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Meat industry reacts to Russian ban
Global Meat News
There has been mixed reaction to news of Russia's recent import ban, with some associations shrugging it off, and others calling for action to be taken.
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After food import ban, Russians brace for life without Western delights
The Wall Street Journal
People in Russia have begun adjusting to a new reality. For more than two decades, Russians have embraced the Italian ham, French cheese and off-season fruit that appeared in grocery stores after the Soviet Union's fall. As a result, the recent ban on Western meat, dairy and produce imports seemed a bit like a step back in time to some.
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Cargill earnings fall despite improved beef business
Food Business News
Weak economic conditions in some countries, exchange rates in Venezuela and the rejection of corn shipments in China all affected Cargill negatively in the fiscal year ended May 31.
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Montana's John Walsh quits Senate race
Politico
Sen. John Walsh announced Aug. 7 that he's dropping out of the race for his Montana seat, cutting short a brief Senate career marred by accusations of plagiarism and dealing a blow to Democrats' already-grim chances of keeping the spot.

Related: What John Walsh's decision means in the battle for Senate control (The Washington Post)

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GOP civil war to rage on
Politico
The establishment claims it won the 2014 primary season. But maybe not the war. Sen. Lamar Alexander sailed to victory Aug. 7, completing a near clean sweep for establishment-backed Senate incumbents this fall that has business groups bragging that they beat back the tea party.

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  • Lamar Alexander ices tea party opponent (Politico)
  • Tea party loses again; blame game begins (Politico)

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    Overnight campaign: A complete Walsh-out in Montana
    The Hill
    Democrats suffered the latest in a series of blows to their hopes to hold Montana's Senate seat on Aug. 7, when Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) announced after days of speculation that he'll drop his campaign against Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.).
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    US: Kremlin's sanctions will hurt Russians
    The Hill
    Russia will restrict its own citizens' access to food with its new retaliatory ban on imports of U.S. meats, fruits and vegetables, the White House said Aug.7. Calling it a "cruel irony," U.S. officials said Russia was imposing a sanction that would hurt its own people more than the U.S.

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  • Putin's sanctions will have 'insignificant' impact on US, treasury official says (The Wall Street Journal)
  • US says Putin's food ban will backfire on Russia (The Moscow Times)

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    Move to rescind COOL gains momentum
    USAgNet
    House lawmakers recently urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to rescind the U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling law if the World Trade Organization rules that it violates international trade obligations.
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    The GMO fight ripples down the food chain
    The Wall Street Journal
    Two years ago, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. initiated a plan to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from its ice cream, an effort to address a nascent consumer backlash and to fulfill its own environmental goals.
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    A uniform way to avoid class 1 recalls in food production
    Food Manufacturing
    Contamination of products produced in food processing plants is a major cause of public health risks. Food recalls can destroy a brand too — remember what happened to Topps Meat Company in 2007? A food recall can potentially cost a food company millions of dollars from lost sales, the recall execution process and brand reputation management.

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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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    NSF survey finds consumers confused about food expiration dates
    NSF International via Food Safety Magazine
    Expiration date labeling on food products is a source of confusion for consumers, according to a new survey from NSF International, a global public health and safety organization. The survey found that people are confused about how to interpret dates on food packaging such as expiration, "best used by" and "sell by" dates, causing many to keep some food dangerously long or prematurely throw away good food.
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    Global headwinds challenge Nestle
    Food Business News
    Slow and slower describe the market conditions Nestle S.A. faced in emerging and developed markets during the first six months of 2014.
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    Smucker to buy Sahale snacks
    The Wall Street Journal
    J.M. Smucker Co. has agreed to buy Sahale Snacks Inc., a maker of nut and fruit snacks. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Seattle-based Sahale is expected to post sales of about $50 million in 2014 and has about 150 employees, Smucker said.
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    FDA: Georgia plant waited to disclose salmonella
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified Aug. 7.
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    Global microbe genome database represents 'some exciting science'
    Food Safety News
    If the world's food safety scientists act now, they have the opportunity to create a global network of microbial data that will dramatically improve the ability to track and combat disease outbreaks of all sorts, including foodborne illness outbreaks, significantly tackling the spread of disease worldwide.
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    Wendy's to sell Canadian restaurants
    Food Business News
    The Wendy's Co. has announced plans to sell its approximately 135 company-operated restaurants in Canada, where unit growth has been stagnant for a decade. The fast-food company will reinvest proceeds into franchise restaurant development and reimaging, which has proved to be a successful move in the U.S.
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