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New sleuths for food safety

The Wall Street Journal
Inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration are searching fields in Colorado's Rocky Ford region for clues to how cantaloupes grown there have caused at least 100 illnesses and 18 deaths. But if a new law had been in place, the inspectors might have been there before the outbreak. More
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Advocacy group asks White House to limit food marketing

Multichannel News
The Prevention Institute and other advocacy groups have launched the "We're Not Buying It" campaign to spotlight food marketing practices they say are harmful to children. They want the Obama Administration to stand up for the voluntary Interagency Working Group food marketing guidelines under attack from the industry. More
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Lawmakers vow to vote on trade pacts

The Wall Street Journal
House and Senate leaders vowed to hold votes next Wednesday on free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, setting the stage for final votes on the long-awaited trade pacts ahead of a state visit by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak next week.

Editor's note: Members of the frozen food community can urge their elected officials to support passage of the trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama through the Friends of Frozen Food grassroots platform, accessed by clicking here.
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Cain's surprising rise to GOP front-runner

The Washington Post
For months, Herman Cain languished on the margins of the Republican presidential campaign. But in the past few weeks, something happened that even Cain did not see coming. He became a front-runner for the nomination. More
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Romney, GOP front-runner again, faces challenge connecting with voters

The Washington Post
As the Republican presidential field took final shape this week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney moved quickly to try to consolidate his support across the party, rallying key donors and elected officials by asserting he is the candidate best positioned to take on President Barack Obama next year. More
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Obama voices reservations on China sanction bill, but does not say he would veto it

The Associated Press via The Washington Post
President Barack Obama says China has "gamed" the trading system to its advantage but says he worries bipartisan Senate legislation to penalize Beijing for undervaluing its currency could conflict with international agreements. Still, he did not say whether he would veto the legislation.

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    AFDO wins grant to help coordinate food safety system

    Food Safety News
    The Association of Food and Drug Officials has received a $500,000 government award that will allow it to help integrate the national food safety system. More
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    FDA to kick off standardized research to help write produce safety regulations

    Produce News Daily
    Officials from the the Food & Drug Administration asked the produce industry to support a government-led standardized research strategy for soil amendments and water quality, the results of which could be used to prove farms can take an alternative approach to meeting new produce safety standards. More
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    Livestock, poultry industries support legislation to tie ethanol mandate to corn supplies

    Perishable News
    Representatives from the livestock and poultry industries joined forces this week to commend U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Jim Costa, D-Calif., for introducing the Renewable Fuels Standard Flexibility Act, which calls for a twice-annual review of the corn stocks-to-use ratio. More
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    Trace One warns of information blind spot in advance of new EU labeling legislation

    Food & Drink News
    Private label software specialist Trace One is urging retailers and manufacturers to review their validation process for product information ahead of EU food labeling legislation being published this month. More
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    Trends in food packaging

    Packaging Europe
    The food industry is by far the largest user of packaging, accounting for 40 percent of the market. Trends in food consumption, therefore, dictate trends in food packaging. What's on the horizon? More
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    Cargill more aggressive in fighting meat contamination

    Minnesota Public Radio
    Although the ground turkey recall in September was far from Cargill's first recall, the company's action last month dwarfed anything it has done in the past, and the situation has prompted a new look at the industry. More
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    Weight Watchers launches new bagged meals

    MarketWatch
    New Satisfying Selections™ from Weight Watchers Smart Ones feature frozen dinnertime dishes with 30 percent more food than traditional tray meals. More
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    SATO technology helps reduce waste, meet regulations

    Packaging Europe
    Compliance with regulations on food safety and hygiene is of paramount importance for any food service company. Choosing the correct barcode and labeling solution is critical. More
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    Frozen Food Express restructures dry freight service

    Truckinginfo
    Frozen Food Express Industries has said it no longer will provide dry freight services via a dedicated fleet of dry van trailers, but it will maintain limited service via the company's temperature-controlled trailers. More
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    Boise reaches agreement to buy Hexacomb

    Food Production Daily
    Boise Inc. said it has reached an agreement to take over the Hexacomb protective packaging business from Pregis Corp. for $125 million. More
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    Domino's founder starts new franchise

    WINK-TV
    Domino's founder Tom Monaghan is at it again. The mastermind behind the national pizza chain and Ave Maria University is making a return to the food industry, at age 74. More
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    Positioning private label

    Business Wire via Prepared Foods Network
    Increasingly, private-label products are strategic weapons that separate a retailer from its competitors in a way that helps to build loyalty and purchase behavior. More
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    Study: Unhealthy eating habits form early

    Food Product Design
    Children as young as 12 months are developing unhealthy eating habits that could lead to long-term struggles with weight and obesity issues, according to results of a new Nestle nutrition study presented at The Obesity Society's annual scientific meeting in Orlando, Fla. More
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    Japan seeks new rice source

    The Wall Street Journal
    Japanese consumers typically prefer fresh, home-grown rice, but that isn't true this year. Demand has surged for remaining supplies of last year's harvest — and for foreign-grown grains. More
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