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Food sickens millions as company-paid checks find it safe
Bloomberg Markets
Almost 3,000 people in the U.S. died in 2011 from foodborne illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. food industry has put in place standards to ensure deadly pathogens don't make it into the market. But what is the Food and Drug Administration doing to regulate food producers, domestic and overseas?

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    Hamburg wants industry's help to fund food safety law
    The Packer
    The Food and Drug Administration's leader suggested in a recent speech the food industry should pay more to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, but so far that trial balloon hasn't lifted off. More
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    As food recalls mount, White House lingers over safety rules
    McClatchy Newspapers via Anchorage Daily News
    Families who've lost loved ones to foodborne illnesses have watched with alarm in recent months as producers have recalled mangoes, cantaloupe, ricotta cheese, dog food and peanut butter after people were sickened by the tainted goods. A landmark food safety law passed nearly two years ago was supposed to help curtail such outbreaks. But the Obama administration has yet to issue the final rules that will give the Food and Drug Administration more authority over food producers.

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    Sensing win, GOP kingmakers closing ranks behind Romney
    The Hill
    Kingmakers in the Republican Party are closing ranks behind Mitt Romney, saying they have no concerns about the GOP nominee's recent push for independent voters.

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    5 things to watch for in the vice presidential debate
    The Washington Post
    The "Thrill in the 'Ville" — aka the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan — gets underway this evening in Danville, Ky. Watch out for five key things in this matchup. More
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    Unions struggle to help Obama
    POLITICO
    Organized labor is playing "Moneyball" this fall, and President Barack Obama isn't winning. Four years ago, organized labor came out early and often for Obama, from major endorsements in the primary to multimillion-dollar ad buys later in the year. Now, with smaller memberships, less excitement and a languishing economy, unions aren't guaranteed to be the help they once were. More
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    Progress report: FSMA implementation
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA has updated its quarterly progress report concerning implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. In September, Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael R. Taylor addressed food safety at the 2012 FDA Science Writers Symposium. Specifically, he addressed new strategies for how FDA will work internally and with stakeholders and partners to achieve the law's goals. More
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    Opinion: Support healthier school lunches in Kansas
    The Kansas City Star
    Kansas teens have received national attention recently from a viral video "We are Hungry." The video depicts lethargic student athletes struggling through their school day because of measly school meals. The video is cute. It's catchy. It's impressive. But our role as adults is to ensure our kids get what they need, not what they think they need. More
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    US trade deficit rose to $44.2 billion in August
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    The U.S. trade deficit widened in August from July because exports fell to the lowest level in six months. The wider deficit likely dragged on already-weak economic growth. More
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    Washington food code changes food storage regulations
    The Oregonian
    Storage temperatures for potentially hazardous food items in Washington will shift toward the chillier side this May after a Wednesday morning Board of Health decision. The Washington State Board of Health unanimously adopted revisions to state food safety requirements at its monthly meeting in Olympia. The updated food code includes a long list of changes, among them the adjustment of temperatures for food storage. More
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    Food Days 2012: Alliance highlights challenges, opportunities
    PRWeb
    The Alliance to Feed the Future is helping to highlight the challenges of feeding a growing world population and solutions offered by modern agricultural and food processing practices by hosting a variety of educational events and launching a video series as part of activities leading up to and surrounding World Food Day, Oct. 16, and the World Food Prize, Oct. 18, as well as other events being planned.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the Alliance to Feed the Future.
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    FSIS directive on interstate shipping practices provides clarity
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Ohio might be up and running as the first state approved by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to select plants eligible to ship meat and poultry products across state lines without becoming federally inspected plants, but questions remain about what the program will look like. More
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    California's Prop 37 label law seen vulnerable to legal challenge
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Although California's Proposition 37 seems likely to be approved by the state's voters next month, it's vulnerable to legal challenge thereafter, say partners at two different Washington, D.C., law firms.

    Editor's note: AFFI is a member of a diverse coalition of food, nutrition, tax and consumer organizations working to stop this misguided food labeling scheme. For more information, please click here.
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    FSIS, FDA seek input ahead of Codex food hygiene meeting
    Federal Register
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, along with the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services, will host a public meeting Oct. 23 to discuss the U.S. agenda and positions in advance of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene's November meeting in New Orleans. More
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    Analysis of RFS waiver shows possibility of higher feed costs
    KTIC
    A new analysis commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association and conducted by Cardno-ENTRIX shows that waiving the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2013 actually could lead to higher net feeding costs for livestock and poultry producers.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is part of a food group coalition urging the EPA to waive the ethanol fuel mandate. A copy of the coalition's Aug. 10 letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson can be viewed here.
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    After long wait, Canada gets its TPP invitation
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Canadian government said Tuesday it received a formal invitation to join 10 other countries in talks on a wide-ranging Pacific trade pact and that Canadian officials would participate in the next full round of negotiations in New Zealand in December. More
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    South Korea lifts ban on Pacific Northwest potatoes
    PotatoPro
    South Korea has lifted a ban against Pacific Northwest-grown potatoes used for things like potato chips, but a ban on other fresh potatoes still remains because of a fear over a bacterium known as zebra chip, state officials announced Wednesday during a phone conference from Gov. Chris Gregoire's trade mission. More
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    Why low-income countries should care about food safety
    Food Safety News
    Food safety is one of the most ignored areas of policy in low-income countries, especially in Africa. As a result, food systems in these countries are not always as well organized and comprehensive as in the industrialized world. This situation is exacerbated by an ever-growing population, rapid urbanization and, most important, a lack of the economic and technical resources needed to support a sound food safety system. More
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    Grocery chain freezes prices on 300+ items into 2013
    WEWS-TV
    The Giant Eagle grocery store chain in Cleveland has revealed a top-secret mission for northeast Ohio consumers: It's locking up low prices. More than 300 food items will be priced to remain the same now through Jan. 2, 2013. More
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    Wendy's logo gets a makeover, 1st since 1983
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    For the first time since 1983, the Dublin, Ohio-based fast food company is updating its logo in a move intended to signal its transformation to a higher-end hamburger chain. More
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    Research: Food marketers can help consumers eat better
    Counsel & Heal
    A new study by researchers from Cornell University and a French business school points to ways in which smart food marketers can use the techniques that pique consumer appetite for calorie-dense fast foods to help people make healthier food choices instead — while improving the food companies' bottom line. More
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    Fast food aspires to 'fast casual'
    The Wall Street Journal
    In the hope of appealing to more-sophisticated consumers, fast-food chains are moving beyond simple cheeseburgers and tacos, adding fancier ingredients such as portabella mushrooms, citrus-herb marinated chicken and pepper bacon. The move is driven by a growing foodie culture as well as the success of chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Panera Bread Co., in a category known as "fast casual." More
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    Rabobank: EU food contract manufacturing to double by 2020
    Food Ingredients First
    The European contract manufacturing market in food and beverages is expected to roughly double in size by 2020, driven by underlying demand growth, market share gains of "A brands" and increased levels of outsourcing activity, according to a new report by Rabobank. More
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    Market research: 4th edition frozen food report available
    PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
    Sales in the $44 billion U.S. retail market for frozen foods have been flat to declining, with nearly all dollar sales gains attributable to inflation or new products — not to increased consumer demand. Contributing to this stagnation are the nation's slow economic recovery, changing consumer patterns, lack of excitement in frozen foods categories and merchandising, retailers' increased focus on the fresh foods perimeter and competition from fresh foods, shelf-stable foods and restaurants, according to the newly released "Frozen Foods in the U.S., 4th Edition." More
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    Tyson recalls 67,000 pounds of mislabeled chicken
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After discovering buffalo-style chicken wings products were packaged in bags meant for honey barbecue wings, Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling 67,269 pounds of chicken due to the misbranding and subsequent undeclared allergens.

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    Coca-Cola champions energy balance
    USAgNet
    Coca-Cola placed its bet that no matter the winner, city employees in Chicago and San Antonio will be healthier, more active and better informed about their diet choices in one year's time. The ABA Foundation announced it will fund a $5 million "wellness challenge" between the cities of Chicago and San Antonio. More
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    Elderly customers a prime audience for food, supplement sectors
    Nutritional Outlook
    Although products such as Nestlé's Build-Up, Complan from Heinz and Abbott's Ensure are available, they are marketed as medical products. But what about older people who want to remain healthy as long as possible? What potential is there for mainstream products to help them feel younger? More
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    Nestlé UK design checks cut accidents 33 percent
    Confectionery News
    Nestlé's confectionery factory in York, U.K., has bagged a safety award for a plan that included assessing plant design risks; the new process has reduced the frequency of accidents by a third. More
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