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Food prices fall for 4th straight month on cheaper grains
World food prices fell for a fourth month in August to the lowest level in more than a year after grain prices declined on an outlook for bigger corn and wheat crops, the U.N.'s Food & Agriculture Organization reported.
Related: Food Institute inflation projection in sync with USDA (Supermarket Guru)
Companies 'hide' HPP due to consumer fears
Food Production Daily
High pressure processing, referred to as HPP, is widely used to pasteurize food, but most food producers "hide" the method because of consumer perceptions, says Gerald Ludwick, CEO of All Natural Freshness in Michigan.
Source: US 'likely' to approve Chinese purchase of Smithfield
The U.S. government is unlikely to block Chinese meat company Shuanghui International's $4.7 billion deal to buy Smithfield Foods Inc. on national security grounds, one person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Feinstein to ICE: Stop targeting farm workers
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to halt enforcement actions against illegal farm workers and their employers, saying continued prosecutions could cripple the agriculture sector.
Behind the congressional curtain: Epic fall(s)
Grab a chair: Congress is about to get as fascinating and powerful as it gets. In the next two months, the most unpopular institution in America will decide the fates of a president's power, a military strike, defense contracts, the budget, health care implementation, the Federal Reserve chairmanship, illegal immigrants and all of us who would be hit by a debt default.
Legislative session will matter in race for Hagan's Senate seat
The Washington Post
As the last of his state representatives filed out the door Wednesday, after adjourning a brief special session to overturn two vetoes, an impeccably coiffed man in a pinstriped suit and French cuffs named Thom Tillis sat on a leather couch in his corner office in the building where the legislature meets and reflected on the record that he and his Republican majority have compiled.
Cantor weighs tying debt ceiling to renewable fuel bill
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., may attach legislation to alter renewable fuel standards to a package to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.
Big news: No more requirement to use ethanol in gasoline (The Hill)
EPA certifies food waste for ethanol production (Waste Management World)
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Top meat safety official fires back at poultry change critics
A federal poultry inspector could spend three days staring at a chicken and never see a foodborne pathogen. So the idea that a modernized poultry inspection system that involves faster line speeds and fewer federal inspectors would somehow put the public in any more danger is absurd, says the country's top meat safety official.
Related: Hagen promises poultry inspections are still going to change (Food Safety News)
US households still going hungry
Despite the explosion in food stamp enrollment, the percentage of American households experiencing food shortages remains stubbornly high, with so-called "insecure" families having 26 percent less for food than a typical "secure" household of the same size.
Related: Despite food insecurity, some states reject food stamp support (The Washington Post)
Court upholds NAM victory over NLRB overreach
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons applauded a decision Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which refused the National Labor Relations Board's request to allow a rehearing of the NAM's victory over the NLRB's "posting requirement" rule issued by the court earlier this year.
Apocalyptic talk and serious issues at Hawaii's GMO debate
Honolulu Civil Beat
The Hawaii County Council Public Safety and Mass Transit committee's debate Wednesday about a pair of bills to ban GMOs on the island lasted nearly six hours, with plenty of public testimony that grew volatile at times.
Are healthy school lunches at risk of being cut in Los Angeles?
The National School Lunch Program has only been around for a year. Is that enough time to allow for the shift kids' palates need to make a change?
Related: In Boston, free school breakfast and lunch for everyone (Medical Daily)
Ag, food groups send must-have list to TPP negotiators
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Thirty-seven agriculture and food groups have forwarded to the Obama administration a list of seven principles they say should be followed to negotiate a successful Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
European Commission closes in on dirty reefers
Reefer boxes headed for the EU may undergo closer scrutiny after the European Commission urged member states to enforce an existing ban on ozone-damaging reefer containers.
McDonald's may revamp Dollar Menu after pressure
McDonald's Dollar Menu is primed for inflation. The burger chain is using five U.S. markets to test a new version, dubbed Dollar Menu and More, that includes items selling for as much as $5.
Price-sensitive shoppers can be profitable for brands
Price-sensitive shoppers have long been pariahs of marketing, seen as cash-strapped deal seekers who are unprofitable because they switch brands relentlessly. But research finds price-sensitive shoppers come from all income and demographic groups, are often more brand loyal than others and spend more in supermarkets on average than shoppers less focused on price.
Birds Eye aims for kids with new product launches
U.K. frozen food brand Birds Eye is revamping its kids' portfolio starting this autumn with the introduction of two new products, Chicken Space Shapes and BBQ Chicken Bites.
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New market report: U.S. out-of-home food forecast to top $991 billion
The U.S. out-of-home food and beverage market is growing with the changing consumption pattern of the country. Recovery to the economic slowdown is expected to lead to growth in the industry, with market size reaching around $991.8 billion by 2018.
Processing equipment market to top $636 billion by 2019
Food Production Daily
A growing hunger for frozen food, prepared meals and other convenience items is driving a surge in processing equipment sales, according to Frost & Sullivan.
Institute of Food Technologists gets new chief
Food Quality News
Janet E. Collins, PhD, RD, CFS, a senior manager at DuPont, has been named president of the Institute of Food Technologists.
What should you know about diabetes and foodborne illness?
Food Safety News
Similar to any individual living with a weakened immune system or compromised body systems due to chronic disease, those with diabetes-related complications may be susceptible to increased risk and impact of foodborne illnesses.
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