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Frozen Food Foundation names Dr. Erdogan Ceylan of Silliker 2015 Freezing Research award recipient
MarketWatch
The Frozen Food Foundation, in conjunction with the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), this week presented Dr. Erdogan Ceylan of the Silliker Food Science Center with the sixth annual Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award.

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    Food companies outgun health advocates in diet guidelines debate
    Bloomberg
    The battle to define what Americans should eat is pitting nutritionists against deep-pocketed groups that are spending almost 14 times more cash on lobbying in Washington.
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    Dannon, Starbucks partnership evolves
    Food Business News
    The Dannon Co.’s partnership with Starbucks has begun to bear fruit in the grocery channel. The companies are introducing Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt, Inspired by Dannon nationwide with four fruit-on-the-bottom varieties, including black cherry, blueberry, pineapple passion fruit, and raspberry blackberry.
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    Congress faces fall from hell
    Politico
    Speaker John Boehner, addressing a roomful of fellow House Republicans on Tuesday morning, described a major, six-year highway bill crafted by the Senate as a “piece of shit,” according to sources in the room.
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    Hillary Clinton works the charm angle with congressional Democrats
    The Washington Post
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has left no doubt about the type of campaign she expects to run with fellow Democrats in 2016. “I want to be onstage with you, and I want you onstage with me,” the Democratic presidential front-runner told senators during a recent visit to the Capitol.
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    GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker
    The Washington Post
    A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP's right flank.

    Related: GOP leaders so far ignoring Boehner ouster attempt (Politico)

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    House, Senate move toward passage of transportation patch to keep highway, transit aid flowing
    The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
    The House and Senate are moving toward passage of a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term transportation deal.
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    Obama, on China's turf, presents U.S. as a better partner for Africa
    The New York Times
    Without ever quite saying so explicitly, President Obama used his four-day trip to Africa to suggest that the United States offers an alternative to China’s aggressive courtship of the continent. At a time when China has surpassed the United States as a trading partner and left its mark throughout Africa, Mr. Obama essentially made the argument that Washington offers a better, more empowering vision for Africa’s future.
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    Meat-labeling legislation sparks fear of retaliation against U.S.
    The Hill
    Industry groups and top U.S. trading partners are pushing back against legislation to redesign an Agriculture Department meat-labeling rule found to violate international standards, arguing the regulations should be scrapped altogether.

    Related: Coalition urges Senate to reject COOL repeal (USAgNet)

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    Produce, import programs may suffer if FDA doesn't get FSMA funding hike, Taylor warns
    Food Chemical News
    FDA may have to delay implementing the produce safety and new import system under the Food Safety Modernization Act if Congress does not provide adequate funds in this budget year, FDA’s Mike Taylor, associate commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said Tuesday (July 28) at the International Association of Food Protection meeting.
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    More secondary schools serve healthier lunches
    Medical Xpress
    Secondary students found healthier foods on more lunch menus in 2013 than in 2011, resulting in fewer nutrition disparities for small schools or those with racially diverse student bodies. The findings by University of Michigan researchers show significant improvements made in the National School Lunch Program at public middle and high schools in 2013 after many years of meal disparities based on school size or demographics.
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    Winners and losers in the world's biggest trade deal
    CNBC
    The countdown to the giant Trans-Pacific Partnership has begun, with a July 31 deadline looming on the trade agreement that covers 12 countries and 40 percent of the global economy.
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    Why are companies hiding their sustainable credentials?
    Food Navigator
    A sustainable logo is known to add value to a brand – so why are so many manufacturers not showing their Fairtrade, organic or sustainable credentials?
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    Avian Flu vaccine being developed for chickens
    USAgNet
    Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.
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    J&D's Foods builds a food empire: 'Making everything taste like bacon since 2007'
    Food Navigator-USA
    The Eureka moment came on a business trip in 2007 when Dave Lefkow’s co-worker Justin Esch casually observed that bacon flavored salt might taste pretty good. The cash to make it happen came from Lefkow’s three-year old son, who propelled a baseball into his Dad’s face on camera and won a $5,000 prize from America’s Funniest Home Videos.
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    Companies have found something to give their workers instead of raises
    The Washington Post
    Once a staple of the American workplace, the annual raise is turning into a relic of the pre-crisis economy as companies turn to creative — and cheaper — ways to compensate their employees. More businesses are upping their spending on benefits such as one-time bonuses, health care and paid time off, according to recent survey data. Many are rolling out perks such as free gym membership, commuting subsidies, even pet health insurance.
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    Tiny grains of rice hold big promise for greenhouse gas reductions, bioenergy
    Nanowerk News
    Rice serves as the staple food for more than half of the world's population, but it's also the one of the largest manmade sources of atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Now, with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies during growth.
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    GMO labeling might remain voluntary
    The Washington Times
    Grundy County farmers, along with farmers throughout the United States, might have a choice when it comes to labeling their crops as a “genetically modified organism.” The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, H.R. 1599, passed the U.S. House Thursday with a vote of 275 in favor to 150 opposed.
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    Coca-Cola's 4 for the future
    Food Business News
    The year 2020 still may be five years away, but The Coca-Cola Co. remains on track to achieve its four key global well-being commitments that it set out to reach by that date. The Atlanta-based company’s progress against its goals was revealed as part of its 2014/2015 Sustainability Report issued July 28.
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    Aldi: A treasure hunt without the treasure
    Forbes
    Aldi has been disrupting the U.K. grocery market for some time now. From reading reports from across the pond, you could envision a cross between Trader Joe’s and Walmart, all in a small store footprint. Most recently, the Daily Mail reports a milk war triggered by Aldi, that has grocers Tesco and Sainsbury frantically lowering prices and costs.
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    GrubHub ups revenue forecast as more diners order food online
    Reuters
    Online food order and delivery company GrubHub Inc., raised its full-year revenue forecast and reported better-than-expected second-quarter revenue as more diners used its services to order meals.
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    Olive oil prices up 10 percent due to drought and disease
    Food Navigator
    The price of olive oil has risen 10 percent this year as European supplies continue to be affected by the Xylella fastidiosa disease in Italy and a drought in Spain.
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