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To label or not to label? The GMO debate intensifies
American Frozen Food Institute
Should food and beverage products that contain ingredients derived from genetically-modified organisms be labeled? That's the question increasingly on the minds of consumers, food producers, food retailers, lawmakers and voters.

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    Huffington Post, Chipotle partner on new food section
    The Huffington Post
    The Huffington Post on Monday unveiled "Food for Thought," a new hub for food reporting. The section is produced in partnership with Chipotle.
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    Colorado cantaloupe farmers plead guilty after Listeria outbreak
    Reuters
    Two Colorado farmers whose Listeria-contaminated cantaloupes killed 33 people pleaded guilty Tuesday to six counts of adulteration of a food and aiding and abetting. Each faces not more than one year in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 per count.
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    You can't vote everyone in Congress out. So, what can you do?
    The Washington Post
    Sixty percent of those polled in an NBC-Wall Street Journal survey said they would replace every member of Congress, including their own, in the next election if they could. Just 4 percent in a USA Today/Princeton Survey Research poll said they thought Congress would be changed for the worse if every member were voted out.
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    Lundergan Grimes gets fundraising boost in Kentucky Senate race
    The Hill
    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, is getting a big fundraising boost from a leading Senate Democrat, upping the ante in her bid to knock off Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014.
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    Boehner: Noncommittal on immigration
    Politico
    Speaker John Boehner was non-committal about bringing an immigration reform bill to the House floor this year. Speaking Wednesday morning after a closed party meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, Boehner said immigration reform is an "important subject that needs to be addressed, and I'm hopeful" that something could happen before the end of the year.
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    Does Obama have chops to wrap up his trade deals?
    Politico
    President Barack Obama has a chance to create the biggest free-trade deal in history — a pact involving 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, dwarfing NAFTA — and remaking global trade policy for a generation.
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    First-ever census reveals growing popularity of Farm to School program
    The Washington Post
    USDA's first-ever census of school districts reveals how popular the national Farm to School program has become in recent years: About 43 percent of U.S. school districts — roughly 38,600 schools — bought local produce for their students during the 2011-2012 school year, investing more than $354 million in farms near their communities. Another 13 percent said they would be participating in the program "in the near future."

    Related: When school lunch gets complicated (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Food production: White House changes to FSMA, farm bill watch
    Politico
    Consumer advocates have noticed two edits they don't like as they work to digest hundreds of pages that show changes the White House Office of Management and Budget made to two key FSMA proposals.
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    House hopes to cut $39 billion in food aid from the next farm bill
    KFOR-TV
    Lawmakers are looking for savings in the nearly $1 trillion bill, and the food stamp program could prove the most contentious.

    Related: Franken: Shutdown could provide farm bill momentum (St. Cloud Times)

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    Opinion: FDA's proposed produce rules ignore microbial ecology
    Food Safety News
    An unnoticed side effect of the FDA's proposed produce rules will be the impact on the economics of large-scale animal production in the United States because they will be unable to dispose of their manures and litter off-site.
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    China pushes genetically modified food
    The Wall Street Journal
    Caught between rising pressures to increase its food resources and popular skepticism over allowing more genetically modified food, China's government is stepping up a public relations campaign that could pave the way toward full approval for commercial production of these politically sensitive crops.

    Related: Morflora introduces alternative to GMO traits for crop production (Fort Mill Times)

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    UK food authority: Proposed regulation overhaul could cost industry
    Food Navigator
    The U.K.'s Food Standards Agency has invited comments from industry on proposals to overhaul food inspections across Europe, including how they are funded.
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    Scientists' ties to food industry raise questions in Europe
    The New York Times
    Nearly 60 percent of the scientists used as consultants by the European Food Safety Authority have direct or indirect ties to industries regulated by the agency, according to a report from the Corporate Europe Observatory, an advocacy group that criticizes corporate influence on public policy.
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    Employers win again on scope of US whistle-blower law
    Law360 (subscription required)
    A New York federal judge's ruling Monday that the Dodd-Frank Act's whistle-blower provision doesn't apply to conduct outside the U.S. marks the latest in a series of decisions limiting the geographic scope of federal anti-retaliation laws, a positive development for employers that have to worry about surging whistle-blower claims as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, lawyers say.
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    Scientists trace deadly pig virus to China
    Reuters
    A virus deadly to baby pigs that has roiled the U.S. pork industry likely originated in the Anhui Province of China and may have evolved from a virus seen in bats.

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    UK: Are people snobbish about frozen food?
    BBC News
    A new series captures what life is like at frozen food retailer Iceland, but are some of us a little bit snooty in our attitude toward frozen food?

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    25 regulations to watch
    The Hill
    Hundreds of federal rules are making their way through the regulatory pipeline at government agencies and the White House. Battles rage daily in Washington over their final shape and scope.

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    Hearing set for motion to dimiss BPI suit
    Sioux City Journal
    A Dec. 16 hearing has been set for a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of Beef Products Inc.
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    Yum to invest $10 billion with partners in emerging markets push
    Bloomberg
    Yum! Brands Inc., the owner of the KFC and Taco Bell fast food chains, and its partners will spend $10 billion over the next seven years adding restaurants in emerging markets to tap increasing demand for eating out.
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    Tyson chases Hormel by targeting moms with burritos
    Bloomberg
    Tyson is building up its line of prepared foods to dominate the convenience-store market and go head-to-head with Hormel Foods Corp. and Hillshire Brands Co. They're fighting for customers who increasingly buy meals from shops that are more known for selling gasoline and toilet paper at all hours.
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    AIG tackles true cost of product recalls
    Food Production Daily
    In response to the changing circumstances that affect — and result from — food recalls, American International Group has launched NOVI, a Web-based service to estimate the cost of product recall incidents.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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    How Del Monte is measuring the next food evolution
    GreenBiz
    Sustainability needs and limited natural resources have led to an increasing reliance on metrics for the food and agriculture sector. Helping lead the way is Del Monte Foods, which is using detailed metrics to measure the effectiveness of everything from energy to water to waste.
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    New market research: 2013 Snack Food in US
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    Reportbuyer.com's new market research report, "2013 Snack Food in the U.S.," by BMC Research explores trends in an area that often shares usage occasions as well as certain challenges with beverages: snack foods.
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    E. coli fears lead to open-ended ground beef recall
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Costco in Coon Rapids, Minn., is recalling an "undetermined" amount of ground beef made from beef sourced from up to 16 different establishments after an E. coli illness was traced to the product.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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    Kansas firm recalls chicken, ham and beef on Listeria worries
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency revealed potential cross-contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, Topeka, Kan.-based Reser's Fine Foods is recalling 22,800 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products that were distributed in 27 states.
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