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Food companies petitioned to ban new Monsanto GMO corn

Reuters
Opponents of Monsanto's new genetically modified sweet corn are petitioning national food retailers and processors to ban the biotech corn, which is not labeled as being genetically altered from conventional corn.

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    Consumer Reports: People 'ripped off when they buy fish'

    USA Today
    Mystery meat has met its aquatic match: mystery fish. Consumer Reports today revealed a mislabeled seafood scam that leaves millions of consumers clueless whether the fish they think they're buying is the fish they're actually getting.

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  • Mystery fish: Label said red snapper — lab said baloney (Consumer Reports) More
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    Consumers keep spending despite stagnant incomes

    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Americans spent in September at three times the pace of the previous month, even though incomes barely budged. More
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    Romney: Unstoppable in New Hampshire?

    The Washington Post
    New Hampshire is at the center of the 2012 Republican presidential race today, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry travels to the state to file as a candidate for the first-in-the-nation primary and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul also make campaign stops in the state. More
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    Obama lost many donors from 2008 presidential race

    The Associated Press via The Oklahoman
    President Barack Obama has lost millions of dollars in support from former donors in Democratic strongholds and in districts he won narrowly four years ago, according to an Associated Press analysis of the most recent federal campaign finance data. More
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    Obama backers tied to lobbies raise millions

    The New York Times
    Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Barack Obama has relied on prominent supporters who are active in the lobbying industry to raise millions of dollars for his re-election bid. More
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    Super PACs giving party committees run for their money

    POLITICO
    For decades the six national committees of the Democratic and Republican parties dominated the American electoral landscape. That era could be coming to an end. More
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    AMI calls for food safety funding without new food taxes

    Agri-View
    American Meat Institute recently joined a diverse group of food and agriculture organizations in urging the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to formulate a fiscally sound budget plan that ensures appropriate funding for priority government functions, such as food safety, while charting a path to national deficit and debt reduction. More
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    Salt industry challenges US position on Codex limit for sodium

    Food Chemical News
    The salt industry last week challenged a draft U.S. position on an upper level for sodium intake for consideration by the Codex Committee during its Nov. 14-18 meetings in Germany. More
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    Food safety in China

    The Economist
    An American firm has been severely — and publicly — punished, but China's food safety problems run much deeper. More
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    Maryland students promise to go soda-free for a month

    The Baltimore Sun
    A chorus of "Sign it! Sign it!" grew louder and stronger as the young audience at a Howard County, Md., elementary school urged a slightly reluctant teacher to swear off soda for the next month. More
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    USDA revises meat temperature recommendation

    UPI
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revised its recommended cooking temperature for pork and other red meat. More
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    Farm bill to get local food, jobs inclusion

    Western Farm Press
    Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced that next week they will introduce the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act, a comprehensive bill intended for inclusion in the 2012 farm bill. More
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    Developing measures for biobased products

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    A new white paper, "Developing of a Purchasing Manager's Index for Biobased Products," has been released by Iowa State University through a cooperative agreement with USDA's Office of Energy Policy and New Uses. More
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    Global conference to focus on meatpacking, processing

    The Meat Site
    Meat industry workers from around the world are expected to gather in Omaha, Neb., next week to discuss emerging issues in the meatpacking and food processing industries. More
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    Opinion: Rules run amok — Bumper crop of bureaucracy

    Truth About Trade & Technology
    Farmers must live with plagues of uncertainties: pests, crop prices, labor shortages and, of course, the weather. Now, add a tangle of regulations run amok to that list. More
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    Frozen meat, poultry products recalled over mislabeling

    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Original Fried Pies Inc., a Davis, Okla., establishment, is recalling 8,888 pounds of frozen meat and poultry pie products today because they are misbranded and contain the preservative sodium benzoate, which does not appear on package labels and is not approved for use as an added ingredient in meat and poultry products. More
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    Investigation: "Hot trucks" being ignored?

    WTHR-TV
    A six-month investigation targets officials' responses to incidents of spoiled or contaminated food distributed in Indiana from improperly refrigerated trucks. More
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    Water woes hit Gap, Kraft, Nestle, MillerCoors

    Environmental Leader
    Companies including Gap, Kraft and MillerCoors all are dealing with financial hits from water shortages and floods, according to news reports. More
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    WILD unveils nutraceutical vegetable line

    Food Ingredients First
    WILD Flavors Inc. has presented its newest innovation: Vegeceuticals. Through proprietary extraction technology, Vegeceuticals are claimed to deliver the healthy halo of vegetables to a wide range of food and beverages, without having to consume the vegetable itself. More
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    Eat Their Words: Panel eyes role of media in food safety

    Consumer Reports
    Consumer Reports today is hosting "Eat Their Words," a panel discussion of the role of the media in keeping food safe. The event is part of Consumer Reports' 75th anniversary celebration in New York City. Panelists include litigator Bill Marler, nutrition professor and author Marion Nestle, and William Neuman of The New York Times. More
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    Transport mergers and acquisitions set to rebound

    Bloomberg
    Ground transport companies are showing fresh interest in mergers amid the convergence of new U.S. regulations, tight credit and trucking stocks at some of the cheapest valuations since 2009. More
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    Growers co-op partners with IBM on traceability

    Food Safety News
    Cherry Central, a domestic cooperative of hundreds of fruit and vegetable growers, announced last week it's now using IBM analytics technology to achieve "true visibility" as their products move from their co-op farms on through the supply chain. More
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    Flavor standards: Game-changing for food and drink R&D?

    Food Navigator
    A new line of flavor reference standards aimed at ensuring skilled panel testers for product testing will have a transforming effect on food and beverage formulation, claims developer Cara Technology. More
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    High-speed bread packaging machine enters Russia, Americas

    Food Production Daily
    Canadian-based packaging firm Technopac International has secured distribution rights to North, Central and South America and Russia for a high speed bread packaging machine it say can improve productivity by 60 percent and significantly reduce waste. More
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    'Magnetic' tongue helps produce tastier processed foods

    Food Product Design
    Sensing the odor and flavor of food is a complex process that depends not only on the combination of ingredients in the food, but also on the taster's emotional state. However, new research has created a "magnetic tongue," an electronic e-sending method used to "taste" food and identify ingredients people describe as sweet, bitter, sour, etc. More
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    Adjustable fan helps processors cope with potato sweet spots

    Food Production Daily
    A newly developed adjustable fan speed function on an industrial oven overcomes the challenge of processing different varieties of potatoes for ready-to-eat meals, JBT FoodTech said. More
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    FDA-approved food belt designed for wet environments

    Food & Drink News
    Habasit Rossi has extended its range of HabaSYNC timing belts for food production and packaging applications to include a new blue Thermoplastic Polyurethane belting solution that is designed specifically for use in wet environments where humidity, wash-down and oily conditions can be found. More
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    Mexico's Bachoco to buy US poultry business

    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Industrias Bachoco S.A.B. de C.V., one of Mexico's leading poultry and food processors, said it has agreed to purchase O.K. Industries Inc., a Fort Smith, Ark., poultry company. More
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    Pilgrim's Pride reports third-quarter loss

    Food Business News
    One-time charges, combined with lower market prices for chicken and high feed-ingredient costs, contributed to a loss for Pilgrim's Pride Corp. during the third quarter. More
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    Progress on improving food safety for soldiers, families

    Food Chemical News
    An 18-person panel charged with improving the safety of food delivered to soldiers and their families within two years is making progress. More
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    Report: Frozen food market inflation turns negative

    FoodBev
    The latest data supplied by Kantar Worldpanel shows the frozen food market is worth $8.2 billion and is flat, while volume is up by 0.2 percent. More
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    State energy group invests in electric refrigerated trailers

    Refrigerated Transporter
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has awarded $300,000 to New West Technologies of Utica, N.Y., to demonstrate the cost and environmental savings of investing in equipment to support electric-powered refrigerator trucks. More
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    Temperature monitoring label automatically generates PDF

    Refrigerated Transporter
    PakSense Inc has launched the XpressPDF temperature monitoring label, which monitors time and temperature of perishable items during distribution and storage and automatically generates a PDF file with complete records. More
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