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FDA says it can't afford new food safety law
Reuters via The Columbus Dispatch
Citing a lack of money, the Food and Drug Administration said it is having difficulty implementing expansive new rules to improve food safety, nearly two years after President Barack Obama signed them into law. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg predicted Monday that her agency "very soon" will issue new regulations needed to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act. Hamburg said implementation has been slow because Congress has not provided enough money to meet the law's ambitious demands. More
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Chicken is king amid soaring beef prices
The Orange County Register
The fast food industry's love affair with chicken could blossom into a long-term romance. Amid record high ground beef prices, chains led by McDonald's and Burger King are pushing chicken on consumers and considering price increases as they brace for skyrocketing beef costs triggered by corn shortages in the Midwest.

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    Poll: Strong but shaky support for labeling GM food
    The Sacramento Bee
    An overwhelming majority of California voters favor Proposition 37, which would require new labels on genetically engineered foods, according to a poll released Monday. But support is likely to erode in the next month as Californians are exposed to more ads against the measure, says the study by agricultural economists at Oklahoma State University.

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    Poll: Obama leads 49-45, thanks to women voters
    USA Today
    Women voters give President Barack Obama a 4-point lead over Mitt Romney in a new poll from Quinnipiac University. Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 45 percent among likely voters, thanks largely to a 56 percent to 38 percent lead among women.

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    What a 2nd-term Obama economic team might look like
    The Washington Post
    White House contenders President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney may not be spending vast amounts of time thinking about who their Treasury secretary and White House economic advisers will be, but The Washington Post is. Based on conversations with economic policy veterans allied with each party, here is some educated guesswork at how they are likely to build their teams. More
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    Senate 5: Sherrod Brown up, Heather Wilson down
    POLITICO
    POLITICO offers a daily afternoon scorecard of the five biggest developments in the battle for the Senate as five weeks from Election Day, control of the U.S. Senate remains balanced on a knife's edge.

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    EU aid chief: Output, not stockpiles, key to capping food costs
    Reuters
    Building strategic agricultural stocks to curb market volatility, as proposed by France, would not be the most effective way to tame food prices, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said Monday. He said what's needed instead is an increase in food production in the world's poorest countries. More
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    Canadian trade official: TPP draft texts coming soon
    iPolitics
    Trans-Pacific Partnership watchers can mark another date on their calendar. Speaking at a press conference Monday morning, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast had this to say: "October 8 is the date on which the United States completes its domestic consultation process. Shortly thereafter I expect that we will receive a copy of the current draft text."

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    China starts to register imported food
    China Daily
    China on Monday launched a registration system to record imported food in both varieties and places of origin, in a bid to establish a tracking system for food imports and guarantee safety. More
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    FTC: New truth-in-advertising guidelines by year's end
    MediaPost
    The Federal Trade Commission hopes to issue its long-awaited update to the dot-com disclosure guides by the end of the year, associate director Mary Engle said Monday at the Better Business Bureau's National Advertising Self-Regulatory Council conference. The new guidelines will advise how to convey key information to consumers on mobile devices and social media platforms. More
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    New research points to CSA shortcomings, reforms
    Truckinginfo
    A new research report finds that while some CSA scores are accurate predictors of crash risk, others work in the opposite direction. More
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    Fledgling Mondelez bets on 'power brands'
    The Wall Street Journal
    Mondelez International Inc., the snack-food spin-off from Kraft Foods Group Inc. that will begin trading as a separate companies Tuesday, is betting on the power of global brands such as Toblerone and Cadbury chocolate to stay on the shopping lists of cash-strapped European consumers.

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    Food supply chain still reacting to XL Foods E. coli scare
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Monday added more products to the recall stemming from an E. coli contamination at an XL Foods plant. The ongoing investigation is likely to lead to further recalls, the agency warned.

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    Technomic: Evaluating the QSR consumer
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    A typical quick-service restaurant customer is male, Caucasian, between 25 and 34 years old, usually accompanied by a spouse or significant other and likely to dine in the restaurant, according to recent consumer restaurant brand metrics research from Technomic.

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    Risk managers: What is 'confirmed information'?
    Food Safety News
    Recent food recalls serve as a case study in public relations, bringing to light an extremely important topic for food producers and distributors. What is the definition of "confirmed information"? More
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    Nestlé partners with Chromocell for salt reduction innovation
    Food Navigator
    Nestlé has entered a collaborative agreement with U.S.-based life sciences firm Chromocell to develop ingredients for reduced-salt foods that correspond with consumer taste expectations, the company has said. More
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    CRN appoints FDA veteran to lead scientific, international affairs
    Drug Store News
    The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday announced Jim Griffiths has been named as the association's vice president of scientific and international affairs, effective Oct. 10. More
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    Prepping your produce
    Produce Retailer
    How clean is the produce you're purveying? Your answer to that question ultimately can impact sales. More
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    Romer Labs buys Strategic Diagnostics food safety, GMO divisions
    prLeap
    Romer Labs, a global supplier of food safety diagnostics, announced Tuesday it has agreed to acquire the assets of the food safety and GMO businesses of Strategic Diagnostics Inc. The deal accelerates Romer Labs' move into food pathogen detection and augments its product and service range. More
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    South African expert: Uncertainty, red tape strangle food business
    The Times
    Small food processing companies face significant barriers to entry and, even when firmly established, find the going tough, says Professor Justin Barnes, director of B&M Analysts, who believes massive opportunities for job and wealth creation have been foregone. More
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