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Hurricane Sandy: Food companies dodge major interruptions
Food Business News
As Hurricane Sandy raged across the East coast Monday and Tuesday, food and beverage companies took precautionary steps not only to ensure the safety of their employees, but also to make sure adequate contingency plans were in place to deliver product.

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    ABC News will seek to dismiss pink slime lawsuit today
    Meatingplace
    ABC News is expected to file a motion in federal court today for the judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by Beef Products Inc.

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    Canadian doctors ask for junk food warning labels
    Greener Ideal
    The Ontario Medical Association has proposed that the government impose taxes, advertising bans, education programs and warning labels on packaging of junk food because of the obesity epidemic. More
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    Poll: Obama up 5 in Ohio, toss-ups in Florida, Virginia
    POLITICO
    Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 5 points in the state of Ohio, while the presidential campaign is too close to call in Florida and Virginia, according to a late round of polling from Quinnipiac University, the New York Times and CBS News. More
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    Romney's expand-the-map strategy: Opportunity or necessity?
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney's campaign and its allies have now launched ads in four blue-leaning states with less than a week to go in the 2012 election. The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is the latest to join the expanding-the-map craze, launching a $1.8 million ad buy in Minnesota and New Mexico starting Wednesday.

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    Millions pouring into tight Senate races
    The Washington Post
    With the Senate majority potentially in the balance, tens of millions of dollars have poured into more than a dozen states for the final push in an unusually large cluster of competitive races. Each side committed several million dollars more to tight Senate campaigns that had been anticipated battlegrounds since last year, particularly Virginia, Wisconsin and Montana, but late movement in several races forced the hand of some groups to finance ads in states where the race had long ago seemed settled.

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    Lighter lunches leave kids hungry
    Boston Herald
    The federal government's relentless push toward healthier school lunches — amping up the veggies and trimming protein portions — are leaving students' tummies growling and parents grumbling. More
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    Canada sees G20 talks pressuring Europe, US
    Reuters via Fox Business
    This weekend's meetings of the Group of 20 leading nations are likely to keep pushing Europe and the United States to confront their debt troubles, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Tuesday. The Mexico City meetings of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors follow talks in Tokyo more than two weeks ago, which endorsed a checklist of policy reforms aimed at pressuring Europe and the United States to tackle their debt troubles.

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    EFSA delays final review of genetic corn study to mid-November
    NASDAQ
    The European Food Safety Authority said Tuesday its final assessment of a study that alleges a genetically engineered corn made by Monsanto Co. causes cancer will be published in mid-November, later than originally planned. The EFSA said it had changed the date of its second assessment from the end of October to allow it to fully consider critiques by member states. More
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    Can a red light improve eating habits?
    Food Product Design
    A guest blog from Jim Wagner, director of sales and business development, VIRGO, questions whether traffic light labels signal a path to better nutrition. More
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    Bid to curb fried-food chemical goes cold
    Nature
    The rich, roasted aroma of coffee or the golden-brown color of crispy french fries are enough to set most mouths watering. But the high-temperature cooking that gives these foods their alluring taste, scent and texture also adds a sting: acrylamide, a probable human carcinogen. More
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    CDC selects Minnesota as a food safety leader
    Minnesota Medical Foundation
    The University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health have been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a Food Safety Center of Excellence that will help prevent and respond to foodborne illnesses. The center will provide resources for state and local officials to improve food safety through better detection and investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks. More
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    USDA's new meat tenderness marketing claim standards
    Food Product Design
    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service last week launched new guidelines for meat tenderness marketing claims in response to a Jan. 17 draft standards document for industry review and comment. The new guidelines provide more flexibility to entities interested in having a USDA certified tenderness program. More
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    Canada: Opposition demands outside audit of food safety system
    Sprucegrove Examiner
    Opposition parties reiterated calls for an outside audit of Canada's food safety system on Tuesday — a recommendation also made by an independent investigator who probed a 2008 listeria outbreak. More
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    Nestle nutrition unit gets third new chief in 3 years
    Bloomberg
    Nestle SA said the head of its nutrition unit resigned a year after taking the job, resulting in the third change of leadership for the business since 2009. Kurt Schmidt will give up the position in December, leaving for personal reasons and to pursue other opportunities, the food company said Tuesday. Luis Cantarell, 60, the chief executive officer of Nestle Health Science, will also manage the nutrition division. More
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    Asia-US carriers seek December rate hike
    The Journal of Commerce
    Shipping lines that carry U.S. imports from Asia plan to increase rates $400 per 40-foot container on shipments to the West Coast and $600 per FEU to all other destinations, effective Dec. 1. The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement also announced a proposed general rate increase of $1,500 per FEU on standard and high-cube refrigerated container shipments from Asia to all U.S. destinations, effective Jan. 1. More
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    Common food preservative may slow, stop tumor growth
    ScienceDaily
    Nisin, a common food preservative, may slow or stop squamous cell head and neck cancers, a University of Michigan study found. What makes this particularly good news is that the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization approved nisin as safe for human consumption decades ago, says Yvonne Kapila, the study's principal investigator and professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. More
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    Campbell to beef up its marketing efforts
    The Wall Street Journal
    Campbell Soup Co. is tapping a veteran of the food and car rental businesses as its first chief marketing officer, the latest move in Chief Executive Denise Morrison's effort to shake up the staid soup maker. More
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    Opportunity in functional foods market
    Marlborough Express
    The health benefits of Marlborough salmon, mussels and seaweed could be valuable in the high value functional food market, a visiting scientist says. More
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    Frozen chicken enchiladas recalled when plastic bits found
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food Source LP, a McKinney, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 11,400 pounds of frozen chicken enchilada products that may contain fragments of plastic.

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    Study: Fast food breakfast sandwiches may slow blood flow
    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    A new study suggests that your fast food breakfast sandwich has an immediate negative effect on your blood vessels. The research is preliminary and doesn't compare the effect of eating a couple of fast food breakfast sandwiches to a healthier choice such as yogurt and a banana. Still, the study hints at the dangers of unhealthy food, said co-author Dr. Todd Anderson, director of the University of Calgary's Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. More
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    Tackling the complexity of wash water
    The Packer
    Wash water may not be the sexiest of topics, but it has moved into the spotlight after it was associated with several recent food safety illness outbreaks. Because of its importance and recent evolution, the Produce Marketing Association devoted two educational sessions, including a panel discussion, to the topic at the 2012 Fresh Summit held Oct. 26. More
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    Elanco focuses on pathogen control systems
    AgInfo.net
    Elanco Food Solutions has launched a new website in an attempt to provide food safety solutions to the meat and poultry industries. The site features information about pre- and post-harvest technologies that can be integrated into total pathogen-control systems and includes background about a food safety knowledge solutions program for packers and processors. More
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    Nuvolt to provide scan technology to Unidindon
    MarketWatch
    Nuvolt Corp. Inc. has entered a validation agreement with Unidindon, the largest turkey processing plant in Canada. "We believe that food processing plants, particularly slaughterhouses, offer a very high sale potential market for our SmartScan Pro technology in North America," Nuvolt CEO Jacques Dion said. More
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    Greenpeace to food makers: Check suppliers' sustainability
    Food Navigator
    Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers' sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is produced. More
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