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FTC pulls back on junk food marketing proposal

The Associated Press via Newsday
Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam can rest easy. Government officials fine-tuning guidelines for marketing food to children say they won't push the food industry to get rid of colorful cartoon characters on cereal boxes anytime soon.

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    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute submitted testimony on this issue to a hearing held today by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and the Subcommittee on Health. More
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    Congress moves toward passage of trade deals

    The Wall Street Journal
    Congress prepared Wednesday to pass free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, showing unusual bipartisan resolve to put an end to more than four years of heated debate about the direction of U.S. trade policy.

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  • Pelosi calls for House vote on China currency bill before trade bills (The Hill) More
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    Bigger corn crop could keep food prices in check

    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Food prices could rise more slowly next year because farmers have a bigger surplus of corn on hand than previously thought. More
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    Opinion: Not even close — Romney crushes the field

    The Washington Post
    The Post-Bloomberg debate was the most substantive and well-behaved of the Republican presidential debates to date. The format used a single debate topic — the economy — and helped to focus the contenders and separate the good from the bad from the ugly performances. More
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    Romney builds case for inevitability

    POLITICO
    Hours after Chris Christie signaled he believes Mitt Romney is the Republican party's inevitable nominee, Romney and the rest of the GOP field went about proving him right. More
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    California firm recalls ground beef on E. coli fears

    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Commercial Meat Co., a Los Angeles-based company, is recalling approximately 377,775 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with E. coli. The meat was shipped to restaurants and other facilities in California and Nevada.

    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.
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    China seeks to lower yuan as US bill advances

    The Wall Street Journal
    In a defiant response to U.S. Senate approval of a bill that would pressure China to let its currency rise faster, the nation's central bank set the guideposts for the yuan substantially lower Wednesday and warned the bill could imperil further currency reform. More
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    Opinion: Government vs. EPA

    The Wall Street Journal
    The Environmental Protection Agency's political agenda hasn't gotten less reckless, but the news is the rest of the government is beginning to notice — including a majority of the states and even other regulators. And now they are pushing back. More
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    Feds seize food at Washington warehouse

    Food Safety News
    Citing evidence of "widespread and active rodent and insect infestation," the Food and Drug Administration had U.S. Marshals seize food products being held in the warehouse and processing plant of Dominguez Foods of Washington on Sept. 30. More
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    USDA seeks input on preharvest beef safety

    Drovers Cattle Network
    Noting that "preharvest food safety interventions can prevent foodborne illness by helping to reduce risk in the farm-to-table continuum," the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service seeks to identify best management practices for beef producers. More
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    US Foods executive to lead GFSI group

    Perishable News
    U.S. Foods has announced that Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president of food safety and quality, has been named chairperson of the Transport and Distribution Working Group of the Global Food Safety Initiative. More
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    E. coli confessions: Part II

    Food Safety News
    This is the second installment in a series written by John Munsell of Miles City, Mont., who explains how the small meat plant his family owned for 59 years ran afoul of USDA's meat inspection program. More
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    FDA, FSIS set public meeting on salt reduction initiative

    Food Chemical News
    The FDA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service are scheduled to announce a public meeting to discuss their joint salt reduction initiative. The meeting is set for Nov. 10 at the FDA's White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Md.

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  • FDA, FSIS set Nov. 29 deadline for input, research on sodium intake (Federal Register) More
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    Food service companies reach milestones in standards

    PRWeb via Digital Journal
    Dozens of major food service companies are seeing measurable benefits as part of the industry-driven Foodservice GS1 U.S. Standards Initiative, organizers said today. Two years into the initiative, GS1 U.S. said the industry has passed the halfway mark toward voluntary adoption of GS1 standards by 2015. More
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    France to curb BPA use in all food packaging

    FBR
    French health minister Xavier Bertrand has supported a law that would curb the use of bisphenol A in all food packaging, effective 2014. The food law also proposes the ban of the chemical in all packaging aimed at children by 2013. More
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    PepsiCo profit rises 4 percent on snacks sales in Latin America

    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    PepsiCo Inc., the world's largest snack food maker, reported a 4.1 percent rise in third-quarter profit, helped by price increases and sales of snacks in Latin America. More
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    General Mills marks strong year of health improvements

    Food Ingredients First
    General Mills today announced it improved the health profile of products comprising approximately 25 percent of its U.S. retail sales volume during this fiscal year. More
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    Bay Grove buys Richmond Cold Storage

    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Bay Grove Capital LLC, of San Francisco, said it has acquired Richmond Cold Storage Company LLC, which operates a network of third-party, temperature-controlled and dry warehouses. More
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    Cargill gains patent approval for glucosamine production

    Food Ingredients First
    The United States Patent and Trademark office issued a patent to Cargill yesterday, titled "Glucosamine and Method of Making Glucosamine from Microbial Biomass." It represents the latest improvements to Cargill's unique non-shellfish glucosamine production processes. More
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    Dole Food acquires SunnyRidge Farm

    FBR
    Dole Food Company, a U.S.-based producer and marketer of fruit and fresh vegetables, has acquired all of the capital stock of the parent of SunnyRidge Farm, which sources and sells blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. More
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    New business structure for Hormel Foods

    The Meat Site
    Hormel Foods has announced a new business structure that will result in grocery products and consumer products sales reporting to Steven G. Binder. More
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    Nestle recalls mispackaged Lean Cuisine® products

    Food and Drug Administration
    Nestle Prepared Foods Company is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of Lean Cuisine® Dinnertime Selects™ Chicken Fettuccini after discovering a small quantity — fewer than 200 — contain lemon garlic shrimp instead of the fettuccine meal. More
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    Spartan brand hits shelves with front-of-package labeling

    Packaging Digest
    Spartan Stores' Spartan brand packaging now will include front-of-packaging nutrition icons — making the company one of the first retailers in the nation to do so. The new labels support the voluntary Facts Up Front nutrition labeling system. More
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    Shoppers: Food quality is king

    Food Manufacture
    Shoppers overwhelmingly rejected the re-engineering of foods to keep prices down as the cost of ingredients rises, according to the results of a survey by grocery think tank IGD. More
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    Researchers: Cure in sight for peanut allergy

    Food & Drink Digital
    Researchers at Chicago's Northwestern University might have come closer to finding a cure for peanut allergies by creating an immune system that doesn't see peanut proteins as a threat. More
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