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Michelle Obama's food marketing meeting convenes Wednesday
The Associated Press via USA Today
Known as an advocate of healthy living, first lady Michelle Obama has invited food makers and food marketers to the White House to discuss ways to help consumers make smarter food choices — and to address the issue of marketing to children.
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'Use by' and 'Sell by' doesn't help us get by
The Washington Post
Sell-by, use-by and best-by dates do not indicate whether a food is safe to eat, or even if is still tasty. But many people believe they do: 54 percent of consumers say eating food past its sell-by or use-by date is a health risk, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.
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First TV ads air in fight over GMO labeling
The Associated Press via KPLU
The first television ads have aired in the battle over a statewide initiative in Washington that would mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Opponents and supporters of Initiative 522 rolled out TV spots Monday morning in campaigns that are expected to cost millions of dollars.

  • Elizabeth Warren joins GMO labeling fray (Politico)
  • GMA sued over funds against GMO labels (The Seattle Times)
  • USDA considers next step after US crops rejected in foreign markets (New York Daily News)

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    Government shutdown moves closer to reality
    The Washington Post
    The threat of a government shutdown intensified Tuesday as House Republican leaders moved toward stripping funding from President Barack Obama's landmark health care initiative and setting up a stalemate with the Democratic Senate.
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    Obama to seek support from business leaders
    The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday will try to enlist chief executives from some of the country's largest companies to help him in his dispute with congressional Republicans over government spending levels and the U.S. borrowing limit.
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    Harry Reid slams 'least productive Senate'
    Politico
    A stalled, noncontroversial energy efficiency bill confirms the notion that this is "the least productive Senate in the history of the country," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday morning.
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    Outside groups try to revive immigration reform
    Politico
    Nancy Pelosi is huddling with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, top labor leaders and former AOL executive Steve Case in separate meetings this week as supporters of immigration reform try to revive the issue, which fast seems to be dying on Capitol Hill. Their goal: Get legislation moving in the House again before the Thanksgiving recess.
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    Close vote looms in House on big Republican food stamp cuts
    Reuters
    Food stamp defenders appealed for two dozen Republican defectors to help kill their party's proposed $40 billion cut in the main U.S. antihunger program as a close vote nears later this week in the House of Representatives.

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  • Preparing for a food stamp battle (USA Today)
  • Panera CEO eats for $4.50 per day to inform food stamp debate (Newser)

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    Reaching out to Europe on food safety
    FDA Voice
    FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael R. Taylor traveled to Europe last week to discuss how the FSMA rules will affect countries that export food to the U.S.
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    US and Mexico agree on border, food safety cooperation
    Meatingplace
    The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to streamline border inspection and strengthen cooperation on food safety health issues, as discussed during the recent Working Meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Consultative Committee on Agriculture.
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    Lawmaker: Action by EPA on biofuels could head off legislation
    Reuters
    As the United States gets closer to being unable to meet federal biofuel targets, a regulatory adjustment would lessen the need for legislation to change the nation's renewable fuel policy, said a lawmaker who is examining the future of the ethanol program.
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    Opinion: A hopeful sign emerges for BPI, LFTB
    Sioux City Journal
    More than a year after an emotion-driven campaign of misinformation about its lean, finely textured beef forced Beef Products Inc. to shutter three plants and lay off more than 700 workers, a glimmer of hope has emerged.
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    How serving temperature affects the taste of food
    The Guardian
    Freshly cooked, steaming dishes may smell delicious, but some researchers believe heat impairs our ability to enjoy the flavor of food, according to the Journal of Sensory Studies.

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    Atkins launches new frozen line in comeback
    Capital Public Radio
    Atkins Nutritionals says a renewed faith in low-carb dieting is helping the company grow again. It has launched a low-carb frozen food line to win back dieters.

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    Non-GMO foods to be 30 percent of sales by 2017
    Food Navigator-USA
    U.S. retail sales of non-GMO foods are projected to represent 30 percent of the market — with a value of $264 billion — in 2017, predicts Packaged Facts.

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    Food allergies cost US $25 billion a year
    CBS News
    Researchers report in the Sept. 16 issue of JAMA Pediatrics that the U.S. health care system and families are hit with a $25 billion tab when it comes to medical care, purchasing allergen-free foods and other out-of-pocket expenses for children who have food allergies.
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    Oxfam update: Unilever, Nestle show biggest improvements in sustainability
    Food Navigator
    Many major food companies are slowly improving their sustainability policies, but all still have a long way to go, according to an updated "Behind the Brands" sustainability report from Oxfam.

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  • Investors push food industry giants for urgent action on transparency (Oxfam America)
  • Ingredient firms will have to disclose carbon impact (Food Manufacture-UK)

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    China's Shuanghui closes in on Smithfield deal approval
    Reuters
    China's Shuanghui International is close to securing shareholder approval for its $4.7 billion offer for Smithfield Foods Inc., which would be the biggest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm, ahead of the vote next week, three people familiar with the matter said.
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    US cost of living increases less than forecast
    Bloomberg
    The cost of living in the U.S. rose less than forecast in August, a sign it will take time for inflation to reach the goal of Federal Reserve policy makers as they consider trimming stimulus designed to bolster the economy.

    Related: Child poverty remains high as US incomes stagnate (Bloomberg)

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    Mondelez International: 1 year later
    Confectionery News
    On Oct. 1 last year, the snack division of Kraft Foods Inc. changed its name to Mondelez International following the spinoff of its North American grocery business. The move made Mondelez the world's largest confectioner.
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    3M unveils 48-hour indicator test for yeasts and molds
    Food Quality News
    3M Food Safety has launched an indicator test that enables the detection of yeasts and molds in as little as 48 hours, improving on conventional agar methods.
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    Kellogg: We're in a position to create the breakfast category in Asia
    Bakery & Snacks
    Kellogg is in a position to drive, shape and ultimately create a cereal category in Asia Pacific, and that's exactly what it plans to do, its regional president says.
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    Bühler: Rice processing will be critical by 2030
    Food Production Daily
    Bühler has launched an UltraLine range of rice processing equipment to support customer needs to cut down on energy use.
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    Report: Small snack makers create better personal connections
    Bakery & Snacks
    The healthy snacking boom has created a storm that small, boutique snack makers are benefiting from as their personal, niche products connect with the enthusiasm of consumers, Packaged Facts finds.
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