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Putin bans food imports from countries with sanctions on Russia
The Hill
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 6 ordered government agencies to ban the import of agricultural and food products from countries that have imposed sanctions due to the crisis in Ukraine. The retaliatory decree, signed by Putin and released by the Kremlin, said food, raw materials and agricultural products would be banned or limited for one year.

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    PCA trail testimony focuses on salmonella testing, investigation
    Food Safety News
    Two top officials of testing laboratories used by the Peanut Corporation of America and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who led the investigation into the deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to the Blakely, Georgia, peanut processing plant offered up the first testimony in the federal trial now in its second week in Albany, Georgia.
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    FDA creates network to track and attack outbreaks of foodborne disease
    Healthline
    Each year, a number of fruits and vegetables are contaminated with dangerous bacteria and companies are forced to recall them. The Food and Drug Administration has created the new CORE network to keep tabs on these foodborne disease outbreaks and prevent them from happening in the future.
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    Dems talk about impeachment 20 times as much as Republicans
    The Hill
    Congressional Democrats have talked about the impeachment of President Barack Obama 20 times more than Republicans have on the House and Senate floors. Since the start of the 113th Congress last year, Democrats have used the word "impeach" or "impeachment" regarding Obama 86 times, according to a review of the Congressional Record by The Hill.
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    Chris Christie net approval lowest since 2011
    Politico
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's net approval rating is at its lowest point in three years, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll recently released, 49 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the Republican governor's job performance, compared with 47 percent who disapprove. That net approval rating is Christie's lowest since August 2011.
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    Dems mull replacement options for Walsh
    The Hill
    Washington and Montana Democrats are mulling options for replacing Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) on the ballot as it looks increasingly likely that he'll exit the race. Walsh, who canceled scheduled campaign events Aug. 5 and 6, has made no public appearances since the weekend amidst increasing chatter that he plans to drop out of his race against Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) in the wake of his plagiarism scandal.
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    USDA leaning toward approval of Monsanto's new GMO beans, cotton
    Reuters
    U.S. regulators recently said they are leaning toward approval of a new line of herbicide-tolerant crops developed by Monsanto Co even though they could increase problematic weed resistance for farmers.
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    Feds call off highway funding cuts
    The Hill
    The federal government is calling off plans to cut payments to states and communities for construction projects in the wake of a transportation funding patch recently passed by Congress. The Department of Transportation previously said it would have to begin reducing the frequency of payments from its Highway Trust Fund if Congress had not acted to prevent a bankruptcy.
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    Minnesota restaurant charges 'minimum wage fee' after state wage hike
    The Washington Post
    A Minnesota restaurant has added a 35 cent "minimum wage fee" to its bills after the state's minimum wage was raised recently. "We're just doing what we have to do," Craig Beemer, the owner of the Oasis Cafe in Stillwater, told the Star Tribune.
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    Alaska fishing advocates ask Congress to ban Russian seafood imports
    Los Angeles Times
    U.S. economic sanctions against Russia over Ukraine may wind up helping the Alaskan fishing industry. At least that's the hope of those promoting "Just Say Nyet," a petition intended to get Congress to ban Russian seafood imports.
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    Safeway shareholders call for GMO labeling
    GreenBiz
    Grocery business Safeway, which has 1,335 stores across the U.S., was filed with a shareholder proposal citing "unprecedented public demand" for GMO labeling as a reason for it to voluntarily provide the information to consumers.
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    USDA grant to MSU to study pollination solutions for specialty crops
    USAgNet
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a $6.9 million grant to Michigan State University to develop sustainable pollination strategies for specialty crops in the U.S.
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    Infographic: What foods are consumers avoiding?
    Food Business News
    Carbohydrates and carbonated soft drinks have taken a dive in American diets, according to a recent poll by Gallup. Nearly two-thirds of consumers say they avoid soda, and almost a third are cutting carbs. Additionally, more than half of consumers are shying away from sugar.

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    Former DOT chief: $10.9B highway bill 'totally inadequate'
    The Hill
    Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the $10.9 billion highway bill that was approved by lawmakers recently is "totally inadequate," the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. LaHood was speaking Aug. 5 about the need for a long-term transportation funding package that would also include an increase in the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax at the Georgia state capitol.

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    Ethanol explosive for Cruz, Paul
    The Hill
    Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are trying to avoid an ethanol landmine in Iowa. Both Republican senators have criticized federal subsidies for ethanol, which are popular in Iowa, the state hosting the first Republican contest in the 2016 race for the White House.

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    US makes top 10 list of worst food safety violators
    Food Safety News
    According to the global food source monitoring company Food Sentry, the U.S. was one of the top 10 countries with the most food safety violations in 2013. In 2013, Food Sentry added more than 3,400 verified instances of food safety violations associated with products exported from 117 different countries. The incident data were gathered from multiple sources, including the U.S., the E.U. and Japanese regulatory entities.

    Related: Study: Pesticides remain No. 1 food safety problem (Refrigerated & Frozen Foods)

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    Ice cream co in 'David & Goliath' v. Nestlé lawsuit: Is it time for a rethink about the way shelf-space is allocated in US supermarkets?
    Food Navigator-USA
    As Kraft's CEO recently observed, smaller, more agile players seem to be better at coming up with exciting new products than many CPG giants, for whom innovation is often more about trade management than addressing genuine consumer needs. But if this is the case, why aren't big retailers giving smaller brands more shelf space?
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    Listing added sugars might add to consumer confusion
    Food Business News
    An "added sugars" listing on the Nutrition Facts Panel might cause consumers to believe food and beverage products have more sugar than they actually do, according to preliminary research released by the International Food Information Council Foundation.
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    World food prices hit six-month low in July
    Reuters
    Global food prices hit a six-month low in July led mainly by sharp declines in grains, oilseeds and dairy, which balanced out rising meat and firm sugar prices, the United Nations food agency said on Aug. 7.
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    UK survey finds campylobacter on 59 percent of chicken
    Food Safety News
    The Food Standards Agency in the U.K. has published its first-quarter results from a survey of Campylobacter on fresh whole store-bought chickens and the associated packaging. The agency found that 59 percent of the birds and 4 percent of the outside of the packaging tested positive.
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