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Opinion: Food safety rules delayed, governing denied
The New York Times
It has been 19 months since President Barack Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act, the first overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety laws since the 1930s. But if you think the food supply has become markedly safer since then, think again.

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    In grocery stores, perimeters take center stage
    The New York Times
    Shopping and eating patterns are changing, and those changes have threatening implications for the food companies whose shelf-stable products have long filled the center store. With center store sales down, the most forward-looking supermarkets are rethinking the allocation of space — shrinking the staid center and expanding the sexy perimeter. More
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    Vilsack fears farm aid will be 'embroiled' in tax, sequester fight
    The Hill
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is warning that political hurdles to passing the stalled farm bill will only grow if lawmakers don't act before the end of September.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is cited in this story as part of a coalition effort urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to waive the ethanol Renewable Fuels Standard in order to lessen the impact of the current drought on food makers and consumers.

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    Poll puts Obama and Romney in dead heat
    USA Today
    Some better poll news for Mitt Romney today, as a new survey puts him in a near-dead heat with President Barack Obama. The president has 48 percent, while Romney has 47 percent, well within the margin of error, according to the Politico-George Washington University Battleground Poll. More
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    How Paul Ryan affects the electoral map — or doesn't
    The Washington Post
    The word "game-changer" is being thrown around quite a bit regarding Mitt Romney's selection as Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate during the weekend.

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    Poll: GOP more engaged in 2012
    POLITICO
    More Republicans than Democrats are engaged in the presidential contest, and voter turnout could decrease compared with the 2008 election, according to a Gallup poll Monday. Seventy-four percent of Republicans said they're thinking about the election "quite a lot," compared to 61 percent of Democrats, the USA Today/Gallup survey found. More
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    Campaign over soda tax bubbles up
    The Wall Street Journal
    In May, city council members in Richmond, Calif., agreed to put a measure on the November ballot to charge businesses a penny for every ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages they sell in the city. If it passes, it would be the first city tax of its kind in the nation and the first to be approved by voters. More
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    Study: Junk food laws in schools may mean healthier students
    HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report
    States with strong laws about what foods can be sold at school outside breakfast and lunch programs appear to have more students who stay at healthier weights, new research suggests.

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    USDA proposes changes to food stamp retailer sanctions
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Food and Nutrition Service will propose a rule in tomorrow's Federal Register that would update retailer sanctions related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The proposal would allow FNS to impose civil penalties in addition to disqualifying retailers from SNAP participation. It also would raise the allowable penalty per violation and provide USDA greater flexibility for minor violations.

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    NASDA adopts 'wait and see' approach to interstate shipping
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture had worked for two decades to secure the ability for small, state-inspected meat and poultry processors to sell their products across state lines, an effort that paid off when USDA announced Ohio had become the first state eligible for its Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program. More
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    Opinion: Ode to the Microbiological Data Program
    Food Safety News
    Bill Marler writes, "I really was going to take the weekend off, and then Food Safety News reporter Helena Bottemiller wrote a story early Saturday morning about this summer's cantaloupe, and now honeydew recall prompted by the Microbiological Data Program." More
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    Survey to gauge efficacy of food safety education
    Federal Register
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is planning a survey to gauge the impact of a multi-agency campaign to educate the public about the importance of safe food handling in its efforts to reduce foodborne illnesses. More
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    China to set up national standards of food safety by 2015
    China Daily
    China will accelerate its pace in setting up national standards of food safety in order to safeguard the public, a senior supervision official with China's Ministry of Health said Monday. More
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    Cantaloupe recall widens to include entire season's products
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Burch Equipment is expanding its recall to include all of this growing season's cantaloupes and honeydew melons that may remain on the market because they may possibly be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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    Price, taste and brand outweigh nutrition labeling
    Food Navigator
    Price, taste and brand overrule nutrition labeling when it comes to what makes consumers buy one food and drink product over another, according to fresh research from the European Information Council. More
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    The future of the professional food safety workforce
    Food Safety News
    The safety of our food supply is dependent on a core group of professionals at the federal, state and local levels of government, as well as professionals working in the food industry. Ironically, despite its importance, we have incomplete knowledge about the food safety workforce in the United States. More
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    Consumer Reports gets $2 million grant for food safety study
    The New York Times
    Consumer Reports, the product-testing magazine, has received a $2 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to engage in an ambitious two-year study of the safety of meat, poultry and other food items. More
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    Study: Eco-lables 'overwhelming' for companies, consumers
    Food Ingredients First
    Joint research by the International Institute for Management Development and the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne suggests the process of eco-labeling has become so fragmented that the current industry perception is dominated by wide-ranging reappraisal. More
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    Shelf-life smart labels could hit shelves in 2013
    Food Production Daily
    An innovative color changing label which tells consumers how fresh their food is could hit supermarket shelves in the U.K. next year, says developer UWI Label. More
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    Cilantro recalled on Salmonella concerns
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Fresco Green Farms Inc. of Winchester, Calif., is recalling 1,643 cases of cilantro harvested between July 18 and July 27 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. More
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    Grupo Bimbo's vision 2015
    Baking & Snack International
    In an exclusive interview, Grupo Bimbo CEO Daniel Servitje suggests global reach is only one part of the company's ambitions. Quality, he says, is the true goal. More
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    Hillshire turns in 'solid' performance
    Global Meat News
    U.S. meat processor Hillshire Brand, which supplies both retail and foodservice markets, has announced a 3.3 percent increase in adjusted net sales in the fourth quarter. More
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