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FDA outlines internal reviews before seeking FSMA record access
Food Chemical News
FDA has laid out the internal decision tree that must be followed before it can use its new authority and request access to food company records under the Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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NPD Group: 1 in 5 US adults considered 'healthy eaters'
Progressive Grocer
According to findings from The NPD Group, 8 out of 10 U.S. adults describe themselves as "extremely healthy" or "very healthy," yet only 1 in 5 have what is considered a "most healthy" diet, with 65 percent maintaining a body mass index considered overweight or obese. More
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Food stamps: Fat times for food companies, recipients
ABC News
A record number of Americans — 46.7 million, or nearly 1 in 7 — now use the food stamp program, according to the Department of Agriculture. The annual cost of SNAP hit $72 billion last year, up from $30 billion four years earlier. SNAP's swelling size and cost have earned it fresh scrutiny from critics.

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    60 days, 4 election game-changers
    USA Today
    The Democratic National Convention closed Thursday with some final jabs at Republican Mitt Romney, a week after the Republican National Convention concluded with some final jabs at President Barack Obama. In the next two months, what could shape the outcome on Nov. 6? More
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    Jobs report is more bad news for Obama
    The Washington Post
    There is very little good news for President Barack Obama in the new August jobs report, despite the fact that the unemployment rate technically fell.

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    Editorial: Obama's hazy agenda for a 2nd term
    The Washington Post
    "I won't pretend the path I'm offering is quick or easy," President Barack Obama said Thursday night in accepting the Democratic nomination for a second term. "I never have. You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth." But as with Republicans a week ago, the content of Obama's remarks was short on those hard truths. More
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    Where population growth matters in November
    The Wall Street Journal
    There is a tendency in politics to think of communities as static entities — or at least very slow to change. For some Pittsburgh, Pa., is still a smokestack-laden union town and Orange County, Calif., is still rock-ribbed Republican. But four years can be a long time in some places, particularly where the population is rapidly growing and changing. In some big battleground states, those places could have a big impact in November. More
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    USDA report: 10 percent of US households couldn't feed children adequately in 2011
    The Washington Post
    Ten percent of American households were not able to provide their children with "adequate, nutritious" food at times during 2011, according to a new USDA Economic Research Service report. This translates into more than 16.6 million children — or 22 percent of all American kids — who lived in households that could not adequately feed them. More
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    FAO: Food price index holds steady, but vigilance needed
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    The FAO Food Price Index averaged 213 points in August 2012, unchanged from July. Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said, "This is reassuring. Although we should remain vigilant, current prices do not justify talk of a world food crisis. But the international community can and should move to calm markets further."

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    Breakfast comes to the classroom
    CNN
    Less than half of the children in America who are eligible for a free or reduced breakfast take advantage of the USDA-provided meal. But a program called "Breakfast in the Classroom" is trying to get more lower-income students to eat breakfast.

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    Corn growers request RFS comment deadline extension
    USAgNet
    Citing uncertainty in the corn crop and the current harvest season, the National Corn Growers Association has requested an extension to the comment period underway regarding possible modifications to the renewable fuels standard. More
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    Regulation change could make bread key source of vitamin D
    Food Navigator-USA
    The Food and Drug Administration has amended food additive regulations to allow bakers to significantly increase levels of vitamin D in bread and make "High," "Rich In" or "Excellent Source Of" claims if they use a vitamin D2 bakers' yeast. More
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    USDA sets fiscal 2013 tariff-rate quotas for sugars
    Office of the Federal Register
    In Monday's edition of the Federal Register, USDA will announce the fiscal year 2013 tariff-rate quotas for raw cane sugar, certain other sugars, syrups and molasses. More
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    Petition asks FDA to clamp down on high-level HFCS users
    Food Chemical News
    A natural food group has petitioned FDA to take enforcement action against firms that use high-fructose corn syrup above the 55 percent fructose level previously approved by the agency. The request threatens soft drinks, salad dressings, jams, syrups, wines, low-calorie frozen yogurts, desserts and "light" foods. More
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    Kraft details outlook for snacks business
    The Wall Street Journal
    Kraft Foods Inc. provided its outlook for its snacks business, which will be called Mondelez after the food company spins off its North American grocery business next month. More
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    US potato exports top $1.5 billion
    USAgNet
    The U.S. Potato Board International Marketing program announced that U.S. exports of all potatoes and potato products for the past fiscal year were 1.5 metric tons, valued at $1.5 billion. This was a 10 percent increase in volume and a 17 percent increase in value over the previous marketing year and 43 percent increase from five years ago. More
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    White paper: How in-house belt splicing can save time, money
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    In today's economy, smart companies are scrutinizing every part of their operations in a search for ways to boost productivity and efficiency. Improved belt splicing technology offers new opportunities to take control of your resources and minimize conveyor downtime. More
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    Snyder's Lance snaps up Snack Factory
    Food Navigator-USA
    U.S. snack firm Snyder's Lance has acquired pretzel crisp specialist Snack Factory for a tasty $340 million in an effort to expand its snacks portfolio into the deli-bakery section of grocery stores. More
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    John Ruff named IFT president
    Food Processing
    John Ruff, formerly a senior vice president at Kraft Foods, is the new president of the Institute of Food Technologists, a Chicago-based nonprofit scientific society for professionals engaged in food science and related areas. More
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    Low-GWP refrigerants to be presented at ASHRAE event
    Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer
    Alternative low global warming potential — GWP — refrigerants will be presented at the ASHRAE/NIST 2012 Refrigerants Conference: "Moving toward Sustainability," Oct. 29–30. Papers from leading global experts will be presented on refrigerant alternatives and technologies, environmental effects of refrigerants, new refrigerant performance considerations and natural refrigerants. More
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    Ethylene sensor and RFID tag slash food waste
    Food Quality News
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have built an ethylene-detecting sensor that communicates with an RFID tag to reduce food waste in the supply chain. More
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