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CDC: Deadliest Listeria outbreak in 25 years

USA Today
An outbreak of Listeria in cantaloupe now has been linked to 23 deaths, making it the deadliest known outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. in more than 25 years.

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American Frozen Food Institute applauds Congressional passage of South Korea, Panama, Colombia trade pacts

Business Wire via MarketWatch
AFFI president and CEO Kraig Naasz today applauded members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for approving free trade agreements, saying the actions "will help the U.S. frozen food industry expand into rapidly growing international markets and create new jobs here at home."

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  • Congress passes free trade agreements (The Washington Post)
  • National Pork Producers Council: Passage of FTAs a great victory (The Meat Site) More
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    Meat groups ask for more time before E. coli policy overhaul

    Food Safety News
    In a letter to the Food Safety and Inspection Service this week, the meat industry requested more time — 120 days instead of 60 — to comment on the FSIS proposal to ban six more pathogenic serotypes of E. coli in raw beef. More
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    Voting before Christmas? New Hampshire says it could happen

    The Wall Street Journal
    New Hampshire is threatening to move the start of the presidential nominating process to early December — less than two months from now — if Nevada does not budge in what has become an electoral calendar game of chicken. More
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    Obama raises $70 million for campaign, DNC

    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama collected $43 million for his 2012 re-election campaign and helped raise an additional $27 million for the Democratic National Committee during the past three months, according to an email sent to supporters by campaign manager Jim Messina this morning. More
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    Romney attracts new support from donors, elected officials

    The Washington Post
    Buoyed by a series of strong debate performances, Mitt Romney suddenly is attracting new support from major donors and elected officials, some of whom had resisted his previous entreaties, as people throughout the GOP grow more accepting of the presidential contender as the party's standard-bearer.

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  • Obama's campaign sets sights on Romney (POLITICO)
  • Cain vaults to lead in poll (The Wall Street Journal) More
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    New GOP Super PAC for House races

    POLITICO
    Republicans on Thursday are launching the Congressional Leadership Fund, the first GOP Super PAC dedicated solely to House races, reports POLITICO's Mike Allen exclusively in Playbook.

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  • American Crossroads seeks permission to feature candidates in ads (The Washington Post) More
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    Deal close on cut in farm subsidies

    POLITICO
    Under pressure to cut farm subsidies, Agriculture Committee leaders in Congress are closing in on a 10-year savings target near $23 billion — about a third less than House Republicans and President Barack Obama had proposed, but still a significant change. More
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    US-China trade gap widens

    The Wall Street Journal
    The U.S. trade deficit with China hit a new record in August, which is likely to be seized upon by those in Congress who want to punish the Asian nation for its currency policies.

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  • House Democrat pleads for GOP leaders to bring up currency bill (The Hill)
  • Opinion: The Senate's new protectionists (The Wall Street Journal) More
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    Study: FDA risk assessment underestimates danger of contamination in seafood

    Food Safety News
    The first peer-reviewed challenge to the FDA's risk assessment of seafood offers evidence the FDA is tolerating too much contamination and is failing to identify risks for pregnant women and children.

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  • Study: FDA seafood standards flawed (The Tallahassee Democrat via USA Today) More
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    UK: Britons need to cut 5 billion calories

    The Associated Press via USA Today
    British health officials say the country needs to slash 5 billion calories from its collective daily diet to slow the obesity epidemic. More
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    Supporting children's health during National School Lunch Week

    USDA Blog
    In recognition of National School Lunch Week, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service offers an update on the fresh fruit and vegetable pilot program that will send fresh lettuce, apples, grapes, oranges, carrots and blueberries to schools in Michigan and Florida. More
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    State Department: Biotech labeling would scare consumers

    Des Moines Register
    The Obama administration shows no sign of changing the government's position on labeling of biotech foods: Jose Fernandez, the State Department's assistant secretary for economic, energy and business affairs, said Wednesday that such labeling would scare consumers. More
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    FDA sets strategic plan for Food and Veterinary Medicine Program

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The plan outlines seven strategic program goals, each encompassing its own key objectives, as well as nearly 100 specific initiatives aimed at achieving the FDA's goals and objectives. More
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    WHO: World more prone to foodborne disease

    AFP via Ahram Online
    The world has become more vulnerable to outbreaks of disease caused by contaminated food because of growing global trade, the World Health Organization said Thursday. More
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    E. coli confessions: Part III

    Food Safety News
    This is the third 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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    EU food, drink sector backs decision to end sugar quotas

    Food Navigator
    The EU food and drink manufacturing sector has welcomed Brussels' decision to abolish the EU sugar quota system by 2015, claiming it will allow a more market-focused sugar regime. More
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    Political moves seen behind Wal-Mart's China food troubles

    The Associated Press via Newser
    Wal-Mart is getting another public bludgeoning in China as popular anger over food safety makes the retail giant an easy target for political point scoring ahead of a central government leadership shuffle.

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    Ryan Systems launches food safety solutions business

    The Packer
    John Ryan, who retired last May as head of the quality assurance division of the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture, has founded Ryan Systems in Southern California, a company that will specialize in designing and supplying radio frequency identification, sensor-enabled traceability and food safety solutions. More
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    Synergy Flavors acquires Sethness Greenleaf

    Food Ingredients First
    Synergy Flavors has acquired Sethness Greenleaf, thereby strengthening its presence in several key beverage, dairy and bakery markets. More
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    Cargill offers new specialty chocolate tastes

    Food Ingredients First
    Investment by Cargill's cocoa and chocolate business has led to three new chocolate tastes: chocolate with mocha paste, chocolate with hazelnut paste and an authentic Gianduja chocolate, all produced using two new processes developed by Cargill. More
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    Company recalls uneviscerated herring

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    CFE International has recalled salted, smoked, split herring after a routine sample taken at a retail store in New York found the product to be uneviscerated. More
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    3PLs and the role of government

    SupplyChainBrain
    From large to small, logistics services providers should be concerned about how legislation — ranging from food safety laws to union rules to wage and labor guidelines — will affect them, says John E. Wagner Jr., president of Wagner Industries. More
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    Ag diagnostics market to hit $3 billion by 2017

    Global Industry Analysts via Western Farm Press
    Rising concerns over food and water safety globally continue to increase the need for testing contaminants, thereby generating strong demand for agricultural and environmental diagnostics. More
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    Doubling global food production: Solutions for a cultivated planet

    Nature
    To meet the world's future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture's environmental footprint must shrink dramatically.

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    Eat your greens, change your genes

    Food Product Design
    New research from McMaster and McGill universities found consumption of fruit and raw vegetables modified a gene called 9p21, the strongest marker for heart disease. More
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    Food processing floors go for green

    FoodProcessing.com
    Much is demanded of flooring in food processing plants: It must be durable, easy to clean, straightforward to repair and live a reasonably long life. Now, for a growing number of processors, plant flooring also needs to be environmentally friendly. More
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    Frozen food to find new retail channel in UK

    Retail Gazette
    U.K. value retail chain 99p Stores on Wednesday announced it will introduce freezers to its stores as it aims to become a "one-stop shop" for bargain-hungry consumers. More
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    UK's Waitrose launches new frozen meals

    FBR
    U.K.-based supermarket chain Waitrose has launched five new ready meals under its "Essential" range. More
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