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Opinion: Congress's wrongheaded approach to drought relief
The Washington Post
Congress's response to the drought afflicting the farm belt gets curiouser and curiouser. In short, the plan would bail out businesses hurt by the current natural disaster — at the risk of rendering America's farmland a bit more vulnerable to future ones.

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    Playing chicken on food safety?
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    One-third of a second. That's how long a federal inspector will have to examine slaughtered chickens for contaminants and disease under new rules proposed by the federal government. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its proposal is a win-win-win that modernizes food inspection while saving money for taxpayers and the poultry industry. More
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    An 'added sugar' label on foods? Stop! You're confusing me!
    Los Angeles Times
    Processed foods contain plenty of extra sugar. Now the Food and Drug Administration wants to study how consumers would behave if food nutrition labels declared how much "added sugar" an item contains. The agency put out a request for public comment, and the deadline is now up. More
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    Congress has 13 business days until election for must-do work
    Bloomberg
    The U.S. House and Senate, facing a backlog of unfinished business, plan to be in session together for 13 days before the Nov. 6 election. Even so, members plan to do what they've done all year on the biggest tax and spending decisions: Nothing.

    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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    Romney outraised Obama in July, $101.3 million to $75 million
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney outraised President Barack Obama by more than $25 million in July, according to numbers released Monday by the campaigns. The gap is slightly smaller than it was in June, when Romney raised $106 million and Obama brought in $71 million, but it's the second straight month Romney has pulled in nine figures and the third straight month he has outraised the incumbent president.

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    Presidential race becomes a question of nature vs. nurture
    The Washington Post
    Despite all the factors clearly working against him, President Barack Obama is either statistically tied or ahead in key swing-state polling — suggesting that writing his political obituary today is decidedly premature. So, what gives? Call it the political equivalent of the nature-vs.-nurture debate. More
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    Comment period closes this week for HACCP proposal
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The comment period will close Thursday for the Federal Register notice that clarifies requirements for HACCP validation and for the guidance document to assist establishments in meeting the validation requirements. More
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    Chinese firm to open meat export office in Nebraska
    Omaha World-Herald
    A Chinese agribusiness firm announced last Thursday it will open an Omaha, Neb., office to export meat products to China. Lu Jing Jing, chairman of the Shanghai Liuhe Qinqiang Food Co., said she also will investigate the viability of starting a Nebraska meatpacking plant to supply her export business. More
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    Activists grill producers of modified corn
    Chicago Tribune
    As the Midwest crunches into sweet corn season, a new type will be appearing on grocery store shelves — even though shoppers have no way to recognize it. More
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    Bolivia bans Coca-Cola to honor Mayan 'end of capitalism'
    Care2
    Move over, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Your big-size soda ban was a great start, but in the Great Soda Wars, you've been upstaged by Bolivia. The central South American country has announced it will ban the Coca-Cola company by the end of the year. More
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    Advisory committee for meat, poultry inspection to be renewed
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Secretary of Agriculture intends to re-establish the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection for two years, according to a document slated for print in Tuesday's Federal Register. More
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    Canadian government seeks input on feed regulations
    The Poultry Site
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has initiated a multiyear review of its regulatory framework for food safety, plant health and animal health. The livestock feed regulations are being reviewed as part of this process, and CFIA is seeking producers' feedback. 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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    Kraft sets spinoff date, names boards and executives
    MediaPost
    In conjunction with reporting its second-quarter financials, Kraft Foods Inc. Thursday announced it expects its split into two companies to take place Oct. 1. The company also announced the members of the boards of directors for the newly independent companies, and the hire of Tracey Belcourt as EVP, strategy for the new global snacks business, Mondelez International. More
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    Nestle appoints new head of US operations
    Bloomberg
    Nestle SA, the world's largest food company, named U.K. head Paul Grimwood as chairman and chief executive officer of its U.S. operations, replacing Brad Alford, who is to retire in October after 32 years. More
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    Supply chain changes to drive Family Dollar growth
    Charlotte Business Journal
    Family Dollar Stores Inc. is working to strengthen its distribution network through a six-year, exclusive deal with McLane Co. Inc., with a focus on refrigerated and frozen foods. More
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    General Mills dives into emerging markets
    Baking & Snack International
    General Mills remains overly reliant on the North American market. The company indicated, however, that emerging markets are its new focus for growth, with Brazil one of the most likely to benefit from its investment. More
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    Iowa sees evolving immigrant workforce in meatpacking industry
    Des Moines Register
    The face of Iowa's meatpacking towns is changing once again, as communities that adapted to new residents from Mexico and other Latino countries now see a surge of refugees from Southeast Asia. More
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    County officials approve Nevada meat plant construction
    Reno Gazette-Journal
    Lyon County, Nev., commissioners approved a special-use permit last week for a state-of-the-art meat processing plant in Wabuska. Commissioners voted 5-0 to allow Lassen Meat Processing, also known as Walker River Meat Processing Inc., to begin building a plant that could process up to 3,500 sheep, cattle and hogs per day. More
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    Ready-to-eat meat, poultry products recalled on Listeria fears
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Reichel Foods, a Rochester, Minn., establishment, is recalling approximately 15,880 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

    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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    Burch Equipment corrects cantaloupe variety under recall
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Burch Equipment LLC, of North Carolina, is correcting the variety of cantaloupe involved in recalls initiated July 28 and Aug. 2. Previous announcements incorrectly identified the cantaloupes as being the Athena variety. The cantaloupes affected by the recall are the Caribbean Gold variety. Athena cantaloupes are not subject to the recall. More
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    Food in China: A chemical age
    Chinadialogue
    China's food industry has rapidly industrialized during the past decade, bringing many benefits to the country's consumers. But techniques originating in the chemical industry are being misapplied in food production, triggering many safety scandals.

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    Case study: How to build a potato storage facility
    PotatoPro
    A new 2,700-ton potato storage facility — constructed and equipped as a turnkey project by Crop Systems Ltd. — is helping Shropshire growers J. M. Bubb and Son hit and beat exacting targets for both energy and CIPC usage. More
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    Neogen launches test for Listeria
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Neogen Corporation has developed the quickest and easiest test to definitively detect Listeria. ANSR™ for Listeria is the second test available for Neogen's ANSR pathogen detection system, and it will provide results after only 20 minutes of reaction time. More
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    Reward sensitivity triggered by ads leads to obesity
    Counsel & Heal
    The increasing rate of obesity in U.S. has been attributed to the easy accessibility to cheap junk food. However, a study by University of Queensland has found that even though this food is accessible to everyone, many people still lie in the healthy weight range.

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