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Taylor Farms subsidiary stops shipments to US as Cyclospora illness hits 535
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
The Mexican company that distributes a salad mix tied to a U.S. outbreak of Cyclospora illnesses said Monday it is suspending shipments of the product to the United States. The CDC reports that 535 people in 18 states have been included in the outbreak case count.

Related: Simon & Luke files first Nebraska lawsuit against Olive Garden (PR-BG.com)

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ISM: 6 percent rise in food manufacturing jobs after gluten-free ruling
Food Production Daily
Food manufacturing jobs have soared in July after renewed consumer interest in gluten-free products, according to the Institute for Supply Management, which recorded a manufacturing index of 54.4 percent in July, up from 48.7 percent in June.

Related: Robotics creating jobs in food industry (Huliq)

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How smart are school snacks? A closer look at new USDA rules
The Huffington Post
Registered dietitian Andy Bellatti takes a closer look at USDA's new nutrition guidelines before the Oct. 28 comment deadline. Are there potential weaknesses in the proposed rules governing school snacking?

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    Democrats press Boehner on food stamps
    The Hill
    House Democrats are pressing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to back a robust food stamp program or risk a spike in hunger nationwide.
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    Mitch McConnell gets boost from chemistry group
    Politico
    The American Chemistry Council is spending $400,000 on commercials boosting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. A spokeswoman for the Washington-based association of chemical companies confirms they are making a six-figure buy this month to run issue ads highlighting the Republican's "work to promote economic growth and policies that are important to American manufacturers."
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    Count Joe Biden among 2016 hopefuls
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Vice President Joe Biden is keeping his name among the list of White House contenders for 2016, despite favorable reaction toward Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Related: Hillary Clinton's next act: The family foundation (Politico)

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    NLRB gears up with new members
    The Wall Street Journal
    The new members of the National Labor Relations Board are gearing up for work after a string of swearing-in ceremonies and will meet next week for orientation about their quasi-judicial roles overseeing union elections and settling management-employee disputes. It marks the first time in a decade that all five board seats are filled with members who have been confirmed by the Senate.

    Related: 4th Circuit won't rethink ruling NLRB poster rule (Law360)

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    On the Road with Mike Taylor: Touring the Pacific Northwest
    FDA Voice
    FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor writes, "I am touring Idaho, Oregon and Washington this week with a team of FDA colleagues to learn about agriculture in this part of the country and to discuss with farmers, representatives of the food industry, agricultural extension scientists and state agriculture officials the most effective ways to keep produce safe for you and your family."
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    Coming soon: A new carrier registration system
    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is close to publishing a new Unified Registration System for trucking operations. The White House Office of Management and Budget cleared the agency's plan Monday.
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    UK: As kids get fatter, Britain mulls drastic measures
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    A 20 percent tax on soft drinks. A ban on television ads for junk food. Limits on the number of fast food restaurants allowed near schools. These are some of the radical measures being proposed to combat childhood obesity in Britain, where the percentage of seriously overweight children could soon surpass the rate in the U.S.
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    Dole Food lands higher offer from Murdock
    Seeking Alpha
    Dole Food says it worked out an agreement with David Murdoch to sell the company back to its previous owner for $13.50 per share.

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    Retail trends impact food processing
    Food Production Daily
    A report from Packaged Facts analyzes shopper behavior, four specific food retail channels and possible impacts on the food processing industry.

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    Why Dole desperately wants to go private again
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    If the deal between Dole Food and CEO David Murdock goes through, this will be the second time Murdock has taken the company private.
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    US import prices rise less than expected, inflation pressures tame
    Reuters
    U.S. import prices rose less than expected in July as an increase in the cost of petroleum was offset by the biggest drop in the price of non-petroluem goods in nearly 4-1/2 years, pointing to benign inflation pressures.
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    Hunger games: Firms take big bites out of the food industry
    Private Equity News (subscription required)
    Private equity investors are hungry for a bigger role in the food industry, serving as both buyers and sellers to some of the world's largest food companies.
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    Yum falls after China sales slide as diners shun chicken
    Bloomberg
    Yum! Brands Inc., owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut chains, fell after posting July same-store sales in China that declined 13 percent, more than in June, as diners remained reluctant to eat chicken amid an outbreak of avian flu.
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    Boston Market transitions as Bellisio Foods completes Overhill Farms purchase
    Meatingplace
    Branded and private-label frozen food maker Bellisio Foods Inc. has completed its acquisition of frozen entrees and protein product maker Overhill Farms Inc., solidifying its license to manufacture the Boston Market brand of frozen food products.
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    Chipotle to allow some antibiotic-treated beef
    Bloomberg
    After years of touting naturally raised meat, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is changing its standards to allow beef treated with antibiotics into its restaurants amid a supply shortage.

    Related: Video of 'lame' cattle stirs new concern over growth drugs (Reuters)

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    Campbell Soup clings to growth engines in proposed European sale
    Food Navigator
    Campbell Soup is in talks to sell its European operations to CVC Capital Partners, but is keeping hold of the largest and fastest growing elements.
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    Frozen food maker Windsor Foods embraces social media
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    Frozen food manufacturer Windsor Foods® is embracing social media and is on a quest to become a relevant player in the social arena.
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    Food warehouse fined for 63 health/safety violations
    Food Production Daily
    Unicold Corp. has been slapped with a $251,330 fine from the U.S. Department of Labor after the agency found 63 health and safety violations at Unicold's refrigerated food warehouse in Hawaii.
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    Could the MOG streamline flavor discovery?
    Food Navigator-USA
    Scientists at Philadelphia-based start-up Opertech Bio have developed a groundbreaking new approach to high-throughput taste evaluation using highly trained rats that can analyze the taste quality and palatability of scores of flavor samples simultaneously — a first for the industry.
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