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FAO: Food price index spikes 6 percent; crisis looms
Reuters
The world could face a food crisis of the kind seen in 2007-2008 if countries restrict exports on concerns about a drought-fueled grain price rally, the UN's food agency warned Thursday, after reporting a surge in global food prices in July.

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    Schools work to implement lunch regulations
    Kentucky Health News via WEKU
    With students and teachers returning, school food service directors are working to implement the new federal school lunch regulations that take effect this year. At the same time, another school food program is up for debate.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story promoting the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables.
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    More than the usual breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Time
    In the quest to boost sales at all hours of each and every day, fast-food chains are taking a new approach to the offerings and promotion of their menus.

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    Colorado poses new challenges for Obama
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama should have a lot going for him in Colorado. The state is young (median age 35.5), nearly 20 percent Hispanic and packed with Democratic newcomers who have transformed a historically Republican stronghold into a bona fide battleground. But the Colorado where the president will campaign over the next two days poses new challenges. More
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    Predictions bleak for Blue Dog Democrats, centrists in Congress
    The Hill
    Democrats' ability to compromise with the increasingly polarized GOP could be further imperiled as the number of centrist Blue Dogs continues to wither, experts predict. More
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    The disappearing undecided voter
    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney would like to win over undecided voters — but there just aren't many of them left. So in a tight election year, the campaigns are focusing more on appealing to their base voters than on winning new converts.

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    Interstate shipment program offers new opportunities
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced today that Ohio will be the first state to participate in USDA's Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program. Under this program, Ohio's small, state-inspected meat processors will be able to ship their products across state lines. More
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    FAO official: Diets must become sustainable
    Food Ingredients First
    Immediate action is needed to promote sustainable diets and food biodiversity, asserts FAO official Barbara Burlingame in a book just released by FAO and Bioversity International. More
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    Simple food labels and the effective illusion of control
    The Atlantic
    If soda bans take an implicitly cynical view of human nature, food labels that give consumers the impression of freedom might be their opposite. More
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    Opinion: Put pressure on Obama to prevent foodborne illness
    STOP Foodborne Illness via The Times
    On Saturday, President Barack Obama will be arriving in Chicago, and if we had the opportunity to speak with him we would urge him to have the administration finally take action on a law he passed Jan., 4, 2011, that reforms America's dangerously outdated food safety system. More
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    Group talks omega-3 health claims with FDA, IOM
    Natural Products Insider
    The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 met with officials from FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Institute of Medicine to discuss omega-3 industry issues such as nutrient content claims, health claims, recommended intakes, upper limits and the economic impact of omega-3 consumption. More
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    USDA reports show progress in Salmonella control
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    A pair of reports monitoring the presence of Salmonella in meat and poultry processing plants indicate the pathogen is more prevalent in winter months, but overall prevalence is decreasing. More
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    CSA changes draw strong commentary
    Truckinginfo
    When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration asked for comments on changes in its CSA safety enforcement program, it got an earful. Almost everyone supports the concept of the overall CSA program, but the details do not get much love. More
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    Nestle warns of US slowdown
    The Wall Street Journal
    Swiss food giant Nestle SA Thursday warned of a slowdown in its key U.S. market but maintained its outlook for the year as it reported better-than-expected increase in half-year profit. More
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    US trade deficit narrowed in June
    The Journal of Commerce
    Record exports and declining oil prices narrowed the U.S. trade deficit in June to its lowest level since 2010. The U.S. deficit in international trade of goods and services decreased 10.7 percent in June from May to a seasonally adjusted $42.92 billion, the Commerce Department said.

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    SLIPS breakthrough could stop biofilm formation
    Food Production Daily
    Harvard scientists have developed a coating to prevent biofilms forming in food processing machinery and on surfaces by tricking bacteria into thinking there is nowhere for it to attach and grow. More
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    New-look Wendy's slips to loss despite higher sales
    RTTNews
    Fast food chain Wendy's Co. reported Thursday a loss for the second quarter compared to a profit last year, hurt by rising costs of ingredients and significant loss on early extinguishment of debt. Sales at established Wendy's stores in North America were up 3.2 percent. More
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    Rhode Island officials recall food from Target stores
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The Rhode Island Department of Health is recalling products from the Market Pantry and Archer Farms Deli Salad lines. The products — ranging from bean salad to chicken salad to taco dip — are sold at Target stores and are being voluntarily recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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    Grape tomatoes recalled on Salmonella concerns
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Menno Beachy of Cresco, Iowa, is recalling 1-pint containers of certified organic grape tomatoes because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The produce was sent to distributors in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. More
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    Upgrades to 3M system improve food manufacturing conditions
    Infection Control Today
    3M Food Safety announces software enhancements to its 3M Clean-Trace Hygiene Monitoring System, a family of products that helps food and beverage processors easily track and monitor cleaning and sanitation within their manufacturing environments. More
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    Standards, technologies converge for food safety conformance
    Plant Engineering
    In a perfect storm for safety, several safety standards in the food and beverage industries are emerging and converging: the Food Safety Modernization Act, harmonization of U.S. and EU machine safety regulations under IEC 13849 and ISO 62061, networked safety standards exemplified by openSAFETY, as well as PackSafety from the OMAC Packaging Workgroup. More
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    New handbook offers overview of food safety engineering
    Business Wire
    Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd.'s new book "Handbook of Food Safety Engineering" to their offering. This book presents a comprehensive and substantial overview of the emerging field of food safety engineering, bringing together in one volume the four essential components of food safety. More
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