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Prop 37 backers vow to continue food regulation efforts
Los Angeles Times
Despite Tuesday's loss at the polls, proponents of labeling genetically engineered foods vowed to press ahead for tougher regulation nationwide of food with genetically manipulated ingredients. Proposition 37 co-chairman Dave Murphy said in a Wednesday conference call that millions of Californians supported the measure and their concerns remain valid. "We believe it's a dynamic moment for the food movement, and we're going forward," he said.

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FAO slashes grain forecasts, world food prices stay high
Reuters
Global supply of key cereal staples including wheat is to tighten sharply in the 2012-2013 crop season as wheat and maize outputs feel the pinch of the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century, data from the United Nations food agency showed. Separate figures indicated a slight easing of pressure on overall food prices Thursday, but the Food and Agriculture Organization's global index stayed close to levels seen in the 2008 crisis when food riots broke out in some countries. More
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Frozen foods go head-to-head with 'fresh'
MediaPost
Overall frozen food sales have been more or less flat in recent years, with 2012's estimated $44 billion in sales across U.S. retail channels representing a slim 0.4 percent gain over 2011, according to a new study from research publisher Packaged Facts. More
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Obama reaches out to congressional leaders
USA Todady
President Barack Obama got back to business Wednesday, reaching out to all four congressional leaders to discuss the legislative agenda for the remainder of the year. It's a tall order: Without action, taxes will rise on nearly all Americans, and domestic and defense spending will be slashed across the board. More
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Changes expected to Obama's team
USA Today
President Barack Obama is around for another four years, but some members of his team won't be. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and, probably, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are expected to leave their posts soon. More
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Opinion: Getting past partisan gridlock — finally?
The Washington Post
During the past two years, politicians and pundits held out the hope that the 2012 election would definitively resolve the grand struggle between irreconcilable visions of the nation's two major political parties. As Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put it in May, one side would gain the "moral authority" to impose "permanent" and "fundamental" ­reform. This was always a partisan fantasy, as the results Tuesday made clear. More
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Seven House races remain too close to call
The Hill
Seven House races are still undecided, with two California Republicans facing particularly close contests as other races in North Carolina, Florida and Arizona also have not been finalized. More
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Opinion: Look for food safety rules to be unleashed soon
The Packer
While voters returned President Barack Obama to the White House for four more years and kept Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans in power at the House of Representatives, don't look for status quo out of Washington, D.C., in months ahead. "I think what this will do is unplug the stopper at the (Office of Management and Budget) and we see (food safety regulations) come out fairly quickly," said David Acheson, former Food and Drug Administration associate commissioner for food protection and partner at Leavitt Partners, Washington, D.C. More
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Foodborne illness: What does the public have a right to know?
Food Safety News
It seems safe to assume that most consumers want to know if the restaurant they're about to eat at or the food they’re about to buy was recently the source of a foodborne illness outbreak. What's less certain, however, is whether the government wants them to know this information. Deciding when to release public health information is a government responsibility fraught with competing interests. More
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Researchers: Food marketing controls should include 'tweeners'
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Food industry controls on marketing have focused on the under-12 age group, but experts in marketing research say adolescents, especially ages 12-14, are the most vulnerable to digital marketing and should be the focus of any new policies aimed at battling obesity. More
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Economists worry about fiscal cliff resolution
The Wall Street Journal
Economists at Wall Street's biggest banks are warning that a resolution of the year-end "fiscal cliff" situation remains elusive despite the outcome of elections Tuesday. Forecasters are worried that since the levers of government are in essentially the same hands as before the election, lawmakers may be hardening themselves against any form of compromise to deal with a threat many economists say could bring a new recession.

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  • Business groups: President must use mandate to face down fiscal cliff (The Wall Street Journal)
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    Canada: Food industry, mayors worry about US imports
    Canada NewsWire via Digital Journal
    Food processors, agricultural organizations and mayors from across the country are gathering on Parliament Hill Thursday to ask the government to review pending changes to food packaging regulation. They say the changes announced in the budget will increase American imports into Canada and over time put food processing and agricultural jobs at risk. More
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    Canadian food safety act passes another legislative review
    Melodika.net
    The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food has completed its review of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and has now referred it back to the House of Commons for report stage and third reading. This brings the government one step closer to strengthening and modernizing Canada's food safety system to make sure it continues to provide safe food for consumers. More
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    McDonald's sales drop for first time since 2003
    The Associated Press via Los Angeles Times
    McDonald's Corp., the world's biggest hamburger chain, said Thursday that a key sales figure fell for the first time in nearly a decade in October, as it faced intensifying competition and a challenging economy. More
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    Fruit fiction: Is it blueberry or blue dye?
    Consumer Reports
    Eagle-eyed readers are noticing a hot trend in food labeling: products whose packages boast "blueberry" and even feature images of the antioxidant-rich superfruit but in fact contain no blueberry (and sometimes no fruit at all). More
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    Coca-Cola sustainability efforts include cutting calories
    Food Business News
    Nearly 25 percent of the Coca-Cola Co.'s global portfolio of beverages is considered a low- or no-calorie option, and nearly all of its products contain front-of-pack calorie information, the Atlanta-based company said in issuing its 2011-2012 Global Sustainability Report. More
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    DSM to acquire Fortitech for $634 million
    Food Ingredients First
    Royal DSM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Fortitech for $634 million. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year. More
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    Kraft creating 'renaissance in food and beverage'
    Food Business News
    Kraft Foods Group Inc. is looking to take "the road less traveled" as it creates a "renaissance in North American food and beverages," said Tony Vernon, chief executive officer. More
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    Poultry processor to add 300 jobs in Arkansas
    Arkansas News
    Poultry processor Peco Foods says it will spend $13.8 million to expand two plants in Independence County, Ark., and add 300 jobs, bringing its total employment in the county to 866. The Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based company, the eighth-largest poultry processor in the U.S., said it will expand a processing plant in Batesville and a feed mill in Newark. More
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