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Salmonella-related deaths increase pressure for FSMA implementation
The Wall Street Journal
A second deadly contamination outbreak in cantaloupes in less than a year is putting pressure on the Obama administration to finalize a broad revision of food safety rules. Two people have died and 141 have been sickened since July 7 after eating cantaloupes that contained salmonella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More
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Report: Regulations a rising economic burden on manufacturers
The Washington Post
The economic burden of federal regulation in the United States has risen dramatically during the past 20 years, particularly affecting the nation's manufacturers, according to a report by an industry group to be released Tuesday. More
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Higher food, energy prices could weigh on voters
The Wall Street Journal
If consumers vote their pocketbook, will they blame President Barack Obama for the recent rise in gasoline prices as well as coming higher food costs?

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    Independents favor cooperation, are unhappy with political system
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are waging one of the most partisan campaigns in recent memory, energizing their bases with heated rhetoric and harsh tactics. But among political independents, some of the most prized voters in the electorate, speaking more softly about the other side may be a key to winning their support. More
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    Romney's campaign has $60 million more than Obama's
    The Washington Post
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has nearly $60 million more in his political bank account than President Barack Obama has in his coffers, according to financial documents released Monday night.

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    Poll: Romney widens lead among small-business voters
    The Washington Post
    Main Street has already proven to be an important battleground in the presidential election. So which candidate is winning the favor of small-business owners? Mitt Romney, and it's not even close, according to a new poll.

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    Approval of Congress matches all-time low
    The Wall Street Journal
    Approval of Congress has matched its all-time low, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll to be released in full Tuesday. Meantime, voters have a slightly more positive view of the Democratic Party over the GOP as both sides prepare for their national conventions. More
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    Lunch workers study how to get kids to eat healthy food
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them. More
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    FDA issues industry guidance on egg rule
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA has issued industry guidance to help poultry producers understand and comply with the final rule regarding Salmonella prevention during production, storage and transportation of eggs. While the rule went into effect in 2010, the compliance date for producers with fewer than 50,000 but more than 3,000 laying hens just took effect July 9. More
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    California considers farmworker overtime bill
    CNBC
    California farmworkers would be paid overtime after working an eight-hour day or 40 hours in a week, the same as other non-management employees, under a bill approved by the state Senate Monday over the objections of Republican lawmakers. More
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    Opinion: Get antibiotics off the farm
    The New York Times
    Earlier this month, a federal magistrate judge in New York told the FDA to quit dillydallying on its three-decade effort to curb indiscriminate use of antibiotics in farm animals to spur their growth. The trouble is, that timetable will give the FDA five more years to complete the process. More
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    Russia to take stricter stance on ractopamine
    Global Meat News
    Russia is considering imposing restrictions on meat imports from a number of countries over fears that they use the growth promoter ractopamine in animal feed. More
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    US potato supply unaffected by drought
    PotatoPro
    The severe drought in the central U.S. has consumers concerned about skyrocketing food prices due to crop shortages and the subsequent "trickle-down" effect it's already having on the price of meats and dairy. According to U.S. potato growers, the drought has not affected potatoes. More
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    Feds close California slaughterhouse in wake of undercover video
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    Federal regulators have shut down Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif., after receiving undercover video showing dairy cows, some unable to walk, being repeatedly shocked and shot before being killed. More
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    Food safety audits: How to improve your program
    Food Logistics
    While the food supply chain is arguably safer now than at any other time in history, the pressure to maintain and improve food safety has never been more demanding. More
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    John Soules Foods settles investigation of mislabeling
    Global Meat News
    Texas meat processor John Soules Foods has reached a settlement with U.S. food safety chiefs after a three-year investigation over mislabeling. Under the agreement, the government will not bring any criminal, civil or administrative action against if the company adopts procedures to prevent further lawbreaking and pays $392,000 to reimburse the cost of the investigation. More
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    Neogen unveils rapid Listeria detection test
    Food Production Daily
    Neogen Corp. has claimed it has developed the quickest enrichment and assay run-time test to detect Listeria, saying it provides results after an assay run-time of 20 minutes and 16-hour enrichment time. More
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    Monsanto taps Begemann as president
    USAgNet
    Monsanto Company announced that Brett Begemann, 51, has been named as the company's president and Chief Commercial Officer. In his expanded role as president, Begemann will lead the oversight and operational execution of the company's near-term expansion and growth in key international markets. More
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    Cullen to lead Ruiz Food Products
    Frozen & Dairy Buyer
    Ruiz Food Products Inc. announced the appointment of Rachel Cullen as president and CEO, effective Monday. Cullen joins the company with more than 25 years of experience with leading food and consumer businesses such as Unilever, Kraft, Orange Glo International and, most recently, Dean Foods Ice Cream. More
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    Bemis to close 2 more plants in consolidation strategy
    Food Production Daily
    Packaging maker Bemis has announced it will close its plants in St. Louis and Minneapolis, both of which produce flexible packaging, as the company continues a plan to consolidate production. More
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    UK frozen food performance boosts Iglo Group sales
    Food Navigator
    A frozen food revival lies behind some of the success highlighted in Iglo Group's first-half results, according to the business. More
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