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Will Food Companies Reduce Salt Content? FDA Hopes So

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty. The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels.

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Maine High Court Rejects Unlicensed Raw Milk Sales

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

Dan Brown, a Blue Hill farmer who wanted the right to sell raw milk without being forced to spend thousands of dollars for upgrades to win a state license, lost his appeal to Maine's highest court. Brown was issued a civil summons in 2011 for selling without a license.

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Consumer Trends: Top 10 Natural and Organic Food Trends of 2014

June 17, 2014 12:33 pm | by Sterling-Rice Group

This year, with increased interest in knowing where food comes from and what's in it, consumers will seek options with optimum health and wellness benefits. Look for these top 10 trends, identified by the Sterling-Rice Group, to inspire the mainstream in coming months.

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Ben & Jerry's Joins Vermont in GMO-Labeling Fight With New Flavor

June 17, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press

Vermont's iconic ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's renamed its fudge brownie ice cream to Food Fight! Fudge Brownie for the month of July to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.

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Texas is 'Shocked' by Chipotle Imports of Aussie Beef

June 17, 2014 11:55 am

Chipotle Mexican Grill — from Australia? The Texas agriculture commissioner says he wants to talk with Chipotle founder Steve Ells after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia because of his beliefs that Australian meat is raised more responsibly.

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GMO Campaign Contribution Case Against GMA Will Proceed

June 17, 2014 11:35 am | by Attorney General of Washington

Washington court officials ruled the state's case against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 300 food and beverage companies, could move forward, rejecting the GMA's motion to dismiss the case in its entirety on constitutional grounds. 

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IMF Lowers US Economic Growth Estimate

June 17, 2014 10:40 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The International Monetary Fund foresees the U.S. economy growing a modest 2 percent this year, below its previous estimate of 2.7 percent. A brutal winter and a slowing housing recovery caused the economy to shrink during the first three months of 2014.

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US Senator Wants Tighter Trucking Regulations

June 17, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer launched a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road. The New York Democrat asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to speed up a requirement that companies and drivers use electronic devices to log hours driven. 

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Famous Amos Gives Cookie Business Another Try

June 17, 2014 8:40 am | by Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii

Wally Amos, the Hawaii man who in the 1980s lost ownership of his Famous Amos cookie company, is reinventing his brand yet again. Amos debuted his latest push for a retail rebound this month at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu under the name The Cookie Kahuna.

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Income Gap Widens as US Factories Close Down

June 17, 2014 8:40 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press

Globalization, automation and recession destroyed nearly 6 million US manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2009. Nationally, manufacturing declines accounted for 40 percent of the increase in joblessness from 2000-2011. And the middle class was hit hardest.

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'Pink Slime' Makers Say Sales Are Rising

June 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska

Spokesmen for Cargill and Beef Products Inc. confirmed that sales of the pink slime, which the industry refers to as "lean, finely textured beef," have risen. Cargill added that sales haven't rebounded to the level they were before the 2012 controversy about the meat.

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Utah May Have Oktoberfest Beer After All

June 17, 2014 8:30 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press

Beer is most likely back on the table for Utah's annual Oktoberfest at Snowbird Ski Resort. After the liquor commission warning last month that it might withold the resort's permit to sell beer, there has been an apparent turnabout by the state liquor board.

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Infographic: Cutting the Salt

June 17, 2014 8:30 am | by USDA

Are manufactured foods too salty? Food processors and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try and prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

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Unions Join Businesses in Fight Over Washington Fish Consumption

June 17, 2014 8:10 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press

The Machinists union and others are siding with businesses in a fight over how much fish people eat, and how clean Washington state waters should be. The unions are worried a new water quality standard being developed by the state would hurt economic development.

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Consumer Trends: Majority of Shoppers Look for Natural Label

June 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by Consumer Reports

According to a new national survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, 59 percent of consumers check to see if the products they are buying are "natural," despite there being no federal or third-party verified label for this term. 

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Researchers Suggest Canola Oil Helps Control Blood Glucose

June 16, 2014 12:18 pm | by Canola Council of Canada

According to research presented at the June 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, canola oil can help control blood glucose, or blood sugar, in people with type 2 diabetes when included as part of a low-glycemic index diet. 

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Oregon Hopes to Be First State to Map GMO Fields

June 16, 2014 12:08 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber hopes to undertake mapping GMO field locations across the entire state and establish buffer zones and exclusion areas for GE crops. If it goes forward, Oregon would be the first state to mandate preventive measures for modifed crops. 

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World Cup Teams Bring Favorite Foods With Them to Brazil

June 16, 2014 11:45 am | by JANIE McCAULE, AP Sports Writer

When it comes to World Cup food, teams aren't willing to leave anything to chance. They expect their players to have top nutrition, and also want them to enjoy some favorites so they are comfortable and at their best when it's time to play.

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Hillshire Backs Away From Pinnacle Foods Offer

June 16, 2014 11:30 am

Hillshire Brands, a popular manufacturer and marketer of packaged meat and frozen bakery products, is backing off of its offer to buy Pinnacle Foods — a move that it needs to make in order for its $7.75 billion proposed deal with Tyson Foods to go through.

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Study: More Parents Choose Organic Food for Their Kids

June 16, 2014 11:19 am | by Organic Trade Association

Organic Trade Association's "U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes & Beliefs" study says ninety percent of parents choose organic food products for their children at least "sometimes," with almost a quarter of those parents saying they always buy organic.

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