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Tame inflation in food prices continues — but for how long?
The Food Institute via Supermarket Guru
Marking the 15th consecutive month, food price advances versus the prior year at the wholesale level exceeded those at retail as July saw the gap between the two narrow only slightly. The data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer and Consumer Price Reports issued each month.

Related: Will crop conundrum affect food prices? (Bloomberg TV)

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Fast food strikes heat up with nationwide marches Thursday
USA Today
Fast food workers are leading contingents of low-paid workers across the country who are banding together to demand higher pay. Wal-Mart, warehouse and car wash employees are among those taking part.

Related: 50 cities now involved in fast food strikes (Bloomberg)

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Health battle over soda flares in Mexico
The Wall Street Journal
The public health battle over sugary soft drinks, punctuated by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's failed attempt to ban big sodas, has spread to Mexico, long a stronghold of Coca-Cola Co.
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Lead House Democrat frustrated over immigration's pace
The Hill
The frustration is evident in Rep. Luis Gutierrez's voice. He and other immigration advocates viewed the November re-election of President Barack Obama as a clear referendum for comprehensive reform, and the issue quickly became Obama's top domestic priority. Yet immigration reform is languishing in the House.
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Courts emerge as hurdle to Obama regulations
The Hill
With most of President Barack Obama's agenda going nowhere in a gridlocked Congress, the president hopes to enact many of his goals on the environment, workplace protections, healthcare and financial reform through regulations. That gives the federal court system enormous sway as arbiters in disputes over the limits of executive authority.
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John Boehner on the hunt for D.C. cash
Politico
House Speaker John Boehner is trying to squeeze even more money out of Washington. The Ohio Republican's latest fundraising effort, called Capitol Program by his team, is meant to coax D.C. insiders to write $10,000 checks to the speaker's political organization.
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Harvard: 1st step in fighting weight gain is eliminating sugary drinks
Food Navigator-USA
Data from more than 200,000 adults and children "provides evidence" that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages promotes weight gain, says a new meta-analysis from heavyweight Harvard researchers.

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  • Fairfax County pilots soda ban in 7 high schools (Falls Church News-Press)
  • San Jose: Soda ban doesn't make it out of committee (San Jose Mercury News)

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    Why some schools are saying 'No thanks' to school lunch program
    Time
    States are reporting that some of their schools are dropping out of the healthier school lunch program because they can't afford to participate. But does that really mean nutritious school lunches (and snacks) are doomed?

    Related: Is it too soon to drop new healthier lunches? (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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    FSIS plans to streamline Salmonella, E. coli sampling
    Federal Register
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service wants to change its procedures for Salmonella verification sampling program of raw beef products. The proposal is to increase the amount of product needed for testing in order to screen for Salmonella and STEC in the same sample. Comments are due Sept. 27, with no extensions granted.
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    Opinion: Pork and protectionism in America
    The New Yorker
    As a U.S. foreign-investment panel reviews the Smithfield Foods-Shuanghui deal, Chinese fears of American protectionism appear to be coming true.
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    Corporate breaks at risk in US plans to cut tax rates
    Reuters
    Billions of dollars in U.S. tax breaks prized by manufacturers, energy companies and other industries could be targeted for elimination when two powerful lawmakers are expected to introduce proposals to overhaul the United States' tax system.
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    Cheap corn deters buyers in US sugar-for-ethanol plan
    Bloomberg
    A glut of corn has damped interest by biofuel makers in a U.S. government program to sell surplus sugar for ethanol, potentially decreasing its effectiveness in propping up sugar prices.
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    Are you the Frozen Food Processor of the Year?
    AFFI
    Nominations for Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine's 2013 Frozen Foods Processor of the Year are due Sept. 1. Is your company the next winner?

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    Company linked to Cyclospora reopens
    Reuters
    The Mexican unit of Taylor Farms, whose salad mix had been linked with a Cyclosporiasis outbreak, has FDA approval to resume operations.

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    Turn up the heat: Millennials like flavors hot, spicy and sophisticated
    Food Navigator
    Consumer demand for hotter, spicier foods has continued to increase on both sides of the Atlantic, says natural extracts specialist Kalsec, which has tied up with Mintel to develop "heat indexes" measuring usage of peppers in retail and foodservice.
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    Transforming safety can leverage profits and prevent recalls
    Food Quality News
    Product recalls across all U.S. industries cost $20 billion every year, and food safety technology can be revolutionized to lower this figure and exploit existing investments, according to "Unlocking the Potential of Product Lifecycle Management," a paper from Wipro Council for Industry Research.

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    AOAC meeting cracks down on hard food issues
    Food Production Daily
    At its annual meeting, AOAC International has set a stage for food scientists, testing suppliers and brand owners like PepsiCo and Kraft Foods to tackle crucial topics.
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    Frozen food manufacturer expands production, freezer storage
    Sioux Falls Business Journal via Argus Leader
    Grand Prairie Foods, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., is expanding its production facilities and refrigerated warehouse space as the company's decade-long growth continues.
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    Pilgrim's Pride to invest $25 million in new feed mill, upgrades
    Reuters
    Pilgrim's Pride Corp., the second largest chicken producer in the world, will invest $25 million to build a new feed mill and renovate its poultry processing plant, both in Alabama, the company said Wednesday.
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    A $30 million auction sells off food processing equipment
    Food Production Daily
    A large-scale equipment auction is selling off barely used machinery from GEA, Niro, Siemens and other big names.
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    Misbranding leads to recall of beef from Florida firm
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Pride Foods, based in Raiford, Fla., is recalling approximately 116,404 pounds of beef products because its labeling fails to declare the presence of soy, a known allergen.

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