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A million more signatures for GMO food labeling
Ag Professional
The "Yes on 37 Right to Know Campaign" organizers have pledged to gather signatures from another million Californians to publicize support for Proposition 37, centered on labeling genetically engineered food.

Editor's note: AFFI is a member of a diverse coalition of food, nutrition, tax and consumer organizations working to stop this misguided food labeling scheme. For more information, please click here.

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    Tom Vilsack: Farm bill extension 'an excuse'
    POLITICO
    Stepping into the House farm bill debate, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that the one-year extension favored by Republican leaders is "just an excuse not to put in the work to build a coalition" needed for a long-term plan for producers but also all of "rural America." More
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    Opinion: Corn for food, not fuel
    The New York Times
    It is not often that a stroke of a pen can quickly undo the ravages of nature, but federal regulators now have an opportunity to do just that. By suspending renewable fuel standards that were unwise from the start, the Environmental Protection Agency could divert vast amounts of corn from inefficient ethanol production back into the food chain, where market forces and common sense dictate it should go.

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    As 'fiscal cliff' looms, debate over pre-Election Day layoff notices heats up
    The Washington Post
    The deep federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect at the start of next year may trigger dismissal notices for tens of thousands of employees of government contractors, companies and analysts say, and the warnings may start going out at a particularly sensitive time: Days before the presidential election.

    Editor's note: Frozen food executives can learn how the pending debate on the "fiscal cliff" confronting Congress will impact their companies at the American Frozen Food Institute's Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. More information, including registration deadlines, can be found here.
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    100 days out, Gallup poll sees a tie
    MarketWatch via The Wall Street Journal
    Every candidate since 1964 with the lead in Gallup polls about 100 days before the presidential election won the Oval Office except for Michael Dukakis. So what do the polls tell us now? Not much.

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    Tea party retools as network of field operatives, keeps pushing GOP rightward
    The Washington Post
    For much of the past year, things looked bad for the tea party. Polls showed little new interest from voters, and its favorite presidential contenders flopped in the face of Mitt Romney, who was denounced within the movement. But the final days of the Republican Senate runoff in Texas suggest the tea party may be reshaping itself into a political operation with long-term viability. More
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    Democrats pick Texas mayor for keynote
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Democrats have picked San Antonio, Texas, Mayor Julian Castro to deliver their convention's keynote address in Charlotte, N.C., in September, a move that underscores the premium the party puts on mobilizing votes from the country's burgeoning Hispanic population. More
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    Lawmakers near budget deal to keep government running
    The Washington Post
    House and Senate leaders could announce — as early as Tuesday — a temporary spending deal that would keep the federal government running for the first half of the next fiscal year, which will begin in October, aides in both parties said Monday, an effort to avoid a messy government shutdown fight on the eve of the November election. More
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    North Carolina cantaloupe recalled on Listeria fears
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Burch Equipment LLC, based in North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling 580 cases of whole Athena cantaloupes after a random sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The whole Athena cantaloupes were shipped July 15 and distributed to retail stores operating in the northeastern United States.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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    Momentum builds to overhaul global calorie system
    Food Navigator
    A storm in the U.S. over how calories are measured could cross to Europe — and an overhaul of the system is long overdue, according to one nutrition expert. More
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    EPA, FSIS set guides for microbial risk assessment of food, water
    Federal Register
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are announcing the availability of the Microbial Risk Assessment Guideline: Pathogenic Microorganisms with Focus on Food and Water. The MRA Guideline will improve transparency in the way the two federal agencies conduct microbial risk assessment and also promote consistency in approaches and methods. More
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    North Carolina to toughen up food safety rules
    The Fayetteville Observer
    North Carolina has adopted the Food and Drug Administration's 2009 Food Code, which means the state now can easily adopt the latest federal standards for handling and preparing food. Consequently, a slate of new rules take effect Sept. 1. More
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    Q-and-A with CORE chief
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Kathleen Gensheimer, MD, MPH, chief medical officer and director of outbreak investigation and response, oversees FDA's Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation network. Gensheimer shares insights on CORE's efforts related to food illness outbreaks. More
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    Canada: Listeria genome map will quicken food industry outbreak response
    Food Production Daily
    Canada is backing a $600,000 project to map the genome of Listeria and develop faster testing methods that will allow the industry to respond more quickly to food safety investigations. More
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    China's top court pledges to ensure food safety
    China Daily
    China's top court pledged Tuesday to strengthen its crackdown on the production of substandard food and medicine. Sun Jungong, spokesman of the Supreme People's Court, said the court has seen a noticeable increase in the number of food safety cases filed this year: The number of cases received by the end of June stood at 330, close to the total number in 2011. More
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    Fruit As It Should Be!

    Wawona demonstrates passion for food quality, delivering the best fruit from the orchard to your freezer. Wawona remains a family owned business with principles on quality, innovations and excellent customer services.
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    Supervalu fires CEO, taps chairman to lead turnaround
    The Associated Press via Los Angeles Times
    Supervalu Inc., the operator of Albertsons, on Monday fired its chief executive and tapped Chairman Wayne Sales to lead its turnaround efforts, just weeks after the grocer reported dismal quarterly results and suggested it might put itself up for sale. More
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    Retailers dominate food manufacturing
    Retail Times
    Five of the top eight FMCG manufacturers in the world are retailers, and their own labels account for 20 percent of the global market, according to Greg Thain's "Store Wars" second edition. By 2014, Thain claims, retailers — not manufacturers — will hold 75 percent of the food market. More
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    STEC prevention: an overview
    Food Safety Analysis LLC via Food Safety News
    Despite differing viewpoints and ongoing studies of STEC, one thing remains clear: E. coli should not be tolerated in meat. Good safety practices during processing are critical, of course, but high-pressure pasteurization is the most effective solution available to meat producers, according to a scientific review offered by Food Safety Analysis LLC. More
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    Study: Segmentation cues sharply decrease snack intake
    Food Production Daily
    Subconscious "stop signs" placed in snacks food products could help the battle against obesity by controlling overeating, according to the findings of a new study by a team of Cornell University researchers, published in Health Psychology. More
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    New Friendly's CEO wants chain to get back to basics
    The Republican
    Friendly's future is going to look a lot like its past — its distant past, according to new CEO John M. Maguire. It'll be a future focused on ice cream and food standbys like Big Beefs, melts, fries and Fishamajigs, coupled with about five standard breakfast items. More
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    Probiotic-enriched frozen pizza comes to market
    Food Ingredients First
    Ganeden Biotech and Frozen Naked Pizza have partnered to include Ganeden's industry-leading probiotic in the entire line of Frozen Naked Pizza's products. More
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    Maine expects largest blueberry harvest since 2000
    The Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
    Maine's wild blueberry growers are expecting their biggest crop in more than a decade. This year's crop is projected to come in between 90 million to 95 million pounds, with the monthlong harvest kicking into gear the first week of August. More
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