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Center for Food Integrity: Food safety confidence slips
Food Safety News
U.S. citizens are slightly less confident in the safety of the food supply compared to recent years, according to annual polling conducted by the Center for Food Integrity. More
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Addicted to food? New research suggests it's possible
Newsweek
Science is now proving what we've long suspected: We're hard-wired to want the foods that are worst for us. Te theory that the brain responds to high-fat, high-calorie foods similarly to how it responds to drugs is now gaining scientific muscle, led by renowned names in the field of addiction. More
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Opinion: There's homework to do on school lunches
The New York Times
The new school lunch menu, it seems, is not going down well with many school-age diners, who are tossing the mandated fruits and vegetables into the garbage or refusing school lunch altogether. Instead, they are choosing competitive foods sold in the cafeteria or buying lunch from vending machines and snack bars.

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    Poll: 49 Romney, 48 Obama — 3 days running
    The Washington Post
    For the third consecutive day of the Washington Post-ABC News national tracking poll, a single — statistically insignificant — percentage point separates the two presidential contenders: 49 percent of likely voters back Republican Mitt Romney, and 48 percent support President Barack Obama.

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    Activists pour cash into voter turnout
    The Wall Street Journal
    In a tight election where voter turnout could be crucial, a new force is sending people door to door to try to get conservatives to the polls. Conservative groups, most notably Americans for Prosperity, are spending millions of dollars to ensure as many supporters as possible cast a ballot. Their efforts, echoing voter drives by unions and other Democratic-leaning groups, represent a new X-factor in the presidential race. More
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    Early-vote totals indicate extremely tight race
    USA Today
    While President Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's campaigns are both pointing to absentee- and early-voting data as reasons to be optimistic about their candidates' chances, a review of election data in seven swing states offers further evidence that the race for the White House will remain extraordinarily close to the end. More
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    Obama suggests 'Secretary of Business' in 2nd term
    The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama signaled if he wins a second term he would appoint a Secretary of Business to oversee newly consolidated government agencies, including the Small Business Administration, and predicted "a war" will break out within the Republican Party after the Nov. 6 election. More
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    California to vote on labeling genetically modified foods
    USA Today
    If California voters say genetically modified foods must be labeled, the effect will be felt nationwide, because most foods are shipped regionally or nationally.

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    Food safety endangered worldwide by increased counterfeiting
    Food Safety News
    Were it not for all the insects that other tenants of a private warehouse were pretty sure were coming from a neighboring space, phony "Heinz" ketchup might now be on its way to unsuspecting consumers. Fraudulent ketchup, probably intended for the world market, is but one example of "counterfeit food." Around the world, there are plenty of people who are willing to substitute some high value brand or product with something inferior. More
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    Analysis: Fiscal cliff could hit economy harder than many expect
    Reuters
    The United States runs the risk of a recession far deeper than many investors and policymakers may think if lawmakers fail to avert looming tax hikes and cuts to public spending.

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    Food safety crucial as Hurricane Sandy hits
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Power outages and flooding that often result from weather emergencies — such as Hurricane Sandy — compromise the safety of stored food, and planning ahead can minimize the risk of foodborne illness. "A Consumer's Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes" can be downloaded and printed for reference during a power outage. FSIS' YouTube video, "Food Safety During Power Outages," also has instructions for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe. More
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    Cantor promises vote on stalled farm bill
    Idaho Statesman
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told a Boise, Idaho, audience last week that a farm bill vote will come during the post-election lame-duck session. Cantor said he delayed action before the recess because "we don't have the votes on the floor." More
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    Candidates emerge for next USDA secretary
    Argus Leader
    After a summer of severe drought that overtook much of the country and a $500 billion farm bill that has languished in Congress, the profile of the agriculture secretary has grown. Now, as the race to the White House enters the final stretch, and regardless of who wins, the next leader of the U.S. Agriculture Department in a Romney or Obama administration will be thrust into helping craft and implement farm policy at a time when lawmakers are looking to sharply cut spending. More
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    What's in the food we import from China?
    Care2
    The U.S. imports about 20 percent of its food from China, and, like Germany and other European countries, is likely to start importing even more. As a Norovirus outbreak that sickened 11,000 German children who ate frozen strawberries from China revealed, consumers in the U.S. need to be careful about foods imported from countries without our environmental and food safety regulations. More
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    Burger King 3rd-quarter net income drops
    The Associated Press via Albany Times Union
    Burger King said Monday its third-quarter net income fell 83 percent as revenue was hurt by the stronger dollar, but adjusted results topped expectations. More
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    More effort needed to move local, fresh foods beyond 'privileged'
    Science Codex
    An Indiana University study that looked at consumers who buy locally grown and produced foods through farmer's markets and community-supported agriculture programs found the venues largely attract a "privileged" class of shoppers. "Our findings present a need for broadening local food opportunities beyond the privileged, higher-income consumer, through alternative payment plans and strategic efforts that make fresh foods accessible to a diversity of people," said James Farmer, assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. More
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    Drought devastating to beef industry
    USAgNet
    High feed prices and large financial losses brought on by a combination of multiyear drought in the Southern Plains and the 2012 Midwestern drought will continue their stranglehold on the nation's beef industry in the coming months, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says. More
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    Moms petition Kellogg's to get rid of food dye in kids' snacks
    Examiner
    Many colorful snacks popular with the preschool set are laced with food dyes to make them appealing to young children. Now, two mothers are working hard to tell food manufacturers it is time to do away with the dangerous food additives in their kids' food. More
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    Hybrid potato breeding method wins 2012 Food Valley award
    Food Ingredients First
    Healthy, high-quality, naturally disease-resistant potatoes whose color, taste, shape an starch composition can be customized to the client's wishes: Growers are a big step closer to achieving this, via Solynta's new, patented, hybrid potato breeding method. More
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    Food manufacturer plots $26 million Ohio expansion
    Dayton Business Journal
    Malt Products Corp., a New Jersey-based maker of natural sweeteners, announced in October it plans to add 50,000 square feet to its facility on Wolf Creek Pike in West Dayton, Ohio. The 35-employee company also expects to double its workforce following the expansion, said Amy Targan, president of Malt Products. More
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    Parental stress linked to child obesity
    United Press International
    Stressed-out parents are more likely to have obese children, U.S. researchers suggest. "Stress in parents may be an important risk factor for child obesity and related behaviors," Dr. Elizabeth Prout-Parks, a nutrition specialist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who was the study leader, said in a statement. "The severity and number of stressors are important." More
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