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Opinion: Food follies

The Washington Post
By any reasonable measure, the current system of federal support for agriculture is a scandalous misuse of taxpayer dollars. In fiscal 2010, the federal government spent about $5.1 billion on payments to commodity producers — regardless of need — and another $13 billion on "counter-cyclical" aid, heavily subsidized crop insurance and "disaster" programs. More
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Fairfax parents push for 'real food' for children

The Washington Post
How many ingredients are in a McDonald’s plain beef patty? Three: Beef, salt and pepper. How many ingredients are in beef patty served in Fairfax County, Va., cafeterias? By one count, 24 — including caramel color and hydrolyzed soy protein. Some parents are less than thrilled. More
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Many don't believe their obesity poses health risks

USA Today
Many overweight and obese patients seen in hospital emergency departments don't believe their weight poses a risk to their health, and many say doctors never have told them otherwise, a new study finds. More
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Why Democrats are winning money war

POLITICO
President Barack Obama's approval ratings are in the dumps, and so is the economy. Wall Street's cash cows are angry at the Democratic Party and its sudden embrace of populist rhetoric. Almost no one thinks Democrats have a shot at winning back the House next year, and Republicans have an excellent chance of winning control of the Senate. Yet Democrats raise more money than their GOP counterparts month after month. More
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Nevada GOP shifts presidential caucuses to Feb. 4

The Washington Post
Nevada Republicans have shifted their presidential caucuses to early February, a move that ends an increasingly bitter standoff among rival states and for the first time clarifies the path to the Republican presidential nomination. More
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The Cain recipe: Enthusiasm, stamina and the 'next thing'

The Washington Post
The 40-year-old man who arrived at the Omaha headquarters of Godfather's Pizza to become its fourth president in as many years never had visited Nebraska and knew little about pizza. A quarter-century later, as Cain has clawed his way toward the top of the Republican presidential field, he cites his tenure as head of Godfather's as the central example of his leadership ability. More
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Harkin: Democrats will hold majority in Senate, might win back House in 2012

The Hill
A senior Democrat is predicting that his party will retain control of the Senate next year and could win back the House. More
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House panel requests Jensen Farms outbreak briefing

Food Safety News
Congress is taking a closer look at the catastrophic 26-state Listeria outbreak tied to tainted cantaloupes. The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter Friday to Jensen Farms requesting a staff briefing.

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    Senate committee plans November vote on highway bill

    Truckinginfo
    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee plans to debate and vote on its two-year surface transportation bill Nov. 9. More
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    Federal judge: Corn syrup lawsuit will go forward

    USAgNet via Wisconsin Ag Connection
    A federal judge has ruled that the case brought by American sugar farmers against big corn processors to stop their false advertising about high fructose corn syrup must go forward, the Sugar Association announced Friday. More
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    EC unveils tougher rules to thwart dioxin contamination

    Food Production Daily
    Europe is set to roll out a string of new food safety measures in a bid to avoid a repeat of the contamination of food and feed in the aftermath of the German pork and egg dioxin scandal 10 months ago. More
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    Sara Lee sells food service coffee operations to Smucker

    The Wall Street Journal
    Sara Lee Corp. has sold the majority of its North American food service coffee and tea operations to J.M. Smucker Co. for $350 million in cash, continuing a slimming-down effort at the packaged-foods company. More
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    China's Wal-Mart sanctions: Trend against foreign firms?

    USA Today
    Wal-Mart's latest run-in with the Chinese government is fanning fears that China is rolling up the welcome mat for foreign companies. More
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    Cagle's seeks bankruptcy protection

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Cagle's, one of Georgia's biggest chicken processors, has become the third U.S. poultry company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the past 10 months. More
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    Grupo Bimbo gains US federal approval on Sara Lee buy

    FBR
    American consumer goods company Sara Lee has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will facilitate the sale of its North American fresh bakery business to Mexico's Grupo Bimbo. More
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    Recalls: Sandwiches, bagged spinach, roe

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated the public on food recalls, including Listeria fears that led Yamaya USA to recall roe and Nike All-American to pull sandwiches from shelves, as well as a Salmonella scare in Church Brothers bagged spinach. More
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    Do you: Food label inspection

    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    American consumers don't pay as much attention to food product nutrition labels as they claim, a new study finds. More
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    Fat-fighting ideas: From more gym to burger tax

    Detroit Free Press
    The fight against obesity has intensified in recent years. But is there a public policy solution? More
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    DHL launches ocean freight connections for European exports

    Logistics Week
    DHL Global Forwarding offers a new solution for the transport of exclusive, temperature-sensitive food from Germany and Europe to overseas. More
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    Truck refrigeration unit enables dual temperatures

    JCN Newswire via MarketWatch
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. has developed a truck refrigeration unit that enables simultaneous temperature control of two separate cargo compartments with different temperature settings — entirely by heat pump. More
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