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USDA bracing for bigger bird flu outbreak
Agri-Pulse
The government is gearing up to deal with as many as 500 incidents of avian flu this fall, far more than the number that devastated Midwest producers this spring, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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House set to vote on anti-GMO labeling law
Reuters
The House of Representatives was set to vote Thursday on a hotly debated measure that would block mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.

Related: Food industry groups call on House to support GMO labeling program (Manufacturing.net)

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Millennial food shoppers and diners: Spontaneous. Flexible. Contradictory.
Forbes
Millennials are more spontaneous and adventurous than previous generations in their interactions with food and beverage. Like other generations of consumers, they are complex and full of contradictions — contradictions they are fully aware of and embrace. Irony is very much their preferred form of self-expression.
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Senate ends logjam over McConnell roads bill
The Hill
The Senate late Wednesday voted to move forward with a six-year federal highway bill, giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a significant victory even as his legislation encounters stiff opposition from his own party in the House.

Related: Congress taps the oil piggy bank (Politico)

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Exclusive: Trump threatens 3rd-party run
The Hill
Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will "absolutely" increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season.
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Dem fears over Clinton's strength grow after new poll
The Hill
Democrats are seeing warning signs after a new poll showed Hillary Clinton losing three swing states and deep in negative territory on questions of character.
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'So under siege' – an exclusive interview with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
Politico
Federal highway funding dries up in less than 10 days and the House and Senate are still arguing over what to do about it. The House wants a short-term patch that postpones the real crisis until mid-December; the Senate is making an unlikely push to pass a multi-year transportation bill.
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More food safety issues popping up on WTO Committee agenda
Food Safety News
China, Costa Rica, and the European Union earlier this month put new food safety-related issues on the agenda at the World Trade Organization’s Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.
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Measure to ease U.S. port congestion passes key committee
USAgNet
A bill to help address congestion at U.S. ports was included in transportation legislation approved last week by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Here's which foods have gotten more expensive in the last 30 years
io9
Food prices have risen in the last three decades — but that’s not the whole story. While some foods have gotten more expensive, while others have fallen in price dramatically, and a look at the data says a lot about why we eat the way we do.
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There's another drug-resistant bacteria in meat
TIME
We’ve heard about listeria in ice cream and E. coli in spinach, but new research suggests there’s another bacterial strain that may be infecting consumers who handle or consume meat sold in grocery stores.
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U.S. pork, ham stocks hit record high in June; turkey shy 10-year average
Reuters
U.S. pork held in freezers marked a record high in the month of June, bolstered by increased hog production following industry efforts to control the deadly pig virus, experts said after the government's monthly cold storage report on Wednesday.
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McDonald's reports weak U.S. sales
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
McDonald’s Corp. said a key sales metric fell a worse-than-expected 2 percent in the U.S. during the second quarter, as the promotions and featured items that the fast-food chain launched to draw in customers fell flat.
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Coca-Cola is getting seriously worried about how quickly Diet Coke sales are plummeting
Business Insider
Sales of Diet Coke are dropping so precipitously that Pepsi-Cola surpassed Diet Coke to become the number two best-selling soda brand in the U.S. earlier this year.
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Dunkin' brands tops expectations
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. reported better-than-expected results for its latest quarter, as higher traffic along with licensing fees from Dunkin’ K-Cups helped drive sales growth.
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Almond Breeze almond milk only contains 2 percent almonds, claims false advertising lawsuit
Food Navigator
Consumers understand that almond milk must contain some water, but they would be shocked to learn that the leading brands contain just 2 percent almonds, argues a class action lawsuit vs. Blue Diamond Growers.
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Research shows UV light can kill foodborne pathogens on certain fruits
Food Safety News
New research out of Washington State University shows that ultraviolet C light can help kill foodborne pathogens on certain fruits.
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Vegetarians and fast-food fans celebrate as Amy's Drive Thru opens in Rohnert Park
Eater
Fans of frozen meals from Amy's Kitchen can now satisfy their cravings for vegetarian, non-GMO, organic food with a spin through Amy's Drive Thru restaurant in Rohnert Park. The first ready-made food enterprise from Andy and Rachel Berliner, who founded their healthy frozen-food business almost thirty years ago, is now open for business.
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