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As Congress prepares to return, farm bill stalemate remains
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For all the lofty rhetoric about the need for bipartisanship and cooperation that has marked the closing weeks of the 2012 election, lawmakers will return to work later this month to face the exact same sort of gridlock that has paralyzed Washington for two years. And no other issue typifies that dysfunction like the reauthorization of the nation's agriculture and food stamp assistance bill, a five-year measure that remains mired in intraparty disagreement among Republicans. More
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South Dakota eyes food labeling proposal
Argus Leader
Even if California voters reject a ballot proposal Tuesday that would require labels to be placed on soups, chips and other products containing genetically modified ingredients, the attention the debate has drawn to the issue might lead to similar votes across the country. More
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Global socially-conscious consumers pay more for products
CPGmatters
Who are the most socially-conscious consumers around the world? According to Nielsen's Global Corporate Citizenship Survey, 63 percent of them are under the age of 40. They consult social media when making purchase decisions and are most concerned about environmental, educational and hunger causes. More
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Obama, Romney leave nothing to chance day before election
The Hill
The final full day of the 2012 presidential campaign has featured a swing state spring by two candidates determined to leave nothing to chance in a razor-tight election.

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    Obama, Romney campaigns brace for battle after Tuesday vote
    The Washington Post
    As President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spent election eve rushing from one swing state to another, their campaigns were already preparing for a complicated — and possibly long — battle over Tuesday's vote. More
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    Election Day: Five important questions that remain
    The Washington Post
    In just over two days we will (probably) know the identity of the man who will be president of the United States for the next four years. Even though the end of this long, strange trip is nearly here, questions remain about the size and shape of the electorate, the true swing-state battlefield on which President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will fight over these next two days and the factors that ultimately will push the sliver of undecided voters to make up their minds. More
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    Middle class faces fiscal cliff fallout: Alternative minimum tax
    The Washington Post
    Unless Congress acts by the end of the year, more than 26 million households will for the first time face the alternative minimum tax, which threatens to tack $3,700, on average, onto taxpayers' bills for the current tax year. Because those people have never paid the AMT, they have no idea they are in its crosshairs — put there by a broader stalemate over tax policy that has kept Congress from limiting the AMT's reach. More
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    ATRI seeking feedback on 34-hour restart
    Commercial Carrier Journal
    As part of a study on hours of service regulations, the American Transportation Research Institute is seeking feedback in the form of a survey on the "potential impacts of changes to the 34-hour restart rule," according to an announcement. The nonprofit research group says that it wants to look into quantifying the "real-world operation impacts" on the industry that could come of the hours changes. More
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    Fresh safety concerns raised at re-opened XL Foods plant
    Postmedia News via Canada.com
    Days after a beef processing plant shuttered by an E. coli scare resumed slaughtering cattle under new management, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has raised new safety concerns at the facility. The move suggests the XL Foods plant's new managers — meat-packing giant JBS-USA — could face tough decisions on infrastructure upgrades as the facility gets back to running at full speed under the close watch of federal inspectors, a food safety expert said Sunday.

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    Traceability systems in food safety gaining interest
    iNews 880
    Traceability systems in food safety are being looked at alot more closely these days. Allison Howard, a research associate with the conference board of Canada, says as more countries get involved with Canada in the trade business, food traceability issues become more prominent. More
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    Mexico's AMHPAC looks to 'smoking gun' traceability
    Fresh Fruit Portal
    Recent food safety scares involving papayas and mangoes have had detrimental impacts on Mexican growers, who for the most part have been following the correct sanitary procedures. For Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture CEO Eric Viramontes, the problem comes down to an inability to track unsafe products to a common source. More
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    Giant Eagle unveils new Good Cents format
    Progressive Grocer
    Multiformat food and fuel retailer Giant Eagle Inc. will cut the ribbon this weekend on its first Good Cents Grocery + More store in Pittsburgh's North Hills that company officials say offers "a uniquely fresh approach to value-priced grocery shopping." More
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    Dollar stores poised to steal shoppers from supermarkets
    CPGmatters
    Dollar stores have emerged as a growing threat to take grocery sales away from traditional supermarkets, says the second annual shopper research survey from Perception Research Services. More
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    Discovering 3 sustainability disconnects in the food industry
    Supermarket News
    The remarkable advancement of sustainability in the food industry owes a lot to champions who made very clear cases about its benefits. But we've learned that not everything is clear about sustainability. More
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    Hain Celestial announces strategic US acquisition
    Food Ingredients First
    The Hain Celestial Group Inc. has announced plans to acquire BluePrint, a raw juice producer based in New York City. The purchase is expected to close by the end of the calendar year. More
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    Alabama company recalls chicken strips
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After reports of plastic pieces of a pen turning up in their products, Wayne Farms Inc. of Decatur, Ala., has recalled 28,528 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken strips.

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    Carrot recall amended by Bolthouse Farms
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Bolthouse Farms is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Bolthouse Farms® 16-ounce carrot chips after a routine sampling by a North Carolina health official detected the possibility of Salmonella. Bolthouse Farms has not received any reports of consumer illness or other consumer complaints related to this product. More
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    Spinach, salad mix called back on E. coli concerns
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is recalling approximately 31,000 pounds of organic spinach and spring mix from stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts between Oct. 14 and Nov. 1 due to possible E. coli O157 H:7. More
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    Undeclared allergen forces recall of chicken nuggets
    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. More
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    Survey: Digital coupon usage widespread but limited
    CPGmatters
    While the vast majority of consumer packaged goods marketers include digital coupons among their promotional tactics, most firms are using them in a secondary role. That was the key result of a new national survey by the Shopper Technology Institute. More
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    Quest for perfect potato pays off for McCain Foods India
    PotatoPro
    India's love affair with the french fry is so intense that Canadian potato giant McCain Foods is injecting another $69 million on top of its current $37 million investment into greatly increasing output at its plant in Mehsana, which opened five years ago. Having captured nearly 80 percent of the country's frozen potato market since then, McCain Foods India's current output of 43,000 tons of potatoes a month cannot come close to keeping up with demand. More
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