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Label plan offered to rate food nutrition

The New York Times
The nutrition label on the front of a box of cereal, a frozen dinner or any other food should be as quick and easy to read as the Energy Star label on a clothes washer or an air conditioner, according to a study released Thursday that was requested by Congress.

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  • Food label committee: Time for simple, standardized labeling (Institute of Medicine) More
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    What happens to food safety if supercommittee fails?

    Food Safety News
    By now, most everyone has heard about the so-called "supercommittee," an idea cooked up by Washington to help resolve the summer-long standoff over raising the debt ceiling. What happens if the supercommittee fails? What would that mean for FDA, USDA and CDC? More
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    Obama signs 3 trade deals

    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama signed into law free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia on Friday.

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    California Democrat rips White House 'inaction'

    POLITICO
    Rep. Dennis Cardoza didn't announce his retirement in the usual manner Thursday. The California Democratic congressman went out with guns blazing, torching the Obama administration as he revealed he would not run for re-election in 2012. More
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    Senate confirms Bryson as new Commerce secretary

    The Hill
    Late Thursday evening the Senate voted to confirm controversial Obama nominee John Bryson to lead the Department of Commerce. More
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    Obama threatens appropriators with veto

    The Hill
    The Obama administration on Thursday told House and Senate appropriators the president will veto any 2012 spending bills that contain provisions blocking top administration priorities such as health care and financial reforms. More
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    Senate cuts subsidies to millionaire farmers

    POLITICO
    Voting well past midnight and into early Friday morning, the Senate added new disaster aid and expanded housing credit to a $182 billion spending bill even as members embraced a populist amendment denying farm subsidies to individuals with an average adjusted gross income of more than $1 million. More
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    California adopts limits on greenhouse gases

    The New York Times
    Fifteen months after a similar effort died in Congress, California regulators adopted a system Thursday for combating climate change that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions and creates market incentives to encourage oil refineries, electricity generators and other polluters to clean up their plants. More
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    Cross-border pilot program draws opposition

    Land Line
    A group of trucking industry officials and union leaders joined two California lawmakers this week in opposing a pilot program for U.S.-Mexico trucking, saying the long-haul cross-border trucking is a danger to the economy, the environment and highway safety. More
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    Opinion: The farm bill is a food bill

    The Huffington Post
    Every five to seven years, the most important cluster of legislation to food in this country is debated and reauthorized in Congress. For the past three decades, this omnibus package has been referred to as the farm bill. More
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    Transportation head urges adoption of new hours of service rule

    Truckinginfo
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is urging Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., not to proceed with her amendment to block the rewrite of the hours of service rule. In a letter Thursday, LaHood defended the work of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in drafting the revised rule. More
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    Food firms could find loophole in EFSA health laws

    Food Manufacture
    Food producers still might be able to make unverified health claims about their products, despite tougher European regulations coming into force early next year. More
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    Jensen Farms health audit defended

    Pueblo Chieftain
    The president of PrimusLabs, the company that conducted a health audit of Jensen Farms earlier this year, stands by his company's findings.

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    Kashi rolls out single-serve entrees

    Drug Store News
    Kashi is boosting its presence in the frozen food aisle with two all-natural frozen entrees. More
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    Frozen Food Express sells dry freight division to Celadon

    Land Line
    In early October, Dallas-based Frozen Food Express Industries Inc. announced restructuring plans, which included selling off 435 dry van trailers and 290 tractors. On Thursday, Celadon Group Inc. said it is buying the dry van division of FFE and will rehire as many FFE drivers as possible. More
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    Iceland Foods draws 6 first-round bids

    Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal
    Iceland Foods attracted some six bids by Wednesday's first-round deadline, sources familiar with the situation said Thursday. William Morrison Supermarkets PLC and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.-owned Asda submitted bids alongside buyout firms TPG, Bain Capital, BC Partners and Blackstone Group, sources said. Farmfoods, a rival frozen food retailer with 300 stores, also was reported to be interested. More
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    Millard acquires Bob Evans' distribution center

    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Millard, a refrigerated warehousing and distribution services company, said it purchased the Springfield, Ohio, distribution center of BEF Foods Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms Inc. More
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    UK: Laser ensures food safety, freshness

    Zee News Limited
    Many foods are packaged in protective gas that extends shelf life, but there is no good method to check whether the packaging has the correct gas content. Researchers now have developed a new laser instrument that could solve the problem. More
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    Turkey recalled on allergen worries

    WOIO-TV
    Kuck's Turkey Farm of Ohio is recalling approximately 2,325 pounds of fully cooked, skinless turkey breast products because they contain wheat and soy that are not declared on the label. More
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    Florida State College campaigns to build food-testing center

    The Times-Union
    Florida State College at Jacksonville is biting into the multibillion-dollar food-testing market. A year after the Institute for Food Safety opened at its downtown campus, FSCJ has launched a campaign for private donations and state funding for a new three-story building. More
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    Frozen food program offers local food year-round

    Hendersonville Times-News
    Enka, N.C.-based Blue Ridge Food Ventures is busy preparing for its third year of Winter Sun Farms, a community supported agriculture program offering shares of produce from local farmers throughout the winter, via a frozen food program. More
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    Industry expert: Green logistics = Smart logistics

    Food Logistics
    Adopting sustainable supply chain practices no longer is an option, it's a necessity to stay in business, according to experts speaking at a sustainability roundtable. More
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