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For business, vote holds high stakes
The Wall Street Journal
The outcome of Tuesday's presidential election carries enormous weight for executives of American businesses, big and small, influencing everything from the taxes they are required to pay to the attitudes of regulators who scrutinize them. Disappointed by President Barack Obama and in despair over dysfunction in Washington, business, for the most part, is investing in challenger Mitt Romney. More
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Study: Healthy snacks still limited in some US schools
Reuters
U.S. school children searching for a healthy snack at school — perhaps an apple or some celery sticks — may find that a bag of potato chips is much easier to come by, according to a report released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. More
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California to vote on GMO foods, but you may already eat them
NBC News
If you saw a "genetically engineered" label on a box of cereal, bag of chips or package of tofu, would you buy it? That's a question many wonder as California voters prepare to vote on Proposition 37 next Tuesday. Previous efforts to mandate the labeling of GM foods have failed in both Connecticut and Vermont.

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    Reuters: Obama leads in Ohio, Florida, Virginia; Romney ahead in Colorado
    The Hill
    A flurry of swing-state polls released early Friday shows President Barack Obama edging Mitt Romney in the three critical battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Virginia, while Romney leads the president in Colorado. More
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    Republicans angle for spots in a Romney administration
    The Washington Post
    With the presidential contest entering its final days, Mitt Romney and his top advisers are preparing to make a series of personnel announcements as early as next week — immediately after the election — should the Republican nominee win the White House, according to aides who have been working on his campaign and his transition plans. More
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    GOP ahead of 2008 early vote pace
    POLITICO
    Until Election Day, there's no way to know for certain whether or not the GOP's ground game is better this year than in 2008. But by one important yardstick — early voting — the GOP is showing notable improvement in key battleground states. More
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    GAO suggests FDA use item-by-item approach to import comparability
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    When it comes to guaranteeing the safety of food coming from other countries, FDA would be better off taking a narrower equivalency-like approach, going food item by food item, rather than continuing down the path of trying to establish the overall "comparability" of each country's entire food safety system. More
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    PEER: Antibiotics in animals guidelines not being followed
    Association of Corporate Counsel
    According to internal FDA documents obtained by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility group, the agency is not working successfully with industry to phase out the use of antibiotics in food animals. More
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    Food industry faces retirement time bomb
    Food Manufacture UK
    The U.K.'s food industry faces a bleak future unless it attracts more young blood, industry commentators and education experts have warned. Sector skills council Improve predicts that 137,000 new recruits will be needed within the next five years to replace those retiring from the workforce. More
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    Should you try these fad diets?
    Real Simple
    They purport to be the secret to better health, increased energy and a smaller pant size. But which of the latest crazes deserves a place at your table? Here's some food for thought. More
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    JM Smucker: Trans-fat lawsuits are 'wasteful' litigation
    Food Navigator-USA
    JM Smucker has urged a California judge to dismiss the third in a "trilogy of trans-fat lawsuits" it claims are just money-grabbing exercises "forcing food manufacturers to undergo wasteful, expensive and time-consuming litigation that cannot and will not benefit the public." More
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    Mondelez looks to teen crowdsourcing for marketing plan
    CommerceTuned
    With the hopes of boosting its market share, the new Twist chewing gum brand by Mondelez International will be looking for an advertising steer from the teen demographic. In the coming months, the food manufacturer will be hosting a number of crowdsourcing workshops to get advice from teenagers on how to best promote its Twist gum. More
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    Kansas company launching ALA-enhanced ground beef
    Food Navigator-USA
    A Kansas company has taken the next step in omega-3 fortification by developing a way to boost the levels of n-3 fatty acids in beef. The Manhattan, Kan.-based NBO3 Technologies is days away from a regional product launch of GreatO Premium Ground Beef, with a nationwide launch set for 2013. More
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    Virginia firm recalls chicken nuggets on misbranding
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Perdue Foods LLC, a Bridgewater, Va., establishment, is recalling approximately 1,440 pounds of chicken breast nugget products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, milk, not declared on the label.

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    New Louisiana rail facility loads rice for Mexico
    USAgNet
    The newly completed South Louisiana Rail Facility, located in the Lacassine Agri-Industrial Park, loaded its first shipment of Louisiana long grain rice bound for Mexico. More
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    Food science: A smorgasbord of opportunity
    Nature (subscription required)
    Food science is fun — and boasts better job prospects than many other industry niches, according to a new paper published online first by the journal Nature. More
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    Food waste digester will produce electricity in Chicago
    Waste Management World
    An organic waste-to-biogas digester is under construction at a pioneering project in Chicago known as The Plant, which is repurposing a former meatpacking factory into a net-zero waste vertical farm and food business. The 5000-ton-per-year anaerobic digestion facility will divert all of the food waste produced at the facility, and by neighboring food manufacturers, from landfill and turn it into biogas that will fuel a combined heat and power system. More
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    Life Technologies offers same-day, multistrain E. coli screening
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    Life Technologies Corp. has received a "Letter of No Objection" from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service for its RapidFinder™ STEC detection system. Developed in collaboration with USDA, RapidFinder accurately detects the presence of multiple strains of E. coli in raw beef in just 10 hours. More
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    Scientists find aphid resistance in black raspberry
    USAgNet
    There's good news for fans of black raspberries: A U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist and his commercial colleague have found black raspberries that have resistance to a disease-spreading aphid. More
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