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AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz named to key U.S. Chamber of Commerce leadership group
American Frozen Food Institute
American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz has been reappointed to serve on theGeneral Mills Inc., has filed a patent related to low-density frosting compositions that are low in trans fat and contain non-hydrogenated, palm oil-based fat.
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Recalls of organic food on the rise, study finds
The Boston Globe
New data shows a sharp jump in the number of recalls of organic food products. Such products accounted for 7 percent of all food units recalled so far this year, compared with 2 percent of those recalled last year, according to data from the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture.
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Big Food's natural brand acquisitions prosper best when left alone
Reuters
When Hormel Foods Corp, maker of Spam canned meat, said it was buying Applegate Farms in May, fans of the organic and natural meat company lamented its takeover by Big Food on social media and questioned whether product quality would go down.
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Inside the GOP field's new strategies to ride out the Trump tornado
The Washington Post
The 2016 Republican primary has turned into a puzzle about how to deal with Donald Trump. The new dynamic has come into focus this week as Trump’s opponents debut strategies for engaging the white-hot front-runner whom they believe, and in some cases fear, could be a dominant force for some time to come.

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    Dem candidates mum on Iran deal
    The Hill
    Democratic Senate candidates are keeping their distance from President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, with most declining to say whether they back it.

    Related: Netanyahu turns up pressure on Dems (The Hill)

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    Who are the late-arriving Hillary Clinton challengers? We ranked them
    The Washington Post
    Hillary Clinton's ongoing struggles to effectively deal with questions surrounding her use of a private e-mail server while at the State Department have stirred talk that it's still not too late for a candidate to swoop in and take the nomination from her.

    Related: A Joe Biden 2016 Bid May Draw Key Voters (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Court agrees to WOTUS injunction hearing
    Feedstuffs
    A district has agreed to hold a preliminary injunction hearing Aug. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Fargo, North Dakota. regarding the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers “Waters of the United States” rule.
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    Is FSMA a waste of time?
    American Frozen Food Institute
    Food safety is not an area in need of more regulation and the Food Safety Modernization Act won't be effective in preventing foodborne illnesses anyway, argues a new paper out of the Mercatus Center, a free-market think tank at George Mason University.
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    USDA buys orange juice to boost prices
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    In the latest sign of waning market demand for orange juice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is purchasing $20 million of surplus orange juice to prop up prices.
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    Judge stays Gen Mills trans fat lawsuit, but FDA has left firms exposed to civil litigation, argue attorneys
    Food Navigator-USA
    In a ruling that will be read with interest by food manufacturers worried about being sued for using partially hydrogenated oils, a judge in California has stayed a PHO-related class action vs General Mills until the FDA decides whether certain low-level uses should be permitted.
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    Union: CFIA's $35 million budget cut a major risk to public health
    Food Safety Magazine
    Federal budget cuts in Canada are putting public health at risk, says the president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
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    Hormel Foods' balanced business model helps it overcome hit from avian flu
    Food Navigator-USA
    Hormel Foods “balanced business model” allowed it to raise its profit outlook by taking advantage of lower pork prices to offset sales losses in its turkey operation related to the avian flu, executives said Aug. 19.
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    General Mills files patent on frosting low in trans fat
    Food Business News
    General Mills Inc., has filed a patent related to low-density frosting compositions that are low in trans fat and contain non-hydrogenated, palm oil-based fat.
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    Study on meat species shows mislabeling in commercial products
    Phys.org
    Researchers in Chapman University's Food Science Program have just published two separate studies on meat mislabeling in consumer commercial products. One study focused on identification of species found in ground meat products, and the other focused on game meat species labeling.
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    Food goes 'GMO-free' with same ingredients
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Last year, Evolution Salt Co. proudly put a label on its packages of Himalayan salt proclaiming they contained no genetically modified organisms.
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    Tough climate for U.S. meat exports
    Iowa Farmer Today
    June export data, released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, reflected a challenging first half of 2015 for U.S. pork, beef and lamb exports.
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    Food in Target's bull's-eye
    Food Business News
    The key ingredient for higher sales at Target is food, according to the company’s executives. The retail giant is in the process of repositioning its food offering with an eye to consumer trends and insights.
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    Russia declares war on cheese, cracks down on 'dairy mafia'
    CNN
    Russian authorities are cracking down on Western foodstuffs, banned in response to sanctions over Ukraine.

    Related: More cheese, please! Exporters toast China's taste for pizza and cakes (Reuters)

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    Food waste and beef fat will be making airplanes soar
    NPR
    A growing number of biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap gassy waste to meet new demand for renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles.
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    Tesco recalls chocolate wafers over salmonella fears
    Food Manufacture
    Tesco was forced to recall chocolate wafers over salmonella fears, the day before ASDA withdrew mislabeled packets of dates this week.

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    The big business behind the local food
    Fortune magazine
    Grocery chains and big box retailers are aggressively expanding their locally grown offerings. But there are real concerns about what consumers are getting when they buy “local.

    Related: Target to provide more 'locally relevant' food and beverage brands (Food Navigator-USA)

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    Here's why McDonald's is working on all-day breakfast
    Nation's Restaurant News
    According to Instantly, Inc., a Los Angeles-based audiences and insights platform, 72 percent of consumers believe fast-food chains should sell breakfast all day, based on a recent survey of 10,000 Americans.
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