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Opinion: Food safety on hold
The New York Times
While first lady Michelle Obama champions the issue of healthy food, the rest of the administration does not seem to have gotten the message. There are now three important food issues on hold. And health and nutrition advocates worry they are stalled for the election season or longer because of push-back from the food industry.

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    How FDA's Reportable Food Registry helps prevent outbreaks
    Food Safety News
    Nearly a year ago, shipments of Florida grape tomatoes carrying Salmonella were sent to retailers and processors in 10 states and Canada before the distributor finally learned its product was contaminated. Didn't hear about that one? That's probably because the distributor was able to recall all of its shipments before any consumers got sick, thanks largely to the rapid recall fostered by a relatively young program within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration known as the Reportable Food Registry. More
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    Kashi cereal's 'natural' claims stir anger
    USA Today
    How natural are Kashi natural cereals? Kellogg is facing anger on social media sites because of complaints that its popular Kashi brand of cold cereals doesn't live up to the company's "natural" billing on ads and boxes. More
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    Romney's road to presidency looks narrow on electoral map
    The Washington Post
    It's no secret that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a narrow path to win the presidency this fall. Nowhere is that reality more apparent than when examining the electoral map on which Romney and President Barack Obama will battle in November. More
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    Democrats mine Texas for 2012 cash
    POLITICO
    Deep in the heart of Republican Texas, Democrats have rediscovered an ATM. It's stocked with contributions not only from old-school Texans like former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes but also from a younger generation of trial lawyers and entrepreneurs who have moved into the cities from bluer turf around the country. More
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    Opinion: Condoleezza Rice would be game changer for Romney
    The Hill
    Washington's favorite gossip game — speculating about the vice presidential pick — now gets serious. Following last week's five-state primary sweep, Mitt Romney has a lock on the GOP's 2012 presidential nomination. The talk now turns to his potential running mate. More
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    TV ads may play role in underage drinking, obesity
    HealthDay News
    Children who recognize fast food advertisements on TV are more likely to be overweight, and those familiar with TV ads for alcoholic beverages are more likely to drink, according to two new studies from Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. More
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    USDA, FDA reiterate safety of consuming beef, dairy products
    Agri-Pulse
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released an update on the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy detection announced last week with additional information about the history and age of the infected animal. More
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    Obama criticized in reversal on child farm labor regulations
    The Washington Post
    The Obama administration's move to scrap a plan that would prevent some children from working in dangerous farm jobs drew sharp rebukes Friday from child-welfare advocates who claim the president caved in to election-year pressure from farmers and Republicans. More
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    FSIS offers details on non-0157 STEC testing
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has sent its inspectors a list of the non-0157 STEC lab tests to perform on domestically manufactured beef trimmings, with instructions for testing imported beef trimmings listed in a separate document. More
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    Coke in talks to buy Monster Beverage
    The Wall Street Journal
    Coca-Cola Co. is in talks to acquire Monster Beverage Corp., a move that could help the world's biggest soft drinks maker expand its presence in the growing energy drinks market, people familiar with the matter said. More
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    Old brands find new reasons to get on your radar
    USA Today
    Putting lipstick on a pig may be easier than making old brands new. But that never stops consumer product makers from trying to put new spins on old brands. Ironically, they often succeed because of name familiarity. More
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    Doubts cast over white potato's link to obesity and diabetes
    Yahoo News
    A new study has demonstrated that habitual consumption of white potatoes (baked, boiled and mashed) is not associated with obesity, Type 2 diabetes or levels of C-reactive protein. More
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    Research: Consumers want options in fries
    Lamb Weston
    In partnership with well-known food service market research firm Datassential®, Lamb Weston has conducted an extensive nationwide survey with both operators and consumers to find out more about their French fry habits. More
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    Grocers battle for frozen food market share
    Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
    A fight for frozen food spend has broken out in the grocery sector as supermarkets launch a flurry of deals and specialist Iceland gains market share. More
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    Survey: Fresh-cut in, canned out
    Fresh Fruit Portal
    Consumer demand for fresh-cut fruit and vegetables increased significantly during the past year, according to a recent survey from the Hartman Group commissioned by the Produce Marketing Association. More
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    Prisons spend millions for kosher food
    The Jewish Daily Forward
    The tiny population of religious Jews in prison has plenty of company when it comes to keeping kosher behind bars. A number of secular Jews, messianic Jews, Black Hebrew Israelites and, in many cases, people with no Jewish background at all eat a traditional Jewish diet. More
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    Consumer-backed campaigns bring big changes to food industry
    The Daily Nonpareil
    Consumers hungry for transparency from food companies have struck again. Burger King's recent commitment to cage-free poultry and pork products marks the latest in a series of consumer-backed campaigns that have forced major food industry players to make significant changes. More
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    Colorado cantaloupe farmers face uncertain future
    KUNC
    With the spring planting season underway, Colorado cantaloupe farmers that are still in business are locked in a desperate attempt to repair their image. More
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    Tyson to expand Missouri poultry plant
    MeatPoultry.com
    Tyson Foods Inc. announced the company will add approximately 200 jobs at its poultry plant in Sedalia, Mo., as part of an expansion project that is now underway. The expansion will add up to five deboning lines at the facility and enhance its wastewater treatment system, including the addition of a third lagoon to the system, the company said in a press release. More
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    Key to brand acquisitions: Marketing capabilities
    strategy + business
    Most large business-to-consumer firms market multiple brands and adjust their portfolio by buying or selling them. For example, since 2000, ConAgra Foods Inc. has been building a portfolio of 48 major brands, of which only three were developed in-house. And Unilever PLC announced a strategy in 2000 to slim its portfolio and increase its operating margins. But despite the active market in trading brands, little is known about how these transactions affect shareholder value. More
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    India packaged food industry to touch $30 billion by 2015
    SME Times
    The packaged food industry in India likely will double by 2015 to touch $30 billion from the current $15 billion, owing to the rise in income, changing urban lifestyle and modern retail trade, says a study. More
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    Researchers showcase 'easy' GM tracking technology
    Food Navigator
    A new technology could help to monitor and track genetically modified crops in the food processing chain, say researchers. More
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