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Study: Sugar even at moderate levels toxic to mice health, reproduction
The Washington Post
Scientists at the University of Utah looked at how sugar affected mice and found that the mouse equivalent of just three sugary sodas a day had significant negative effects on life span and competition for mates.

Related: Coca-Cola ad to defend artificial sweeteners (USA Today)

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Shoppers gobble up private-label food
Food Production Daily
A recent study by Market Force Information shows that 96 percent of consumers put private-label food products in their cart when grocery shopping.
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GOP governors and legislatures: Divided by a common party
The Washington Post
Republican governors are wielding a nearly unprecedented level of power across the country, with 24 of them working with a GOP-controlled state legislature. But partisan control doesn't always mean the governor is in charge.
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RNC taking aim at DNC efforts
Politico
The Republican National Committee will kick off a summer meeting in Boston Wednesday with a broadside against its Democratic counterpart. A 4-page research hit says the Democratic National Committee has been overshadowed by the Obama-focused Organizing for Action this year and highlights DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz raising funds for her own leadership PAC while the party itself carries debt.
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House Democrats to Obama: Don't shut us out of fiscal talks
The Hill
House Democrats are making it known they won't serve as a rubber stamp for fiscal deals the White House negotiates this fall. They say their views must be taken into account because Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is likely to need their votes to pass legislation that funds the government and hikes the debt ceiling.
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Commerce slaps foreign shrimpers with taxes
Politico
Gulf Coast shrimpers are now closer to solving a jumbo problem: foreign competition that has almost entirely replaced their product in restaurants and grocery stores.
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GAO: Federal export programs lack proper oversight
The Washington Post
An interagency committee charged with coordinating the government's exporting programs has not been following through on some of its responsibilities, leaving the programs with overlapping services and making it difficult to measure their success, according to a study to be released Wednesday.
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New Hampshire House subcommittee begins work on GMO labeling bill
Concord Monitor
Two months after his state passed legislation requiring labels on genetically engineered foods, Maine Rep. Lance Harvell, the bill's chief sponsor, pitched his case Tuesday for why New Hampshire lawmakers should follow suit.

Editor's Note: AFFI's 2013 Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 10-12, will feature an in-depth panel discussion by leading thought-leaders regarding GMO food package labeling. To register for the Summit, or for more information, please click here.

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Food stamp cut backed by Republicans whose constituents use them
Bloomberg
As the U.S. economy recovers from the worst recession since the Great Depression, the explosive growth of food stamps remains a lingering legacy. And now the program comes with an irony, as the Republicans seeking to cut it also represent vast numbers of recipients.
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California's $43 billion farms see labor in immigrant fix
Bloomberg
While get-tough states such as Arizona made it a crime for undocumented immigrants to seek work, California's $43.5 billion-a-year farm industry depends on a shadow workforce of undocumented Mexican immigrants that's eroding under economic improvements back home and tighter U.S. border controls.
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Opinion: Time for 'Big Mac' statesmanship
The Washington Post
The flurry of one-day strikes by low-earning fast food workers has created an opportunity to transform the national debate about wages — and if a fast food CEO doesn't have the imagination to seize it, President Barack Obama should do so himself when he resumes his middle-class road show next week.
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Taylor Farms subsidiary stops shipments to US
HealthDay News
The Mexican company that distributes a salad mix tied to a U.S. outbreak of Cyclospora illness is suspending shipments of the product to the U.S.

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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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Heinz cuts 600 jobs in US, Canada
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
H.J. Heinz Co. has reiterated its commitment to staying in Pittsburgh, but the historic food company's local presence is shrinking. The global ketchup maker cut 600 office positions Tuesday, including 350 jobs in Pittsburgh.
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Drought dries up profits at Plains feedlots
The Wall Street Journal
A prolonged drought in the southern Great Plains has hit ranchers hard and now is moving up the food chain.
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US producer prices flat in July, point to little inflation pressure
Reuters
U.S. producer prices were flat in July and pointed to very little inflationary pressure in the economy, which could add to worries at the U.S. Federal Reserve that inflation is running too low.
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The changing consumer diet and the food industry
Quality Assurance & Food Safety
During the past decade, the diet of the American consumer has seen a great deal of change. And this has been both impacted and shaped by continued advances in food safety, quality and defense.
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West Sacramento to get expanded food processing plant
The Sacramento Bee
A Norway-based firm that says its equipment processes most of the world's french fries is starting construction this week on a new, expanded facility in West Sacramento, Calif. TOMRA Sorting USA will build its 60,000-square-foot complex for sorting and peeling equipment in the Riverside Commerce Center.
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How Kroger is helping to build Cincinnati's IT economy
WCPO-TV
In an unmarked building in Cincinnati, the Kroger Co. is developing its store of the future in bytes and pieces.
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New York food manufacturing startups make big gains but still need help
New York Daily News
Growth in the city's food and beverage industries is bubbling over, outpacing the rise of businesses overall, with food and drink manufacturing companies numbering at 1,097 in 2012, finds a study commissioned by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and conducted by the Pratt Center for Community Development.
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Why is Amazon hiring for a secret New Jersey warehouse?
All Things D
Has Amazon taken a big step toward bringing its AmazonFresh grocery delivery business to the New York City area?
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Simplot food plant in Australia get $1.5 million grant for clean processing
Food Production Daily
Simplot food processing plant has been given a $1.5 million federal grant from the $840 million Clean Technology Investment Programs to upgrade its freezing tunnels at a vegetable production site.
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