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Judge in Frito-Lay case refuses to refer GMO-natural issue to FDA
Bakery & Snacks
In a major development in the debate over whether foods made with GMOs can be labeled "natural," a New York judge handling a multidistrict lawsuit against Frito-Lay says she will not refer the matter to the FDA, as her counterparts have done in similar cases involving Gruma Corp. and General Mills.

Editor's Note: AFFI's 2013 Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 10-12, will feature an in-depth panel discussion by leading thought-leaders regarding GMO food package labeling.  To register for the Summit, or for more information, please click here.

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    A closer look at trade promotions
    Supermarket Guru
    Two recent studies underscore the importance of trade events to consumers, as well as the work that's still needed to improve them.
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    Food safety and quality: What does the future hold?
    Food Quality News
    Food safety and quality never stops changing from farm to table worldwide, which is why we are adapting to stay ahead of the battle.
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    Obama rule-making seen as deeply flawed
    The Hill
    In the national debate over regulations, there is one thing upon which all sides can agree: The federal rule-making system is deeply flawed.
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    Immigration advocates vow big Washington rallies to press reform
    The Hill
    After a summer of targeting individual House members in their districts, advocates for comprehensive immigration reform say they will escalate their efforts in the fall with larger rallies and demonstrations aimed at a national audience.
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    NLRB rolls out labor law app
    The Wall Street Journal
    The National Labor Relations Board is marking Labor Day with a mobile phone app to inform workers, employers and unions about their rights under the decades-old labor law.
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    FSIS reaffirms China's poultry processing, opens door for imports
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Friday re-affirmed the equivalence of the food safety inspection system for processed poultry in the People's Republic of China, which was originally established in 2006. This will enable the PRC to certify plants to export processed poultry product to the United States.
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    Opinion: Fast food strikers may get an unexpected result
    Supermarket Guru
    The sooner fast food workers earn higher salaries, the more compelled franchisees will be to replace them with technology in the kitchen and at the front end. If they were to suddenly earn $15 per hour and have the right to unionize, as sought in their coast-to-coast strike last Thursday, The Lempert Report believes fewer would keep their jobs — and fast food production and selling would become more automated.

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    Opinion: Something's sticky in the state of US soda
    Beverage Daily
    Big soda is unfairly shouldering the brunt of the blame for the U.S. obesity epidemic, and the industry is fighting a losing battle to turn the tide in developed markets after a dismal summer.
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    Labor laws: Children as young as 10 can do farmwork in some states
    Stateline
    Federal child labor laws set a minimum work age of 16 for most occupations, but the laws exempt minors who work in the agriculture and entertainment industries.
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    Appeals court upholds California ban on foie gras
    Reuters
    California can continue to ban the sale of foie gras, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, in a setback for producers of the delicacy who have sought to ship it to the state.
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    Horse meat: 2 men arrested in UK
    Food Navigator
    Two men have been arrested by British police investigating the horse meat scandal. Both are accused of conspiracy to defraud.

    Related: Aldi confirms up to 100 percent horse meat in beef products (The Guardian)

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    AFFI Government Action Summit: Register today!
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    AFFI's annual Government Action Summit, Sept. 10-12, offers you a voice with policy makers. Register today and advocate for the industry!

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    Taste test: Private-label meets or beats brands
    Consumer Reports
    Do you dare replace a name-brand food favorite with a store brand? Consumer Reports expert tasters judged 33 of 57 store-brand foods as good as or better than the national brand.

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    A price war arrives in the grocery aisle
    The Wall Street Journal
    Food costs are finally receding, for the first time since 2009, and companies are likely to use this long-awaited relief as a chance to discount items in hopes of boosting sales.

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    How bacon in ice cream, peanut butter on pizza can mean money in pocket
    Entrepreneur
    Unexpected food combinations and quirky ingredients are among the seemingly outlandish risks operators are willing to take to stand out from the crowd. Here is the great thing: When executed right, they work. They are unique, they have a story and they are memorable.
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    Euromonitor: Food industry must make sustainability the heart of business
    Food Navigator
    The food and drink sector is at the heart of sustainability issues "whether it likes it or not," according to a Euromonitor analyst.
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    Food safety in warehouses
    Supermarket News (subscriber story)
    While food safety is often top of mind for consumers, much of the attention centers on the farm or processing facility and the store. But what about all the stops along the way? For many retailers, before food reaches store shelves it passes through warehouses or distribution centers. Though not often in the spotlight, these facilities play an important role in ensuring the safety of the food retailers sell.
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    7-Eleven begins investing in startups
    Fortune
    Convenience store chain 7-Eleven is dipping its toe into the venture capital business, with plans to invest small amounts of money into startups within the retail and food spaces. It's called 7-Ventures and is led by longtime 7-Eleven business development executive Raja Doddala.
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    Study backs hydrogel particles for low calorie food applications
    Food Navigator
    Oil-filled hydrogel particles could help food producers slash the level of fat used in low-calorie products without affecting taste or texture, say researchers.
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    Technomic: Pork is fastest-growing protein segment
    Meatingplace
    According to Technomic Inc.'s 2013 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice, pork is sustaining its popularity, having become the foodservice industry's fastest-growing protein in each of the past two years.
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    Indofood offers $383 million in cash for rest of China Minzhong
    Bloomberg
    PT Indofood Sukses Makmur, controlled by Indonesian billionaire Anthoni Salim's investment company, offered $383 million cash for the rest of China Minzhong Food Corp., the vegetable processor that slumped after a short-seller's allegations.
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    Scientists reveal why trendy 'cronut' burger made 223 ill
    Food Quality News
    Maple bacon jam on cronut burgers has sickened 223 people in Canada after they were found to be tainted with Staphylococcus aureus toxin.
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    Study: Normal salt intake does not vary with food supply
    Food Navigator
    Industry efforts to reduce the amount of salt in foods are unlikely to work to reduce salt consumption to levels backed by public health advocates, according to new research that suggests salt intake is regulated by the body's needs rather than by the food supply.
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    EO water proves effective at controlling E. coli on beef
    Food Quality News
    Cleaning beef with electrolyzed oxidizing water before processing reduces shiga-toxin producing E. coli numbers, according to researchers from the University of Georgia.
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    Antibiotic resistant strains of Salmonella tracked through food chain
    Food Quality News
    Antibiotic resistant strains of Salmonella can be identified and tracked through the food chain as they evolve and spread, according to researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
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