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Nomad Foods looks for U.S. acquisitions of frozen food brands
Reuters
Nomad Foods Ltd, a frozen foods company which gets most of its revenue from Europe, plans acquisitions in the United States where it believes it can find good bargains as consumers increasingly eat fresh foods and shy away from TV dinners, the company's chief executive said in an interview.
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Hormel Foods posts stronger-than-expected earnings
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Hormel Foods Corp. reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the July quarter as lower overhead costs in its grocery products segment helped offset lower sales.
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General Mills unveils new brand
Food Business News
General Mills has launched a new brand of dinner kits called The Good Table. Featuring gourmet-style sauce and crust mixes for chicken and fish, the products contain no added monosodium glutamate, artificial flavors, high-fructose corn syrup or colors from artificial sources.
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Clinton pulls plug on testy presser over server questions
The Hill
Hillary Clinton dismissed the controversy surrounding her private email server and defended her conduct as legal during a press conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas. A visibly aggravated Clinton repeatedly insisted that she had done nothing wrong and seemed frustrated by questions about the issue.

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    Trump flattening GOP rivals
    The Hill
    Donald Trump is steamrolling the competition in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination. On Tuesday, a second national poll conducted in the wake of the first GOP debate found Trump with a double-digit lead over the next closest contender.

    Related: Poll: Trump closing in on Clinton (The Hill)

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    Politics Republicans' Obamacare 'repeal and replace' dilemma joins presidential contest
    The Washington Post
    For Republican leaders, one loaded phrase represents the difference between the party they are and the party they wish to be: “repeal and replace.” Since 2010, Republicans have pledged to repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act — promising a legislative backflip that would please conservatives who despise the law’s every word and moderates who want to keep some of its benefits.
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    Congress can unite over food
    The Hill
    It seems like Democrats and Republicans never agree on anything. But think again. They are finding common ground over food. And it could make a huge difference for America.
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    FDA not yet ready to wrap cyclospora investigation
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    Some of the nation's food safety experts have lost patience with the FDA's handling of the recent cyclospora outbreak. The parasite has sickened no less than 560 people in the U.S. and Canada since May, but the source or sources remain a mystery.
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    Schools ready to go 100 percent organic
    Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
    California's Sausalito Marin City School District will become the first in the country to provide meals that are 100 percent organic and non-GMO later this month, reports Judi Shils, the executive director and founder of Turning Green. She hopes others will soon follow suit.
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    USDA to stockpile avian flu vaccine
    Agri-Pulse
    Fearing a return of the avian influenza, the Agriculture Department is moving ahead with plans to stockpile a vaccine ahead of the next outbreak. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the release of a solicitation for proposals to supply up to 500 million doses of vaccine.

    Related: Iowa has new info on impact of avian flu (USAgNet)

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    New regs for Wednesday: Roaster chickens, flame-retardants and vending machines
    The Hill
    Wednesday’s edition of the Federal Register contains news rules from the Food Safety and Inspection Service for roaster chickens, a petition to ban products that contain additive organohalogen flame-retardants and the possibility of new energy efficiency standards for beverage vending machines.
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    Senators demand formal response to antibiotic resistance concerns
    Food Chemical News
    In an Aug. 17 letter to the Obama administration’s Interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, several U.S. senators ask how the administration intends to address “critical gaps” in current FDA policies to address the overuse of antibiotics in food animals.
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    USDA adds more eligible commodities for farm storage facility loans
    High Plains Journal
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the Farm Storage Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities, will now include dairy, flowers and meats as eligible commodities.
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    GMOs are becoming a proxy for bigger concerns about the food system
    NPR
    GMO has become a buzzword, says Laurie Demeritt, CEO of The Hartman Group, which does research for food companies. Consumers' desire for them falls under what the industry calls the "health halo" – the perception that a food is healthy, she says.
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    Getting the supply chain in sync
    Food Business News
    The changes taking place in the marketplace are having dramatic effects on both food manufacturers and retailers.
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    Burgers a secret weapon in restaurants wars
    CNBC
    In the fierce battle to attract diners, restaurants like Applebee's and Chili's have a new weapon that's proving successful: The burger.
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    EU prefers cheaper cuts of beef
    Global Meat News
    Consumers in EU countries France, the U.K., Germany, Spain and Italy are favoring cheaper cuts of beef rather than premium cuts.
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    Salt levels in fast food for kids are dangerously high
    CNN
    Research by the World Action on Salt and Health found popular fast food chains including McDonald's and Subway are serving up "worryingly high" amounts of salt in children's meals. Companies like McDonald's have been trying to focus on healthier food to adapt to changing consumer tastes and boost sales.
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    Washington state woman sues whole hog supplier over salmonella illness
    Food Safety News
    Kuivikko vs. Kapowsin Meats Inc., is the first lawsuit filed against a Graham, WA, slaughterhouse for allegedly causing a Salmonella illness that may be resistant to antibiotics.
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    Scientists want to use this trick to make your tomatoes tastier
    The Washington Post
    In the experiment, which was led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and the University of Florida, Florida-grown tomatoes were dipped in hot water (about 125 degrees Fahrenheit) for five minutes before getting the same chilly treatment as the other tomatoes.
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