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GM food labeling in California goes down in crushing defeat
Food Safety News
By a much larger margin than expected, California voters have decided they can live without labels on genetically modified food, a decision that means the state will not be at odds with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's policy of not labeling GM foods, which goes back more than two decades. By a vote of 55 to 45 percent, the Golden State voted "No" on Proposition 37.

Editor's note: AFFI is a member of a diverse coalition of food, nutrition, tax and consumer organizations that worked to stop this misguided food labeling scheme. For more information, please click here.

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    What Obama's victory means for business
    The Wall Street Journal
    Corporate America never was among those chanting "four more years." For businesses, President Barack Obama's victory means above all an end to hopes for what might have been — a more sympathetic ear in the White House, a lighter touch with regulation, business-friendly changes to the tax code, an attenuation of the health care overhaul. More
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    FSMA's role in food safety, consumer confidence globally
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Michael R. Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, addressed the China International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo Wednesday, issuing remarks about the Food Safety Modernization Act and consumer confidence in the global food system. More
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    Obama faces stark fiscal battles with Congress in second term
    The Washington Post
    Hours after Barack Obama's soaring victory speech and a gracious concession by Mitt Romney, Republican leaders in Washington made clear Wednesday that whatever mandate the president won for his second term will be sharply limited by the losing party's starkly different view of the nation's challenges.

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    Washington wakes up to deja vu
    POLITICO
    The status quo prevailed Tuesday night, leaving official Washington to wake up Wednesday and find it's deja vu all over again. President Barack Obama won another four years in the Oval Office, Senate Democrats defied two years' worth of predictions to hold — and possibly expand by one or two — their 53-47 majority and House Republicans, still awaiting results in 17 districts, were certain to keep, and perhaps expand, their majority. More
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    25 problems facing Obama, Congress
    The Hill
    A slew of thorny issues awaits President Barack Obama and Congress in the lame duck session, ranging from taxes to defense to Medicare. Obama's victory increases the chances that the lame duck will be productive, but it remains to be seen if the president and leaders on Capitol Hill can break the gridlock that has gripped the 112th Congress. More
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    Food retailers: FDA is coming to town
    JD Supra
    The FDA's plan to conduct a voluntary survey of retailers' foodborne illness risk signals its increasing scrutiny in this area and the need for retailers to evaluate their food safety and risk management systems. More
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    Draft compliance guide issued for foods with hypoglycin-A toxin
    Office of the Federal Register
    The FDA has issued a draft compliance policy guideline for enforcement criteria for canned and frozen ackee, as well as other food products that contain hypoglycin-A. More
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    USDA buys dehydrated granules for global feeding program
    PotatoPro
    On Oct. 24, USDA announced the purchase of 240 metric tons of dehydrated potato granules and 320 metric tons of dehydrated potato flakes under the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. The announcement marks a historic achievement for the domestic potato industry as it is the first time U.S. dehydrated potato granules have been purchased for a U.S. international food assistance program. More
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    UK: Food prices rising — and will keep rising
    Finance Talks
    The expense of weekly grocery shopping in the U.K. has gone up by a third since the credit crunch happened, and inflation of food prices is expected to continue because of low yield during harvest time and growing populations. More
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    Kraft Foods net up 13 percent as margins improve
    NASDAQ
    Kraft Foods Group Inc.'s third-quarter earnings rose 13 percent as the packaged food maker's revenue topped consensus estimates and margins improved. More
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    Healthy fast food meals, snacks are a growing business
    News-Press
    In recent years, local companies have launched lean menus with savory foods, such as shrimp paella or turkey cranberry melt wraps, for those on the go to cut calories without sacrificing flavor. At the same time, national fast food chains such as McDonald's and Taco Bell have added healthier or lower-calorie items to their menus and made nutritional information more visible to meet customers’ needs. More
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    Lifestyle could be driver of overeating habits
    Detroit Free Press
    From the fast food ads we confront during our daily commutes to the decadent dessert recipes that pop up in our Facebook feeds, our environments are filled with food cues. On top of that, science suggests that elements of a typical Western lifestyle, such as drinking alcohol regularly, skimping on sleep and watching hours of TV, drive us to take in more calories than our bodies need. More
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    Study: Children consume more calories, soda at restaurants
    USAgNet
    Children and adolescents consume more calories and soda and have poorer nutrient intake on days they eat at either fast-food or full-service restaurants, as compared to days they eat meals at — or from — home, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and published online by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. More
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    The aging population: A challenge or an opportunity?
    Food Processing
    Does our aging population present a challenge or an opportunity? Both, according to a new report from Leatherhead Food Research titled "An Aging Population: Trends & Opportunities for the Food Industry." More
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    Burger King home delivery: The last nail in coffin of real food?
    Time
    Burger King's home delivery experiment, which has been expanding very slowly — first in a few mid-Atlantic states and most recently in southern Florida — is the first by any major restaurant chain that doesn't have the word "pizza" in its name. More
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    GM tomato with 'good cholesterol' could help unblock arteries
    Food Navigator
    Tomatoes that are genetically engineered to produce a peptide that mimics the actions of "good" HDL cholesterol could help to reduce heart disease risk factors, suggest researchers. More
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    Unilever: Food 'too cheap,' leading to global waste
    TruthDive
    A top official at Unilever, the world's second-biggest consumer goods company, has said that food has become "too cheap" in the developed world, spurring increased consumer waste. Jan Kees Vis made the remarks at the CropWorld Global 2012 conference in London. More
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