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Who should define 'natural' food?
Al Jazeera America
The natural products business is booming. By some industry estimates, sales topped $100 billion last year, with nearly 60 percent coming from food. No wonder more food marketers are labeling their products "natural." But what does the term actually mean? With consumers confusing natural and organic, the feds mustn't remain silent any longer.
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USPS wins approval to continue grocery-delivery test
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The U.S. Postal Service this week won approval for a two-year grocery delivery test, giving letter carriers permission to continue to deliver totes containing food in the San Francisco area.
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FDA alerts food companies to sketchy facility registration claims
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
FDA is warning companies about unscrupulous facility registration firms that may imply they are affiliated with FDA and charge hundreds of dollars for a free service, while suggesting some of the fees are to cover government charges, reports FDAImports, a Maryland-based consulting firm.
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White House ponders life with a Republican Senate
Politico
Nervous that Democrats could lose control of the Senate, the White House is already discussing how to cut deals with a Republican majority.
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Polls give Republicans edge in critical states
Politico
Republicans are on the precipice of taking control of the Senate for the first time in eight years, new NBC News/Marist polls released Sunday show, but the GOP has yet to lock up many of the key battleground races.

Related articles:
  • Senate control in limbo until 2015? (The Hill)
  • Fight for Senate control unchanged: Good news for GOP (The Washington Post)

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    GOP targets more House seats
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    In a late move to bolster their advantage, Republicans and their allies are investing in additional House races that they now see as in play, a sign that the political climate is tilting toward the GOP ahead of next week's elections.
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    Wisconsin labor group to sue governor to raise minimum wage
    International Business Times
    A labor group in Wisconsin on Monday plans to file a lawsuit to force Gov. Scott Walker to raise the state's minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour.
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    Big Food enters the fight over Colorado's GMO labeling ballot issue
    iNews Network
    Some of the nation's largest agriculture and food corporations, including such well-known names as Monsanto, Kraft Foods and PepsiCo., have lined up against Colorado's Proposition 105, which would required labeling of certain genetically modified foods, or GMOs.

    Related: Commentary: The organic food protectionists (The Wall Street Journal)

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    FDA warning letters: Misbranding, inadequate HACCP plans and more
    Food Safety News
    The latest round of warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration include a dairy company cited for inaccurate nutritional claims, two seafood processors for inadequate HACCP plans and three cattle producers for excessive drug treatments.
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    GOP senators say Obama is fooling US on EPA water rule
    Law360 (subscriber story)a
    Twenty-four Republican U.S. senators on Thursday accused the Obama administration of misleading the public about a proposed rule that seeks to redefine the scope of the Clean Water Act's jurisdiction, saying it has manipulated the rule-making process.
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    Our forgotten election issues: food and farming
    Star Tribune
    Largely absent from this year's election debate has been a rigorous discussion of critical issues that impact Minnesota's largest industry — and the hundreds of thousands of Minnesota jobs that depend on whether state policies encourage or discourage the continued growth of this hugely important sector.
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    Lawmakers want data flow protections In TPP talks
    Law360 (subscriber story)
    Six congressmen, including the heads of the Senate Finance and Commerce committees, urged U.S. trade negotiators on Friday to protect the unfettered transfer of commercial data and digital trade in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks this weekend.
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    As 'fight for 15' campaign goes on, McDonald's looks to automate
    American Thinker
    If the burger flippers ever get their wish of a $15 an hour wage, the only people earning it will be employed to maintain the machines that will replace most of the workers — a skill set far beyond the ability of most fast food workers.
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    Halal meat company owner indicted on meat misbranding allegations
    Meatingplace
    The owner of a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Halal meat purveyor has been indicted on charges of fraudulently mislabeling beef product as compliant with Malaysian and Indonesian import standards, according to court documents.
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    Chiquita agrees to sale
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Chiquita agreed to a buyout from a Brazilian orange-juice maker and investment firm for $742 million, after the banana company's shareholders rejected a separate merger.
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    Spate of food recalls range from misbranding to pathogen worries
    USDA and FDA
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the FDA each issued several recalls over the weekend, affecting tons of frozen and fresh food distributed nationwide: 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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    From Ben & Jerry's to Annie's: When it's time to sell your startup
    The Guardian
    When a big firm comes knocking, should entrepreneurs sell? Learn a few life lessons in how to react when Intel, Coca-Cola or other giants take an interest.
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    Universities to create new agricultural and food law consortium
    Ag Professional
    Ohio State University Extension's Agricultural and Resource Law program has partnered with a group of universities in the creation of a new Agricultural and Food Law Consortium that will work to research regional and national agricultural law issues.
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    Competitive analysis of the online food industry
    Search Engine Journal
    The Internet has brought many changes to our lives, from the way we communicate to how we work and entertain ourselves. The Internet has even revolutionized one of the most essential practices of human beings: eating.
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    Frozen food market continues to grow
    British Frozen Food Foundation via Talking Retail
    According to latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, the U.K. retail frozen food market has shown continued growth, reaching nearly $9 billion for the 52 weeks ending Sept. 14, up 1.6 percent year-over-year.
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