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GAO report: FDA should improve food recall communication
Food Safety News
The Government Accountability Office issued a report Thursday recommending the U.S. Food and Drug Administration clarify its food recall process and do a better job communicating recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks to the public. The report is the latest in a series of GAO calls for reforms. More
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Reid earns Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award
Business Wire via MarketWatch
The Frozen Food Foundation, in conjunction with the International Association for Food Protection, this week presented Dr. David S. Reid with the third annual Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award. More
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Drought bill may carry mammoth farm bill into law
Reuters
A comparatively low-priced disaster bill for livestock producers hit by the worst drought since 1956 may be the ticket to passage for a $500 billion farm bill now in limbo in Congress.

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  • A new twist in farm bill drama (POLITICO)
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    White House slower to regulate as election approaches
    USA Today
    The pace of regulations issued by the Obama administration is receding as the nation's economy falters and the 2012 election approaches. Several of the most expensive and controversial rules — to protect the food supply, reduce exposure to silica dust, require rear-view cameras or other devices on cars — remain under review by the White House long after they were expected to be published. More
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    Poll: Obama disapproval highest with business owners
    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama's job disapproval rating is higher among business owners than with any other major occupation. According to Gallup Daily tracking from April to June, Obama's disapproval rating with business owners is 59 percent, compared to just 35 percent who approved of his job performance.

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    Portman, Rubio garner support as Romney's VP pick
    USA Today
    The veepstakes are heating up again, as top Republicans weigh in on their personal favorites to be Mitt Romney's running mate. More
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    Obama raises millions for 2012 campaign within spitting distance of White House
    The Washington Post
    The limousine ride from the White House last week took five minutes, delivering President Barack Obama to a private fundraising event at 5:49 p.m., where two dozen donors had paid at least $60,000 each to attend. By 6:48 p.m., Obama was back at the White House, headed toward the Oval Office. The estimated haul: at least $1.5 million, to be divided among his re-election campaign, the Democratic National Committee and several state parties. More
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    Health group slams 'Let's Move' anti-obesity campaign
    The Hill
    A health advocacy group slammed first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiative for "abandoning" major efforts to reform the American diet. The first lady is taking the "noncontroversial" route by focusing on exercise instead of nutrition, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine charged. More
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    Opinion: The ethanol mandate is worse than the drought
    The Wall Street Journal
    The corn market, which already faces the cruel whims of Mother Nature, is also being victimized by the whims of Washington. And the American consumer, once again, will pay for it. More
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    Raising the bar for beef quality
    Drovers CattleNetwork
    Buyers for retailers and restaurants demand beef that is safe and delicious, but their perception of beef quality has evolved further, to include transparency in production processes. They want to know where the cattle were raised, how they were managed and why, according to the National Beef Quality Audit presented Thursday at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver. More
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    Egg bill raises flap in Congress
    Los Angeles Times via The Daily Herald
    An effort by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to establish a national standard for the cages of egg-laying hens has run afoul of farm-state lawmakers. The conflict was on display at a Senate hearing Thursday. Feinstein's bill drew support from a large contingent of egg producers who turned out at the Capitol, but it also generated concerns from Republican senators. More
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    USDA, Maine officials call for protection of food subsidy programs
    Bangor Daily News
    Kevin Concannon, former commissioner of the Maine Department of Human Services and current USDA under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, this week touted local summer lunch programs for schoolchildren and urged Congress to resist proposed cuts to federal food subsidy programs. He was joined by Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative Director Donna Yellen, AARP Maine State President Carol Kontos and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. More
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    FDA faces lawsuit over lack of response to mercury petition
    Food Quality News
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is facing a lawsuit after it failed to respond to a petition urging stricter mercury limits in seafood. The petition originally was filed in June 2011 by GotMercury.org and the Center for Biological Diversity. More
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    Lawsuit forces General Mills to defend accuracy of 'natural' label
    The New York Times
    Two California mothers are suing General Mills, claiming the giant food company has deceptively marketed its Nature Valley products as natural when they contain highly processed ingredients. More
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    Ethanol makers' long, hot summer
    The Wall Street Journal
    Record corn prices and sluggish gasoline demand are squeezing profits for U.S. ethanol companies, prompting some producers to idle plants or slow production. More
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    Ready meals ruled by sensory indulgence trend
    Food Navigator
    Demand for sensory stimulation and indulgence is the most important global trend in ready meals, according to market analyst Datamonitor. The company's "2012 Consumer and Innovation Trends in Ready Meals" report claims food manufacturers must do more to improve perceptions of ready meals' sensory attributes. More
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    McDonald's talks up good nutrition at Olympic Games
    USA Today
    Longtime Olympic sponsor McDonald's has made several high-profile nutritional moves within days of the games, but in a world where health and nutrition have emerged as front-burner issues, the world's largest fast-food chain is catching grief from critics on both sides of the Atlantic even as it touts nutritional QR codes, lower-calorie menus and healthier fare. More
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    Illinois food facility slated to close after US Foods acquisition
    The Commercial-News
    About 30 workers will lose their jobs this fall when the Hawkeye Foodservice Distribution facility in Danville, Ill., closes its doors as a result of US Food's agreement to buy the family-owned Hawkeye company. More
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    Unilever: Supplier partnership program paying big dividends
    Supply Chain Digest
    Well more than a year into its "Partner to Win" initiative, Unilever chief supply chain officer Pier Luigi Sigismondi says the program is already starting to pay big dividends. More
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    Bimbo US operating income declines 15 percent in Q2
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Operating income of the U.S. business of Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. was $59.1 million in the second quarter, down 15 percent year-over-year. The decline came even as sales in the quarter surged to $1.5 million, up 80 percent from the second quarter last year. More
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    Minute® Steamers bring rice to frozen section
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Riviana Foods Inc. debuts Minute® Rice's Minute® Steamers in the frozen food section, adding to its extensive family of rice products. The product, fully cooked and packaged in a self-ventilated bag, goes from freezer to plate in 4 minutes. More
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    Misbranding forces recall of chicken, yam pies
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Piccadilly Fine Foods, a Santa Clara, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 79 pounds of chicken and yam pie products that may include a curry paste containing shrimp, a known allergen not declared on the product label.

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    Barbecued beef sandwiches recalled for misbranding
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Spillson's LTD is recalling barbecued beef sandwiches because they contain undeclared soy flour and wheat flour, both known allergens. More
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    Life Technologies develops rapid testing workflow
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    Life Technologies has developed a complete rapid molecular testing workflow for multiple strains of pathogenic Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, a bacteria found in undercooked beef, the company announced. It has been collaborating with the USDA Agricultural Research Service to ensure the validity of the testing. More
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    Researchers develop rapid diagnostic test for contaminants
    University of Georgia
    Using nanoscale materials, researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a single-step method to rapidly and accurately detect viruses, bacteria and chemical contaminants. More
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    Study examines consumer behavior's role in food poisoning
    Food Processing
    Food manufacturers and retailers often come under fire for food poisoning incidents, but according to a Massey University professor, what happens in the home may be responsible for many foodborne illnesses. More
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