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BPI seeks $1.2 billion from ABC over 'pink slime' reports
Bloomberg
Beef Products Inc. filed a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against Walt Disney Co.'s ABC over the network's reports on a lean, finely textured beef product that critics refer to as "pink slime," according to a lawyer for the meat company. ABC said in a statement that the suit is without merit and will be contested. More
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Taylor lists next FSMA rules: 3rd-party accreditation, transportation safety, adulteration
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The next batch of FDA Food Safety Modernization Act regulations ready to "come out of the agency" are new standards for third-party auditor accreditation, safe transportation of foods and an advance rulemaking notice on intentional adulteration, according to Mike Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods. More
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McDonald's new menu item: Calorie counts
The Associated Press via ABC News
McDonald's restaurants across the country will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain's burgers and fries. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday.

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    Fox News poll: Obama 48, Romney 43
    POLITICO
    The latest survey showing President Barack Obama getting some post-convention lift, from Fox News: "Overall, the Obama-Biden ticket tops the Romney-Ryan ticket by 48 to 43 percent among likely voters. The president's advantage is within the poll's margin of sampling error. That's a 4-point 'convention bounce' for Obama among likely voters." More
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    Obama: Campaign registered 100,000 voters last week
    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama, speaking on a call to volunteers in advance of his campaign event in Las Vegas, said his re-election campaign had registered a massive number of new voters during the week of the Democratic convention. More
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    Suburbs are key to victory in Colorado
    The Washington Post
    The road to victory in many of the most competitive states in this year's presidential election winds through the strip malls, traffic jams, limping economies and slumped housing markets of the suburbs. More
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    GOP lawmakers fretting over darkening outlook
    The Hill
    Some Republican lawmakers are worried about Mitt Romney's standing in swing-state polls, which show President Barack Obama leading in a majority of the states that will decide the election. More
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    US lowers crop yield forecasts for 3rd time as heat lingers
    The New York Times
    The Agriculture Department on Wednesday slightly lowered its forecast of corn and soybean yields as record heat continued to batter crops in the Midwest, making it likely that farmers will bring in one of the lowest harvests in years. More
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    FAO chief: No need for panic over food prices
    Reuters
    The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday there is no need for panic over global food prices, adding that a U.S. report on the outlook for its corn crop had sent a "very good message." FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva told a conference in Istanbul he did not see a need to convene an emergency G20 forum on food prices at the moment. More
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    New York City Board of Health passes 'soda ban'
    The Wall Street Journal
    Following today's New York City Board of Health vote, a new rule will take effect March 12 that will prohibit restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces. The city will begin fining sellers for violating the ban in mid-June.

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    Study: School programs don't get kids to eat many more veggies
    Los Angeles Times
    School-based efforts to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables are not failing, but they're no wild success either, according to an analysis of programs involving almost 26,400 children. They ate a quarter-portion more a day of produce — and if you just looked at vegetables alone, the increase was just under a tenth of a portion, according to the analysis of 27 programs published in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. More
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    GOP leaders shy away from new farm bill
    Gannett Washington Bureau via Des Moines Register
    U.S. lawmakers and agricultural groups made a seemingly last-ditch effort Wednesday to ratchet up pressure on Republican leaders in the U.S. House who have been reluctant to act on a new $500 billion farm bill.

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    CSA issues to be aired on Capitol Hill today
    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's flagship CSA safety enforcement program will face congressional scrutiny today as a House subcommittee airs questions about the program's effectiveness. Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., has assembled a panel of witnesses to discuss a range of contentious CSA issues, including the quality and quantity of the data upon which the program is built, the lack of a method to determine fault in crashes, shortcomings in the DataQs correction system and risks of legal liability shippers face when they use CSA data to select carriers. More
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    Coca-Cola names leaders for new operating structure
    Drug Store News
    Coca-Cola has announced new leadership appointments to support the company's new global operating structure. Three new leaders have been named for Coca-Cola International, Coca-Cola Americas and Bottling Investments Group, with the changes effective Jan. 1. More
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    Protesters set sights on GMOs, close California facility
    Reuters via Chicago Tribune
    Opponents of genetically engineered foods on Wednesday blocked shipments and deliveries at Monsanto Co.'s vegetable seed company in California that developed a new genetically modified sweet corn that will hit stores this fall. More
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    New consumer resource helps demystify common food ingredients
    Health News Digest
    A new consumer resource, "What's in Our Food: Understanding Common Food Ingredients," takes the mystery out of common food ingredients by describing how and why they are used and the U.S. government's process for determining if they are safe to eat and accurately labeled. More
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    Mintel analyst lauds Mondelez's geographic choices
    Confectionery News
    Kraft's global snacks spin-off, Mondelez, has chosen its focus markets wisely and can capitalize upon chocolate market growth in Russia and the upcoming FIFA World Cup and Olympics in Brazil, according to an analyst. More
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    PepsiCo's European division leader takes over for Compton
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    PepsiCo Inc. said Tuesday that its president is leaving after less than a year on the job, indicating a CEO succession may not be coming any time soon. The Purchase, N.Y., company said John Compton's departure is effective immediately. PepsiCo said Zein Abdalla, CEO of its European division, will take over as president. More
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    Food maker plans $28.5 million project, 400 new jobs in Indiana
    Indianapolis Business Journal
    An Ohio-based food manufacturer announced Monday it spend $28.5 million to expand and refurbish a vacant food plant in eastern Indiana, creating up to 400 jobs by 2016. The Sugar Creek Packing Co. of Washington Court House, Ohio, said it plans to reopen the 77,000-square-foot plant in Cambridge City by the end of next year. More
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    UK: Dentists wary as McDonald's fizzy fruit drink labeled 'healthy'
    Cosmetic Dentistry Guide
    Dentists and nutritionists are likely to be upset after the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Agency approved the new McDonald's fizzy fruit drink as one of the recommended daily five portions of fruit and vegetables. The Fruitizz drink, which is aimed at children, has recently been approved as one of the 5-a-day portions. The drink will now be in the same category as apples and broccoli. More
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    Ontario food processing bigger than auto industry
    The London Free Press via Chatham Daily News
    Food processing in Ontario is a $39 billion industry and its workforce of 126,000 makes it a bigger player in the Canadian province than the auto sector, a new report says. In a study released Wednesday, the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors said the province's food and drink sector continues to grow — at a pace of about 2 percent per year — even as traditional manufacturing in Ontario shrinks. More
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