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Lawyers pepper food firms with lawsuits over labeling
NBCNews.com
Most of us take it for granted that food companies tell the truth about their products. But that's not always the case. Private attorneys are taking food makers to court — to challenge health, nutrition and ingredient claims they allege to be deceptive.

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    Arguments rage over Monsanto GM cancer study
    Food Manufacture
    A controversial new study linking Monsanto's herbicide Roundup and genetically modified maize with premature death has left scientists across the world arguing over its validity and regulatory authorities saying they need more time to study its implications.

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    Consumer groups urge USDA to rethink poultry inspection plan
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    A coalition of 23 consumer, labor, public health and civil rights groups sent a letter Thursday to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging USDA to withdraw its proposal that increases poultry processing line speeds and removes hundreds of federal inspectors from poultry processing plants. More
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    Poll: Obama overtaking Romney in key swing states
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama has overtaken Mitt Romney in the 12 swing states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election, according to a Purple Insights poll released Friday.

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    GOP retreat on taxes likely if Obama wins
    The Washington Post
    Senior Republicans say they will be forced to retreat on taxes if President Barack Obama wins a second term in November, clearing the biggest obstacle to a deal with Democrats to defuse a year-end budget bomb that threatens to rock the U.S. economy. More
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    Obama fundraising bests Romney in August
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama ended the month of August with almost twice as much money to spend as his Republican rival, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday. But the Republican National Committee had more than 10 times the cash on hand as their Democratic counterparts, more than neutralizing the president's advantage. More
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    Frustrated House members launch 11th-hour farm bill effort
    The Hill
    In a Congress marked by partisanship, rank-and-file Democrats and Republicans from farm-heavy districts are working together to assess whether the farm measure has the votes to pass the House. More
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    Trade talks aim to expand US' Asia presence, with China in sight
    The Washington Post
    As the U.S. hammers on China's front door with demands to further open up its economy, Obama administration officials are negotiating a potential back alley to the same end — a trade agreement with other Asian nations they hope will challenge China to change some of its core economic policies. More
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    A COOL debate
    Boulder Weekly
    Although 95 percent of consumers agree that country-of-origin labeling for products should always be available at point of purchase on products, meat processors and producers and members of the World Trade Organization are pushing back against a law that requires them to label where meat comes from, saying it is logistically difficult and expensive. More
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    Tax reform options in Kentucky include tax on food
    The Associated Press via Ventura County Star
    Economic consultants looking for ways to reform Kentucky's tax system offered a variety of options Wednesday that include imposing a sales tax on food and on a variety of services. Lawmakers in Kentucky have been unwilling to tax groceries, and, with few exceptions, they have spared most services. More
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    Ground beef recall widens again, crosses border
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The public warning issued Wednesday has been expanded to include additional ground beef products produced by XL Foods because of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. In addition to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the recall now is being issued by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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    PepsiCo manager: Food makers who cut R&D 'shortsighted'
    Food Manufacture
    Dr. Bruce Linter, long-term research manager for PepsiCo, said this week at Innovation Day that food manufacturers who cut research and development, even during an economic downturn, were shortsighted and have placed their business long-term health in jeopardy. More
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    'New' Ralcorp focusing on acquisitions
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    With the spin-off of its Post-branded cereal business complete, Ralcorp Holdings is setting its sights on making acquisitions — and turning a profit. In Ralcorp's restated fiscal 2011 annual report filed this month, the company reported a net loss of $241.2 million, compared to a $208.8 million profit in fiscal 2010. As it regroups, Ralcorp is now in the hunt for acquisitions. More
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    Consumers going bananas for frozen soft-serve fruit
    CBS MoneyWatch
    Pureed frozen fruit probably won't become the next bacon or even cupcake. It's simply not sexy enough. So-called soft serve fruit is, however, having a moment, recently becoming a darling of the mommy blog set, showing up on ABC's "Good Morning America," inspiring a new countertop kitchen appliance, even spawning a product line and small chain of shops, the New York City-based Soft Serve Fruit Co. More
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    UK: Frozen food thriving as consumers remain 'under pressure'
    Talking Retail
    The frozen food sector is "continuing to succeed" despite difficult economic circumstances, posting a 6 percent value growth for the fiscal year ending in June, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel. The study shows the category has expanded its value in all product sectors year-over-year, especially meat and poultry, which has grown 13 percent in value and 6 percent in volume as consumers continue to realize the financial and nutritional benefits of frozen meats. More
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