
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    Mitch McConnell and the battle for Senate control
    The Washington Post
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told CNN's Candy Crowley that Republican chances of taking over the Senate in November stood at "50-50," adding: "I think it's going to be a very close, competitive election." More
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    Obama signs highway bill
    The Hill
    President Obama signed a $105 billion transportation bill, bringing to an end a three-year fight over road and transit spending. The bill signing capped a day that began with an unemployment report showing the U.S. economy had added only 80,000 jobs in June, leaving the national unemployment rate unchanged at 8.2 percent. More
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    EOBR cutoff faces opposition in Senate
    Truckinginfo
    A bid by owner-operators to cut off funding for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic onboard recorder rule appears unlikely to pass. Close followers of the issue note that while it is not wise to say "never" in Washington, the cutoff faces stiff opposition in the Senate. More
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    Opinion: New York's soda scolds
    Manufacturing.net
    In the game of targeting foods that supposedly contribute to the misnamed "obesity epidemic," incrementalism is a key tactic. It's more politically palatable to start small — by banning soda and added-sugar juices — then to grow bigger. More
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    Listeria worry forces recall of 162 tons of frozen meat products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    More than 324,770 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products are being recalled by Buona Vita Inc. after testing by FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture raised worries of Listeria contamination.

    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: Getting on track with traceability
    Manufacturing.net
    With a growing focus on food safety, it is increasingly important for food manufacturers to be able to trace products effectively in the event of a recall. RedPrairie recently released a new survey uncovering traceability and recall trends and suggesting actions processors can take to stay on top of regulatory requirements. More
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    Preview: Has Yum Brands' China growth hit a great wall?
    Investor's Business Daily
    Yum Brands is expected to report a jump in profit and revenue when it announces its second-quarter results Monday. The operator of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC fast food chains continues to remain popular in the U.S. with new food offerings. But sales and growth in China have slowed. More
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    Campbell Soup to buy Bolthouse Farms for $1.6 billion
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Campbell Soup Co. hopes to court a new generation of consumers with baby carrots, high-end juices and refrigerated salad dressings. The Camden, N.J.,-based company said that it will buy natural foods maker Bolthouse Farms in a $1.55 billion cash deal from private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC. More
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    Appeasing food industry may be 'greatest failure' in obesity fight
    CommonHealth
    Kelly Brownell, a bigwig in food policy circles, gets straight to the point in a new piece attacking Big Food: "When the history of the world's attempt to address obesity is written, the greatest failure may be collaboration with and appeasement of the food industry," he writes. More
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    Codex ractopamine MRLs could boost global meat trade
    FoodProductionDaily.com
    The Codex Alimentarius Commission has set new maximum limits for ractopamine in pig and cattle tissue in an effort to improve the trade of meat containing the growth substance. More
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    Experts eye commodities speculation, food prices
    Ag Professional
    The world needs to take a hard look at speculation on the financial markets and its potential impact on food price volatility, Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at a high-level debate on the issue at FAO Headquarters in Rome. More
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    Farmed fish to help meet growing demand
    Reuters via Chicago Tribune
    Aquaculture output is expected to rise 33 percent over the next decade helping to meet the world's growing demand for fish as healthy and nutritious food gains popularity while fishing stagnates, the United Nations' food agency said. More
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    Real Raw Milk Facts makes legislative recommendations
    Food Safety News
    With three years of experience in the information wars over raw milk under its belt, a largely academic group has decided to enter the legislative area with its own 12-page "Raw Milk Legislation Packet." Real Raw Milk Facts, a group that grew out of meetings sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the International Association for Food Protection, published the guide as part of their mission to counter the growing popularity of drinking unpasteurized, unprocessed milk by giving consumers information about the potential risks. More
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    Threat to truth in food labeling
    Stock & Land
    A long-standing proposal to require all health claims on packaged food to be substantiated before they go on the market may have been derailed by the billion dollar grocery industry, which is proposing that it be allowed to sell first, prove later. More
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