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Riding herd on GOP effort to produce a farm bill
The New York Times
Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., has found himself in the middle of an intraparty standoff between agriculture-centric Republicans like himself and those like Speaker John A. Boehner who think the farm bill could put some fellow Republicans on the spot over spending.

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    Consumer confidence rises in July
    Reuters
    Consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in July as Americans were more optimistic about the short-term outlook than they were about their current conditions, according to a private sector report released Tuesday. More
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    California GM labeling campaign draws millions from donors
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    A campaign to make California the first state to require labeling of genetically modified foods has raised $2.3 million in donations, compared with $2 million collected by opponents, state records show.

    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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    Political perceptions: Stepping up to the cliff
    The Wall Street Journal
    This is what fiscal paralysis looks like. The U.S. government, the White House projected last week, will run a deficit of $1.2 trillion or 7.8 percent of the gross domestic product in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. And the Commerce Department said last week the U.S. economy grew at a slow 1.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter and, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, has "decelerated." So what has Congress managed to do?

    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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    Obama approval ratings crack 50 percent in 13 states
    USA Today
    President Barack Obama's approval ratings this year are at 50 percent or higher in 13 states and the District of Columbia — a group that contributes 185 of the 270 electoral votes needed for re-election. More
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    Thompson in 3-way fight for Wisconsin GOP Senate bid
    The Washington Post
    A month ago, many people in Wisconsin presumed Tommy G. Thompson — still a household name after serving an unprecedented four terms as governor — had a lock on the Republican nomination for the Senate. Not anymore. More
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    USDA, FDA partner on food safety guide for most vulnerable
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration have partnered to create six booklets with food safety advice for populations that are most susceptible to foodborne illness. More
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    Regulatory caucus meets on menu labeling requirement
    National Journal
    The newly formed Congressional Regulatory Review Caucus is taking aim at menu labeling and calorie counts. The bipartisan caucus, which held its first briefing Wednesday, was formed by Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and Tim Scott, R-S.C. More
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    Mexico accuses US of price dumping on chicken
    Reuters
    Mexico's economy ministry on Tuesday accused the United States of engaging in price dumping with its chicken exports but said it would not be taking any action for now. More
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    National Poultry Improvement Plan meeting set for September
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has set Sept. 25-27 for the National Poultry Improvement Plan meeting and biennial conference. Salmonella testing, avian flu and a regulatory review are the key topics to be discussed. More
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    ABA submits objection to FDA consumer study on added sugars
    BakingBusiness.com
    The American Bakers Association said it opposes the Food and Drug Administration's plan to conduct research on how consumers would respond to the listing of "added sugars" on the Nutrition Facts Panel. The study was proposed in May, and ABA submitted comments July 30, during the feedback period. More
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    FSIS changes sample sizes for residue testing program
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Effective Aug. 6, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will increase the sample size required for testing in the National Residue Program, bumping the requirement of muscle tissue to 2 pounds. More
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    Commentary: Drugs and food safety
    Pork Network
    Few issues affecting production agriculture are as overtly controversial as the intersection of animal health — specifically the use (or misuse) of antibiotics — and food safety. A report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology titled "The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes" makes the case that, far from being a negative, judicious use of subtherapeutic antibiotics may positively affect the health of both animals and humans. More
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    On the brink of another global food crisis
    World Development Movement via The Guardian
    At the start of July, a record global harvest was predicted. Yet just a few weeks later, prices for maize and soybeans broke the record levels of the 2007-2008 food crisis, when food riots broke out in 30 countries. Wheat prices have also risen, more than 50 percent in the past six weeks alone. All of this leaves us teetering on the edge of another food crisis.

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    Food ingredient linked to Alzheimer's raises concern for workers
    Laboratory Equipment
    A new study raises concern about chronic exposure of workers in industry to a food flavoring ingredient used to produce the distinctive buttery flavor and aroma of microwave popcorn, margarines, snack foods, candy, baked goods, pet foods and other products. It found evidence that the ingredient diacetyl intensifies the damaging effects of an abnormal brain protein linked to Alzheimer's disease. More
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    North Carolina cantaloupe recall expands
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Burch Equipment LLC is expanding the recall of whole Athena cantaloupes, affecting nearly 200,000 melons that have been distributed in 10 states. The recall was initiated on fears of Listeria contamination, although no illnesses have been linked to the product. More
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    Kraft's coming split a tale of too many costs
    The Wall Street Journal
    During second-quarter results Thursday, Kraft Foods Inc. is expected to give an update about plans to split into separate grocery and snacks businesses by year-end. Kraft's stock rallied about 5 percent when the plan was unveiled last year; the shares currently sit near a decade high, and analysts expect the unified company to report higher earnings year-over-year. More
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    Are food manufacturers washing their hands properly?
    FoodBev
    Susan Werro from the Society of Food Hygiene Technology looks at how the food industry can better its hand washing training to improve food safety. More
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    New technology spurs growth of food processor
    Oregon Business
    An embrace of a new food processing technology has led to quick growth and job creation for Pressure Safe, a spinoff company of Morasch Meats, a family-owned meat processing and packaging business based in Wood Village, Ore. More
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    Ralcorp to restructure operations
    Reuters
    Private-label food company Ralcorp Holdings Inc. said it will consolidate its snacks, sauces and spreads, cereal and pasta businesses into a single company. The food company expects to generate annual pre-tax cost savings of about $26 million to $31 million in fiscal 2013 through the restructuring, which it expects to be completed in fiscal 2014. More
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    ADM, refiners lose bid to dismiss corn syrup advertising suit
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. and three other corn refiners this week lost a bid to dismiss a sugar producers' lawsuit alleging they misled consumers with advertising claiming high-fructose corn syrup is natural and the same as sugar. More
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    Tyson Foods brings 'Proportion' to school nutrition
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Tyson Foods Inc.'s K-12 business unit has introduced Proportion Chicken, school menu items that meet USDA Food and Nutrition Service's meat/meat alternate requirements. More
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    FMC strengthens food sector presence with pectin purchase
    Food Navigator
    Italian food pectin processor Pectine Italia has signed an agreement to be snapped up by U.S. firm FMC Corp. for an undisclosed sum. The purchase marks the first foray into the pectin market for FMC, a chemical giant already well-established in agricultural, industrial, environmental and consumer markets. More
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    Natural food colors may get boost from red cabbage breakthrough
    Food Navigator
    Scientists have found a way to extract purer and more stable anthocyanins from red cabbage, according to a study published this week in the journal Food and Bioproducts Processing. More
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    Tainted onion recalls continue to ripple through supply chain
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Garden Fresh Foods, based in Wisconsin, is recalling approximately 13,600 pounds of meat and poultry salad products that contain onions being recalled by Gill Onions after a sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

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