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Tobacco lawyers target food makers
The New York Times
Don Barrett, a Mississippi lawyer, took in hundreds of millions of dollars a decade ago after suing Big Tobacco and winning record settlements. So did Walter Umphrey, Dewitt M. Lovelace and Stuart and Carol Nelkin. Ever since, the lawyers have been searching for big paydays. Now, they have found the next target: food manufacturers. More
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Latest deadly Salmonella outbreak angers food safety experts
USA Today
Consumers are once again doubting the safety of cantaloupes. In the latest outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, two people have died and 141 have fallen ill in 20 states in a Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana.

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  • Marler calls on CDC, FDA to name names in Salmonella cantaloupe outbreak (PRWeb via Equities)
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    California labeling fight may raise food prices
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Adding a couple of words to a package of corn chips may sound simple enough, but when those words are "genetically engineered," the change is anything but simple.

    Editor's note: AFFI is a member of a diverse coalition of food, nutrition, tax and consumer organizations working to stop this misguided food labeling scheme. For more information, please click here.
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    Big gulf between political parties, divisions within
    The Washington Post
    American politics has long been defined as red vs. blue, and everything about the 2012 election speaks to the chasm that separates the two parties. But a major new study highlights how those divisions are only a part of the dynamic shaping the political landscape. More
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    Poll: Most swing-state voters say not better off than in 2008
    The Hill
    A new Gallup poll released Monday shows 56 percent of registered voters in 12 key battleground states say they are not better off than they were four years ago. More
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    Medicare shaping tight Florida Senate race
    POLITICO
    Rep. Paul Ryan didn't just inject Medicare smack into the presidential race in swing-state Florida. He also created a new dynamic in the contest between Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Connie Mack — a race that could help determine who controls the Senate. More
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    Paying more for food? Blame the ethanol mandate
    CNN
    Because of the severe heat and drought in the Midwest, global food prices are going up. Why? Because the U.S. is the leading producer and exporter of staple grains. We are for food production what Saudi Arabia is for oil production. Our crop shortages have ripple effects throughout the food system and disrupt the global markets, especially in the food-insecure nations.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is part of a food group coalition urging the EPA to waive the ethanol fuel mandate. A copy of the coalition's Aug. 10 letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson can be viewed here.

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  • Vilsack: Ethanol would suffer under waived mandate (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • Scorched earth: US drought could cook up food crisis (Reuters)
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    Cool Lumens Inc.
    Cool Lumens was founded in 2010 to design and develop the industry’s highest-performance LED lighting solutions for industrial and commercial environments. The company has filed for six patents for its designs and began shipping its products in 2012

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    Appeals court rejects E15 challenge
    USAgNet
    In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has said trade associations of engine manufacturers, food producers and petroleum producers do not have standing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its decisions to allow an increase in ethanol content in gasoline. The court said the litigants failed to show their members are harmed by the EPA's E15 action.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the industry coalition referenced in this story that brought suit against the EPA's E15 ethanol decision.
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    Study: Lack of food safety education for older adults
    Food Safety News
    Researchers at RTI International and Tennessee State University conducted focus groups with 55 people who work with older adults — including doctors, nurses, home health care providers and relative caregivers — and found most participants lacked training and knowledge regarding safe food practices for the elderly. More
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    Food safety progress not waiting on Washington
    Supermarket News
    There's an important piece of food safety regulation working its way through Washington, and it's not exactly speeding. Some consumer groups call the pace too slow and claim it will compromise overall safety. More
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    Fruit As It Should Be!

    Wawona demonstrates passion for food quality, delivering the best fruit from the orchard to your freezer. Wawona remains a family owned business with principles on quality, innovations and excellent customer services.
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    CO-PACKING. PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT. SOURCING & SUPPLY

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    ConAgra's growth strategy: Buy
    Omaha World-Herald
    ConAgra, in an effort to transition from a holding company to a single operating firm, has slimmed its portfolio considerably, focusing on an integrated mix of packaged consumer foods found in grocery stores and commercial products, like french fries and flours found in restaurants and bakeries. And this year, ConAgra officials increased their appetite for small- to medium-sized acquisitions to help supplement the company's core growth. More
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    Meat helps drive strong Q2 performance for Wal-Mart
    Global Meat News
    Retail giant Wal-Mart has reported strong sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, driven partly by outstanding performance from the company's meat department in the U.S. More
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    Really Cool Foods plant buyer to use another name
    Palladium-Item
    The food manufacturer that has entered into an agreement to buy the former Really Cool Foods plant in Cambridge City, Ind., does not sell food directly to consumers under its own brand name, Sugar Creek Packing Co. More
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    Unilever says it will raise prices, citing higher costs
    Haaretz
    Fourteen months after the price rises that sparked social justice protests last summer, Unilever announced Sunday it was raising prices for its products, a step that almost certainly presages a season of across-the-board hikes. More
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    Food packaging manufacturer set to get US plant
    Food Production Daily
    A developer of food packaging that can, according to its maker, extend the shelf life of a variety of products is planning to open a U.S. manufacturing site to cope with expected demand. The makers of Ovtene, created in Italy, will open a corporate office in Marion, Mass., followed by a plant on the south coast. More
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    The American way of eating: Talking with Tracie McMillan
    CSRwire
    A new book reveals the "paradox of plenty" at the heart of America's food system: plenty of food produced, but millions of people left food-insecure. More
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