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Tyson Foods' releases 3rd-quarter earnings report
Meat&Poultry
It appears that beef was a buzz kill to Tyson Foods Inc.’s third-quarter earnings performance. President and CEO Donnie Smith told analysts during an earnings conference call on Aug. 3 that the company’s beef segment “under-delivered” expectations by $84 million.
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CDC to spend $110 million helping states track, prevent diseases
The Hill
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced plans Monday to spend $110 million, $13 million more than 2014, to help states track and respond to infectious diseases. This year’s funding, which is allocated through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement, includes $17.4 million to prevent and track foodborne illnesses, $4 million more than what was spent in 2014.
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Pinnacle pinpoints consumer trends for product development
Food Business News
Recent innovation from Pinnacle Foods targets millennials and smaller households. The Parsippany-based parent company of Birds Eye and Duncan Hines brands, which reported higher sales and earnings for the recent quarter, is introducing products with trendy flavors, downsized portions and popular ingredients.
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Chris Wallace, moderator of the first GOP debate, plans 'some doozies'
The Washington Post
Chris Wallace tapped the black three-ring binder resting on the corner of his desk. “I’ve got some doozies in there,” he said, eyebrow raised provocatively. The unlabeled binder holds the veteran Fox News anchor’s questions for Thursday’s Republican primary debate, for which he will serve as a moderator.

Related: Assuming we don’t get 19 more polls today, here’s the Republican debate stage
(The Washington Post)

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New Hampshire Voters First Forum: 5 takeaways
Politico
The candidate forum that drew 14 Republican presidential candidates to New Hampshire Monday night served as a practice round ahead of the first official GOP primary debate in Cleveland — and a chance for the candidates unlikely to qualify for Thursday’s prime-time event to stand on equal footing with the front-runners.

Related: Trump-free forum provides rehearsal for GOP contenders (The Hill)

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Poll: Clinton's favorability takes a major hit
The Hill
Hillary Clinton’s favorability is sinking further underwater, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday night. The Democratic presidential candidate is viewed unfavorably by 48 percent of likely voters, compared with 37 percent who view her favorably.
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3 lines of attack against Obama's climate change rule
The Hill
Opponents of the Obama administration’s sweeping new standards for power plant emissions have identified three avenues of attack, as they formulate a strategy to beat back the central pillar of the president’s climate change initiative.
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FSIS issues alert linked to pork
Meat&Poultry
Roasting a whole pig is a complex process, and some individuals got it wrong in Washington State. The Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert after officials in Washington State reported 56 individuals in eight counties were sickened by Salmonella associated with whole pigs used for pig roasts.
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U.S. sugar program remains issue of debate
Food Business News
The current countervailing duty suspension agreement between the United States and Mexico is “biased toward shorting the market,” said Greg Breunig, vice-president of operations, Clasen Quality Coatings, Inc., representing sugar users at the International Sweetener Symposium, sponsored by the American Sugar Alliance, a sugar producers’ group.
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Paul: Los Angeles school district wasting lunch money
The Hill
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is accusing the Los Angeles Unified School District of reallocating federal funds for the National School Lunch Program to buy a new sprinkler system and pay salaries at the district’s local television stations.
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Lucky lobsters jam China flights, sending U.S. prices to record
Bloomberg
With no lobster industry of its own, China had relied mostly on Australian imports to satisfy growing demand as its middle class expanded. When the catch began shrinking off Western Australia, and a 2012 glut in the Gulf of Maine sent prices plunging in the U.S. that year, it became more attractive for the world’s most-populous nation to buy from halfway around the world.
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Nestlé Waters reveals $40 million South Carolina bottling plant
FoodBev Media
Nestlé Waters North America has confirmed that it plans to open a $40m bottling plant early next year in South Carolina. The facility near McBee – 54 miles northeast of Columbia – will have a total area of around 200,000ft squared and could provide up to 50 new jobs for the local economy.
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Land O'Frost recalls sausage product due to misbranding
USDA
Land O’Frost, Inc., a Lansing, Illinois, establishment, is recalling approximately 17 pounds of summer sausage product due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. The product contains pork which is not declared on the product label.

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How New Jersey tamed the wild blueberry for global production
NPR
Nearly every plant that we now depend on for food — from wheat to beans to tomatoes — comes from ancestors that once grew wild on hills and in forests. In most cases, we don't know who, exactly, tamed those plants. We don't know which inventive farmer, thousands of years ago, first selected seeds and planted them for food.
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An unstoppable problem is making it increasingly difficult for the world to produce enough food
Business Insider
The possibility of increased food shortages looms in a nearer future than we'd care to believe. Citing the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the latest Grantham Mayo van Otterloo quarterly report noted, "humanity is risking ‘a breakdown of food systems linked to warming, drought, flooding, and precipitation variability and extremes.’”
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How to deliver fresh, frozen proteins to Chinese consumers
Refrigerate & Frozen Foods
China presents a great opportunity for U.S. producers who can tap into the rising consumer need for increased protein in their diet. Chinese consumers already eat double the amount of meat as their American counterparts each year, and with food safety scares continuing to be a problem, they are increasingly seeking and spending more on safe, high-quality food sources.
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Study reveals surprising face of American pizza lover
Nation's Restaurant News
If the term “pizza lover” brings to mind young, possibly overweight fraternity brothers chugging brews while watching football, you might want to change your perspective, according to a new study, which finds that the average American pizza lover is a woman in her 30s who exercises twice a week.
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How apps are transforming U.S. trucking
CNBC
When Ethan Young decided to start his own shipping company, he didn't have a truck, just one cargo van. One year later, he's generated enough business to own three large trucks and hire a team of six drivers. Business is booming, and he says it's all because of a smartphone app.
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