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Farm bill — minus food-aid section — ready for House vote
Bloomberg
House Republican leaders will attempt to go it alone on a farm-policy bill, betting they can pull 218 votes from within their own party for a five-year extension of agriculture subsidies. The bill they intend to bring to the floor, H.R. 2642, omits language to renew food-aid programs for the poor. That decision breaks up the urban-rural coalition that has successfully negotiated similar bills for decades.

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    Stabenow: Smithfield deal could threaten US food security, economics
    Bloomberg TV
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., says China's purchase of Smithfield Foods — the largest foreign takeover of an American company — could give China access to food technology that, for now, gives the U.S. an edge in world markets.

    Related: Smithfield CEO: China deal won't hurt food safety (USA Today)

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    Opinion: No food safety plan means Salmonella could land on customer plates
    Food Safety News
    Lately it seems that Salmonella has been slipping past ignorant food handlers and right to consumers' mouths. Many food handlers don't understand that they probably have Salmonella in their kitchens every day, and if proper food safety procedures are not followed, Salmonella will end up on customers' plates.
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    Poll: Obama approval rating 'under water'
    USA Today
    A new poll from Quinnipiac University gives President Barack Obama an overall approval rating of 44 percent, with 48 percent of respondents disapproving of his performance.
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    House GOP: Senate immigration bill 'dead on arrival'
    Newsmax
    Despite its bipartisan backing and the Senate's overwhelming vote in favor, the "comprehensive" immigration bill appears to be going nowhere in the House. "The Senate bill is dead on arrival, period," sophomore Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Tennessee Republican, said.

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  • Obama, allies pressure GOP on immigration (USA Today)
  • The 3 paths forward for House GOP on immigration (The Washington Post)
  • Poll: Immigration support grows (Politico)
  • Senators want Obama active on immigration (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Americans favor shorter presidential campaigns
    USA Today
    Six in 10 Americans say they'd vote for a ballot initiative that would limit presidential campaigns to five weeks in late September through October, according to a Gallup Poll.
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    Fast food workers to strike at Smithsonian museums
    The Washington Post
    Low-wage workers connected with the nation's marquee museum network will strike Thursday, continuing a string of recent demonstrations to promote better pay for employees at federal buildings.

    Related: Opinion: An economic extra value meal (New York Daily News)

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    Legal analysis: State law-based food mislabeling claims are pre-empted
    Mondaq
    The 3rd Circuit recently affirmed the District of New Jersey's dismissal of a putative class action involving food labeling misrepresentation, providing another example of the strength of "federal pre-emption" as a defense to misrepresentation claims.
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    Food's here! Yelp unveils mobile delivery
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    Bloomberg's Julie Hyman reports on Yelp's expanding services — which will include offering food delivery, via a partnership with Eat24 and Delivery.com.

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    Food safety and staying ahead of the curve
    AFFI
    The CDC's recent report on foodborne illness over a 10-year span shows a 23 percent drop in reported outbreaks, with frozen food safety performing well.

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    Water shortage could soak food firms
    Food Production Daily
    Global water shortages could create significant problems for the food industry in the all-too-near future, according to a paper in The Food Journal.

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    Sweet tweets: Social media channels pave way for Twinkies' return
    USA Today
    Hostess is whetting consumers' appetites for the return of some of its most well-known treats with a broad comeback campaign that touts the arrival of the products on store shelves Monday.

    Related: Rabobank: The return of the Twinkie — Naughty but nice? (Business Wire)

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    Cornell study: Portion size labeling could influence shopping habits
    Meatingplace
    As the cost of meat increases and smaller portions in general are being encouraged to fight obesity, a new study shows how portions are labeled can have a big impact on how much consumers eat and what they are willing to pay per portion.
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    Yum profit tops estimates as KFC's China sales drop slows
    Bloomberg
    Yum! Brands Inc., owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains, posted second-quarter profit that topped analysts' estimates as sales in China began to recover from the avian flu scare and a probe of a supplier.
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    Gluten-free giant Boulder Brands buys Level Life Foods
    Food Navigator-USA
    Gluten-free giant Boulder Brands has moved into new territory with the acquisition of a controlling stake (80 percent) in GlucoBrands, the owner of Level Life Foods — a specialist in diabetes management products.
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    Tyson Foods margins fall as cattle herds hit 60-year low
    Bloomberg
    A third year of drought in Texas, the biggest U.S. cattle producer, is leaving the national herd at a six-decade low and Tyson Foods Inc. and Cargill Inc. fighting to boost margins amid excess slaughterhouse capacity.
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    Family Dollar profit shrinks as shoppers focus on essentials — like food
    Reuters
    Family Dollar Stores Inc. posted a smaller quarterly profit Wednesday and said it expects customers to remain under financial pressure and hold back on purchases that are not absolutely necessary. Food sales, however, remain strong.
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    Expert: Weight loss claims on sweetener could be cause for concern
    Food Navigator
    Current public health messages that call for a reduction in the intake of sugary foods and drinks should consider expanding recommendations to include all sweetened products, according to one expert's opinion.
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