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Survey: Confidence in food safety slipping

Food Safety News
When it comes to food, consumers value safety and affordability above all else, but their confidence in food safety is slipping, according to a new survey by the industry-backed Center for Food Integrity. More
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Comparing food notes: AdvancePierre helps schools

Enid News
School food service workers, dietitians and marketing professionals from across the nation gathered at AdvancePierre Foods last week with one objective: to make school food more healthful and tastier. More
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Chicken processors try to spread around cost of feed

The Wall Street Journal
A growing number of U.S. chicken processors, burned by volatile feed prices, are asking supermarkets and restaurants to share more in the risk. More
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Iowa vote rising in stature

The Wall Street Journal
After looking marginal mere months ago, Iowa has re-emerged as a state that could make or break the front-runners for the 2012 Republican nomination. More
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Cain: Sexual harassment claims by employees were false

The Washington Post
Herman Cain emphatically denied Monday that he had ever sexually harassed anyone, calling allegations of harassment by two former employees "totally baseless and totally false." More
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Election 2011: Ohio ballot measure, Virginia state Senate races among those to watch

The Washington Post
With the Iowa caucuses 64 days away and the one-year countdown to the 2012 election rapidly approaching, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that voters nationwide will be heading to the polls in eight days. More
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Ohio's union fight: What you need to know

The Washington Post
On Nov. 8, Ohio voters will go to the polls to decide a collective bargaining issue. The fight is another chance for unions to show their clout in the Midwest. More
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Keefe to head FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety

Food Chemical News
Dennis Keefe, a 20-year employee in FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety, has been named director of the unit, reveals a message sent to FDA staff last week by Michael Landa, acting director of the agency's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. More
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Trucking group appeals to Supreme Court on Clean Truck Program

Truckinginfo
While the American Trucking Associations won a court victory striking down the controversial owner-operator ban portion of the Port of Los Angeles' Clean Truck Program, the association has decided to move forward on an appeal to the Supreme Court on other provisions an appeals court upheld. More
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US: Grupo Bimbo must divest to purchase Sara Lee division

Federal Register
The U.S. government has filed a proposed final judgment to resolve its complaint against Grupo Bimbo's purchase of Sara Lee's North American Fresh Bakery business. Public comment on the proposal, which requires divestiture, will be accepted for 60 days. More
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Deadly melons renew food safety focus; will money follow?

Reuters
The outbreaks tied to salmonella-tainted peanut products and deadly cantaloupes reignited criticism of the FDA's dependence on so-called third-party auditors — who essentially are the U.S. safety system's soldiers on the front lines.

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    ConAgra hungry for growth

    Omaha World-Herald
    By 2017, ConAgra Foods Inc. wants to be the fastest-growing U.S. food company in terms of profitability and sales, the president of the company's consumer food division told a Nebraska business group last week. More
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    Sara Lee discusses possible relocation, name change

    Chicago Tribune
    Sara Lee CEO Marcel Smits discussed reasons for a possible relocation to Chicago — citing the downtown's "dynamic" environment and talent pool — as well as benefits of changing the company's name at the annual shareholder's meeting last week. More
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    Colonel Sanders devouring Little Sheep means 69 percent gain

    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    Anti-monopoly regulators are turning Yum! Brands Inc.'s acquisition of a chain of Mongolian hot-pot restaurants into the most profitable bet in China. More
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    North Carolina State Fair believed to be source of outbreak

    UPI
    An E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 10 people and possibly as many as 26 has been traced to the North Carolina State Fair, health officials say. More
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    More E. coli found in St. Louis-area outbreak

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    An investigation of suspected foodborne illnesses is turning up more signs of E. coli in an outbreak that has sickened more than two dozen people in the St. Louis area.

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    Prawns recalled over allergy worries

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Pacific Oyster Company has recalled 873 pounds of Nate's Spiced Prawns because the product contains undeclared sulfites, which can cause serious or life-threatening reactions in people who are allergic. More
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    Soy burgers recalled because of mistaken packaging

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Gardenburger LLC is recalling a limited quantity of Eating Right™ Soy Protein Burgers sold in Safeway, Carrs, Dominick's, Genuardi's, Pak 'N' Save, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Vons and Pavilions stores nationwide because the packages inadvertently contained Eating Right™ Veggie Burgers, which contain milk. More
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    Birds Eye analyzes fish industry

    The Food & Drink Innovation Network
    Frozen food brand Birds Eye has released an in-depth "Fish Report" providing an insight into the fish industry, covering everything from consumer shopping habits to the challenges of sourcing and sustainability. More
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    Frozen Food Express loss widens

    RTT News
    Frozen Food Express Industries Inc. reported a net loss for the third quarter of $13.7 million, or $0.77 per share, compared to a net loss of $2.3 million ($0.13 per share) for the same time period in 2010. More
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