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Congress wrestles with laws on GMO labeling
Roll Call
While federal lawmakers haven't demonstrated an appetite for acting on GMO labels, at least one food industry group that fought the Washington state proposition has begun talking to members. At the same time, some labeling efforts have gained traction in Congress.

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    10 food industry predictions for 2014
    Supermarket News (subscriber story)
    Online grocery retailing will increase as a percentage of sales in 2014 — no surprise to many. Bill Bishop, chief architect of Brick Meets Click, provides some insights about just how that growth might occur, as other experts weigh in on the top trends for the coming year.
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    Campbell seen as next Buffett target, post-Heinz
    Bloomberg
    Campbell Soup Co., the maker of Goldfish crackers and chicken noodle soup, may be next on acquirers' grocery lists after the $29 billion takeover of H.J. Heinz Co. this year.
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    Obama suffers most from year of turmoil, poll finds
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama is ending his fifth year in office matching the worst public approval ratings of his presidency, with record numbers of Americans saying they disapprove of his job performance and his once-hefty advantages over Republicans in Congress eroded in many areas, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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    Haters gonna hate — but they plan to vote Republican
    The Washington Post
    Meet the haters, the voters who've had it with all Washington politicians: President Barack Obama, congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats. Despite their distaste for, well, everyone, when push comes to shove, these voters are lining up squarely behind GOP candidates for Congress.
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    Senate poised to approve budget
    The Hill
    The Senate is poised to approve the two-year budget deal on Tuesday, but the tally is not expected to match the landslide in the House. The bill, which sets top-line spending levels for 2014 and 2015, is on track to just barely get the 60 votes it needs to clear the upper chamber.

    Related: House could use budget agreement as tax code reform blueprint (Law360)

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    Opinion: Why do we even need a farm bill?
    The Washington Post
    House and Senate conferees are reportedly close to agreement on a five-year farm bill to replace the one that expired Sept. 30, 2012. According to much conventional wisdom, this is cause for celebration. But the farm bill long has been an irrational, subsidy-laden monstrosity.

    Related: A look at regulation in 2014: Farm bill, sugar labels and biotech (Food Navigator-USA)

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    Immigration's next hurdle: Obamacare
    Politico
    The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act is forcing the White House and its allies to confront a basic, but politically potent, criticism: If the government can't build a website, how can it be trusted to correctly process millions of undocumented immigrants and require every employer to verify the status of their workers?
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    Senators urge action on new poultry inspection rule
    Meatingplace
    A bipartisan group of 13 U.S. senators sent a letter last week to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to move forward with a proposal to modernize the department's poultry inspection system. House agriculture committee leaders sent a similar letter last month.
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    GM corn, feta cheese: hurdles for EU-US trade talks
    Reuters
    Genetically modified crops, chlorine-washed chicken, beef quotas and a fight over who can call Greek-style cheese "feta" all block the way towards the world's largest free-trade deal.

    Related: US urges timely action by China on GMO corn approvals (Reuters)

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    Are traditional foods under threat from traffic light labeling?
    Food Navigator
    The U.K.'s traffic light nutrition labeling system is unfair on Italian foods and could harm EU trade in traditional goods, according to the Italian delegation at the EU Council of Ministers.
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    Opinion: The minimum wage and McDonald's welfare
    Bloomberg
    McDonald's and Wal-Mart are the beneficiaries of a surprising amount of federal aid: Their employees receive an inordinate amount of Medicaid, food stamps and other public assistance. But digging deeper into the minimum wage conundrum turned up some surprises.
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    Study: Pay kids to eat fruits, veggies with school lunch
    Medical Xpress
    The good news: Research suggests that a new federal rule has prompted the nation's schools to serve an extra $5.4 million worth of fruits and vegetables each day. The bad news: The nation's children throw about $3.8 million of that in the garbage each day. Strange as it sounds, directly paying students to eat a fruit or vegetable is less expensive and gets better results.

    Related: Best ideas for a healthy school lunch (How To Learn)

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    E-ZPass being used as drive-thru payment
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    Too bothered to dig in your wallet when paying for food at your favorite drive-thru? Why not use your E-ZPass, the electronic toll-collecting tag system, to pay for those burgers and fries?

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    Tsunami of food regulations will hit in 2014
    The Hill
    The coming year will be pivotal for food safety issues, as the Obama administration works on a host of regulations to shore up a system seen as exposing the American public to too many health risks.

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    FSIS clarifies rules on E. coli sampling
    USDA
    After the Office of the Inspector General evaluated the sampling programs for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, FSIS has canceled an earlier memo and reissued its policy, effective Jan. 5.

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    ABC News hopes court will toss pink slime defamation case today
    Reuters
    The fate of a $1.2 billion lawsuit accusing ABC News of damaging a beef producer's profits and reputation through its reports about a controversial product dubbed by critics as "pink slime" might be determined this week.
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    Organic food market growing strong in US
    Food Production Daily
    Increased consumer interest in eating well and supporting sustainability is fueling continued growth in the market for organic foods.
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    Are more Dorito-flavored foods on the way?
    The Associated Press via The Republican
    PepsiCo Inc., which owns Cheetos, Fritos, Tostitos and other snacks, found success last year after teaming up with Taco Bell to create Dorito-flavored taco shells. And it has since been dreaming up other restaurant dishes featuring its popular snacks.
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    Target walks fine line on stocking stores; some shoppers frustrated
    Star Tribune
    Some consumers and analysts say Target's ambition has at times outpaced its supply chain, especially as the retailer expands into food and groceries, opens new international stores and faces brutal price wars during the holiday shopping season.
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    Pioneer Food appoints new CFO designate
    Reuters
    Pioneer Food Group Ltd. is appointing Cindy Hess as chief financial officer designate. The company says current CFO Leon Cronje will step down on March 1, 2015.
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    Carrefour again becoming Wal-Mart's chief rival
    The Street via Philly.com
    The Wal-Mart strategy of expanding overseas has a cautionary tale in Carrefour, the French-based discounter that has often gone where Wal-Mart feared to tread.
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    Rapid pathogen identification system evaluated for food industry testing
    FBR
    PathoGenetix Inc., a developer of an automated system for bacterial strain typing, and Marshfield Food Safety LLC, a microbiology and chemistry contract testing laboratory, have signed an agreement to evaluate PathoGenetix's RESOLUTION™ Microbial Genotyping System.
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    Lightweighting leads food packaging trends
    Food Production Daily
    Consumer demand for sustainability and a desire to conserve cost is helping drive the food industry's ever-increasing interest in lightening up its packaging.
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