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Veggie politics: How budget cuts make pizza a vegetable
ABC News
Ketchup still isn't a vegetable, but some members of Congress are working to make sure pizza is one.

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    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story, expressing its support for the bill and emphasizing the nutritional value of tomato paste.
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    Shopper loyalty cards help trace foodborne illness source
    USA Today
    An outbreak of salmonella in five Eastern states has sickened 42 people so far this year, with two hospitalizations. Dozens more might have been struck down were it not for a strikingly successful new tool used by public health officials investigating the outbreak: the lowly shopper loyalty card. More
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    Supply chain trends find more companies taking 'be everything to everyone' approach
    Supply Chain Digest
    Again this year, the annual Trends and Issues in Logistics and Transportation Study was released at the CSCMP conference in Philadelphia. The study found companies today operate in a "new normal," reflecting what appears to be — at least in the modern supply chain era — an unprecedented level of volatility and uncertainty. More
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    Barack Obama, the blurry president
    The Washington Post
    On the verge of his 2012 re-election race, President Barack Obama's continued lack of clear definition is hurting his political prospects, according to longtime Democratic pollster Peter Hart. More
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    Cain bets he can stay a Republican front-runner without acting like one
    The Washington Post
    Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain is conducting a campaign that celebrates doing things differently so often it has become a defining characteristic of his bid. More
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    Newt Gingrich, on the rise: 'I'm going to be more disciplined'
    The Washington Post
    For months, Newt Gingrich has had a front-row seat from which to observe what happens when a Republican presidential candidate emerges from the pack to be touted as the next great insurgent hope and the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. Now it might be his turn. More
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    Poll: American optimism wanes
    POLITICO
    American optimism has dropped precipitously during the last two years, according to a new poll that shows the percentage of those who believe things will be going well in the country a year from now has plummeted nearly 20 points since 2009. More
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    Vilsack details investments in international market development
    Farm Futures
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, speaking from Hanoi, Vietnam, discussed his trip — the first by a sitting agriculture secretary. He also announced the Fiscal Year 2011 market development funds that are allocated through the Marketing Assistance Program and the Foreign Market Development Program.

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    Fishing for trade
    The Wall Street Journal
    On his visit to Vietnam, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will work to open that country for U.S. exports. One of the more pressing challenges in U.S.-Vietnam trade concerns American protectionism against a fish, the pangasius, that accounts for 2 percent of Vietnam's GDP. More
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    National Organic Program re-examines strategies
    USDA Blog
    Positive brand recognition — having a brand the buyer can trust — is the cornerstone of marketing success. The same applies to USDA and, more specifically, the USDA organic seal. More
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    USDA, FDA set public meeting on Codex agenda
    The Federal Register
    The USDA, FDA and the Center for Veterinary Medicine will host a public meeting Jan. 18 to seek comment on the agenda items and draft U.S. stances that will be discussed at the Codex Alimentarius Commission summit in February. More
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    Flawed state reporting leaves consumers vulnerable
    Food Safety News
    Inconsistent reporting of foodborne illnesses among states leaves large portions of the country vulnerable to the spread of potentially deadly outbreaks before health officials can identify their causes and recall contaminated foods. More
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    Japan: Radioactive rice found near Fukushima; ban enacted
    Global Post
    The Japanese government has placed a ban on rice produced near the Fukushima nuclear plant for the first time, after dangerous levels of radioactive contamination were detected.

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    Stronger factories, lower prices lift economy
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    U.S. manufacturing is recovering from a slump, and inflation may be peaking.

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    Consumers shun 'diet' foods in favor of 'zero' and 'smart'
    Relaxnews via Boston Globe
    The term 'diet' on food labels has become increasingly unpopular during the years, with consumers drawn more toward products for the ingredients they contain, rather than the products they don't contain, according to a presentation at a virtual weight management conference. More
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    Nestle executive: Processed food not about market share
    Mint & The Wall Street Journal
    Antonio H. Waszyk of Nestle spoke about growth and opportunities in India for the food processing and manufacturing sector. More
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    Higher costs cut into JM Smucker profits
    The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
    J.M. Smucker Co. said Thursday its fiscal second-quarter net income fell 15 percent as the food maker's ingredient costs increased. More
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    Academy of Microbiology lists top 10 questions about E. coli
    Emax Health
    The American Academy of Microbiology recently released a top 10 FAQs list answering common questions about E. coli bacteria. More
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    The tip of the spyberg: Is your boardroom bugged?
    Food Navigator
    How do you find out what your archrival is up to before it launches a new product so revolutionary it could kill off your business? And how fine is the line between legitimate competitive intelligence gathering and spying? Elaine Watson delves into the murky world of corporate espionage. More
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    Coast-to-coast refrigerated trucking expands
    Truckinginfo
    U.S. Xpress Enterprises recently expanded its coast-to-coast, temperature-controlled, expedited team service to 100 trucks, and the company expects the fleet to reach 250 by the end of 2012. More
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    Food trials underway with acrylamide-preventing yeast
    Marketwire
    Functional Technologies Corp. has begun evaluative food trials to confirm the efficacy of its acrylamide-preventing yeast technology in non-bread food applications. More
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    Impact of food waste
    PR Newswire via Prepared Foods
    Unilever Food Solutions' latest World Menu Report, "Sustainable Kitchens: Reducing Food Waste," demonstrates the issue of food waste hits a nerve with U.S. consumers. More
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    Ready-to-eat Ginger Beef meals recalled in Canada
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Ginger Beef Choice Ltd. are warning the public not to consume its ready-to-eat "Special Combo" because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. More
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    Seesaw science: Balancing calories for children
    Food Product Design
    With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of U.S. children and adolescents are obese, many blame the food industry for making too many calorie-dense, nutrient-void "junk" foods readily available. More
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    Uncanny cover protects against germs
    PRWeb
    In a clean sweep, the soda can "Clean Cap" received a 100 percent approval rate when introduced to various governmental agencies, school boards and health entities. More
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