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'Gluten-free' labeling standards kick in
The Associated Press via ABC News
Starting this week, "gluten-free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten-free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

Related: 1st federal gluten-free regulation takes effect (Los Angeles Times)

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Forget food safety? USDA cans poultry inspectors
LA Weekly
In the wake of a virulent salmonella outbreak at Foster Farms' California plants that went on for over 16 months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to overhaul its poultry plant inspection protocol for the first time in nearly 60 years.

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  • USDA misleads about new poultry testing requirements (Food Safety News)
  • USDA launches new inspection system for poultry products (WorldPoultry.net)

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    NMPF wants dairy ingredients problem fixed
    Agri-View
    The National Milk Producers Federation wants the Food and Drug Administration to fix a problem in the planned definition of added sugars on food labels, saying it appears to include dairy products used as food ingredients, even though the lactose, or milk sugar, in those products occurs naturally.
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    The 4 biggest things to watch in Tuesday's primaries
    The Washington Post
    Happy primary day! After a brief lull, primary elections are kicking back into gear Tuesday in four states. It's the start of a busy stretch of important races between now and Labor Day. Voters in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington head to the polls. There's a lot going on. Below we break down the four most important things you should watch.

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  • Kansas showdown: The tea party's last shot (Politico)
  • Will 3rd House incumbent fall? (The Hill)

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    A majority of people don't like their own member of Congress. For the first time ever.
    The Washington Post
    House members at home for August recess might want to hide their congressional pins: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a record-high share of Americans disapprove of their own congressman/woman.
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    Chris McDaniel challenges Mississippi Senate runoff
    Politico
    Nearly six weeks after he lost the Mississippi Republican Senate runoff, state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced at a news conference recently that he will formally challenge the results of the vote.
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    USDA seeks commentary on increased transparency for SNAP retailer data
    Food Navigator-USA
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public input concerning a proposal to provide more information to the public about the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits used by participants at individual grocery stores and retailers.
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    Does vitamin D belong on the Nutrition Facts panel?
    Food Navigator
    FDA proposals to list "added sugars" on the Nutrition Facts panel have already generated heated debate, so it's unsurprising that its plan to include vitamin D is proving equally controversial, with critics claiming it could encourage over-consumption and "junk food fortification," and supporters claiming oral ingestion is an effective way to boost low levels in the U.S. population without the side effects of sun exposure.
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    Russia: Ban on food imports due to health concerns, not politics
    Channel News Asia
    Russia has introduced a series of bans against European food imports, with the Kremlin threatening bans against poultry imports from the U.S. and EU. Moscow insists that the bans are due to health concerns, rather than a retaliation to recent Western sanctions against Russia.
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    FDA seeks industry input on how to facilitate consumer notification of adulterated foods
    Food Safety Magazine
    The Food Safety Modernization Act is designed to shift the food safety paradigm from reacting to food safety problems after they occur to preventing them from occurring in the first place.
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    Health officials: 5 steps to better food labels
    The Baxter Bulletin
    Nutrition fact labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket.

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    EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe
    The Food Navigator
    The European Food Safety Authority has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis to support such a ban.

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    Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes face off at Fancy Farm
    Politico
    Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes used her speech at Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic Aug. 2 to argue that Republican senator "Mitch McConnell doesn't care" about working people, seniors, women, students, unions and coal miners.

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    Frozen food sees continued growth in UK
    Talking Retail
    According to figures from Kantar Worldpanel, the frozen food market in the U.K. has grown in value by 2.5 percent, despite it being a tough year for food retailers.
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    McDonald's says China meat fears hurting sales
    USA Today
    McDonald's said recently that a scandal over a meat supplier in China is hurting sales in the region and its global sales forecast for 2014 is "at risk." The world's biggest hamburger chain said in a regulatory filing that there's been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets.

    Related: McDonald's says China expired meat scandal will dent global sales (Businessweek)

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    Japan, China eye meeting over food safety
    Manufacturing.net
    The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month following a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said.
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    Russia detains 20 tons of US shrimp from Bornstein Seafoods
    Undercurrent News
    More than 20 metric tons of frozen, cooked shrimp from U.S. processor Bornstein Seafoods has been detained in the Russian port of St. Petersburg due to alleged non-compliances with veterinary requirements.
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    Food safety conference: When it comes to raw poultry, eggs, consumers dabble in danger
    The Oregonian
    A new survey indicates that many consumers risk food poisoning when preparing poultry, which is commonly contaminated with harmful bacteria.
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