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January death may be linked to 2011 Listeria-tainted cantaloupe
Food Safety News
Just as Colorado cantaloupes return to store shelves for the new growing season, the foodborne pathogen tracking network known as PulseNet may have connected the 2011 cantaloupe outbreak to a Listeriosis death in Montana. The connection was made when PulseNet discovered a clinical sample of Listeria from a 75-year-old Bozeman, Mont., man who died in January was indistinguishable from a rare strain of Listeria found on a cantaloupe from an outbreak victim's home.

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Opinion: Fertilizing the farmers
The Washington Post
The U.S. has the richest, most productive agricultural sector and the best-fed population in the world — perhaps in the history of the world. Boosted by $136.3 billion in gross sales to other countries, U.S. net farm income hit a record $98.1 billion in 2011. More
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Sugary drinks targeted throughout country
CSP
From New York City to Los Angeles, health care officials and political leaders want to ban supersized sodas or tax sweetened beverages, according to a report by The Chicago Tribune. Limiting or taxing sugary drinks will help combat the nation's obesity epidemic, some say. More
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Democrat: Fewer than 1 million voters will decide election
USA Today
Democratic strategist Paul Begala surmises in a Newsweek column that 916,643 voters in six swing states will be the decisive factor in the 2012 elections. More
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Campaign enters new phase as attacks ratcheted up
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's campaign has spent many months trying to portray Mitt Romney as an unprincipled flip-flopper, a panderer to right-wing extremists and a greedy business executive. Then this week the ante was upped when one Obama aide suggested Romney may be something worse: a potential felon. More
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Bobby Jindal's stock on the rise
The Washington Post
Three years ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal got his first big chance in the national spotlight and bombed. But Jindal, often mentioned as a vice-presidential contender on Mitt Romney's short list, is proof there are second acts in American politics. More
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Romney Victory fund pulls in $140 million
POLITICO
Since he became the de facto GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney's fundraising has soared on the strength of exponentially larger checks than he was collecting as a mere contender for the nomination, a report filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission indicates.

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    Experts: Better behavior more effective than blame in weight loss
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    The United States is well into its fourth decade of the "obesity epidemic," and no matter how loudly we repeat the refrain "eat less and exercise more," the numbers on our collective scale keep creeping upward. Is weight gain caused by individuals' poor diet and lack of exercise? Or is it an unavoidable effect of an abundant food supply, out-of-control marketing and unlucky genetics? More
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    Opinion: 'Certified organic' label being undermined
    The Boston Globe
    Any item on sale at a grocery store labeled as "certified organic" should be just that: foodstuff grown or prepared without the use of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Not just kind-of-sort-of, but completely. That should be obvious, but decisions by the group that determines what can be labeled organic have thrown the worth of the organic label into question. More
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    Codex working groups eye food additives, fresh produce
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables has announced an Aug. 30 public meeting in advance of its Sept. 3-7 summit in Mexico City, while the report of the 76th session of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives, which met in Rome in June, has been posted online. More
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    Alaska governor seeks disaster aid for weak salmon runs
    Reuters
    Alaska's governor asked the Obama administration Saturday to declare a fisheries disaster for parts of the state where weak salmon runs are taking a toll on Native Alaskan villagers who rely on wild fish for food and as one of their few income sources. More
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    US retail sales dropped 0.5 percent in June
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Americans cut their spending at retail businesses in June for a third straight month, as a weak job market has made consumers more cautious. Retail sales fell 0.5 percent in June from May, the Commerce Department said Monday. More
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    Shoppers reluctant to resume buying national brands
    CPGmatters
    Conventional thinking says consumers buy more private-label CPG products in hard times, then return to their favorite and higher-priced national brands when the economy improves. A new study indicates it may be different this time. Four of 10 consumers polled by research firm Accenture say they bought more store brands in recent years as a result of the tough economic times. But 2 of 3 of them admitted their grocery carts were still at least half full of store-brand products. More
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    McDonald's, IOC ban other french fries from Olympics
    Potato Pro
    Because of an exclusive sponsorship deal with McDonald's, none of the other 800 food retailers on the grounds of 40 Olympic sites in London will be allowed to sell "chips or french fries" during the fortnight of the Games. More
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    Procter & Gamble boosts on-shelf availability with store-level data
    CPGmatters
    Having the right product on the shelf at the right time for the right shopper is the Holy Grail for retailers and manufacturers. But in a world of complex supply chains, on-shelf availability remains a challenge for trading partners. While there are no silver-bullet solutions, some major CPG makers are making significant progress. For example, Procter & Gamble is improving on-shelf availability by using store-level data from retailers. More
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    Research: Salt cuts 'reaching limit'
    Food Manufacture
    Leatherhead Food Research has confirmed salt reduction in food is reaching its limits, while rejecting claims that the Food and Drink Federation and the British Retail Consortium had misrepresented its views. More
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    Consumers find parts of pen in corn chowder; recall follows
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After two consumers reported finding parts of a felt-tip marker in corn chowder, Morgan Foods Inc. issued a nationwide recall that encompasses nearly 95,000 pounds of product marketed under the names Hill Country Fare, Wegman's, Chef's Cupboard and America's Choice.

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    Iglo Foods makes plans as Permira cancels refinancing
    Food Navigator
    Iglo Foods Group is mulling over its future strategy following owner Permira's cancellation of plans to refinance the business with a reported $776 million after efforts to sell it failed. More
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    Short crop cuts into apple slices
    The Packer
    With retail sales of fresh-cut apples slice rising and demand from quick-service restaurants growing, processors and marketers of apple slices are bracing for a smaller national apple crop and the expectation of higher prices. More
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