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Unhealthy fixation
Slate Magazine
The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.

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  • Bill banning state GMO-labeling laws moves to House floor (Food Safety News)

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    Avian flu to persist for years to come
    Food Chemical News
    Avian flu will remain a threat to global food security for many years to come, according to Professor Ian Brown, director of the EU/FAO/OIE Reference Library for Avian Influenza in Weybridge, England.
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    The school-lunch dilemma
    National Journal
    As the nation's school food-service directors and executives from the companies that sell food to the schools gathered here this week under the banner of the School Nutrition Association, the prospect that Congress will force the Obama administration to roll back major provisions of the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act appeared to be waning.
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    2016 fundraising shows power tilting to groups backed by wealthy elite
    The Washington Post
    A small cadre of super-wealthy Americans is dominating the fundraising for the 2016 Republican presidential nominating contest, doling out huge sums to independent groups that overwhelm total contributions to the candidates.

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  • Republican field walloping Hillary Clinton in money race (Politico)

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    Trump crowds out second-tier GOP presidential candidates
    The Hill
    Donald Trump's rise in the polls has caused heartburn for many people in the Republican Party, but it is the second-tier candidates in the presidential field who have been hurt most of all.
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    Jeb Bush girds for debate smackdown with Donald Trump
    Politico
    Since announcing his presidential bid last month, Donald Trump has thrown haymakers at a variety of candidates, but he’s gone after Jeb Bush with particular zeal. He has called the former Florida governor a “total disaster,” has asked “How the hell can you vote for this guy?” and has even gone after Bush’s Mexican-born wife on Twitter.
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    House approves $8 billion highway funding extension
    The Hill
    The House voted Wednesday to approve an $8 billion bill to extend federal transportation funding until December. The bill passed in a 312-119 vote. It now goes to the Senate, which is considering a funding bill that could also include an extension of the Export- Import Bank’s charter.

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  • Traffic jam: Congress speeds toward highway cliff (Politico)

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    Lawmakers threaten to kick Canada out of TPP over milk
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan and Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway top a list of 21 bipartisan House lawmakers who warned Canada in a letter Wednesday that it could be dropped from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership if it does not open its market to more dairy products, arguing that 'it will be difficult for us to support Canada's inclusion in TPP if significant new dairy market access is not part of the deal.'

    Related: Groups commend engaging Canada on dairy market access (USAgNet)

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    Feds respond to food stamp drug testing lawsuit
    The Associated Press via WBAY-TV
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says federal law bars the drug testing of food stamp recipients that Wisconsin plans. Vilsack responded Wednesday to a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel asking a federal judge to declare that state budget provisions requiring food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing are legal.
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    Senate Appropriations subcommittee passes Dietary Guidelines rider, FSMA funding
    Food Chemical News
    The Senate Appropriations agriculture subcommittee approved the fiscal year 2016 funding bill for FDA and USDA Tuesday (July 14) with language chastising the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for overstepping its authority in its dietary recommendations.
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    General Mills' healthy food range to hit stores this summer
    Zacks
    General Mills Inc., has revealed its plan to debut several wellness products this summer. The idea is to appeal to the growing number of health conscious customers who prefer the convenience of packaged food without compromising on their wellbeing.
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    Price of average restaurant meal jumps
    Money Talks News
    The price of a meal prepared by a restaurant jumped 3 percent in May compared with one year prior, according to Bloomberg Business’ analysis of the latest Consumer Price Index published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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    There's a new seaweed that tastes like bacon and is better for you than kale
    TIME
    Researchers from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center say they’ve created and patented a new type of seaweed that has the potential to be sold commercially as the next big superfood.
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    Blue Bell receives investment from billionaire
    Food Business News
    Blue Bell Creameries secured an investment from billionaire Sid Bass, a Texas investor with investments in oil and gas. Terms were not disclosed.
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    CDC analysis of recent E. coli O157 outbreaks shows food was major mode of transmission
    Food Safety News
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a summary of E. coli O157 outbreaks in the United States in recent years caused by food, person-to-person contact, contact with animals, and water.
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    Why falling food prices around the world aren't helping U.S. consumers
    Bloomberg
    Costs for meat, dairy, cereals, oils and sugar fell a combined 0.9 percent in June from the previous month, reaching the lowest level since September 2009 and down 21 percent from this time last year, according to data released last week by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
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    Aspen Foods recalls frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products due to possible Salmonella Enteritidis contamination
    USDA
    Aspen Foods, A Division of Koch Poultry Company, is recalling approximately 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken product that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

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    Summer treats disappear as egg prices double
    Fox News
    The bird flu crisis is causing a national egg shortage that’s leaving many without their favorite summertime foods. Suppliers of frozen custard, cookies, cakes, as well as mayonnaise and hard-boiled eggs for potato salad, are scrambling to find substitutes – or are just taking items off the menu.
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    Restaurant food not much healthier than fast food
    Reuters
    Researchers found that eating food from restaurants – whether from fast food places, or better establishments – led to increases in calories, fat and sodium compared to meals made at home.
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    Korean fried chicken takes America by storm
    USA Today
    Buffalo makes a pretty good claim to having invented the chicken wing as we know it, but nowhere is the poultry appendage as madly popular as in South Korea, where several large chains specialize in a uniquely Korean-style fried wing.
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    Chicken nuggets recalled for Staphylococcal Enterotoxin risk
    Food Safety News
    Murry’s Inc., is recalling approximately 20,232 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken nugget product that tested positive for Staphylococcal enterotoxin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday.

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