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Food industry leaders finding ways to help solve obesity epidemic
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sixteen major food and beverage companies acting together as part of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the U.S. in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to a study published Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Related: Researchers say food companies' US calorie-cutting pledge could stall (Reuters)

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Stabenow bill would raise bar for Chinese acquisition of US food firms
Politico
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow is developing new legislation to make it harder for Chinese companies to buy U.S. food companies, confirms a statement issued by her office.

Related: Smithfield Foods deal prompts Stabenow bill (Law360)

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Food processors to watch in 2015
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods zeroes in on six refrigerated and frozen foods producers who showcase cutting-edge food processing, food safety and new product introductions.
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In Iowa, attacks on Republican Ernst change dynamics of tight Senate race
The Washington Post
When Joni Ernst burst into public consciousness this spring, she was talking about castrating hogs as a child on an Iowa farm. Another ad showed her wearing a leather jacket and stepping off a Harley-Davidson to point a pistol at the camera. Well, meet the new Joni Ernst.

Related: Poll: Ernst leads Braley in Iowa (Politico)

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Democrats give business a thorny embrace
The Hill
Democrats are offering a mixed message to the business community as they try to peel away support from the Republican Party.
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Will the South rise up for GOP?
The Hill
The Republican Party's path to Senate control runs straight through the South, leaving Democrats fighting not to be wiped out completely in the region.

Related: 10,000 simulations run through Senate model came back tied (The Washington Post)

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FDA announces agreement to implement FSMA produce safety rule
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA officials on Tuesday announced a new cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to help plan and carry out implementation of the FSMA national produce safety rule, in partnership with state regulatory agencies.
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Boehner warns business: NLRB is 'coming right at you'
The Hill
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, lamenting the rise of "arrogant agencies" he said is threatening the American dream, warned the franchise industry on Tuesday that a politically motivated National Labor Relations Board is intent on unionizing its workers.

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  • GOP senators unveil NLRB overhaul (Politico)
  • Franchise owners flock to DC (The Hill)

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    NYC launches pre-K healthy eating initiative
    The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
    New York City is launching a healthy eating initiative at 11 prekindergarten schools, using kid-friendly activities to encourage the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Children and parents are taking part in a food demonstration Wednesday.
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    Wal-Mart under fire after dismissing Chinese food safety whistleblowers
    Bloomberg
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sent a chilling message to whistleblowers by firing four Chinese staff who accused it of food safety violations, and authorities should intervene, a state-media commentary said.
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    FSIS: Expect new Salmonella performance standards for beef, poultry
    Food Safety News
    A top official with USDA's Food Safety and inspection Service told a meat industry conference that ended Sunday in Charleston, South Carolina, to expect new performance standards for Salmonella within the next 12 months.
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    Dietary Guidelines advisory panel fights back on saturated fat issue
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    The red meat industry took it on the chin back in the July, when a subcommittee of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee repeatedly championed diets avoiding red and processed meat, saturated fat, sodium, refined grains and sweetened beverages.
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    FDA-required registration renewal quickly approaching
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    In 2011, FSMA established a rule requiring food facilities to renew their registration between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of every even-numbered year. All domestic and foreign food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. must comply with the new requirement.
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    Heart Health finalists set for SupplySide award
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    The third annual SupplySide West Editor's Choice Award finalists have been chosen, recognizing some of the coolest launches of CPG products in 20 categories.

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    Food industry assails Vermont GMO label law
    The National Law Journal
    Vermont's law requiring foods with GMOs to be labeled by food makers has come under attack by a coalition of food industry associations.

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    Millions wasted in federal school lunch program
    WEWS-TV
    An exclusive investigation reveals millions of dollars worth of fresh fruits and vegetables are being thrown in the trash in school lunch rooms in Ohio and across the country.

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    General Mills expects $100 million cost savings; profit drops 25 percent
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    General Mills said Wednesday it expects to save $100 million in costs from streamlining its North American supply chain, as its fiscal first-quarter profit slid 25 percent on a modest decline in sales.
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    Food processor aims to keep every dollar in Iowa
    Public News Service Iowa
    It's a claim very few can make, and a food processing company that boasts of being "100 percent Iowa" is seeing marked growth as it begins its second year in business. Iowa Choice Harvest only uses Iowa-grown apples and sweet corn, and only sells its frozen offerings in the state.
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    Kayem Foods launches 2 new frozen lines
    PR Newswire
    Kayem Foods' al fresco all natural brand has added two new fully cooked product lines to the freezer aisle: Gourment Chicken Meatballs and Breakfast Chicken Sausages.
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    Missouri plant converts to sweet potato processing
    The Monett Times
    A St. Louis manufacturer with a rural Monett, Missouri, factory has announced a $1.5 million upgrade to its facility to keep 20 jobs in the Monett area.
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    DuPont invests $100 million in Texas packaging resin facilities
    Food Production Daily
    DuPont plans to invest $100 million at two Texas facilities to support growing demand for its speciality high-performance food packaging resins.
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    McDonald's creates new position: VP-customer officer
    Advertising Age
    In a continuing effort to engage with customers and improve its public perception, McDonald's is making more changes in its marketing department, tapping Fred Ehle as its first VP-customer officer.
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    Can organic food maintain its margins?
    Investing
    We've grown accustomed to the higher prices and higher margins associated with the organic food industry. But that may be starting to change.
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    Scientific breakthrough in control of deadly pathogen
    Food Manufacture-UK
    Scientists believe they may have found a new weapon in the fight to control the deadly foodborne pathogen Clostridium botulinum, as they have discovered genes that are crucial for its germination.
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    How master data management technology optimizes brand value
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Today, consumer package goods companies are selling more categories of products through a wider variety of channels to a broader range of customers across a wider geography. To meet these challenges, they need consistent and accurate information about their products and customers.
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