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FDA seeks Beijing's help over food safety
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. food and drug regulators are requesting Beijing's help in implementing a new food-safety law requiring stricter oversight of exported food, a sign of China's growing importance as a food exporter for Americans. U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are seeking increased data sharing and communication with China and other major trading partners to identify and prevent high-risk problems in food trade, said Dara Corrigan, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs of the FDA, at a press briefing Thursday. "Transparency on both sides is critical," she said.

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Cantaloupe Listeria outbreak most deadly since 1924
USA Today
With 29 people now confirmed dead, the Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe from one Colorado farm is officially the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in the United States since 1924, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak comes from Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes sold by Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo. The cantaloupes were recalled Sept. 14, and no melons under the recall are still on store shelves. More
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Food prices to impact holiday budgets
Meat & Poultry
Based on a new survey by Americas Research Group for Reuters, more than one-third of U.S. consumers expect rising food prices will result in them cutting back on holiday spending, according to the American Meat Institute. A total of 28.4 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed by Americas Research Group said rising food costs would cause them to cut back on their Christmas shopping somewhat, while another 7.2 percent said they would most definitely cut back.

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    Cain rises in Post-ABC poll despite scandal; most Republicans dismiss allegations
    The Washington Post
    Businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney are running nearly even atop the field of 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows, with most Republicans dismissing the harassment allegations that over the past week have roiled Cain's campaign. Seven in 10 Republicans say reports that Cain made unwanted advances toward two employees when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s — allegations which have been stiffly rebutted by Cain's campaign — do not matter when it comes to picking a candidate. More
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    Poll: Tough numbers in swing states indicates Obama faces difficult reelection
    The Hill
    The sentiment among voters has soured for President Barack Obama in 12 key swing states that he won in 2008, according to a USA Today-Gallup poll released on Friday, indicating the president faces a tough battle for reelection. Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Rick Perry are either leading or within striking distance of the president in these toss-up states, and the poll indicates a desire for change and an enthusiasm gap within the president's base that will be a challenge for his campaign to address. More
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    Debt-reduction supercommittee talks appear to be at an impasse
    The Washington Post
    Washington's latest exercise in debt reduction appeared to be at an impasse Thursday, as members of a special congressional committee barreled toward a Thanksgiving deadline with no movement on the fundamental question of whether to raise taxes. Talks continued between congressional leaders and members of the supercommittee, but the panel had no further meetings scheduled and no path to compromise on a plan to slice at least $1.2 trillion from projected borrowing over the next decade.

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    Opinion: How Alabama's immigration law is crippling its farms
    The Washington Post
    Farmers in Alabama are in revolt against the state's over-the-top immigration law, which is designed to hound illegal immigrants so that they move elsewhere. As it happens, a substantial portion of farm workers there, as in other states, are undocumented. In the farmers' view, the law is depriving them of steady, experienced labor — and threatening to deal a lethal blow to crops throughout the state. The uproar has exposed political fault lines within the Republican Party, whose vows of support for business have run headlong into its crusade to drive away illegal immigrants, on whom agribusiness relies. More
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    Confirmed E. coli cases upped to 12 by state officials
    The News &Observer
    As state health officials continue to investigate the source of an E. coli outbreak likely tied to the N.C. State Fair, the number of confirmed cases has grown to 12. As of Thursday afternoon, 16 other possible cases were being investigated. State officials said earlier this week they expected the number of cases to fluctuate as they field calls about the bacterial infection.

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    USDA reissues directive on beef processing controls
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    In advance of its Dec. 3 implementation date, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has reissued its directive on how to verify that cattle slaughter operations are implementing sanitary dressing and process control procedures. More
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    Health officials offer guidelines to prevent Listeriosis
    The Times-Standard
    The nation's recent Listeriosis outbreak has taken 29 lives and sickened more than 130 people in 28 states, making it the deadliest known outbreak of this foodborne illness in the U.S. in more than two decades. The recent multi-state spread of Listeriosis, which started in late summer, was prompted by listeria-tainted Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado. Listeria can also be found in other types of foods. Animals, for instance, can carry the bacterium without appearing ill and can contaminate foods of animal origin, such as meats and dairy products. More
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    Remembering the sad 1985 Listeriosis outbreak
    Food Safety News
    Pregnant women dying, some along with their unborn babies, and mothers losing their newborn infants — that was the devastating profile of the 1985 outbreak of Listeriosis in Los Angeles County. For more than a quarter of a century, it was this country's most deadly known foodborne illness outbreak. Three years after it was over, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that between Jan. 1 and Aug. 15, 1985, L.A. county had confirmed 142 cases of human Listeriosis linked to eating soft, Mexican-style cheese. More
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    Senators hear concerns on food production
    Marshall Independent
    It was a mission with two goals, Sen. Doug Magnus said. In visiting with local businesses, Magnus and fellow Minnesota Sen. Gary Dahms were hoping to gather the knowledge needed to protect the state's food suppliers and the economy in rural communities. "The agriculture and food sector in Minnesota employs 1 out of 5 people," Magnus said, so it becomes especially important to keep that sector strong. "We want to try and keep as many people working as we can." More
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    Kraft: A safe port in a stormy market
    Barrons.com
    Looking for a recession-proof investment? If so, consider Kraft Foods. In good times and bad, Americans love to indulge in things like mac and cheese and chocolate, as evidenced by better-than-expected earnings from Kraft, the nation's largest packaged-food company. Kraft reported third-quarter earnings of $922 million, or 52 cents a share, up from 43 cents in the year-ago period. More
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    Kellogg third-quarter net income falls; outlook cut
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg BusinessWeek
    Cereal and snack maker Kellogg Co. said its third-quarter net income fell 14 percent, worse than expected, hurt by higher costs related to updating its supply chain and incentive compensation costs. The world's largest cereal maker also lowered its earnings guidance below expectations. Company shares fell 7 percent in premarket trading. More
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    Mark Trundle reveals Snap Fresh's secret to success with food and drink digital
    World News Report
    In an interview with Food and Drink Digital, Mark Trundle, head of Snap Fresh, discusses how the company consistently delivers world-class frozen meals. For nearly 10 years, Snap Fresh has built a prestigious reputation for providing high quality, safe and consistent meals, across a variety of menu options. More
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    Publix freezes out Ben & Jerry's new flavor
    NewsChief
    A frozen food tasting group from Publix Super Markets recently turned down a new flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream because of its bland taste, lack of uniqueness and little shelf space in its stores, Shannon Patten, a spokeswoman with the grocery store, said in an email. Instead, the group chose Pumpkin Cheesecake based on the upcoming holidays and its unique flavor, Patten said. More
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