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How Russia could become a food superpower
The Wall Street Journal
Russia could be a food superpower, given its vast soil and water resources. It still may become one, but the question is whether the food will be Western or Chinese.
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AFFI further enhances member services: Launches International Trade Regulation Database
American Frozen Food Institute
The American Frozen Food Institute today launched the “AFFI Trade and Regulatory Database,” a unique online tool designed to help AFFI members navigate global regulatory policies that affect the trade of frozen fruit and vegetable products worldwide.
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How the tools of venture capital are revolutionizing food
Forbes
What we eat is changing dramatically. Grocery stores devote aisles to organic merchandise, farmers’ markets spill into the streets and restaurants list the producers that supply their menus. People have become suspicious of Big Food, a catchall term that has come to mean anything processed or fake.
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Hillary Clinton's 2016 pitch: Obama, but better
Politico
If the Iran nuclear arms deal sealed President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy, it also laid bare a dilemma for his would-be successor, Hillary Clinton: How do you run on Obama policies you mostly — but don’t entirely — embrace?
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Portman, Toomey lead second-quarter money race in key 2016 Senate races
The Washington Post
In two of the most crucial Senate campaigns in the country next year, the Republican incumbents are sitting on a huge war chest. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania have on hand $10 million and $8.3 million, respectively — amounts they can keep amassing until the races really heat up next year.
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Poll: Trump's popularity soars with Republicans
The Hill
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is winning over Republican voters, according to a new poll. More than half of GOP voters now view the outspoken billionaire in a good light, a Washington Post-ABC News survey released Wednesday found.
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POLICY


White House backs House GOP highway fix
The Hill
President Obama will sign an $8 billion highway patch that is being voted on Wednesday by the House, the White House said, despite an earlier veto hint by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
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FSMA hearings to follow spending bill
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Sen. Jerry Moran, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee's agriculture panel, expects to hold hearings on the FDA and Food Safety Modernization Act after the fiscal 2016 spending bill advances, the Kansas Republican told Pro Agriculture's Helena Bottemiller Evich on Tuesday.
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GMO labeling bill expected on House floor soon
Agri-Pulse
A bill that would bar states from requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods could be on the House floor as soon as next week. The Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599) was approved Tuesday by the House Agriculture Committee Tuesday on a voice vote during a 15-minute meeting.

Related: Mandatory GMO food labeling by states would be banned under proposed bill (USA Today)

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Senate subcommittee advances $20.5 billion bill funding agriculture, FDA
The Hill
A Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would fund the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration for the next fiscal year. The bill's contains $20.5 billion in discretionary funding, which is $65 million below the current level and $1.1 billion below President Obama’s request.
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Embattled D.C. schools food vendor quits contract, puts pressure on city
The Washington Post
The vendor that provides food services to the D.C. Public Schools has told the D.C. Council that it wants to withdraw from the contract this fall, a sudden and unexpected move that puts immediate pressure on the District to find a new provider for nearly 100 schools.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Thousands of pounds of food destroyed after Tesco fridges and freezers malfunction for second time this month
The Bolton News
Thousands of pounds of fresh and frozen food was ruined after fridges and freezers broke down at Tesco in Little Lever, U.K. Equipment in the 4 million pound supermarket, at the corner of Lever Street and Crossley Street which opened last October, malfunctioned on Friday.
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2 Minnesota Salmonella illnesses linked to frozen raw tuna from Indonesia
Food Safety News
Two Minnesota residents recently sickened with Salmonella infections have had their illnesses linked to frozen raw tuna, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Tuesday.

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Wholesale prices in U.S. increased in June as fuel climbed
Bloomberg
Wholesale prices in the U.S. climbed more than forecast in June as the cost of fuel picked up. The 0.4 percent increase in the producer-price index followed a 0.5 percent gain in May, Labor Department figures showed Wednesday in Washington. The median forecast of 70 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.2 percent advance. Costs fell 0.7 percent over the past 12 months.
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Blue LEDs show promise as food preservation method
Food Navigator-USA
Blue light emitting diodes have strong antibacterial effects on foodborne pathogens, according to a study from the National University of Singapore.
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China seafood industry adapts to market changes
Undercurrent News
Chinese seafood companies are enjoying an era of stable growth, although not the "golden era" seen before, reports China Daily.
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Yum! Brands Chinese same-store sales still seeing red after meat safety scandal
Forbes
It’s been one year since a TV report showed KFC’s Chinese meat provider reusing meat that had fallen to the factory floor, and despite repenting for the lapse in food safety, KFC’s parent company is still suffering from the mishap. Yum! Brands reported second quarter earnings results Tuesday afternoon and, in doing so, revealed that its sales in China declined yet again.
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Food powder made from expired produce may help end world hunger
Mashable
The two most common reasons for such extensive food waste relate to mindless consumption: We buy or prepare more than we need, or we just don't use food before it goes bad. In response to this vicious cycle, a group of international masters students created FoPo Food Powder. The company collects cheap and near-expired produce and spray dries it into a powder to extend its shelf life for two years.
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More players are entering the drinkable soup category, which one says is the next big thing
Food Navigator-USA
The founder of Tio Gazpacho, a front runner in the drinkable soup segment, welcomes to the nascent category several newcomers that he hopes will help validate the new food concept and build consumer interest.
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Organic food production 'needs direction' to be sustainable, warns U.S. study
Food Navigator-USA
An increasing number of commercial organic operations could be contributing to higher levels of greenhouse gases coming from each acre of farm land, say researchers who warn that organic food production needs to take the right direction on emissions.
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