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FDA denies petition to rename high fructose corn syrup
Advertising Age
The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday it has denied the Corn Refiners Association's petition to rename high fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar." The ruling, issued after 20 months of review, states the use of the term "corn sugar" would not "accurately identify or describe the basic nature of the food or its characterizing properties." More
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New York City to ban sale of large sodas, sugary drinks
The New York Times
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity. More
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Superhero support for healthy eating
The Wall Street Journal
Batman may have more influence over whether children eat fruits and vegetables than parents do, according to a Cornell University study. In the research, appearing in the journal "Pediatric Obesity," 45 percent of children chose apple fries instead of french fries after being shown pictures of superheroes. More
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Poll: Romney ties Obama in 3 key states
The Washington Post
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is neck-and-neck with President Barack Obama among registered voters in three key swing states: Iowa, Colorado and Nevada, a new NBC News/Marist poll finds. More
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Recent polls indicate 2012 election settling into deadlock
The Wall Street Journal
With about five months until Election Day, a slew of recent polls show the presidential campaign is settling into deadlock, both nationally and in key battleground states. More
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Why the GOP's House majority isn't safe
The Washington Post
Two Democratic polls in recent weeks show Republican incumbents in the most competitive congressional districts are in a weaker position than their Democratic colleagues. A Democracy Corps poll released in April showed Republican incumbents in 56 targeted districts with significantly weaker political brands than Democratic incumbents in 23 of their most vulnerable districts. More
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Environmental activists attack crop insurance industry
POLITICO
The crop insurance industry faced a new round of attacks Thursday from environmental activists, who are going back to the same playbook they used so effectively to embarrass the farm lobby and undercut political support for direct cash payments to producers. More
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Union continues to protest poultry inspection plan
American Federation of Government Employees via The Sacramento Bee
USDA's proposal to outsource poultry inspections and drastically speed up the visual inspection process violates federal law and must not be allowed to proceed, the nation's largest federal employee union said in official comments on the proposal. More
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National Labor Relations Board member resigns
ENR
National Labor Relations Board member Terence F. Flynn, a Republican, has resigned amid fallout from a May 2 Inspector General report alleging he improperly shared data on pending NLRB cases with former Chairman Peter Schaumber and others. His July 24 departure will leave the five-person NLRB with three Democrats and only one Republican. Flynn has recused himself from any future board cases. More
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WTO warns of Asian protectionism threat
AFP
The head of the World Trade Organization warned Thursday against growing Asian protectionism and said the region would not escape the effect of economic woes around the globe. More
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Midwest beef producers complain of government 'spying'
Reuters
Cattle farmers complained Wednesday, via a Congressional letter to the EPA, that a federal agency is "spying" on their operations by flying airplanes over Midwest cattle feedlots to see if they are complying with clean water regulations. More
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In dispute: Chicken-fat fuel patent, 'Texas toast' terminology
Bloomberg Businessweek
A lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Tyson Foods subsidiary Dynamic Fuels LLC, which is accused of infringing a Neste Oil patent on motor fuels made partly from chicken fat. In other court action, a federal appeals panel has rejected T. Marzetti Co.'s claim that "Texas toast" is a trademark-protected term. More
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Opinion: Are school cafeterias hindering classroom success?
The Bradenton Times
The link between successful performance in the classroom and access to proper nutrition has been well established. But continue to shoot themselves in the foot on the lunch line — one of the few places where they are empowered to improve. More
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NAFTA trade hits record $85.7 billion in March
The Journal of Commerce
The value of surface transportation trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico hit a monthly record in March, topping $85.7 million. Trade by value between the countries rose 9.8 percent from February and 6.2 percent year-over-year, according to the Department of Transportation. More
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Brooks Food Group to close 2 plants
The Roanoke Times
Bedford, Va.-based Brooks Food Group has notified the state it will close its operations Friday, affecting 119 employees, as it tries to sell the frozen specialty foods plant. The company also filed a notice to close its plant in Monroe, N.C. More
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Performance Food Group to buy Institution Food House
Food Ingredients First
Performance Food Group Inc. will acquire Institution Food House Inc., bringing together two major food service distribution companies to enhance offerings to customers in the Carolinas and surrounding areas. More
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Consumer Reports: Best frozen treats for summer
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
When it comes to taste, offerings from 365 Everyday Value, Haagen-Dazs, Dove and Walgreens led the pack in Consumer Reports' latest tests of strawberry fruit bars, ice cream bars and sandwiches. More
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ShockWatch, Timestrip partner on cold chain technology
GlobeNewswire via MarketWatch
ShockWatch Inc. and Timestrip UK Ltd. have joined forces to streamline the development, distribution and support of their newest cold chain product lines. ShockWatch also released two new single-use, cold chain temperature indicator lines. More
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Tropicana orange juice lawsuits question 'natural' status
CBC News
Orange juice maker Tropicana markets its brand as fresh from the grove, but a series of U.S. lawsuits claim the company's juice is so heavily processed it shouldn't be called "natural." More
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Majority of restaurateurs, chefs fail celiac quiz
Pizza Marketplace
Chefs and restaurateurs lack a fundamental understanding of gluten-free protocols, according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. NFCA quizzed chefs and restaurateurs during the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. Many said they have gluten-free options at their restaurants, yet less than 4 percent of them responded correctly to four questions regarding gluten. More
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