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Food industry applauds step back on marketing restrictions

The Hill
The food industry sighed in relief Wednesday after the Obama administration appeared ready to scale back voluntary guidelines for marketing food to children.

Editor's note:The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story regarding efforts to prevent imposition of severe new federal food marketing rules.
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Opinion: Food industry thinks name change disguises bad labeling

The Atlantic
In an attempt to undermine the FDA's current efforts to rationalize front-of-package labeling, industry groups have devised a new campaign. More
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In debate about food, a monied new player

The New York Times
Last week, a new public relations campaign about agriculture got off to a splashy start. With full-page ads in newspapers and panel discussions streamed via the Internet, the newly formed U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance began what it called a bid to "reshape the dialogue" about the American food supply. More
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The slowness of the 2012 fundraising race (and what it means)

The Washington Post
Friday marks the end of the third fundraising quarter of the year, and — almost to a candidate — the men and women running for the Republican presidential nomination are downplaying expectations. More
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Is Christie ready to be president?

The Washington Post
It was about this time five years ago when political strategist David Axelrod sat down and wrote a memo to then-Sen. Barack Obama, who was considering whether to run for president after months of saying he would not. More
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Mitt Romney, never Republicans' dream date, hopes to be the one they marry

The Washington Post
Once again, there was another group of Republicans begging its latest dream date to run for president. And once again, there was Mitt Romney, in his fifth year of running for president, facing questions about why he never seems to be the one Republicans are swooning over. More
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Opinion: Taking Cain seriously

The Wall Street Journal
You hear the same thing said about Herman Cain all the time: "Herman Cain has some really interesting ideas, but..." Or "I love Herman Cain, but..." But what? More
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Opinion: Obama's risky run to the left

The Wall Street Journal
In recent weeks, President Barack Obama has demolished any expectations that he would seek re-election by returning to his idealistic rhetoric of 2008, when he promised to heal America's political divisions. More
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Expand the use of food stamps?

The New York Times
Nearly 50 million Americans rely on food stamps — now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — and the federal costs are spiking accordingly.

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  • Should food stamp nutrition be mandated? (The Huffington Post) More
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    Deadly cantaloupes have scientists searching for clues

    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Colorado scientists are working to pinpoint how melons linked to the deadliest U.S. outbreak of foodborne illness since 1998 became contaminated.

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  • Update on Listeriosis outbreak (CDC)
  • Too early to know 'root cause' of outbreak (Food Safety News)
  • Experts fear Listeria may be affecting more produce (USA Today)

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is organizing a series of instructional food safety webinars with leading experts to examine topics and issues related to implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To register, or for more information, please click here. More
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    DeLauro hits Boehner, GOP on food safety funding

    Food Safety News
    U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a longtime hawk on food safety issues, once again blasted Republicans for seeking cuts to federal food safety programs, this time singling out Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, whose own district currently is dealing with an E. coli outbreak.

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  • E. coli in Boehner's district draws Democrat's calls for tougher food safety measures (The Hill)
  • GOP calls for end of food safety laws on deadly bacteria (Digital Journal)
  • Ohio illnesses prompted Tyson ground beef recall (Dayton Daily News) More
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    USDA launches MyPlate video challenge

    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week expanded its new MyPlate campaign for healthier eating by launching a video competition to promote the first message of the movement: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. More
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    Polls agree: Food system needs fixing

    The New York Times
    With the Farm Bill fast approaching and the congressional supercommittee taking a hard look at which farm programs to cut and which to preserve, this is a good moment for Americans to let their feelings be known. More
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    Rabobank: More meat, poultry price hikes likely

    Food Navigator
    U.S. meat and poultry prices likely will rise next year as domestic production enters a period of sharp decline, according to a new report from financial services provider Rabobank. More
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    Fast food deals go into overdrive as economy sputters

    USA Today
    Cheap eats are making a rapid-fire return to fast food. As the economy continues to tank and unemployment in the core 18- to 24-year-old market hovers near 20 percent, some of the biggest names in fast food are back with eye-popping deals. More
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    Seafood processor Trident hit with EPA fines

    USA Today
    One of the world's largest seafood processors has been hit with millions of dollars in penalties for Clean Water Act violations involving seafood waste that piles up on the sea floor off Alaska, creating oxygen-depleted dead zones. More
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    Hagen: Cargill recall a 'shake-up' on poultry safety

    Bloomberg Businessweek
    The recall of about 36 million pounds of Cargill Inc. turkey meat "shook people up" to the need for tougher poultry rules, said Elisabeth Hagen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's undersecretary for food safety. More
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    Feds help GMO salmon swim upstream

    Grist
    AquaBounty Technology's genetically modified salmon just got a hefty financial boost from the USDA: On Monday, the agency awarded the Massachusetts-based company $494,000 to study technologies that would render the genetically tweaked fish sterile. More
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    Food safety inspection mobile apps released

    PRWeb via Benzinga
    Inspect2GO has released new food safety inspection software for use on mobile devices; the applications make it easier to conduct, record and track food safety audits. More
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    Organic grape tomatoes recalled over Salmonella risk

    Food Poison Journal
    Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego voluntarily recalled one lot of organic grape tomatoes sold under the Limited Edition® and Fresh & Easy labels because of a possible health risk from Salmonella. More
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    Recall issued on frozen dumplings with undeclared milk, wheat

    Food Safety News
    M&P Food Productions Ltd. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling several varieties of frozen vareniki, or dumplings, because the products contain undeclared milk and wheat. More
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    Health hazard alert for smoked ham expands

    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The public warning issued this week for Compliments brand Sensations Old-Style Smoked Ham has been expanded to include an additional lot code. More
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    German scientists developing, leasing antimicrobial workwear

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    In many areas, but especially in food processing companies and catering facilities, hospitals and care homes, hygienic workwear is extremely important. More
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    China targets world domination in packaging by 2012

    Food Production Daily
    China is aiming to surpass the U.S. to become the biggest packaging producer in the world by the close of 2012, according to a recent study.

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  • Packaging alliance to create 'global coverage' (Food Production Daily) More
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    Moody's raises General Mills outlook on pricing power

    MarketWatch
    Moody's Investors Service raised its outlook on General Mills Inc. to positive from stable, citing a relatively stable operating performance in recent years and the food giant's pricing power. More
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    Nestle plans open houses in quest to build new R&D center

    Solon Patch
    Nestle has scheduled two public open houses in October to discuss the company's plans to build a new research and development facility in Solon, Ohio — a move officials say would help Nestle expand its frozen food business but also one that residents must vote to approve. More
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    Robotics or die: UK food manufacturers' 10-year choice

    Food Production Daily
    U.K. food manufacturers have just 5 to 10 years to adopt robotic technology or face terminal decline. More
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    Product developers find ethnic flavors succeed in US

    FoodProcessing.com
    Only 25 years ago, Italian or Mexican flavors seemed foreign and unfamiliar to most Americans. Today, the food cultures of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean seem equally as close and accessible as those of Europe or regional America. More
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