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Food facility registrations: Do you know the consequences?
Food Production Daily
Food packers and processors must renew their FDA registrations between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014, under new FSMA rules. Because this requirement is still fairly new, many companies are unfamiliar with the consequences of failing to renew.
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Food inequality: Could diverging diets signal new wave of healthy eating?
Oxfam America
The idea that richer Americans eat healthier than poorer Americans isn't surprising, but the finding that the rich and the poor are diverging is distressing. And the divergence fits a broader pattern that has alarmed the public in recent years: that the rich are getting ever richer, while poorer and middle class households aren't.

Related: Is the tide turning on hunger this World Food Day? (Food Navigator)

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Vermont releases draft GMO labeling rules
The Associated Press via North Contry Public Radio
The Vermont Attorney General's office on Wednesday released a draft of the rules it is writing to govern the state's first-in-the-nation law to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.
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Battle of wits over Senate 2014 map
Politico
Twenty days out from the election, the Senate map chess match is in full swing, with both sides making wrenching decisions about how to spend limited pools of cash — bets that will undoubtedly result in Wednesday-morning quarterbacking on Nov. 5.

Related: Democrats try to stay local as GOP nationalizes Senate races (The Wall Street Journal)

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Democrats tackle Ebola politics
The Hill
Democrats are using the rise of Ebola to remind voters of sequestration and the shutdown, two issues they've seen as political winners for their party that have largely fallen off the map since last winter.

Related: Roberts, Orman exchange blows in debate (The Hill)

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Low expectations for Congress's lame-duck session
The Wall Street Journal
There are two schools of thought about the coming lame-duck session. The Optimist School believes that Congress will work on a whole slew of must-pass legislation, while the Pessimist School believes that nothing will get done.
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FDA close to resolving suit involving ingredients
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The Food and Drug Administration is close to settling a lawsuit by agreeing to complete a rule spelling out how it oversees many ingredients used to thicken, preserve and flavor foods, said people tracking the case.
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Expert: 'Added sugars' enforcement could end in constitutional challenge
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
A variety of industry and former government officials have questioned the science in FDA's proposal to include "added sugars" on the Nutrition Facts panel, and some are beginning to take aim at the way FDA would enforce it through facility inspections.
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NYC mayor pushes ahead on soda ban
The Wall Street Journal
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is exploring new ways to regulate the size of large sugary drinks in New York City, holding high-level meetings with health advocates and beverage industry executives.
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CFA: Testing requirements too weak in FSMA
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
FDA-mandated testing in food plants may not be popular with food companies, but a consumer advocate says the proposed testing requirements in the Food Safety Modernization Act's preventive controls don't go far enough in verifying the new food safety systems are working.
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175 chemicals with known hazardous properties legal in food packaging
Food Production Daily
A study by the Food Packaging Forum reveals that 175 chemicals with known hazardous properties are legally used in the production of food packaging.
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Food Tank: Big companies not responding to challenges
Food Navigator
Big companies fail to address the challenges the food industry is facing, according to Food Tank director Danielle Nierenberg.
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Family farms produce 80 percent of world's food
Reuters
Despite renewed interest in industrial agriculture, more than 80 percent of the world's food is still produced by family farmers, according to new U.N. research.

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Can the world feed 2 billion more people?
Thomson Reuters Foundation
With the world population rising, demographers are grappling with one of the most pressing issues of the century: Will there be enough food for an extra 2-4 billion people?

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Mexico threatens US in sugar spat
Politico Pro
Mexico could challenge U.S. sugar policy if the two countries can't settle a politically charged trade dispute that threatens Mexican sugar exporters with costly penalties.

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Nielsen survey: Snacks grow into big business around the world
CPGmatters
Snacks have become big business around the world. More consumers nosh between meals and often eat a snack instead of having breakfast or lunch and sometimes dinner.
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Survey: Consumers' willingness to pay drops
Meatingplace
Consumers polled in October said they were spending slightly more overall on groceries than they did in September — but they spent less on food consumed away from home, reversing the trends seen just a month earlier, according to Oklahoma State University's monthly Food Demand Survey.
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Wal-Mart warns of a tough patch for sales, profits
The Wall Street Journal
Wal-Mart asked investors for patience Wednesday, as it tries to retool operations for shoppers who are buying more online and in smaller stores closer to home. The retailer warned of a tough patch for sales and profits.
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Nestle spooks market with slower growth in Asia
Reuters
Sales growth at Nestle, the world's biggest food group, slowed in the first nine months of the year as the company felt the impact of weakness in Asia and pricing pressures in Europe.
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MSU to expand global reach with Food Knowledge Cloud
Michigan State University
Michigan State University has launched its Food Knowledge Cloud, a new educational portal that will offer open-access courses and resources to people around the globe.
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Food industry's new hires gallery: General Mills, Nestle, PepsiCo and more
Food Navigator-USA
Check out who's moving onwards and upwards with the latest FoodNavigator-USA roundup of new hires in food and beverage.
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McDonald's hires back another former US executive
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
McDonald's has hired back Karen King, retired east division president for McDonald's USA, as it tries to stabilize its U.S. business.
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Retail component on tap In Mondelez-Google deal for online video ads
CPGmatters
Mondelez has formed a vast strategic partnership with Google and its YouTube unit; soon they will invite supermarket retailers into the fold to take advantage of apps and location-based technologies to influence consumers' behavior inside the store.
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Oil palm: Development miracle or environmental disaster?
Thomson Reuters Foundation
To the agro-food industry and smallholder farmers in the tropics, it's a veritable miracle plant. To many NGOs and indigenous groups, it's a grave threat to land rights and to the environment.
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