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The endless debate over genetic engineering
Reuters
An August attack on a field of Golden Rice — a potentially lifesaving rice enriched with beta-carotene — seems especially cruel. And it has reignited the interminable debate over genetic engineering.

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    USDA pilot program fails to stop contaminated meat
    The Washington Post
    A meat inspection program that the Agriculture Department plans to roll out in pork plants nationwide has repeatedly failed to stop the production of contaminated meat at American and foreign plants that have already adopted the approach, documents and interviews show.
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    Bay Area courts take on big food
    San Jose Mercury News via Valley News
    Dozens of class-action lawsuits have piled up on the plates of Northern California's federal judges targeting the food industry for misleading the public in labeling on everything from yogurt to potato chips — fueled by hungry lawyers and consumers with heartburn from browsing the grocery aisles.
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    Opinion: Immigration reform hits a GOP hurdle
    The Washington Post
    Those seeking a standard-bearer for the do-nothing Congress need look no farther than Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican. When it comes to delay, denial and delusion, Goodlatte is an exemplar.

    Editor's note: Rep. Bob Goodlatte will be a featured speaker tomorrow at AFFI's Government Action Summit. For more information, please click here.

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    Is Berger hinting at U.S. Senate bid?
    The Washington Post
    North Carolina Senate President Phil Berger, a Republican, is coming off a legislative session that cemented him as one of the dominant forces in state politics, if not the only one. But he's hinting he might have a grander stage in mind.
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    Unions push back against labor's ties to progressive groups
    The Hill
    Resistance is growing among some unions against the AFL-CIO's push to strengthen its bonds with liberal groups outside of labor. Union leaders told The Hill they have questions on how the nation's largest federation plans to include environmental and civil society organizations under the AFL-CIO banner.
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    Labor presses for Obamacare fix
    The Hill
    Union officials are pushing to raise the volume of their Obamacare angst at the AFL-CIO convention. The labor federation has been having internal deliberations in Los Angeles on how to best draft a resolution addressing unions' concerns over President Barack Obama's signature legislative accomplishment.

    Related: With Obamacare near, what's in store for workers (Politico)

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    Rice safe to eat despite arsenic levels, FDA says
    Fox News
    While the long-term health risks remain unclear after studies found "concerned levels" of arsenic in rice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the all-clear to eat rice-related products.

    Related: FDA: No short-term fear over arsenic in rice; long-term effects studied (The Washington Post)

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    Battling the Goliath of rules: Small Vermont farms and the FSMA
    The Bridge
    For New England's diversified farms, which are much smaller than industrial agriculture out West, the FDA's proposed rules pose problems that could hinder the viability of local, sustainable agriculture.
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    Manageable menu: School district works to weigh healthy food options, costs
    Centre Daily Times
    The dilemma for school food service providers is to offer kid-friendly choices so students choose to eat in the cafeteria, which means relying on pizza, chicken nuggets and burgers. When these items are on the school lunch menu, they are formulated by specialty food manufacturers to follow USDA nutrient guidelines for fat, sodium and fiber.

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    Irish food safety monitor: Boil all imported frozen berries to avoid Hepatitis A
    The Journal
    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is advising consumers to boil all imported frozen berries again. It's the second time the FSAI has asked people to boil the fruit for at least 1 minute before eating as it continues its investigation into a food poisoning outbreak of Hepatitis A virus.
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    US sets record in frozen potato product exports
    PotatoPro
    U.S. potato product exports have grown 133 percent in value and 79 percent in volume over the past 10 years, surpassing the $1 billion mark this year.

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    GMO labeling debate erupts in the US
    AAP via Yahoo Finance
    When Washington voters decide Initiative 522, they will do more than determine whether to label food that contains genetically engineered ingredients.

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    The future of the food industry
    Top Producer via AgWeb
    Pressure on agricultural producers during the past 15 years has helped shape where the U.S. food industry is today: Americans have more food options to choose from than ever before. But what's in store for the next decade of food?
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    Facing up to Latino food challenges
    Supermarket Guru
    There are many reasons to court Latino consumers and nourish their love of food. Latinos will account for 60 percent of the nation's population growth over the next five years — a time when their buying power will surpass $1.5 trillion, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.
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    Is E. coli O104:H4 the next strain to watch?
    Food Safety News
    In May 2011, a virtually unknown strain of E. coli, known as O104:H4, made worldwide headlines when an outbreak in Germany sickened approximately 4,000 people and killed 50, including one American. This spurred an unprecedented level of focused study by international collaborators that is still going on two years later.
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    DeLauro: Merger could threaten US food supply safety
    Shelton Herald
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is criticizing a federal government decision to allow a Chinese company to take over a large U.S. pork producer.

    Related: US clears Smithfield's acquisition by China's Shuanghui (Reuters)

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    Root vegies the new source of natural coloring
    Food Processing
    Heirloom vegetables such as purple sweet potatoes and black or purple carrots have been adopted by the food industry. These vegetables have become sources of a new generation of natural food coloring replacing traditional synthetic colors, as well as beetle-derived colors.
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    'Globesity': US junk food industry tips global scales
    RT
    From Mexico to Qatar, obesity rates are soaring to unprecedented levels. The alarming trend is damaging economic performance, as well as the health of millions of consumers worldwide.
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    10 seriously healthy fast food meals
    Prevention via ABC News
    Sometimes, you just don't have access to health food, and in the moment, fast food might not sound like a bad idea. These 10 delicious (and, believe it or not, nutritious) meals will help keep you honest in the face of deep-fried temptation.
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    Top US confectioners increase lobbying spend in 2012
    Confectionery News
    The top four U.S. confectioners shelled out 8 percent more on lobbying Congress in 2012 compared to the previous year.
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    Calzones being recalled for undeclared allergen
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Galant Food Company, based in San Leandro, Calif., is recalling approximately 1,650 pounds of fresh or frozen calzone products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products are formulated with an egg wash glaze that contains egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

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    Vegan meals recalled for missing allergen in labels
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    GoPicnic Brands Inc. is voluntarily recalling two vegan ready-­to-­eat meals, GoPicnic Black Bean Dip & Plantain Chips and Hummus & Crackers, containing Professor Zim Zam's Extraordinary Sweets Dark Chocolate with Orange and Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt. The chocolate products in these meals may contain an undeclared milk allergen.

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