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Food safety inspectors struggle to keep up
Emergency Management
Salmonella in your peanut butter. E. coli in your spinach. Listeria in your cantaloupes. With all the foodborne illnesses going around these days, it's fair to wonder why anyone eats anything at all. It's also putting pressure on local, state and federal officials to produce more stringent food safety policies and more vigorously enforce them. More
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FDA to launch new study of foodborne illness risks in retail
Office of the Federal Register
Building on 10 years worth of data, the FDA is announcing a new, voluntary study including annual reporting of food retail facilities in an attempt to find:
  • The foodborne illness risk factors that are in most need of priority attention;
  • Trends of improvement or regression in foodborne illness risk factor occurrence over time;
  • The impact of industry food safety management systems in controlling the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors.
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    Dough rolls out to fight 'engineered' label on food
    The Wall Street Journal
    Big U.S. food companies appear to be making headway in their heavily financed push to defeat a ballot measure to make California the first state requiring labels for genetically modified foods. Kraft Foods Group Inc., Coca Cola Co., Monsanto Co. and other food and agriculture giants have poured more than $40.9 million into a campaign to persuade California voters to reject Proposition 37 on Nov. 6, according to the California secretary of state.

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    Post-ABC tracking poll: Romney 49, Obama 48
    The Washington Post
    Massive outreach efforts by the Obama and Romney campaigns — essential in a neck-and-neck contest like this one — are shaking things up in critical swing states, according to the latest release from the Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll.

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  • Romney extends lead over Obama in Gallup daily tracking poll (The Hill)
  • NBC/WSJ: Obama leads in Nevada, tied with Romney in Colorado (POLITICO)
  • Romney has cash lead over Obama (POLITICO)
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    A status quo election? Could be
    The Washington Post
    What if, after all the hubbub over the 2012 election and the billions spent on it, Americans voted for basically no change whatsoever? What if President Barack Obama won re-election, Democrats were unable to put much of a dent in the GOP's big House majority and Republicans failed to win back the Senate? It's an increasingly real possibility. More
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    Campaigns focus on Ohio this weekend
    USA Today
    Looking for a political rally to attend in the next few days? Look no farther than the state of Ohio. With 11 days to go until the election, both campaigns are blanketing the state with ads and appearances, stressing early and absentee voting and making sure that no part of the state goes unvisited. More
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    Report: 'Fiscal cliff' already hampering US economy
    The Washington Post
    The "fiscal cliff" is still two months off, but the scheduled blast of tax hikes and spending cuts is already reverberating through the U.S. economy, hampering growth and, according to a new study, wiping out nearly 1 million jobs this year alone. More
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    Schools: Elementary kids can go back for seconds at lunch, must eat veggies
    Wicked Local Brookline
    Brookline, Mass., elementary students still hungry after eating their recently shrunken lunch portions can now go back for seconds — but they have to eat their broccoli. District administrators say the dustup over new federal food regulations seems to have subsided as students adjust to smaller portions and cafeteria staff provide a compromise to those still feeling hungry in the lower grades. More
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    US-Panama TPA to take effect Oct. 31
    Office of the Federal Register
    The U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement will take effect Oct. 31, more than a year after being signed into law, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. More
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    FMCSA defends hours-of-service rule
    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration defended its hours-of-service rule in a court filing, arguing that limits on the 34-hour restart are reasonable. The agency also told a federal appeals court that the risks of the 11-hour limit on driving are outweighed by the productivity savings, and the 30-minute rest break improves safety. The agency was responding to a petition from American Trucking Associations. More
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    Labels for mechanically tenderized meat may come to Canada
    CBC News
    Canadians should be aware of the possible risks from a widely used mechanical process to tenderize steaks and roasts, a U.S. food safety advocate says. Barbara Kowalcyk, founder of the U.S-based Center for Foodborne Illness Research, says consumers "need to know this product has been mechanically tenderized and it should be handled appropriately, and that means cooked to a higher temperature." More
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    Study: Shoppers opt for private label over brands across specific categories
    Drug Store News
    Although 77 percent of general shoppers compare store brands to brand names, 90 percent of women compare both regularly, according to a shopper behavior study conducted by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research that was published Thursday in The Checkout. More
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    Rabobank: Outlook strong for fast-growing US snack bar market
    Food Ingredients First
    In a new report titled "Never Eat More Than You Can Lift," Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory Group examines the drivers behind the strong growth of the U.S. snack bar market and identifies trends that promise an even rosier future. More
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    McDonald's Corp. beefs up Canadian expansion plans
    Reuters via The Windsor Star
    American fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. has stepped up its expansion in Canada again after holding back for more than five years — and the fast-food chain's Canadian chief sees the potential for a much larger footprint across the country. More
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    WhiteWave Foods sets IPO prices above expecations
    The Wall Street Journal
    WhiteWave, the specialty-organic unit splitting off from dairy giant Dean Foods Co., priced its $391 million public offering above the expected range Thursday evening and increased the number of shares it is selling. More
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    New XL managers emphasize commitment to food safety
    CTV Calgary
    Chairman and CEO of JBS USA Bill Rupp and other JBS officials met with the community Thursday to reassure Canadians that it takes food safety seriously and will be taking steps to ensure safety requirements are met.

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  • Operations to resume at XL plant next week (Calgary Herald)
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    Morningstar business attracts interest
    Reuters
    Dean Foods Co.'s Morningstar business has attracted takeover interest from Michael Foods and Mexican dairy company Grupo Lala, people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could be valued in the $1 billion to $1.5 billion range. More
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    Diamond Foods to close Indiana facility
    Inside Indiana Business
    A California-based snack food manufacturer is shutting down a plant in Fishers, Ind., and will cut approximately 100 employees. In a federal filing, Diamond Foods Inc. says it expects to complete the closing by early next year. More
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    'Slow food' offers counterpoint to fast-food chains
    The Associated Press via WLBZ-TV
    In a day when fast-food restaurants can seemingly be found everywhere, a conference at the University of Maine is focusing on the benefits of so-called "slow food." More
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    Bubba Burger adds to frozen food line
    Jacksonville Business Journal
    Months after closing most of its short-lived restaurants, Bubba Burger is going back to its roots in grocery store freezer cases in search of new avenues of growth. More
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    Handling specialty foods
    Food Logistics
    The organic, natural and specialty foods segments have experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, which in turn has opened a new customer base for transportation and logistics providers who are able to meet the high-level demands associated with this niche. More
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