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US corn stockpile drops unexpectedly, sparks price rebound
Bloomberg Businessweek
Stockpiles of corn in the U.S., the world's biggest grower and exporter, were 12 percent lower Sept. 1 than a year earlier and the smallest before a harvest since 2004. Prices jumped the most since July. More
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US consumer spending stagnant
Bloomberg
Consumer spending in the U.S. barely rose in August after adjusting for inflation, according to data from the Commerce Department today. A slack job market and rising food and gasoline prices are squeezing households just as concern mounts that lawmakers might not be able to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax increases and government spending cuts slated to take effect next year. More
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Red — tomato — state pushes tougher trade rules for Mexico
The Washington Post
An otherwise obscure ruling by the Department of Commerce in a 16-year-old case involving tomatoes has prompted warnings of a trade war with Mexico and taken on outsize election-year significance in the crucial swing state of Florida. The dispute pits Florida's agricultural lobby against the Mexican government and a coalition of angry growers south of the border. More
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Polls show tight race in 3 swing states
The Hill
President Barack Obama narrowly leads Mitt Romney in three key swing states — New Hampshire, Nevada and North Carolina, according to an NBC News-Wall Street Journal-Marist poll released Friday.

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    Wall Street braces for an Obama win
    POLITICO
    Mitt Romney was Wall Street's dream candidate, a former private equity executive committed to lower taxes and less regulation who would never rip bankers as "fat cats" the way President Barack Obama famously did. But now many masters of the universe concede they may not get their man. More
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    Poll: Indiana Senate race no easy win for GOP
    The Wall Street Journal
    A new independent poll confirms the U.S. Senate race in Indiana is a toss-up, the latest case of Republicans having to fight for a seat in a conservative state they had been expected to win easily. More
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    Democrats make hay out of stalled farm bill
    The Hill
    Democrats are using the stalled farm bill to hammer their GOP opponents in congressional races across the country. Most recently, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a pair of ads targeting Republican Rep. Rick Berg, running for Senate in North Dakota, where agriculture remains the largest industry, on the failed farm bill. More
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    Non-O157 STEC testing procedures enter second phase
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    When new non-O157 STEC testing rules were implemented June 4, the Food Safety and Inspection Service set a 90-day window for processors and inspectors to prepare for the second phase, which requires operators to reassess their HACCP systems in response to any positive test results. This for-cause assessment is now due to begin, and inspectors have been given guidelines and procedures to move forward. More
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    Meat, poultry inspection processes continue to evolve
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued three directives Thursday for inspection personnel who operate in meat and poultry production facilities. A revision to Directive 8010.1 defines and outlines procedures for inspectors to use during in-commerce surveillance of meat and poultry plants. Revised Directive 8010.4 outlines the process for reporting on investigations into incidents related to meat and poultry production, humane slaughter, etc. Directive 5740.1 details the steps inspectors should take when implementing the Cooperative Interstate Shipment program as it pertains to meat and poultry. More
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    Dioxin monitoring begins Oct. 1
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    FSIS, in conjunction with the Agricultural Research Service Laboratory in Fargo, N.D., is conducting the 2013 Dioxin Survey baseline study to determine levels of dioxins in the products that FSIS regulates. Beginning Monday, inspectors will include dioxin sampling in beef, pork and poultry. More
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    FSIS launches online consumer complaint portal
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service unveiled Thursday a new service that allows consumers to file food safety complaints online. The Electronic Consumer Complaint Form will allow consumers to report problems with meat, poultry and egg products, allowing the FSIS to begin an investigation into food safety issues. More
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    FMCSA, DOT offer 2 exemptions effective Oct. 1
    Office of the Federal Register
    Beginning Monday, two statutory exemptions to MAP-21 transportation rules will take effect. Certain carriers transporting agricultural commodities and farm supplies will be excused from the hours-of-service rule, and covered farm vehicles will be exempt from most of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations. More
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    European Parliament votes to curb food commodity trading
    Food Navigator
    A European Parliament committee has voted to limit ultra-fast computerized trading on food commodity and energy markets in an effort to curb the kind of speculation that contributed to food price spikes in 2007-2008.

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    CARB extends GHG registration deadline for small fleets
    Truckinginfo
    The California Air Resources Board has extended the registration deadline for the Small Fleet Compliance Plan to Jan. 1. This extension will provide fleets that have not already registered to use a compliance option under the regulation to participate in the extended phase-in option of the Small Fleet Compliance Plan that begins in 2013 and ends in 2016. More
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    Poultry improvement group extended for another 2 years
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting a two-year extension of the charter for the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, saying the group's work is ongoing. More
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    Customs brokers acting as US agents face liability under FSMA
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Customs brokers who act as U.S. agents for an importer could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars if foreign facilities skip out in paying their FDA reinspection fees under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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    Survey: Americans 'value seekers' but not at expense of quality
    PR Newswire via Equities
    More Americans than ever are choosing natural and/or organic foods, according to the fifth annual Whole Foods Market® Food Shopping Trend Tracker Survey. The research revealed that nearly 3 of 4 Americans don't want to compromise on the quality of the food they buy, regardless of current food prices. But nearly two-thirds (64 percent) describe themselves as "value seekers" when it comes to grocery shopping. More
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    XL Foods suspended during E. coli investigation
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended operations and taken control of all products by XL Foods as it continues to investigate an E. coli outbreak that has led to a wave of ongoing recalls throughout Canada and the U.S. at several levels of the supply chain.

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  • Inspectors told to reject 3 categories of beef at US-Canada border (Food Chemical News)

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    Wendy's, In-N-Out Burger top Zagat's 2012 list
    Fast Casual
    Wendy's and In-N-Out Burger were once again named the top overall chains in this year's Zagat Fast-Food Survey. Both brands were No. 1 in the 2011 survey as well, in the mega and large chain categories. More
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    Research finds food that fights cancer in humans
    Farm and Dairy
    Recent food-based research at Ohio State University has discovered fruits and vegetables contain natural cancer-fighting capabilities when consumed appropriately. Five Ohio- and Indiana-based cooperatives have recognized these findings and are developing Growing the Cure, a program that encourages a collaborative effort to fund food research for cancer prevention. More
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    West Virginia State gets $1.6 million in food production grants
    The Charleston Gazette
    West Virginia State University will receive more than $1.6 million in federal research grants from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The funds will support seven proposed research projects focused on improving agriculture production in West Virginia. More
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    'Sugar control' study could spawn food solutions for obesity, diabetes
    Food Navigator
    Intestinal enzymes responsible for breaking down starchy foods could soon be "toggled" to be on or off, leading to foods that might help battle obesity and diabetes by better controlling blood sugar levels, say researchers. More
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    Mettler-Toledo introduces faster, more convenient inspection
    Food Production Daily
    Mettler-Toledo launched groundbreaking technology targeting speed and convenience for food manufacturers looking for vision and inspection systems at the FachPack 2012 trade show in Nuremberg, Germany. More
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