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Listeria victims go beyond farm to target grocers, auditors
The Denver Post
The three prime targets of lawsuits in the cantaloupe Listeria outbreak have only $17 million in liability coverage for more than 130 illness cases that easily could cost more than $100 million, say experts in liability law. The wide gap could make new legal targets out of grocery stores, distributors and auditing labs as victims seek richer funds for compensation, according to product law experts.

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Lobbying against the too-healthy school lunch
Slate
The food industry and the Congressional members it lobbies apparently have reached an agreement on childhood obesity: It's less important than profits.

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    Durbin blasts proposed FDA cuts
    Food Safety News
    Just across the river from the epicenter of a mysterious E. coli outbreak, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., warned that cuts to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration budget would be a step backward for food safety. More
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    Poll: Romney, seen as most electable, struggles to surge ahead
    The Washington Post
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a significant advantage over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in only one area — electability — and will approach the next round of candidate debates with several potential liabilities, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More
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    A year from election, dark mood awaits Obama and GOP rival
    The Washington Post
    One year out from the 2012 election, President Barack Obama faces the most difficult re-election environment of any White House incumbent in two decades, with economic woes at the center of the public's concerns, an electorate that is deeply pessimistic and sharply polarized, and growing questions about the president's capacity to lead. More
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    On electoral map, Obama still has routes to victory in 2012, despite low ratings
    The Washington Post
    There's no question that President Barack Obama faces one of the most challenging political environments in modern memory as he prepares to try to win a second term next November. But with one year to go before the 2012 election, a state-by-state examination of the battleground map suggests the president retains several plausible pathways to the 270 electoral votes he needs. More
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    Race for gavel picks up speed
    The Hill
    With congressional approval ratings at record lows one year before the 2012 elections, Republicans and Democrats both express confidence that voters won't blame them for the ailing economy. More
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    Opinion: Time to change import limits to fit global regulations
    Agweek
    It is reasonable to relax the current strict restrictions on beef imports to Japan from the United States and other countries. The government immediately should decide to review the current policy. More
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    FSA: Non-EU imports database essential for food safety
    Food Production Daily
    A complete, up-to-date and reliable database is "essential" to identify and control potential high risk non-EU food imports, according to a report by the Food Standards Agency. More
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    Foodies push for homemade food sales law in California
    Times-Standard
    Mark Stambler's handcrafted bread was a favorite at Los Angeles specialty food shops until public health officials cracked down on the crusty loaves leavened in his garage and baked in a wood-burning oven in his backyard. More
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    State legislation could pass GMO labeling to distributors
    Hartford Business Journal
    Connecticut lawmakers, after rejecting one bill that would require clearer labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms, are slated to consider a new bill in the next legislative session. This one would make producers responsible for the labeling — at their own cost. More
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    USDA updates list of certified Mexico poultry, egg exporters
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has updated its export certification checklist, requirements for meat, poultry and processed egg products, export-related policies and list of certified plants in Mexico. More
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    USDA: Salmonella, Campylobacter results to be emphasized
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced it will begin to include more detailed information about Salmonella serotypes that are associated with human illness in the Salmonella End-of-Set letters sent to establishments. FSIS personnel will ensure that processors are aware of these changes and understand the significance of the Salmonella and Campylobacter verification set results in the EOS letters. More
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    Bank of America to sell stake in largest Pizza Hut franchisee
    The Wall Street Journal
    Bank of America Corp., which has been divesting assets in recent months, agreed to sell its stake in the largest Pizza Hut franchisee to private equity firm Olympus Partners in a deal worth approximately $755 million, according to sources close to the situation. More
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    Burger King ups the ante for youth customers
    USA Today
    Burger King's creepy king might be dead, but his crown is set to challenge McDonald's clown and become the newest symbol of the growing kids' meal melee. More
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    Frozen oysters recalled over Norovirus fears
    KTLA-TV
    Oysters from a California food distributor are being recalled after several people in Washington fell ill. Korean Farms, based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., voluntarily recalled frozen oysters packed under the ASSI Brand Friday after a batch tested positive for Norovirus types I and II. More
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    FDA recall list includes smoked herring, pine nuts, rice
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Recent recalls reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration include salted, smoked split herring distributed under the Leslie Leger and Sons Ltd. brand, pine nuts distributed under the Badia brand and a small quantity of rice pilaf distributed under the Rice-A-Roni brand. In addition, the FDA is reminding consumers not to eat almond-stuffed olives distributed by Bio Gaudiano, even if the olives are packaged under other brand names in the U.S. More
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    Study: 78 percent of US families buy organic
    Food Product Design
    Despite a shaky economy, 78 percent of U.S. consumers are choosing to purchase organic foods, and 4 of 10 families are buying more organic products than they were a year ago, according to findings from the "2009 U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study," jointly sponsored by the Organic Trade Association and KIWI Magazine. More
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