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Menu labeling not working? A third of consumers eat way too many calories
Medical Daily
In a new study, 1,121 adult lunchtime diners at two McDonald's restaurants in New York City were surveyed for changes to their calorie intake based on caloric information given. Researchers found that in spite of the information, more than half of the participants still ordered beyond suggested caloric intake.
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Pizza, pastrami and school lunch: NYC mayoral race tackles food policy
PolicyMic
This week, a consortium of 12 food-related organizations hosted the Mayoral Candidate Forum on the Future of Food to find out where the six people running for mayor of New York City stand on issues of food policy.

Related: Victories against childhood obesity, but harder to find among poor (AMA)

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Coke likely to face Vitaminwater class-action, but not for money
Reuters
In a decision made public Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Levy in Brooklyn, New York, recommended that Coca-Cola face a class-action lawsuit for the way it labeled its Vitaminwater product — but the judge also said consumers could not sue as a group for money damages; they could instead try to change how Coca-Cola labels and markets the product.

Related: Coca-Cola's reaction: Claims are 'without merit' (Food Navigator-USA)

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Business owners increasingly anxious as health care law looms
The Washington Post
Despite a temporary reprieve from some of the new rules under the health care law, business owners are growing increasing anxious about its looming implementation at the end of the year, according to a pair of recent surveys.

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  • Democrats' anxiety over Obamacare shows in House mandate vote (The Hill)
  • Obama vows to 'blow through' GOP criticism of Obamacare (The Hill)
  • Hatch to unions: Join GOP in calling for health law delay (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Mitch McConnell's fractured Senate GOP caucus
    Politico
    On issues ranging from gun control to immigration to President Barack Obama's nominees, Senate Republicans are now split into three major factions: the leadership; hard-line conservatives; and a bloc led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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  • DSCC, McConnell super PAC launch ads (The Washington Post)
  • GOP Senate fortunes boosted by Cassidy's Louisiana fundraising haul (The Hill)
  • RNC rakes in $8 million in June (Politico)

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    Thomas Perez confirmed as new Secretary of Labor
    HR.BLR.com
    Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, was confirmed as the new Secretary of Labor Thursday after a four-month delay.

    Related: Senate confirms Gina McCarthy as EPA lead (CNN)

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    FDA may get some relief from sequester
    The Wall Street Journal
    A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would exempt fees paid by private industry to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from sequestration, the automatic budget cuts that took effect earlier this year.
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    Australian judge quashes social media 'call to arms' against McDonald's
    The Drum
    An Australian state judge has ordered a group of protesters not to use social media as "a call to arms" to cause damage and loss to burger giant McDonald's, which is facing protesters as it expands in the country.
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    Should AND sever ties with 'junk' food corporate sponsors?
    Food Navigator-USA
    Those who feel uneasy about the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics' ties with corporate sponsors such as Pepsi and McDonald's argue that getting into bed with such purveyors of "junk" food — however transparently or responsibly you go about it — sends all the wrong messages.
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    New York sets public hearing on GMO labels
    New York Daily News
    The New York Assembly's Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection plans a public hearing July 30 to debate the merits of a GMO labeling bill.

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    Peltz: PepsiCo should buy Mondelez, spin off drinks
    Reuters
    Activist shareholder Nelson Peltz says PepsiCo should buy Mondelez International Inc. for more than $62 billion and spin off its soft drink business.

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    Cyclaspora spreading: 48 in Texas acquire intestinal infection
    CNN
    Almost 50 new cases of an intestinal infection caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with feces have been reported in Texas this past week alone, officials said Thursday. Most reports come from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. More than 100 people in Iowa and Nebraska also are dealing with the illness as officials try to track its source.
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    IFT launches Global Food Traceability Center
    Food Safety Magazine
    The Institute of Food Technologists Board of Directors has approved the launch of a new food traceability center designed to protect and improve our global food supply.
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    Fast fine casual food? The continued blurring of chain restaurants
    Time
    When a prototypical fast food chain like KFC pushes into the realm of "fast casual," what do terms like "fast food" and "casual dining" mean nowadays?

    Related: New Technomic report: Fast-casual industry growing (Convenience Store Decisions)

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    Twinkies must innovate slowly, expert warns
    Food Navigator-USA
    The Twinkies return has been terrific but the owners need to take things slowly and ensure a solid comeback before launching any line extensions like gluten-free variants, says Dr. Richard George, chair and professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
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    Funding Daily: 'Cereal' entrepreneurs
    VentureBeat via Reuters
    What do serial entrepreneurs and breakfast cereal have in common? In both cases, one serving is not enough.
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    The farm-to-fork experience
    Progressive Grocer
    Cargill is helping retailers understand the worth of the products they sell — in every sense.
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    Safeway posts Q2 gains
    Supermarket News
    Safeway said Thursday income from continuing operations for the second quarter rose 22.1 percent to $58.1 million, while sales and other revenue dropped 1.6 percent to $8.7 billion and identical-store sales, excluding fuel, rose 1.2 percent.
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    Colorado company hailed as food safety innovator
    KCNC-TV
    Leprino Foods' Greeley, Colo., plant is being recognized for its food safety. On Thursday the Colorado company opened its new 1 million-square-foot facility to two members of President Barack Obama's cabinet and Gov. John Hickenlooper.
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