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Analysis: Americans face tougher 2013 on rising prices, taxes
Reuters
Consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets next year to pay for costlier healthcare, more expensive grocery bills and higher taxes, an extra drag on the country's already slow-moving economy. "We think it's going to be a difficult six to nine months," said Scott Hoyt, senior director of consumer economics for Moody's Analytics. "If anything, conditions are likely to get worse, particularly at the start of the year." More
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Report: Unsafe food putting lives at risk
CNN
Despite sweeping reform of food safety laws intended to make what we eat less dangerous, the number of Americans falling ill or dying from contaminated food has increased 44 percent since last year, according to a report released Wednesday. More
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ABC News wants 'pink slime' lawsuit moved to federal court
Reuters
ABC News sought on Wednesday to move to federal court a meat processor's defamation lawsuit over reports about lean finely textured beef, a product that critics have labeled "pink slime." Lawyers for the network filed to transfer the case, brought last month by Beef Products Inc., the leading producer of the product, from out of a state court in South Dakota and into a federal court in the state. More
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AP poll: Romney 47, Obama 45
POLITICO
Republican Mitt Romney's lead with likely voters comes as a result of closing the gap with women, according to the Associated Press: "Less than two weeks out from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney has erased President Barack Obama's 16-point advantage among women, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. And the president, in turn, has largely eliminated Romney's edge among men."

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    As key Senate races get tighter, Republicans' hopes rise
    The Washington Post
    In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, there are now at least eight critical contests in which polling shows essentially a dead heat, encouraging Republicans' hopes that they may yet snag the chamber, which very recently seemed beyond their reach.

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  • Number of competitive Senate races rises (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Romney's standing in race adds uncertainty to GOP's Senate quest (The Hill)
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    Democrats borrow $17 million for House races
    The Washington Post
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has borrowed $17 million in hopes of competing with better-funded Republicans for the House of Representatives, a Democrat with knowledge of the move confirmed. "With so many of our candidates tied or closing in on Republicans, we are on offense and fighting back against the Republican super PACs that want to save these tea party Republicans," DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson told Politico, which first reported the news. More
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    Lawmakers' food, farming votes tracked
    San Francisco Chronicle
    Food and environmental activists unveiled a new "scorecard" for Congress Wednesday that will track members' votes on food and farming issues in an attempt to give a political voice to the food movement that spread from the Bay Area. The scorecard by Food Policy Action monitors votes on issues including organic and local farming, food safety, humane treatment of animals, farm conservation and environmental programs, sustainability, ethanol, school lunches, food stamps, obesity, hunger, genetically modified organisms and conditions for farmworkers.

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    Prop 37 in dead heat amid ad blitz
    Los Angeles Times
    Once riding high, Proposition 37, the statewide ballot measure to label genetically engineered foods, has seen its voter support plummet during the last month, and a new poll shows the high-stakes battle now is a dead heat. More
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    Would reaching the fiscal cliff lead to recession?
    Fox Business
    Bedford Oak Advisors CEO Harvey Eisen discusses the outlook for the markets and economy if America can't avoid the fiscal cliff. More
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    South Korean official praises trade during ag visit
    The Bellingham Herald
    A historic free trade agreement between South Korea and the United States first implemented seven months ago shows great promise for Washington state and the country, a Korean trade official said Wednesday in Tacoma, Wash. Gheewhan Kim, minister for Economic Affairs at the Korean Embassy, said the long-negotiated agreement was a "win-win" for both countries. More
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    German minister wants land of origin on frozen food labels
    Fresh Plaza
    Lucia Puttrich, German minister of Consumer Interests in Hesse, is advocating a clear tag of origin on frozen food labels. "I want to know where every tomato I buy comes from," he stated last week. "Consumers have a right to know." More
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    Gluten-free food market is estimated at $4.2 billion this year
    Los Angeles Times
    The market for gluten-free products is expected to grow 28 percent per year and top $6.6 billion by 2017 as more people are diagnosed with celiac disease and food allergies. More
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    Traditional foods get 'snackified'
    Food Navigator
    'Snackified' traditional foods are among the latest snack trends on show at SIAL in Paris this week, where better-for-you snacks have made a strong appearance. More
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    People will want to eat 'smaller' in 2013
    USA Today
    The big food makers face a serious challenge for 2013: Consumers will want to eat even "smaller." Not smaller as in less, but smaller as in locally grown, inspired by street vendors and loaded with fresh, veggie concoctions. More
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    Online tool addresses consumer food production questions
    USAgNet
    The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Wednesday unveiled USFRA FoodSource, an online resource at www.fooddialogues.com, designed to answer consumer questions about how food is grown and raised. More
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    German frozen pizza company to build plant in Canada
    The Windsor Star
    After a recent announcement by German food maker Dr. Oetker that it will build a plant in Ontario, Canada, to churn out 50 million frozen pizzas per year, Canada's WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp. is pitching the region to large food production and processing companies at a major exposition in France this week. More
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    McCain Foods buys PinguinLutosa's potato division
    Food Navigator
    Belgian frozen vegetable firm PinguinLutosa has signed an agreement to sell its potato division to McCain Foods in a deal based on an enterprise value of the division of $363 million. More
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    Specialty food companies offer election-themed treats
    The Gourmet Retailer
    Specialty food makers are putting a tasty spin on Election Day. Members of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Inc. are offering partisan pastas, hot sauce and cupcakes, not to mention donkeys and elephants made from chocolate ganache. More
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    The 30-year legacy of Michael Angelo's Gourmet Foods
    Culture Map Austin
    It all started in a 400-square foot kitchen in a bad location, where "the Pac-Man machine grossed more in a day than the restaurant did," recalls Michael Angelo Renna of the humble beginnings that started a 30-year legacy in frozen food products. More
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    Time-temperature indicator labels feature 'on' button
    ThomasNet News
    Using a green "ON" button to indicate activation, DeltaTRAK TempDot Plus Labels monitor the cumulative amount of time they are exposed to temperatures above threshold. More
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    Sustainability pegged as packaging industry's top challenge
    DuPont via Equities.com
    While today's packaging professional is focused on cost, performance and food safety and security, sustainability will replace cost as a dominant trend in 10 years, according to a study done by Packaging World and DuPont. Food safety/security is and will remain a top trend, respondents say. More
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    Researchers create potatoes with higher carotenoid levels
    USAgNet
    Potatoes with higher levels of beneficial carotenoids are the result of U.S. Department of Agriculture studies to improve one of America's most popular vegetables. Scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service bred yellow potatoes with carotenoid levels that are two to three times higher than those of the popular Yukon Gold yellow-fleshed potato variety. More
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