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Attorneys: FDA has tightened food safety enforcement
Food Product Design
Some lawyers say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been more rigorously enforcing food safety regulations in recent years, following a 2010 government report that identified severe weaknesses in the agency's food facilities inspection program. More
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Lawmakers: Students need more calories in their school meals
Los Angeles Times
Lawmakers and government officials are again engaged in a food fight, this time with Republican lawmakers hungry to lift new federal limits on the calories of school lunches served to 32 million students. The lawmakers have introduced legislation targeting the "nutrition nannies" at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, contending their "calorie rationing" is leaving students hungry. More
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EPA nears ethanol decision
The Detroit News
The Environmental Protection Agency will decide by early next month whether to reduce the amount of corn-based ethanol used in the nation's 240 million gas tanks because of this summer's drought. The governors of eight states and nearly 200 members of Congress asked the EPA to waive requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard signed into law in 2007.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute and nearly 20 food group submitted comments to EPA on Oct. 4 urging the agency to waive the ethanol fuel mandate. A copy of those comments can be viewed here.
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Campaigns claim edge in registrations, early voting efforts
USA Today
While polls show the presidential race tightening, President Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's campaign advisers on Thursday were pointing to their respective voter-registration efforts and early voting tallies in several swing states as evidence their candidate has the upper hand.

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    Biden, Ryan trade sharp words on foreign policy, economy
    The Washington Post
    Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tangled fiercely and noisily Thursday night over the economy and foreign policy in a spirited debate that underscored the vast differences between the Democratic and Republican tickets on virtually every issue in the presidential campaign. More
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    New Florida poll claims big swing for Romney
    POLITICO
    Barack Obama's lackluster debate performance last week has dramatically altered the presidential race in Florida, with Mitt Romney opening up a decisive 7 percentage point lead, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll. More
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    Lawyer: Prop 37 will surpass Prop 65 as source of consumer litigation in California
    Food Navigator-USA
    Prop 37 is likely to surpass Prop 65 as a source of consumer litigation in California if the controversial GMO labeling initiative gets the green light next month, predicts one San Francisco-based lawyer.

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    Hearings underway on egg regulations with food safety focus
    California Department of Food and Agriculture via Imperial Valley News
    As part of our enduring mission to continually improve food safety practices, CDFA has proposed regulatory changes that would improve the safety of eggs produced in California and those imported from other states. Specifically, these regulations will implement practices that can reduce the risk of Salmonella Enteritidis contamination. More
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    Opinion: Your food shouldn't hospitalize you
    Bloomberg View
    Contaminated food sickens 48 million Americans, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths and more than 100,000 hospitalizations each year. Hard as this is to believe, it's easy to see how we got here. More
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    FDA, EFSA under scrutiny
    Food World News
    The European Court of Auditors, after reviewing management of conflicts of interest, has decided the European Food Safety Authority is not handling them too well. More
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    Protected ag group in Mexico sets safety, sustainability agenda
    The Produce News
    Protected agriculture continues to grow in Mexico and now represents a preponderance of horticultural exports to the United States, according to Eric Viramontes, chief executive officer of the Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture, better known by its acronym AMHPAC. More
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    Learning food's value beyond nutrition
    The Washington Post
    Next week, dozens of Washington, D.C., schools will celebrate "Growing Healthy Schools Week." Organized by the DC Farm to School Network, schools will host chef demos, farmer visits, farm trips and gardening workshops. The executive director of DC Greens, which oversees the Farm to School network, said the event's intent is to help kids better understand the "story" of food.

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    Limited operations approved for XL beef plant
    The Canadian Press via MetroNews Canada
    The Alberta, Canada, plant at the center of an E. coli scare and massive beef recall is being allowed to resume limited operations under tougher food testing rules. But the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says no products will leave the XL Foods meat packer in Brooks until the agency is satisfied it is safe to do so. More
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    Cargill results bounce back strong in Q1
    Food Ingredients First
    Cargill has reported earnings of $975 million in the fiscal 2013 first quarter, compared with $236 million in the same period a year ago. First-quarter revenues were $33.8 billion compared with $34.6 billion year-over-year. More
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    Data: Food industry making progress on trans-fat reduction
    Food Navigator-USA
    Efforts to reduce the trans-fat content of processed food are working to reduce national consumption levels, but some sections are still consuming high levels of the fats, says new survey data published in "Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A." More
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