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Opinion: The ideal food label
The New York Times
Right now, the labels required on food give us loads of information, much of it useful. What they don't do is tell us whether something is really beneficial, in every sense of the word. With a different set of criteria and some clear graphics, food packages could tell us much more.

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    Ad blitz drains support for California GMO-labeling plan
    Ag Professional
    An intense advertising blitz, funded by Monsanto Co. and others, has eroded support for a California ballot proposal that would require U.S. food makers to disclose when their products contain genetically modified organisms. Support for the GMO labeling proposal has plummeted to 48.3 percent from 66.9 percent two weeks ago, according to an online survey of 830 likely California voters conducted for the California Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy by M4 Strategies.

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    Private-label food wages turf war with national brands
    Business News Daily
    Private-label food brands sold by supermarkets and other retailers, long a shopping list staple of budget-conscious consumers, continue to chip away at the dominance — and market share — of highly advertised national brands, according to a new report. These house brands are on track to achieve market penetration of between 25 percent and 30 percent in the next decade, up from their current market share of less than 20 percent. By 2025, 1 in every 3 food product purchases in the U.S. will be a private-label product. More
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    Presidential contest tight nationally ahead of second debate
    The Washington Post
    On the eve of their second debate, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney remain locked in a virtual dead heat nationally, with Republicans showing increased enthusiasm for their nominee after his big win in the first debate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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    Ryan: GOP win would spur a tax deal
    The Wall Street Journal
    Rep. Paul Ryan said the presidential campaign, despite its contentious tone, is putting a focus on taxes and deficit cutting that could pave the way for a bipartisan overhaul if running mate Mitt Romney wins the White House. More
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    Libertarians could be spoilers in key Senate races
    POLITICO
    Democratic hopes of maintaining a razor-thin Senate majority may hinge on an unexpected outside force: Libertarians. In the battlegrounds of Montana, Arizona and Missouri, polls show the Libertarian nominee poised to siphon a fraction of the vote — a small fraction, but potentially enough to tip the outcome in a cliffhanger. More
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    Foes hit curbs on soda
    The Wall Street Journal
    A group of businesses and trade associations filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the New York City Board of Health's decision to prohibit the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues, marking the first major move to block Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial new policy. More
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    Food fight in the school lunchroom
    Star Tribune
    Students don't like to be told what to eat and say portions are too small. Lunch staffers seek patience and buy-in to the goal of a healthier youth population. More
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    Canadian food safety system will face US audit
    The Canadian Press via The Gazette
    The federal agency responsible for protecting Canadians from food safety hazards will itself soon be under the microscope. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirms it is to be audited later this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first time in three years. The agency says the USDA audit is to include a visit by U.S. inspectors to the XL Foods beef packer in Brooks, Alta. The plant has been involved in a massive meat recall prompted by an E. coli scare.

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    Food safety wins in 2012 specialty crop grants
    Food Safety News
    It's a green light for food safety from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2012 specialty crop grants, with 8.4 percent of the total number of grants going to food safety projects — among them research, education, training and initiatives. The focus of many of these grants is directed toward smaller-scale farms. More
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    Court allows AFBF to join lawsuit against EPA oversight
    USAgNet
    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ruled that the American Farm Bureau Federation has a right to join in a lawsuit over the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate poultry and livestock farms under the Clean Water Act. More
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    Michigan Ag Department to award food safety grants
    The Associated Press via New England Cable News
    The Michigan Department of Agriculture is taking applications for food safety and education grants. The grants will come from the Food Safety Education Fund, which was established in 2000. Food establishments pay assessments of $3 to $5 on their licenses to fund the program, which presently has about $225,000 available for grants. More
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    China: The consuming challenge of food safety
    China Daily
    Food safety is a top concern for Chinese shoppers, especially regarding such produce as vegetables, meat, seafood, grain, cooking oils and dairy goods, according to a report from Ipsos. More
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    Antidumping determinations change for orange juice from Brazil
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Department of Commerce has amended its antidumping parameters for certain orange juice from Brazil, taking into consideration comments received after the preliminary results were released in April. More
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    Tyson bows FarmCheck audit program
    Progressive Grocer
    Tyson Foods Inc., the nation's leading producer of meat and poultry, is launching a program to personally audit the treatment of animals at the livestock and poultry farms that supply the company. More
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    Peanut product recall expands
    USA Today
    A recall of nut products linked to Salmonella has now expanded to include shelled and in-shell raw and roasted peanuts. The recall includes 250 items from New Mexico manufacturer Sunland Inc. More
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    NPD: US Hispanics perceive healthier meals as less tasty
    Pizza Marketplace
    As more brands increase their marketing efforts to appeal to the growing Hispanic population, new research from The NPD Group shows a discrepancy in how that demographic perceives healthier fare. More
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    Kansas food companies look to expand sales overseas
    USAgNet
    Five Kansas food companies are the latest to participate in a forum that will prepare them to enter the international food market and build relationships with representatives from more than 30 countries. More
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    Unhealthy people lead to healthy market
    Food Product Design
    Consumers are obsessed with healthy foods, generating a flurry of activity in the food and beverage R&D community as companies try to meet the demand for more nutritious foods. More
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    ICL Performance Products launches new food ingredients arm
    Food Ingredients First
    ICL Performance Products LP and BK Giulini, with previously separate sales and marketing groups within ICL PP in North America, have combined to form the new North American food division, ICL Food Specialties. More
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    Improving multiple label production control
    Packaging World
    Label printer, converter and fabricator Labels West Inc., based in Woodinville, Wash., specializes in the custom production of high-quality, multicolor adhesive labels, primarily for food, beverage and personal care products. So when they needed to handle multiple label specifications and modifications, the company sought ways to improve efficiencies. More
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    Brazil Fast Food announces intention to deregister
    Business Wire via Daily Finance
    Brazil Fast Food Corp., operating under the Bob's brand, the Yoggi brand, KFC and Pizza Hut Sao Paulo as franchisee of Yum! Brands, and under Doggis as franchisee of Gastronomia & Negocios S.A., today announced its board of directors approved the deregistration of the company's common stock with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. More
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    Vitiva opens up lab services
    Food Quality News
    Vitiva is offering food, beverage and ingredient manufacturers the use of a new analytical services center it has set up at its recently inaugurated innovation center in Slovenia. More
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    New equipment a boon to Food Share
    Statesman Journal
    Marion-Polk Food Share expects to almost double its bulk food processing now that it has installed industrial repackaging equipment. The regional food bank purchases and receives donations of bulk food that, in the past, volunteers repacked to household servings by hand. Frozen food was often more labor intensive, as volunteers would have to break up large chunks with an ice pick before repackaging the food. Soon, these bulk items will be mechanically repackaged through equipment funded mostly by grants. More
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