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Hazardous chemicals in your pizza box? Petition asks FDA to ban them
The Washington Post
Foreign companies still use perchlorate and perfluorocarboxylates in paper products imported into the U.S. On Thursday, a group of consumer and health groups filed a food additive petition with the Food and Drug Administration, asking the agency to pass regulations that would close this loophole and clearly ban the chemicals in food production.
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How to save hundreds on groceries: Buy frozen
Money
Money magazine's top 29 tips for saving money on groceries — the third-largest household expense, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — includes this: Buy frozen and do the thawing yourself.
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USDA: Foodborne illness costs $15 billion per year
Food Safety Magazine
A new report released by the USDA's Economic Research Service estimates the cost of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. tops $15.6 billion.
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A wave for House Republicans?
Politico
Republicans are taking their most aggressive steps yet to parlay a favorable national climate and growing cash advantage into a historic House majority.

Related: GOP leaders spread the wealth (The Hill)

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Stumbles put Pryor on defense
The Hill
Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is struggling after a spate of recent missteps, and Democrats even privately admit he needs a near-perfect finish to survive.
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Campaigns target the Ebola voter
The Hill
Ebola is front and center in voters' minds — and that means politicians are zeroing in on it as well.

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  • 7 biggest takeaways from the final Iowa Senate debate (The Washington Post)

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    GMO labeling bill would trump states
    Politico Pro (subscriber story)
    Food manufacturers don't have to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients, and now they have a bill that would keep it that way.
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    Parties blocked from Vermont food labeling case
    The National Law Journal
    A federal judge has rejected a bid by Vermont Public Interest Research Group and the Center for Food Safety to intervene in a lawsuit brought by several food industry associations to stop enforcement of a state law that will require labels to identify ingredients that have been genetically engineered.

    Related: New $2.5 million Monsanto donation in Oregon GMO labeling battle (The Oregonian)

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    Where the minimum wage stands in each state and how it could change
    The Washington Post
    At least 10 states and D.C. passed minimum wage increases this year, with four more set to join them — if voters approve the hikes this fall.
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    How do your representatives score on food policy?
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    Food Policy Action has released its Legislative Scorecard for the 113th Congress. It gives 71 members perfect scores, and 35 a score of zero. The grades were set based on how the Senators and Representatives voted on six specific bills and if they sponsored the eight related bills that did not come to a vote.
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    USDA updates poultry inspection regulations
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a notice to its inspectors, outlining the modernization of poultry slaughter inspection regulations that take effect Monday.
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    Toxicology group, FDA partner on food safety
    Newswise
    The Society of Toxicology is partnering with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to organize colloquia on the intersection between toxicology and food safety.
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    FDA on conflict of interest, post-market monitoring for GRAS program
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    FDA will most likely publish guidance by the end of the year on conflict of interest for experts participating in Generally Recognized as Safe review panels, according to Antonia Mattia, director of the Division of Biotechnology and GRAS Notice Review in FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety.
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    SNA stresses declining participation to mark National School Lunch Week
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    The School Nutrition Association and the National School Boards Association are stressing higher plate waste and declining participation, as the Obama administration seeks to celebrate National School Lunch Week.
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    USTR vows to uphold standards amid TTIP criticism
    Law360 (subscriber story)
    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman defended the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks Thursday, saying critics' worries the deal could weaken food, financial and environmental protections are unfounded as neither the U.S. nor the EU would accept a "race to the bottom."
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    Judge upholds OSHA citations against chicken processor
    Food Safety News
    A judge has upheld citations for a New York-based chicken processor found to be violating rules related to chemical and mechanical hazards for workers.
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    What's top on the European Commission's food forum agenda?
    Food Navigator
    The impact of "sin taxes" on competitiveness and consumption habits, food prices and sustainability were the key points on the agenda for the European Commission's High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain.
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    Industry 'deeply concerned' about Ebola
    Food Navigator-USA
    Ebola is a huge humanitarian concern for the cocoa and chocolate industry, but it is not having a major business impact for big chocolate players like Mars and Mondelez.

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    Democrats tackle Ebola politics
    The Hill
    Democrats are using the rise of Ebola to remind voters of sequestration and the shutdown, two issues they've seen as political winners that have largely fallen off the map.

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    Vermont releases draft GMO labeling rules
    AP via North Contry Public Radio
    The Vermont Attorney General's office on Wednesday released a draft of the state's first-in-the-nation law to require the labeling of food made with GMOs.

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    Shoppers willing to spend 31 percent more on sustainably produced food
    Environmental Leader
    Americans are willing to spend, on average, 31 percent more per week on sustainably produced grocery food, according to the Conscious Consumer Study from Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications.
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    Potato chips to health food: Inventure and the future of snack time
    Forbes
    Inventure Foods CEO Terry McDaniels knows his company made its bones with potato chips, but sees that the future is in healthy-natural snacks.
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    How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience
    GreenBiz
    ConAgra Foods, the $16 billion, Omaha-based company behind some major American food brands, wants to ensure it keeps producing and providing enough healthy, sustainably sourced food — without stoking climate change.
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    Perdue certifies 'no antibiotics ever' product line
    The Poultry Site
    One of Perdue Foods' chicken product lines has been USDA process-verified for no antibiotics ever.
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    Rabobank: Food sector 'too cautious' on innovation
    Food Navigator
    Innovation will be key for food and agribusiness industry growth as food demand increases, according to a report from Rabobank.
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    Misbranding forces recall of nearly 58 tons of chicken
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Labels that fail to declare a product used during production have forced Shop Packaging LLC, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, to recall 115,505 pounds of chicken wings.

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    Top 10 HACCP mistakes in meat processing plants
    Meatingplace
    There are 10 common mistakes meat processors make in implementing hazard analysis and critical control point plans, according to the North American Meat Association.
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    Supply chain needs bird's-eye view of transporting food
    Food Production Daily
    BillerudKorsnäs, a company that recently joined the U.N.-supported food waste initiative Save Food, says a key component of its contributions for smarter packaging involves a focus on better food transport.
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    Clean label trumps brands in Europe
    Food Navigator
    The ingredient list and a lack of additives or "artificial" ingredients are the most important considerations for consumers when making a food purchase after price, says a new report on clean label in Europe.
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