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New produce regulations won't be final until OMB says so
Food Safety News
With implementing regulations held up at the White House's Executive Office of Management and Budget, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are finding themselves able to talk only in generalities about the nation's new food safety law. That's disappointing to some attending the International Association for Food Protection meeting this week at the Rhode Island State Convention Center.

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    Strong words from both sides at soda ban hearing
    The New York Times
    New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposal to restrict sales of big sugary drinks in New York faced its first formal test with the public Tuesday. In the end, however, few of the dozens of speakers who turned out at a hearing before the city's Board of Health represented the average soda drinker on the street.

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    Report: Junk food subsidies could cost millions, drive obesity
    Paramus Patch
    New Jersey Public Interest Research Groups will release a report Wednesday at the Paramus Farmers Market depicting how billions in taxpayer agricultural subsidies end up supporting junk food and contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic. More
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    Poll: Obama 49, Romney 43
    POLITICO
    The latest round of polling from The Wall Street Journal and NBC News has data points for partisans on both sides to jump on, but the overall takeaway is this remains a close race with what looks like a slight edge for President Barack Obama.

    Editor's note: NBC/Wall Street Journal pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies will deliver a keynote presentation at the American Frozen Food Institute's Public Policy Forum and Breakfast on Sept. 11, held as part of AFFI's Government Action Summit. For more information, or to register, please click here.

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    Poll: Bain doesn't have an image problem — Romney does
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney may have an image problem, but right now, it's not because of Bain Capital. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Americans have very little opinion about the company Romney founded and headed up for nearly two decades, despite a barrage of ads from Democrats and news coverage about the GOP presidential nominee's tenure there. More
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    Romney aide mum on VP contenders
    USA Today
    Mitt Romney's aide in charge of the vice presidential search apparently is so good at keeping secrets that her family can't pry any clues from her at the dinner table. With Romney ready to leave for a trip to Europe and Israel, it is unlikely he will announce his choice of a running mate in the next few days. More
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    Farm bill causes all-out scramble
    POLITICO
    Having boxed themselves into a corner on the farm bill, House Republicans scrambled Wednesday to find a path forward before sending lawmakers home in August to face drought-stricken producers — just months before the November elections.

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    Cool Lumens Inc.
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    Hill braces for lame-duck frenzy
    POLITICO
    Tax rates, spending cuts and the deficit will dominate the Capitol this fall, but lawmakers and lobbyists are quietly maneuvering to use the lame-duck session to clean up a whole mess of other issues Congress has been unable — or unwilling — to handle. More
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    ATA files opening brief to challenge hours-of-service changes
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    In a brief filed July 24 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, American Trucking Associations said federal rules further restricting drivers' ability to work and drive would add tremendous cost to the economy and undue burden onto drivers while providing minimal possible safety benefits. More
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    Senate to vote on toxic chemical legislation
    Food Production Daily
    The Senate will vote today on whether to overhaul federal law on toxic chemicals in the midst of a push to update legislation. The Environment and Public Works Committee vote could pave the way for legislation that hasn't been updated since the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. More
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    NHTSA's stability control plan gets first public airing
    Truckinginfo
    Trucking interests, including manufacturers and carriers, support the idea of a federal mandate for stability control systems in new tractors but have concerns about details in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's proposed rule. More
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    NFL linebacker joins antibiotics briefing on Capitol Hill
    Food Safety News
    Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., a constant advocate for reining in the use of antibiotics in agriculture, hosted another congressional briefing on the issue Tuesday — this time featuring an NFL linebacker. More
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    Canada: Harper government invests in food safety for poultry
    Marketwire via MarketWatch
    Canadian officials Tuesday announced an investment of up to $72,500 for the Chicken Farmers of Canada, in efforts to strengthen food safety systems in the poultry production chain. More
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    Food companies spend $173 million on shelf life, food safety
    PR Newswire via Food & Drink Digital
    New market analyses and reports from Canadean show that, on average, food and beverage companies are spending $173 million — each — on technology to extend shelf life and improve food safety. More
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    Smithfield turns to Brazil for corn
    The Wall Street Journal
    Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, said Tuesday it will import corn from Brazil, a move that reflects how surging costs for U.S. feed grains are rippling through the livestock and meat industry. More
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    PepsiCo profit falls 21 percent on restructuring, strong dollar
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    PepsiCo's second-quarter profit fell 21 percent as costs to restructure its business and a stronger dollar ate into results. The company, whose brands include Frito-Lay, Gatorade and Tropicana, is undertaking a cost-cutting program this year that it says will help refresh its business and save money in years ahead. More
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    White Castle ramps up processing capabilities
    Dayton Daily News
    White Castle broke ground Tuesday on a $22 million food processing plant for one of its fastest growing divisions, and there's plenty of room for expansion, company and state leaders said. The 77,879-square-foot plant being built in Vandalia, Ohio, will employ 100 people and produce more than 16,000 hamburgers per hour. More
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    Execution is key for fast food companies
    Bloomberg
    Sara Senatore, vice president and senior research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., talks with Bloomberg's Tom Keene about earnings for McDonald's and Chipotle Mexican Grill and the outlook for fast food and chain restaurants. More
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    OSHA cites Nebraska meatpacker over worker's death
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    Federal regulators have proposed more than $195,000 in penalties for a Nebraska meatpacker over the death of an employee. More
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    Valley Fine Foods to open new manufacturing plant
    The News & Observer
    Food manufacturer Valley Fine Foods has unveiled plans to open a new East Coast manufacturing facility in Rutherford County, N.C., creating at least 305 jobs during the next three years. More
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    J&J Snack Foods tops expectations
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    J&J Snack Foods Corp., which makes food frozen foods like SuperPretzels and Icee drinks, reported fiscal third-quarter net income that came in a penny above Wall Street expectations as a result of stronger sales. More
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    Bosch targets food filling, packaging markets
    Food Production Daily
    Bosch hopes to boost its liquid food and aseptic packaging capabilities by acquiring Ampack Ammann, a German manufacturer of filling and packaging machines for liquid and paste-like foods. More
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    Food industry experts join PURE Bioscience advisory panel
    4-traders
    PURE Bioscience Inc. has added food industry experts Dave Pfanzelter and David Theno Jr. to its advisory panel to provide guidance on issues ranging from marketing and branding to food safety and health regulations. More
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    Food editors offer tips on choosing frozen vegetarian food
    Environmental Nutrition via Chicago Tribune
    As the consumption of frozen meals has increased, along with people's knowledge of healthy food choices, the offerings have expanded tremendously. Food editors at "Environmental Nutrition" reviewed dozens of vegetarian frozen dinners to find the healthiest choices. More
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    Blueberries: Tasty little fruit packs a powerful punch
    The Independent
    July is National Blueberry Month and harvest is in full swing. With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits. More
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    Frozen Food Express cuts operating costs, boosts revenue
    GlobeNewswire via MarketWatch
    Frozen Food Express Industries Inc. reported growth in revenues coupled with a 10.4 percent drop in total operating expenses for the second quarter, leading to the best Q2 performance in five years. More
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    Machine helps Aflac divert 60,000 pounds of food waste per year
    Marketwire via MarketWatch
    Supplemental insurance giant Aflac is participating in a pilot testing of Totally Green Inc.'s ORCA Green™ Machine, which helps establish a means for rapid, on-site food composting. Aflac expects to divert as much as 60,000 pounds of food waste per year with the new equipment. More
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    New models offer solutions for end-of-line food packaging
    Packaging Europe
    Automated packing systems and palletizer manufacturer Brillopak plans to launch two specialist end-of-line machines for the food industry at this year's PPMA Show. More
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    Report forecasts frozen bakery market to 2017
    Markets and Markets
    The frozen bakery market has been characterized by significant product innovation, new product introductions and an overall shift in the market to higher quality, premium products. More
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    Disinfectant gains EPA approval for killing foodborne pathogens in processing plants
    Food Production Daily
    After completing tests at an EPA-approved lab, Integrated Environmental Technologies is amending its master label claims to note their Excelyte disinfecting solution can eliminate foodborne pathogens Listeria and E. coli. More
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