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Judge: No more FDA extensions on FSMA deadlines
Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may no longer extend deadlines on releasing policies set forth by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, according to a ruling by a judge in the U.S. District Court of Northern California.

Related: Public meeting set on foreign supplier verification rules (FDA)

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Wal-Mart cuts profit forecast as higher taxes dampen sales
Bloomberg
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, cut its annual profit forecast after higher payroll taxes reduced customer traffic in the second quarter.

Related: Dow falls as much as 200 points as Wal-Mart warns (USA Today)

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Why food companies are fascinated by the way we eat
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Texture is an area of increasing focus among food companies aiming to zero in on that perfectly crispy crunch or silky smoothness. Christine Kalvenes, vice president of innovation for Frito-Lay, explains why.
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Poll: Obama economic approval falls
Politico
Approval of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy has declined by 7 percentage points this summer, according to a new poll Thursday. Just 35 percent of Americans approve of the president's job on the economy, down from 42 percent in June, according to a Gallup survey; 62 percent disapproved.
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Just how much trouble is Mitch McConnell really in?
The Washington Post
The two leading independent political handicappers in the country — Charlie Cook and Stu Rothenberg — paint very different pictures of the race unfolding in Kentucky between Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), businessman Matt Bevin (R) and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).
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Conservatives to Lamar Alexander: Time to retire
The Wall Street Journal
A group of tea party and conservative organizations urged Sen. Lamar Alexander, R.-Tenn., to retire rather than seek a third term next year, signaling that tea party activists have zeroed in on a new target as they try to pressure incumbent Republicans from the right.
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Turning the tide on childhood obesity
USDA via Philadelphia News
Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, explores some of the drivers behind the first decrease in U.S. childhood obesity rates in decades.

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  • Habits linked to obesity may differ for boys and girls (Reuters)

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    Group holds GM vs. Organic taste test in labeling push
    KTIC
    A new GMO labeling campaign is underway — this time led by MoveOn, a liberal policy advocacy group.

    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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    Will Massachusetts be the first state to scrap food waste?
    Take Part
    Several states are taking steps to send less food to landfills, but the Bay State might be leading the way.
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    Researcher sues FDA for ignoring petition to ban artificial trans fats
    Food Navigator-USA
    A heart disease researcher who got fed up waiting for the FDA to respond to his 2009 citizen petition calling for a ban on artificial trans fats has now followed up with a lawsuit.
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    USDA confirms Chinese poultry audit
    Agra Europe (subscription required)
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service sent two auditors to China in March to audit poultry processing and slaughter facilities there, continuing the slow process of establishing equivalency which would allow China to send poultry to the United States.
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    AFFI Government Action Summit: Register today!
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    AFFI's annual Government Action Summit, Sept. 10-12, offers you a voice with policy makers. Register today and advocate for the industry!

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    Heinz cuts 600 jobs across US, Canada
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    After being acquired earlier this year by a group including Warren Buffett, H.J. Heinz Co. cut 600 office positions Tuesday, including 350 jobs in Pittsburgh.

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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 shopping.

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    Consumer comfort in US declines from more than 5-year high
    Bloomberg
    Consumer confidence cooled last week from its highest level in more than five years as Americans' views on the economy, personal finances and spending receded.

    Related: Consumer prices increase (Bloomberg)

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    Phoenix restaurant source of largest E. coli outbreak in years
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    The recent burst of food poisoning cases from a single Federico's restaurant west of Phoenix has eclipsed the Farm Rich frozen food outbreak as the biggest toxic E. coli outbreak of 2013 and is among the largest domestic E. coli outbreaks of the past few years, according to the CDC.
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    Breaking breakfast: Taco Bell's waffle-coated shot at a $42 billion market
    The Wall Street Journal
    With working class eaters feeling the brunt of a tough economy and competition for hungry stomachs intensifying, big restaurant operators are trying just about anything to stand out from the crowd these days.
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    Mintel: Meat alternatives moving into mainstream
    Food Navigator-USA
    While just 7 percent of Americans identify themselves as vegetarian, more than a third of shoppers (36 percent) buy meat alternatives, suggesting the category is appealing to a far broader demographic, according to a consumer survey conducted by Mintel.
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    Kraft Foods in $35 million production expansion
    Food Production Daily
    Kraft Foods has invested $35 million to expand a production facility in Lehigh County, Pa., creating 45 jobs as it adds four product lines and equipment to produce beverage products for single-serve home brewing systems.
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    Ackman's Pershing exits Mondelez
    The Wall Street Journal
    Activist hedge-fund manager William Ackman exited his stake in snack-maker Mondelez in the second quarter.
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    Antibiotic-free chicken purveyor eyes Pilgrim's plant
    Meatingplace
    Ozark Mountain Poultry is negotiating with Pilgrim's Pride to buy the latter's Batesville, Ark., processing facility as OMP aims to expand its footprint in the antibiotic-free poultry market, the company said.
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    Global Salmon Initiative launched with focus on food sustainability
    Business Wire via EON
    CEOs of the global farmed salmon industry launched a major industry-led sustainability initiative Wednesday. The Global Salmon Initiative unites 15 producers committed to greater industry cooperation, transparency and sustainability.
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    Emerging market food company 'faux pas': Too much pleasure, too soon
    Nutra Ingredients
    "The most common mistake by Western fast-moving consumer good companies who launch new food and beverage brands in emerging markets is that they jump straight into a pleasure position with their brands," says Peter Wennstrom, a food branding expert with Healthy Marketing Team.

    Related: Acquiring customer intimacy (Supermarket Guru)

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    New food network aims for millennials
    Forbes
    L.A.-based video startup Tastemade is using its year-old, multichannel network on YouTube to target millennials — and communicate with them in the arenas where they're most comfortable: online video and apps.
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    Food marketing service rockets food products to reality
    Food Production Daily
    Gladson has launched myBrands, a service designed to help bring food product ideas to retail reality.
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    5 tips for efective cross-border anti-bias policies
    Law360 (subscription required)
    Multinational companies with global anti-discrimination policies can find themselves in legal hot water if they don't heed the laws and customs of countries where they operate.
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    The value of an upset employee
    Mel Kleiman
    When you're dealing with employees, inevitably some will feel misunderstood, wrongly judged or have their feelings hurt — and responding appropriately to strong negative emotions can be a challenge.
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