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New York City official: Government should legislate against obesity
Bloomberg
Governments should regulate food companies on unhealthy ingredients in products that contribute to obesity, an epidemic that now affects 1 in 3 Americans and costs the U.S. $150 billion a year, said New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley. More
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FDA releases preliminary data on arsenic levels in rice products
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
As part of an ongoing and proactive effort to monitor food safety and address contaminants in food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released preliminary data on arsenic levels in certain rice and rice products. Based on the currently available data and scientific literature the FDA does not have an adequate scientific basis to recommend changes by consumers regarding their consumption of rice and rice products.

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    FTC shines a light on food advertising, children
    The Wall Street Journal
    Federal officials concerned about childhood obesity say they are closely watching the kinds of food being advertised to children. But there isn't much they can do if they don't like what they see. More
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    Romney faces twofold challenge to get campaign back on track
    The Washington Post
    As Mitt Romney struggles to put a cascade of missteps behind him, the Republican presidential nominee faces a twofold challenge: first, to steer the conversation back to the economy, and second, to prevent his recent difficulties from curdling into a perception that the race is becoming unwinnable.

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    8 takeaways from the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll
    The Washington Post
    The NBC-Wall Street Journal's latest national poll was released late Tuesday, and "The Fix" columnists Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake spent the night poring over the results for clues as to how the electorate is thinking about the country and the two men running for president.

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    Junk food sold at schools called 'national security threat'
    PR Newswire via RedOrbit
    Calling childhood obesity a threat to national security, retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005, will join other retired generals and admirals who are members of the national security organization Mission: Readiness in issuing a new report on improving the quality of food served in schools. More
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    Leaders push back on farm bill vote
    The Hill
    House Republican leaders are pressuring members to refrain from backing a measure that would force a floor vote on a five-year farm bill. GOP leaders have refused to allow a vote on bipartisan legislation that cleared the House Agriculture Committee, 35-11, in July. Officials in leadership say the bill lacks the support to pass the House, noting conservative members who have balked at its $900 billion price tag. More
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    Consumer groups ask USDA to stop Canadian border pilot program
    Food Safety News
    Some members of the Safe Food Coalition are voicing concerns about a pilot program that would eliminate traditional border inspection of certain meat products coming from Canada, arguing the move could compromise food safety. More
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    FSIS seeks comment on beef supply E. coli testing plans
    Federal Register
    FSIS is announcing its intention to redesign its E. coli O157:H7 verification testing program for beef manufacturing trimmings to make the program more risk-based and to enable the agency to calculate ongoing statistical prevalence estimates for E. coli O157:H7 in raw beef manufacturing trimmings. This notice also discusses FSIS's plans to perform a beef carcass baseline. More
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    Compliance revised for small, very small meat, poultry processors
    Federal Register
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service is announcing the availability of a revised compliance guide for small and very small meat and poultry establishments on the safe production of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products with respect to Salmonella and other pathogens. More
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    Kroger recalls spinach over Listeria risk
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Kroger is recalling spinach sold at grocery stores in 15 states due to possible Listeria contamination. The Fresh Selections Tender Spinach was sold in 10-ounce packages and had a "best if used by" date of Sept. 16.

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    Antibiotic-free pigs still contract resistant pathogens
    Laboratory Equipment
    Researchers from North Carolina State University have found identical strains of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter Coli in both antibiotic-free and conventionally raised pigs. This finding may indicate these antibiotic-resistant pathogens can persist and thrive in the environment, regardless of antimicrobial usage by pork producers. More
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    Economically motivated adulteration: Is your brand at risk?
    Food Manufacturing via Manufacturing.net
    Economically motivated adulteration is estimated to cost the global food and consumer products industry up to $15 billion a year, with the cost of one adulteration incident averaging between 2-15 percent of yearly revenues. Clearly, with such a significant economic impact, EMA deserves attention. More
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    FDA buys MiSeq systems for foodborne pathogen sequencing
    GEN
    Illumina has won a potentially $17 million, five-year contract to provide FDA with its MiSeq sequencing systems and reagents for conducting whole-genome analyses on produce and produce-related environmental isolates of Salmonella and shigatoxigenic E. coli. More
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    Beefspace: Mapping America's fast food
    Fast Company's Co.Design
    Ours is truly a fast food nation — in America, McDonald's alone serves 28 million people a day. And while you won't have any trouble finding some sort of fast food wherever you are, you may have trouble finding your preferred eatery. That's because fast food is, in many ways, a regional affair. More
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    General Mills reaffirms outlook after first fiscal quarter
    Business Wire via Daily Finance
    General Mills today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, showing a 5 percent growth in net sales and reaffirming its full-year outlook. More
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    KFC to appeal $8 million damages award
    Franchising
    Fast food franchise KFC has appealed the $8 million damages payment awarded to Monika Samaan and her family. The young girl was left severely brain damaged after suffering Salmonella poisoning from a KFC menu item in 2005. More
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    R&D challenge: Developing texture-modified foods for elderly
    Food Navigator
    Texture-modified foods for the elderly are likely to become an important area for research and development in the coming years as the population ages — but there are many challenges to producing foods that provide all the nutrition elderly people need that are still palatable and easy to eat. More
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    Putting 'pop' in nutrition
    The Wall Street Journal
    Amy Nauiokas, co-founder of the Bubble Foundation, is a fan of the pop-in. In fact, the goal of the foundation is to "pop in" to schools to help them develop nutrition and fitness programs for students and, two years later, "pop out," leaving the school with the resources and equipment to carry on the program by itself. More
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    Freezer provides cost savings to frozen strawberry production
    Manufacturing.net
    Pacific Ridge Farms has been practicing organic farming in Ventura County, Calif., for 25 years, bringing to market organic strawberries that are enjoyed by consumers worldwide. While food safety is one of Pacific Ridge Farms’ top priorities, quality of product also is critical to the business. More
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    Quaker moves further into food service
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Since PepsiCo Inc. purchased The Quaker Oats Co. in 2000 for approximately $13.4 billion, the company has taken a number of steps to spur global Quaker growth, ranging from fruit bars in Mexico to the March introduction of oatmeal cookies in the United States. But one area that seems to have gained traction in recent months is food service. More
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