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Study: Americans favor food safety rules, regardless of politics
Food Navigator-USA
Most Americans across the political spectrum would like to see more government regulation of food safety and food quality, suggests a new study published in the journal Food Policy.

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    Opinion: How to ensure the world's food supply
    The Washington Post
    Greg Page, chairman and CEO of Cargill, offers insight on the question facing the agriculture and food sectors: How can we feed a world on its way to 9 billion people, given weather events, pressure on natural resources and changing diets? More
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    Geithner meets Murray on fears fiscal cliff might not be averted
    The Hill
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Thursday amid increased fears in Washington that Congress might decide not to act to prevent the nation from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

    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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    Boehner 'feeling better' about GOP retaining House majority
    The Hill
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday he is "feeling better" about Republicans' chances of holding the House than he did in April, when he said the party faced a "1 in 3" likelihood of losing the majority. More
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    GOP lawmakers confident in Romney as they enter recess
    The Hill
    House Republicans are heading home bullish about Mitt Romney's prospects in the presidential election despite his recent struggles and polls that show President Barack Obama holding the lead. More
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    Obama and jobs: Good news, bad news
    USA Today
    While President Barack Obama and his camp tout today's report showing 163,000 jobs were created in July, Mitt Romney and other GOP members point to the fact that unemployment has risen. More
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    Mitt Romney's 'Final 5' vice presidential picks
    The Washington Post
    As the decision nears, Mitt Romney's list of potential vice presidential picks is, naturally, getting shorter as he narrows down the list to people who might actually be the one. More
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    House passes drought, disaster aid
    POLITICO
    With its five-year farm bill relegated to the back pasture, the House headed home for August after narrowly approving a stopgap $383 million disaster aid package to help tide over cattle and sheep operations affected by this summer's severe drought.

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    Sweet drinks ban plan unpopular among many
    Queens Chronicle
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sugary drinks would not curb obesity or diabetes, would alienate residents by restricting their beverage choices and would disproportionately affect small businesses and minority communities — those are the arguments being made by one area lawmaker and a citywide coalition formed to fight passage of the proposal. More
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    More than a third of House urge EPA to waive ethanol mandate
    USAgNet
    As the worst drought in a half century continues, a bipartisan group of 156 members of Congress is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to act immediately to reduce the Renewable Fuels Standard mandate to account for the severe anticipated corn shortage. More
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    California farmers fear labor shortage
    Contra Costa Times via San Jose Mercury News
    California farmers have warned for years of a future without enough skilled pickers and packers, of fruits and vegetables rotting in place. This year the evidence seems stronger that the farm workforce is shrinking, and Northern California farmers say the future could hold more mechanization and imported crops. More
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    New nutrition labeling benefiting beef industry
    Agri-View
    As of March 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture now requires nutrition labeling for ground meat and poultry including 40 whole muscle cuts. Nutrition facts have been on packaged foods for more than 20 years, and this overdue initiative is good news for consumers and the beef industry. More
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    Australians support junk food advertising limitations
    TopNews USA
    A study by the Cancer Council Victoria and Obesity Policy Coalition shows Australians are in favor of a traffic light system as a scheme that prevents showcasing junk food at the time when children watch television.

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    China balks at FSMA requirements for 3rd-party auditors
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine is resisting a key provision of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that would require the certification of independent auditors, a food industry consulting firm says it has heard from high-level FDA officials. 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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    At Kellogg, income slips despite rise in revenue
    The New York Times
    The Kellogg Co.'s second-quarter income fell 12 percent, the company said Thursday, hurt by rising commodity costs and weakness in Europe. But adjusted results topped Wall Street's view, and its revenue, driven by sales of Pop-Tarts and strength in North America, rose 2 percent. More
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    General Mills completes acquisition of Yoki
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    General Mills Inc. said Wednesday it has completed its acquisition of Brazilian food company Yoki Alimentos SA. More
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    Supply chain service leader acquires Meadowbrook Meat
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    McLane Co. Inc., a Texas-based subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, entered into an agreement to acquire Meadowbrook Meat Co., a Rocky Mount, N.C., food service distributor for national restaurant chains. More
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    The fight against obesity: A new investment megatrend?
    Food Navigator-USA
    Obesity is a "global sustainability megatrend" likely to take decades to address — but it also could provide opportunities for investors looking to support those industries aiming to be part of the solution, including parts of the food industry, according to a new report. More
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    Steakhouse patrons can trace origin of beef from smartphone
    Marketwrie via MarketWatch
    Delmonico's, New York's oldest steakhouse, is rolling out Where Food Comes From®, a traceability solution provided by Integrated Management Information. Diners can scan QR codes on the menu to track the origin of the steak on their plates. More
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    Frozen burger patties recalled after gasket discovered
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Wisconsin-based Kenosha Beef International Ltd. issued a recall of 37,600 pounds of frozen bacon cheeseburger patties — one day's worth of production — after a consumer reported finding foreign particles in the product.

    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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