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FDA moves to take trans fat out of food
USA Today
The Food and Drug Administration is beginning a process that will take artificial trans fat entirely out of the food supply, a move hailed as "lifesaving" by health experts.

Related: FDA: Comments due in 60 days (Office of the Federal Register)

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Washington state voters turn down GMO labeling law
Food Safety News
After a second day of vote tallying, Yes on 522 still trails 45.9 percent to 54.1 percent, and a turnaround does not look likely.

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    The farm bill: A Dickens tale
    Politico
    There's a touch of Dickens to the farm bill these days: The best of times, the worst of times, we are all going direct to Heaven, we are all going direct the other way. But nowhere is this "Tale of Two Cities" more true than in the real-life gap between Washington's all-consuming food stamp debate and what lawmakers face at home in their states.
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    New push for immigration reform will target 9 House Republicans
    The Washington Post
    With a year to go until the midterm elections, immigration reform advocates hoping to jump-start debate on Capitol Hill are planning to target a handful of Republican lawmakers most likely to suffer political consequences next year if Congress fails to act on immigration reform.
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    Obama making aggressive effort to reinvigorate his base
    The Washington Post
    Nearly a year after President Barack Obama's re-election, his former campaign manager presented him with a poster-size version of a New York Times Magazine cover from November 2011 bearing the headline, "Is Obama Toast?"
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    Senate GOP seeks control of primaries
    Politico
    Senate Republicans are spoiling for a fight this primary season as they try to take back control of the party from conservative activists. The strategy: Prop up the most electable candidates — even if they are more moderate than ones demanded by tea party activists — and punish those who get in their way.
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    FSMA grocery store recall notification provision sent to OMB for review
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Grocery stores will in future have 24 hours to notify consumers of reportable foods from the Reportable Food Registry, if a "prerule" submitted by FDA to the Office of Management and Budget Saturday gets OMB's blessing and the agency can proceed with the rulemaking.
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    European Union moves toward GM corn approval
    Food Navigator
    The European Union has moved toward approving a variety of genetically modified maize for cultivation, 12 years after a request was first filed.
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    China tightens food safety administration, seeks comments on draft
    Mondaq
    The Chinese State Council recently announced the draft amendment of the Food Safety Law for public comments through Nov. 29. A high-priority initiative on the Chinese government's agenda to contain food safety risks, the draft amendment presents several major changes.
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    Food industry joins regulatory officials in joint training at IFPTI
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    The International Food Protection Training Institute on Wednesday announced the launch of the redeveloped FD 170: Application of Inspection and Investigation Techniques course. IFPTI is conducting the newly-redeveloped course in Battle Creek, Mich., for the first time this week with participants from both industry and regulatory communities across the U.S.
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    Opinion: Get rid of the 'food desert' label
    CNN
    The movement to eradicate food deserts would benefit from, of all things, banishment of the term "food desert," argues John Bare, vice president of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and executive-in-residence at Georgia Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
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    Margin of error on food labels: 20 percent
    MarketWatch
    From frozen dinners to vitamins, the labels on our foods are sometimes incorrect. Advocates say sometimes lax government rules are partly to blame.
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    Mushrooms compete with meat in burgers
    NPR
    With so many consumers today reconsidering their level of meat consumption, the mushroom industry is hoping their product can become the next "other" white meat.

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    Obamacare could increase food stamp rolls
    Politico
    The Obama administration has ordered a study to determine whether the Affordable Care Act will also increase the number of people in SNAP based on how states enroll people.

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    How FSMA food import fees affect you
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Now that the federal government's doors are open again, it's critical that frozen food processors focus on major new food safety rules that are coming down the pipeline.

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    Global food prices rise in October after 5 months of falls
    Reuters
    Global food prices rose slightly in October after declining for the past five months, the United Nations food agency said Thursday, forecasting more stability in markets as it raised its estimate for 2013-2014 cereals output.
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    Study: 6 meals a week — 4.2 million tons — thrown out in Britain
    Agence France-Presse via The Raw Story
    British households are throwing away 4.2 million tons of food and drink a year, the equivalent of six meals every week, according to a study published Thursday by the Waste and Resources Action Program.

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    Nestle sheds bulk of Jenny Craig in effort to slim down
    Reuters
    Nestle is selling the bulk of its Jenny Craig weight loss business to U.S. private equity firm North Castle Partners as the world's largest food group works to trim its portfolio.
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    Wendy's reports strong Q3 results, raises earnings outlook
    PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
    Wendy's North America Co.-operated restaurants generated a same-store sales increase of 3.2 percent, compared to 2.7 percent last year. Franchise same-store sales in North America increased 3.1 percent, compared to 2.9 percent last year.
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    Oreo maker Mondelez sees cookie troubles in China
    The Associated Press via Miami Herald
    Oreo maker Mondelez is struggling to boost cookie sales in China. The global snack food company on Wednesday reported a higher quarterly profit and raised its earnings outlook for the year, citing plans to improve productivity in its operations.
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    XL Group upgrades equipment breakdown coverage for food industry
    IBR
    XL Group, an insurance and re-insurance company, has upgraded its Up+Running equipment breakdown coverage to boost protection against food processing and cold storage risks.
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    Foster Farms chicken Salmonella outbreak creeps along
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    It has been one month since USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert due to concerns that illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.
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    Food makers told to evolve or face extinction in Middle East market
    International Supermarket News
    Food manufacturers looking to tap into the booming Middle East food and beverage sector have been told by an industry expert to constantly evolve the way they make and market their products for the region's consumers or face the possibility of being forced out of the market altogether.
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