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Food prices expected to rise because of drought
The Wall Street Journal
The record-setting drought scorching the Midwest is set to drive up Americans' food bills, the Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, with the biggest impact coming next year.

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  • House crafting drought relief for livestock producers (Bloomberg)
  • USDA: Drought lights fire under food prices (Reuters via Yahoo News)
  • Drought could cost $12 billion, most since 1988 (The Associated Press via USA Today)
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    Farm bill remains in limbo
    The Hill
    The fate of the 2012 farm bill remained in limbo Thursday morning, with House Republicans unable to decide whether to try to pass it, back a one-year extension of current programs or pass a pared-down drought assistance bill.

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  • Stabenow presses for farm bill vote (Drovers CattleNetwork)
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    'Apples to Twinkies' report blasts junk food subsidies
    U.S. Public Interest Research Group
    Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer every year, according to U.S. PIRG's new report, "Apples to Twinkies 2012." Meanwhile, limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy half of an apple per taxpayer. More
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    Obama approval among business owners drops in 2nd quarter
    The Hill
    Business owners hold some of the lowest approval ratings of President Barack Obama, according to a new Gallup poll that found 59 percent of business owners disapprove of Obama's policies while only 34 percent approve.

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    A guide to the final 100-day sprint for Obama and Romney
    USA Today
    For the pair of presidential candidates who must feel they have been campaigning forever — after all, the opening Iowa Straw Poll took place almost a year ago — a milestone signals the final sprint Sunday: 100 days until Nov. 6. More
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    Poll: Rice as VP evens race in Pennsylvania
    The Wall Street Journal
    If Mitt Romney is aiming to be more competitive in Pennsylvania, a new poll has a tantalizing finding: Adding former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the ticket turns the contest into a dead heat, with both parties polling at 45 percent. More
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    Obama camp marks 100-day clock with 4,200 grassroots events
    The Hill
    The Obama campaign is marking 100 days until the presidential election by holding more than 4,200 grassroots events in states across the country, campaign aides say.

    Editor's note: Through its Friends of Frozen Food grassroots mobilization program, the American Frozen Food Institute offers an online voter education program to frozen food companies. To learn more about how this program can help mobilize the frozen food community this election season, please contact AFFI Vice President of Communications Corey Henry at chenry@affi.com.
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    Bill would reform pizza menu labeling regulations
    CSNews
    Lawmakers are banding together to bring common sense to the federal menu labeling laws. Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, was joined Tuesday by fellow Texas Reps. Henry Cuellar and Ruben Hinojosa, both Democrats, to introduce the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012.

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  • US retailers support bipartisan approach to new menu labeling proposal (Fresh Plaza)
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    USDA looking at antibiotics claims on meat labels
    Food Safety News
    In a letter responding to concerns about antibiotics raised by Consumers Union, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said FSIS has developed updated guidance material on labels that it will send to meat companies, and the agency plans to investigate unapproved label claims. More
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    Senate hearing on Feinstein egg bill excludes opponents
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    The Senate Agriculture Committee will meet Thursday morning to discuss a controversial egg bill proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. The Humane Farming Association and other animal protection organizations are crying foul because the live testimony has been limited to Feinstein and four egg industry representatives. More
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    CSPC: Stronger SNAP could tackle obesity, food insecurity
    Food Navigator-USA
    Strengthening the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program could help tackle the dual problems of food insecurity and obesity in the United States, according to an official policy report from the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. More
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    Review: Is it a good idea to label GM foods?
    Fast Company's Co.Exist
    A new bill in California would force food producers to disclose if any genetically engineered ingredients were in what you eat. Is the law common sense or simply trying to hold back the future of food? More
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    FSIS revises guidelines for jerky production
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    In the wake of several scientific studies, the Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued new guidelines for making jerky products, updating regulations from 2007. FSIS inspectors will begin educating small and very small meat and poultry establishments about the new rules this month; the changes focus primarily on more flexibility with respect to humidity during processing. More
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    EU regulators ban sales of food with high chloride levels
    EurActiv
    A European regulatory panel has called for a temporary ban on the sale of some fresh produce and dairy products showing high levels of two substances used for cleaning and disinfection, under guidelines that take effect today. More
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    China urges Japan to boost food industry cooperation
    Bernama
    Food safety supervision bodies from China and Japan should promote cooperation in the food industry to further enhance trade, an official from China's Ministry of Commerce said Wednesday. More
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    Flagstone Foods moves headquarters to St. Paul, Minn.
    Star Tribune
    Flagstone Foods, a leading supplier of healthy snacks, has become the first food company to establish its headquarters in downtown St. Paul, Minn. More
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    Unilever posts 'Nestle-like' results
    Food Navigator
    Unilever has become "Nestle-like" in its delivery of strong and consistent results, according to Andrew Wood, senior research analyst at Sanford C Bernstein, in his review of second-quarter financial reports for the global food business. More
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    Tate & Lyle warns of surging corn prices
    Food Ingredients First
    Tate & Lyle has reported that adjusted operating profit for the group during the first quarter was in line with expectations but warned the increasing cost of corn and the uncertain economy could have an effect on its future financial results. More
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    Food safety expert takes helm at North Carolina State
    National Hog Farmer
    Dr. Richard Linton, a nationally recognized food safety authority who serves as professor and chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University, has been named dean of North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Sept. 15. More
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    Who needs a supply chain?
    QSR
    Two foodservice producers ditched the supply chain middleman and opened their own quick-serve concepts earlier this month. Smithfield Foods, synonymous with Virginia ham and pork, and yogurt company Dannon defied the traditional supply chain and started carting product from their manufacturing facilities to proprietary quick-service storefronts. More
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    New training offered by Safe Quality Food Institute, Alchemy
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy
    Safe Quality Food Institute, a division of the Food Marketing Institute and a recognized certification body of the Global Food Safety Initiative has partnered with Alchemy to develop and launch a new online course and exam for SQF professionals. More
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