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Food fight in Congress: Fresh vs. frozen produce in schools
The Washington Post
Are canned pears the nutritional equivalent of a juicy fruit off the tree? House Republicans seem to think so. And their proposal to tinker with a program that serves fresh fruit and vegetables to children in select schools has touched off the ultimate food fight.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story promoting the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables.
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Food stamps at heart of 'unfinished fight' over farm bill
PBS
U.S. farmers have suffered greatly from drought this year, but the farm bill, promising help, failed to pass Congress before summer recess. In contention: food stamps.

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    Hurdle: Technology?
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    Many food safety professionals are examining how technology might be used to help meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The answer, however, generally requires an individual focus on the needs of the company: How can you improve your business and the safety and quality of your products, thereby protecting your brand?

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    Mitt Romney's money edge — and whether it matters
    The Washington Post
    In the past two months, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee have outraised President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee by $61 million and counting.

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    Obama campaign downplays fundraising gap; some donors nervous
    The Hill
    The Obama campaign sought to downplay fundraising expectations Monday as some top donors expressed exasperation that the president had been outraised for the third month in a row by Mitt Romney's campaign. More
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    Romney VP list seems shorter as GOP speakers announced
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney appears to have narrowed his list of potential running mates, as national Republicans announced Monday that at least four people once thought to be under consideration for the No. 2 spot will speak at this month's Republican National Convention — all but ruling them out of contention for the vice presidential slot. More
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    Coming soon: Drought politics
    POLITICO
    It hasn't gotten much attention in the presidential debate so far, but the punishing drought — the worst to strike the United States in half a century — has the makings of an issue that both candidates soon will need to focus on more intently. More
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    At WTO, US records wins against China, but benefit less certain
    The Washington Post
    The United States has won an impressive string of victories against China at the World Trade Organization in the past few years, but U.S. companies have seen only limited benefits, according to a review of the cases and interviews with analysts and officials familiar with them. More
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    States cool on immigration measures
    POLITICO
    State lawmakers enacted 20 percent fewer immigration laws during the first six months of this year compared with the first six months of 2011, in part because lawmakers awaited the Arizona immigration law ruling, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. More
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    CARB steps up diesel truck enforcement in August
    Truckinginfo
    The California Air Resources Board has designated August "Gear Up for Clean Truck Month," to remind diesel users that the rules are in effect and being vigorously enforced. More
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    APHIS proposal would exempt domesticated farm animals
    Meatingplace
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service held a conference call Monday morning to discuss the proposed revision of regulations implementing the Animal Welfare Act. The proposed rule would expand the number and type of animal breeding and husbandry facilities subject to licensure, inspection and recordkeeping under AWA. But farm animals will not be included in the rule. More
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    Vietnam warns against keeping catfish language in farm bill
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Retaining language in the 2012 farm bill that moves inspection of catfish to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service could spell economic trouble for U.S. farmers and ranchers, the Vietnamese ambassador warned in a recent two-page letter. More
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    Monsanto's GM corn coming to a Wal-Mart near you
    Fast Company's Co.Exist
    The company's first consumer-focused GM product has been banned from lots of stores, but Wal-Mart has decided to put it on its shelves.

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    McDonald's aims for last unconquered fast food frontier
    Business Insider
    McDonald's has blanketed America with its restaurants, but opening new locations isn't the only way the fast food superpower can grow. There's one untapped part of the U.S. market the chain is now aiming for: the length of time between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. More
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    Wendy's debuts caviar and lobster burgers
    Los Angeles Times
    Fast food chain Wendy's, known for its angular burger patties and slightly musty reputation, is going glamorous: The classic Baconator and Hot 'N Juicy sandwiches are now joined by burgers piled high with extravagant ingredients such as lobster and caviar. More
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    Tyson profit misses on weak US meat demand
    Reuters
    Tyson Foods Inc. reported weaker-than-expected quarterly sales and earnings and lowered its full-year outlook as higher meat prices dented U.S. demand, and its shares fell 4.5 percent. The nation's largest meat company predicted further price increases, as the worst drought in more than a half-century pushes up prices for feed corn, but said its chicken business would remain profitable next year. More
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    Mintel highlights future trends for meat substitutes
    Food Navigator
    Focusing on indulgence, health and convenience trends would pay dividends for meat substitute manufacturers, according to market analyst Mintel Group. More
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    Different approaches taken to navigate rising food costs
    Pizza Marketplace
    While some fast casual brands have relied on menu price increases to offset higher food costs mostly brought on by a widespread drought, some QSRs seem to be avoiding hikes and shifting their focus elsewhere. More
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    Salty smells can help industry achieve lower sodium goals
    Food Navigator
    Adding salty smells to food products could help industry reduce sodium levels by up to 25 percent without affecting the overall taste profile, say researchers. More
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    Thermo Fisher Scientific unveils food testing library
    Food Product Design
    Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., published its new Applied Food Testing Library, an online repository of more than 230 application notes, case studies, validated methods, webinars and technical posters by industry experts designed to help food science professionals master routine and special challenges. More
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    Food company official sentenced for embezzlement
    The Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News
    A former marketing director of a Central Valley frozen food company in California will serve time in prison for embezzling nearly $450,000 from the company. More
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    K-State: Cattle vaccine works as preharvest E. coli strategy
    Food Safety News
    Kansas State University has found a commercial vaccine for cattle can effectively reduce levels of E. coli by more than 50 percent by using two doses rather than the manufacturer's recommended three doses. More
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    Color-coded labels, displays improve food choices
    Medical Xpress
    A program designed to encourage more healthful food choices through simple color-coded labels and the positioning of items in display cases was equally successful across all categories of employees at a large hospital cafeteria, according to an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. More
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    Same-day E. coli test developed
    Food Production Daily
    Life Technologies Corp. has developed a same-day solution for detecting multiple strains of E. coli in ground beef. More
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    Mislabeled sausage recalled
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    California-based Alexis Wholesale Inc. is recalling approximately 6,210 pounds of chorizo sausage because it it contains monosodium glutamate, which is not declared on the label.

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    Cargill ground beef Salmonella outbreak update
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis caused by Cargill ground beef has now sickened 40 people in eight states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The outbreak is centered in the Northeast, with consumers in Virginia and West Virginia also falling ill. More
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