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Attorneys aiming at Big Food: Consumer crusaders or cynical opportunists?
Food Navigator-USA
When you think of plaintiff's lawyers, two images probably come to mind: consumer crusaders like Erin Brockovich or grubby ambulance-chasers in John Grisham novels. But where in this spectrum should we insert the top attorneys representing plaintiffs in the recent wave of food labeling lawsuits?
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Report: Consumers less satisfied with food manufacturers
American Customer Satisfaction Index
Customer satisfaction with food manufacturers has slipped for the first time in three years, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Rising prices are partly to blame, and smaller manufacturers and store brands are shouldering most of the loss.
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Why another CR would hurt food safety
Politico
The FDA, responsible for inspecting and protecting America's food supply, is uniquely vulnerable as congressional leaders negotiate to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling — which will likely include another short-term continuing resolution at post-sequester levels.
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Debt talks in disarray as House balks
The New York Times
With the federal government on the brink of a default, a House Republican effort to end the shutdown and extend the Treasury's borrowing authority collapsed Tuesday night as a major credit agency warned the U.S. was on the verge of a costly ratings downgrade.

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    Where does John Boehner go from here?
    The Washington Post
    It's a rough Wednesday morning for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. On Tuesday he was confronted — again — with a very uncomfortable political reality: He is Speaker in name only.
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    State of US poll: 81 percent dissatisfied
    Politico
    A new Pew Research poll shows more frustration with Washington over the government shutdown and risk of default, with the number of people satisfied with the state of the country plummeting to the lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis.
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    Burger cooks cost $7 billion a year in government aid
    Bloomberg
    Hamburger grillers and other fast-food workers at restaurants such as McDonald's Corp. and Wendy's Co. get about $7 billion a year in U.S. government aid, according to a study released Tuesday by the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Related: NYC mayoral candidate wants fast food industry to pay (New York Business Journal)

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    Farm Bureau: Don't kill old farm bills while passing new one
    Politico
    Leaving the old farm bill laws in place could result in doubling the retail price of milk and force the government to buy up domestic dairy products, but don’t get rid of them when passing a new farm bill, two big agriculture groups warn in separate letters to recently named conferees.

    Related: Crop insurance reductions test farm power as rural lobby pushes back (Bloomberg)

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    FDA plans public meeting on FSMA rules
    Occupational Health & Safety
    The Food and Drug Administration will hold another public meeting next week on its proposed rules on foreign suppliers' verification programs and accreditation of third-party auditors/certification bodies. The Oct. 22-23 meeting will take place at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif.
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    Opinion: Should you eat chicken?
    The New York Times
    In recent weeks, Salmonella on chicken has officially sickened more than 300 people (the CDC says there are 25 illnesses for every 1 reported, so maybe 7,500) and hospitalized more than 40 percent of them, in part because antibiotics aren't working.
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    Opinion: Renewable fuel standard mandate is a failed policy
    The Hill
    With the ability of policymakers to work together under intense scrutiny, several members of Congress are finding common ground around the need to address the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, an inflexible policy that has failed to meet its stated goals while picking winners and losers and causing numerous unintended consequences on the food industry, environment, consumers and taxpayers.

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    Tackling waste in the global food supply chain
    The Guardian
    A third of food produced never reaches our plates. Better transport, infrastructure and innovative ways of dealing with waste are vital to feed a booming population.
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    Mondelez 'smart shelves' detect facial features for targeted advertising
    Confectionery News
    Oreo maker Mondelez International will introduce video display units near checkouts that estimate a person's age and gender to deliver targeted advertising.

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    FSMA aims to even the playing field
    Food Safety Magazine
    Two proposed FSMA rules form a regulatory framework intended to bring internationally sourced food products destined for the U.S. in line with existing requirements for domestically sourced food.

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    Sugar: The food industry's tobacco moment?
    CNBC
    The food industry is facing a backlash against high sugar content on the same scale as the one experienced by the tobacco industry after studies linked smoking and lung cancer, experts are warning.

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    Without grease, US would be Greece
    The Street
    The food industry — fast, slow, greasy or otherwise — is one of the largest in the world, and one nobody talks about. Much like the housing market with its trickle-down effect, the food industry has many facets that usually aren't considered by everyday consumers.
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    PepsiCo reports higher profit despite economic pressures
    Reuters
    PepsiCo Inc. reported higher quarterly earnings Wednesday and said it was on track to meet its financial goals for the year, despite a sluggish economy.
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    FSMA shutdown leads to bankruptcy for Sunland
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Portales, N.M.-based Sunland Inc., the first food company to be shut down under the Food Safety Modernization Act, filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 earlier this month. The company's fate reveals the high cost of pioneering FDA's new enforcement tools.
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    What GFSI can do for you
    Food Engineering
    GFSI scheme owners are extending coverage to animal feeds and packaging while processors see GFSI accreditation as a stepping stone to FSMA compliance.
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    New device speeds up foodborne pathogen detection
    Medical News Today
    Scientists have created a new device that is able to concentrate foodborne Salmonella and other pathogens faster than conventional methods, according to a study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
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    Group swears by sanitation of reusable produce containers
    Food Production Daily
    The leader of a packaging organization fires back at claims that reusable plastic containers used to transport produce are unsanitary.
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    Lighter packaging: How much further can we go?
    Food Production Daily
    Minimizing packaging waste is a clear goal for Europen's members and all food processing firms, but shifting attitudes mean weight reduction is only the beginning.
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    UK food boss: Shortage of job applicants 'scary'
    BBC
    The Food and Drink Federation's Angela Coleshill says a lack of job applicants in the U.K.'s food industry is scary, since "30 percent of our workforce [will] retire in the next 10 years."
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