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Uneasy allies in the grocery aisle
The New York Times
The companies behind some of the biggest organic brands in the country — Kashi, Cascadian Farm, Horizon Organic — have joined the GMO antilabeling effort, adding millions of dollars to defeat the California initiative known as Proposition 37. Their opposition stands in sharp contrast to smaller, independent organic companies, which generally favor labeling products that contain genetically modified organisms.

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    Doug Powell: Food safety ultimately producer's responsibility
    Food Navigator-USA
    The ultimate responsibility for food safety lies with producers and not auditors, inspectors or government agencies, according to Doug Powell from Kansas State University. In a Science Direct paper, Powell and a team of co-authors critiqued the limits of food safety audits and inspections and suggested ways to strengthen the food safety system. More
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    Skeptical board member abstains from soda ban vote
    Yahoo News
    The New York City Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugar-sweetened drinks Thursday, as expected. Eight of the board's nine members voted in favor of the ban; one, Dr. Sixto R. Caro, abstained. "I am still skeptical," Caro told The Associated Press. "This is not comprehensive enough." More
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    Polls: Obama holds the edge in Florida, Ohio and Virginia
    NBC News
    After two political conventions and heading into the post-Labor Day sprint, President Barack Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Virginia, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of each of these three states. More
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    Obama: 'Absolutely,' I could lose the election
    USA Today
    New polls have him ahead of Mitt Romney, but President Barack Obama says there's a chance he could lose this election. "Oh, absolutely," Obama told CBS News."I mean this is going to be a close race." More
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    GOP leaders work to prevent November surprises in House
    POLITICO
    For House Republicans, there's little public or private worry they'll lose the majority in November, but GOP leaders are determined to make sure members realize they're still in danger of becoming the next object lesson in electoral politics. More
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    Farm bill discharge petition filed
    The Hill
    Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, filed a discharge petition on the 2012 farm bill Thursday after procedural hurdles were overcome. If a majority of the House signs onto the petition, leaders will be forced to hold an immediate vote on the stalled bipartisan measure. More
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    US-Mexico tomato fight has presidential election overtones
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    You don't have to be a political scientist to see presidential election overtones in a fight between domestic and Mexican tomato growers over moves to end a 16-year-old trade agreement between the United States and Mexico. More
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    Non-GMO verified sales up 21 percent in natural foods channel
    Food Navigator-USA
    Sales of Non-GMO Project Verified products in the U.S. natural channel surged by 21 percent in the 12 weeks leading up to Aug. 4, according to new data from SPINS. Non-GMO Project Verified is the fastest-growing food eco-label in North America. More
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    Trace One: US private-label market could double in 5 years
    Food Navigator-USA
    The U.S. private-label market has the potential to double its sales in five to six years, the boss of a firm supplying some of the food retail sector's biggest names with product lifecycle management systems has predicted. More
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    Stealth changes to fast food may combat obesity
    NPR
    McDonald's says it's cutting sodium and sugar in its foods by 10 percent. Wal-Mart and other food retailers have committed to do the same. But is it enough to effect change? More
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    Campbell's acquisition plans: Tasty treat for private equity?
    The Wall Street Journal
    Campbell Soup Co. is hungry for acquisitions of overseas snack companies, and private equity firms may be only too happy to satisfy the food company's craving.

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    Itochu in talks to buy Dole Food businesses
    Reuters
    Dole Food Company Inc. said it is in advanced talks with Japan's Itochu Corp. to sell its packaged foods and Asian fresh fruit and vegetable businesses to the Japanese trading house, causing shares of world's largest fruit and vegetable company to jump almost 10 percent. More
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    Research: People who read food labels stay thinner
    Medical Xpress
    An international team of scientists from the University of Santiago de Compostela has found that reading the labels on food products is linked to obesity prevention, especially in women. According to the study, which used data from the U.S., female consumers who consult food labels weigh nearly 9 pounds less. More
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    How fast-food chains use value menu to get you to spend more
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Whether it's the "Dollar Menu" at McDonald's or the "Why Pay More Menu" at Taco Bell, fast-food chains often spotlight their cheapest offerings to attract customers. The items usually cost a buck or so and are no doubt a deal if you're looking for a quick treat. But customers often end up spending more on other items after they're in the restaurants.

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    Fresno distributor recalls 28,000 cartons of cantaloupes
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    DFI Marketing Inc. of Fresno, Calif., is recalling 28,000 cartons of bulk-packed whole cantaloupes after routine testing found Salmonella contamination on a single cantaloupe.

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    Chicago food company recalls uninspected tamales
    WJBD
    A Chicago food company is voluntarily recalling over 2,900 pounds of tamales. Meca Foods, the manufacturer of La Tia Tamales, is recalling 13,500 items. The recall was issued because the product was produced in a facility that is not state-inspected. More
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    Meat processing plant draws interest
    Calaveras Enterprise
    Meetings scheduled Monday and Tuesday in California's Amador County and Calaveras County will present the findings from a USDA-funded study that looked at the feasibility of building a meat processing plant in the central Sierra region. More
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    Packaging coating to stop food sticking to bottle
    Food Production Daily
    A bottle coating that enables thick foods such as ketchup to slide out easily could be on the market within two years after one of its developers said they were in talks with major food brands. More
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