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Farm bill battle lines drawn on school snack program
The Grower
Battle lines are being drawn over the House Agriculture Committee's farm bill, which would include dried, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables in the fresh fruit and vegetable snack program. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute, cited in this story, is helping lead a coalition supporting an expansion of USDA's school fruit and vegetable snack program.

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    FDA found food safety gaps in 40 percent of egg inspections
    CIDRAP
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found violations of its egg safety rules on about 40 percent of the farms it inspected in 2011, but only about 3 percent of the problems were serious enough to call for FDA action, according to an agency report released this week.

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    California GMO labeling law named Prop 37
    Food Safety News
    California's Office of the Secretary of State announced Monday that the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, also known as the GMO labeling initiative, will appear on voter ballots as Proposition 37 for the Nov. 6 elections.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the Coalition Opposed to the Costly Food Labeling Proposition, composed of food, health and business groups working to defeat this ballot initiative.
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    Poll: Obama opens 6-point lead nationally
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama has widened his lead over Mitt Romney to 6 points in a national survey released late Tuesday, but with voters surveyed by Reuters/Ipsos giving him poor grades on the economy.

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    Obama hoping to continue love affair with Iowa
    The Washington Post
    Four years ago, Iowa launched President Barack Obama toward the White House, and it has been a special place for him ever since. But he returned Tuesday as an embattled incumbent trying to rally supporters to turn back a stiff challenge from Mitt Romney. More
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    Claire McCaskill's future could hinge on GOP slugfest
    POLITICO
    This is the moment Claire McCaskill has been waiting for. The muddled three-way Republican primary for Missouri's Senate seat is entering a final four-week sprint that's expected to feature a ferocious intraparty food fight. More
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    Opinion: Menu labeling would allow diners to control their calories
    The Hill
    The average American, who should consume about 2,000 calories a day, eats out six times a week. So it's easy to see why obesity rates are so high: Dozens of studies show that eating out more frequently is associated with obesity. More
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    NAM: EPA's greenhouse gas regulations will hurt jobs
    ThomasNet News
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons released a statement on behalf of an industry coalition Tuesday, addressing the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit on the EPA's decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources through Clean Air Act.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the industry coalition cited in this article.
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    FSIS continues site for consumer complaints on food safety
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is seeking to continue its consumer complaint monitoring system, an online portal tracking consumers' comments about meat, poultry and egg product safety. The information from the Web portal is used to schedule FSIS' Food Safety Mobile visits. More
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    Pilot program on NAFTA trucking provisions
    Federal Register
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on information concerning the pre-authorization safety audit for Jose Guadalupe Morales Guevara, doing business as Fletes Morales, which has applied to participate in the agency's long-haul cross-border trucking program. More
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    Wyoming plans public meeting on food rule changes
    Casper Star-Tribune
    The Wyoming Department of Agriculture will hold a public meeting Wednesday morning on proposed changes to the state’s food safety rules. More
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    Draft strategic plan on aquaculture ready for public review
    Office of the Federal Register
    NOAA and USDA's Agricultural Research Service will announce, in Thursday's Federal Register, a draft of the U.S. National Aquaculture Research and Development Strategic Plan and set deadlines for public feedback on the plan. More
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    26 countries join forces in open-access science initiative
    PR Newswire via Healthcare Global
    Scientists from 26 countries are joining forces to advocate for an open-access approach to sharing information within the infectious disease community, according to Daral J. Jackwood, Ph.D., a professor in the Food and Animal Health Research Program at The Ohio State University. More
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    Trade gap in US narrowed in May as imports decreased
    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    The trade deficit in the U.S. narrowed in May as falling crude oil prices and weakening demand for consumer goods trimmed the import bill. The gap shrank 3.8 percent to $48.7 billion, in line with the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, from $50.6 billion in April, Commerce Department figures showed today. More
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    Parenting assistance in a processed food world
    Chicago Tribune
    A proactive mother-turned-author is advocating for food as the solution to antibiotics: "My refrigerator is my medicine cabinet, and our kitchen is our pharmacy," she tells other parents. More
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    Kellogg unveils array of new products
    Food Business News
    Consumer trends, ranging from popular flavors to the upcoming Summer Olympics, are prompting a flurry of new product introductions at The Kellogg Co. More
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    Shareholders OK Coca-Cola split
    The Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
    Shareholders have approved The Coca-Cola Co.'s first stock split in 16 years. The Atlanta-based company announced the 2-for-1 split in April, citing its expectation to double revenue during this decade. More
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    Study: Buyers focus on shelf life, price for packaged produce
    From Field to Fork
    According to a new Michigan State University study, packaging influences the way fruits and vegetables are chosen by consumers, with shoppers saying they prefer to purchase produce that comes in a rigid, bio-based plastic container with a long shelf life and a low price — even to the point where consumers will opt for certain items in these kinds of containers rather than in bags. More
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    Will Instagram offer more effective marketing than Facebook?
    Pizza Marketplace
    If your brand's social media strategy includes only Twitter and Facebook, you're falling behind. Newer sites, such as Pinterest and Instagram, are growing rapidly and consumers are pushing the accelerator. More
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    Can children inherit cravings for junk food?
    Care2
    Can children inherit cravings for junk food? A recent study offers us the opportunity to consider the validity of the epigenetic question of whether or not children can inherit cravings for junk food as a result of what their mother ate during her pregnancy. More
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    Sealed Air addresses sustainability, food safety, food security
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Sealed Air presented the importance of food safety and security and the critical need to assess the impact of food waste and product damage when assessing overall sustainability during the second World Packaging Forum. More
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    Russian food retailer plans September launch in Miami
    Supermarket News
    The first of a planned chain of small discount food stores under the Okey-Dokey banner is set to open in Miami Sept. 1, marking the U.S. debut of the Russian retailer behind Europe's X-5 Retail Group. More
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    Berry producer plays with Giants
    Progressive Grocer
    California Giant Berry Farms, a year-round producer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, has introduced the summer "Giant Fans of Baseball" consumer promotion in time for peak berry and baseball season. More
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    New rail terminal, inland port to be built in South Carolina
    The Journal of Commerce
    The South Carolina State Ports Authority plans to develop an inland port in Greer, S.C, together with Norfolk Southern to improve the efficiency of international container movements between the Port of Charleston, the upstate region and neighboring states. More
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