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Have a Coke and a… GMO?
Politico
The Coca-Cola Company isn't smiling about the latest effort to force labels on foods and beverages that contain genetically modified organisms — this time in Washington State. It's on a long list of manufacturers that sell products using ingredients derived from either corn or soy, both of which are nearly impossible to source in the United States without using genetically modified crops.

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    What key trends will be driving the food and drink industry in 2014?
    Beverage Daily
    Market research firm RTS Resource says natural highs, one-step convenience, foraged ingredients, flavorful benefits and next-generation proteins are the five key food and drink trends to watch in the future.
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    Food stamp benefits will drop 5 percent as 2009 boost expires
    Bloomberg
    Congress is poised to let a temporary boost in food stamp benefits end later this week for more than 47 million Americans.
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    Battle lines for 2014 midterms are drawn
    Politico
    The twin dramas of the government shutdown and botched rollout of Obamacare have snapped a sleepy 2014 election season out of its slumber, sharpening the battle lines for each party and setting the stage for a consequential midterm that few expected even two months ago.
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    Mitch McConnell tells donors: No more shutdowns
    Politico
    Mitch McConnell isn't going to have another government shutdown on his watch. The Kentucky Republican stood up over the weekend and said he wanted to address the "elephant in the room" at a fundraising retreat in Sea Island, Ga.

    Related: Hollywood A-list gangs up on McConnell (The Hill)

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    Some want earmarks back to help Congress pass bills
    Gannett Washington Bureau via USA Today
    As the federal government recovers from its 16-day shutdown and lurches toward another potential crisis in January, some lawmakers and political analysts think it's time to revive the old-fashioned horse trading that used to help Congress get things done.
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    Michael Froman on Pacific trade deal: Not all demands will be met
    Politico
    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the United States is working on closing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks by the end of this year but is going to "let the substance of the negotiations set the deadline."
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    The West Coast unites on climate change
    The Washington Post
    The top government executives of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia signed an agreement on Monday to coordinate policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gases and promoting clean energy, according to a statement.
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    Under Perez, Labor Department produces a blizzard of new rules
    The Hill
    Newly installed Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is presiding over a burst of rule-making unseen at the agency for years. Perez, in his first three months on the job, has overseen new rules on wages, hiring and chemical exposure, some of which had been bogged down by years of delay.
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    Farm bill 2013: An inside look at the most important bill you've never heard of
    PolicyMic
    This Wednesday, the House and Senate will make yet another attempt to hash out a farm bill that's more than a year overdue. This year, those who will feel the effects of Washington's penchant for past-due bills and indiscriminate cuts are 47 million Americans who face low or very low food security, 2 million farms and 314 million Americans who eat food.

    Related: Senators lobby against food stamp cuts (Star Tribune)

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    The adulteration of food
    The Food Journal
    While the FDA is working to regulate the misbranding of food, it comes down to manpower versus the sheer volume of products and food its inspectors confront.
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    Taiwan detects more US beef with banned feed additive
    Reuters
    Taiwan detected cattle feed additive zilpaterol in U.S. beef, the third such incident in less than a month in Asia, heightening concerns across the region over banned animal growth drugs.
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    UK plant produces power from food waste
    Bloomberg
    Emerald Biogas Ltd. on Monday began operating a facility in northeast England that will use food waste to generate enough energy for about 2,000 homes a year.

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    Pennsylvania frozen food plant to close in 2014
    Daily Journal
    Houston-based frozen food provider Windsor Foods is closing a plant in central Pennsylvania that employs 160 people to consolidate production at its Toluca, Ill., plant in 2014.

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    McDonald's dropping Heinz after CEO change
    Reuters
    McDonald's plans to end its 40-year relationship with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co., since that company is now led by Bernardo Hees, former CEO of rival Burger King.

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    US producer prices fall unexpectedly fall in September
    Reuters
    U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fell in September and the increase in the annual rate was the smallest in nearly four years, pointing to a benign inflation environment.
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    Allens declares bankruptcy, plans to sell frozen veggie division
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Allens Inc., an Arkansas-based maker of canned and frozen vegetables in business since 1926, filed for bankruptcy, seeking to sell some divisions or reorganize as a new company.
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    Hain Celestial faces $5 million court claim over HPP
    Food Production Daily
    Hain Celestial Group is facing a U.S. lawsuit seeking millions in damages for alleged false claims its BluePrint fruit and vegetable juices are "unpasteurized" and "100 percent raw," since the company uses high pressure processing.
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    Quaker Oats starts contest to encourage American kids to get active
    FoodBev.com
    The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, and Fuel Up to Play 60, the largest in-school wellness program in the U.S., have introduced the Make Your Move video contest.
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    5 healthiest frozen fruits and vegetables
    Oye! Times
    Stop being a food snob. If your favorite fruits are out of season or prices are just too darn high, don't worry. Say hello to the frozen food section.

    Related: 5 reasons to buy frozen fruits and veggies (Health.com via ABC News)

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    Food plants of the future: Not bigger, just smarter
    Food Processing
    The next generation of food and beverage production facilities will be sanitary, flexible, more pleasant to work in and self-sustaining.
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    Study: Improve safety compliance by up to 26 percent
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    Alchemy Systems has released a new study on improving food safety and productivity. Researchers determined that supervisor-driven observations, coupled with effective training, can improve safety compliance by up to 26 percent.
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    Frozen dough machines help tackle cookie boom
    Food Production Daily
    Interchangeable frozen dough machines for the cookie sector enable manufacturers to cater to booming demands for fresh-baked cookies, Baker Perkins says.
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    Natural grocery chain adopts ozone disinfection process
    Marketwired
    A Los Angeles-based natural foods grocery chain has adopted Eco-Safe Systems USA's ozone disinfection process to help improve safety in its ready-to-eat foods preparation area.
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