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Report: Industry should market frozen food on freshness
Foodbeast
According to a recent report by Packaged Facts, retail sales of frozen foods (excluding beverages and desserts) are set to experience sluggish growth over the next five years. Their suggestion: Emphasize freshness. More
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In sign of growing clout, Brazil's corn helps hold up US market
The Washington Post
As U.S. cornfields withered under drought conditions last summer, Brazil's once-empty Cerrado region produced a bumper crop of the grain, helping feed livestock on U.S. farms and ease a drought-related spike in prices. More
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Should we revise how calories are measured?
Food Navigator
The current method of measuring the calorie content of foods could be flawed, says Professor Martin Wickham of Leatherhead Food Research. More
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Obama seeks support, opinions from business leaders
The Wall Street Journal
It didn't get as much attention as the other important meeting at the White House Friday, but President Barack Obama invited in a group of business leaders and campaign fundraisers for a briefing on the fiscal cliff. More
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With election loss still fresh, GOP struggles to unite
The Hill
There are plenty of prescriptions for how the Republican Party might change after its disappointments in the 2012 elections, but it is unclear how fast the GOP will coalesce around a new direction. More
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Poll: Americans believe in Obama's bipartisanship
POLITICO
A new survey from Gallup finds that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe President Barack Obama's pledge to work with Republicans. The survey finds 65 percent of Americans believe Obama will try sincerely to work across the aisle on national problems, while 57 percent believe congressional Democrats will do the same.

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    Geithner: Deal to avert fiscal cliff can be made in weeks
    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said he's confident an agreement on averting the fiscal cliff can be concluded within weeks after White House talks between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders.

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  • Opinion: The fiscal cliff deal we need (The Washington Post)
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    New partnership aims to curb childhood obesity by 2015
    Education Week
    A new collaborative effort announced last week between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aims to turn around the nation's childhood obesity epidemic within the next three years. Together, the two organizations will focus on six major policy areas, based on research suggesting what's most effective in terms of combating childhood obesity. More
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    Big rise in Americans with diabetes, especially in South
    Reuters
    A breakdown of U.S. diabetes cases shows dramatic increases in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes overall between 1995 and 2010, with especially sharp increases among people in the South and in Appalachian states. More
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    Kucinich: End US junk food subsidies
    UPI via Big News Network
    U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, challenged members of Congress this week to end tax deductions for companies that sell junk food to children. Kucinich introduced a bill ending deductions for junk food companies and said such a move would help avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. More
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    New US-Mexico truck cargo agreement soon to be unveiled
    Mexico Trucker Online
    At the opening of the NAFTA 2.0 conference held in San Antonio, Texas, to commemorate 20 years since the signing of the North America Free Trade Agreement, Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan said in the next week, an announcement would be forthcoming from the Mexican government regarding the establishment of pre-inspection facilities in Mexico where goods entering that country headed for the United States would be inspected and allowed to enter the U.S. without stopping at the border. More
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    CARB posts guidance for electric standby, hybrid electric reefers
    Truckinginfo
    The California Air Resources Board has posted Regulatory Guidance for Electric Standby and Hybrid Electric Systems for Transport Refrigeration Units. This guidance document explains requirements for the use of electric standby and hybrid electric systems as an option for compliance with California's TRU regulations' in-use performance standards. More
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    New grant program targets agriculture interests
    Brainerd Dispatch
    Minnesota agricultural producers and processors may now apply for grants to implement value added projects to their operations. A total of $700,000 in funding was made available through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program, established by the legislature to advance Minnesota's agricultural and renewable energy industries. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will distribute the funds through its AGRI Value Added Grant Program which aims to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets and by increasing market access and food safety. More
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    Codex groups revise guidelines, update agendas
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The Committee on Food Hygiene concluded its 44th Session in New Orleans Friday, recommending two documents to the Codex Commission for adoption: Revision of the "Principles for the Establishment and Application of Microbiological Criteria for Food," and a proposed annex for berries to the Code of Hygienic Practice for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. More
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    Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The tasty cream-filled golden spongecakes known as Twinkies are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court. More
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    Which food labels mean what they say?
    Care2
    It's hard to know with so many of them out there and more labels being introduced every month. According to Ecolabel Index, "the largest global directory of ecolabels," there are now 432 eco-labels in 197 countries and 25 industry sectors — from personal care products to household cleaners to appliances to food. More
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    Safefood: Many consumers confused by expiration dates
    RTE
    New research by Safefood shows 1 in 3 consumers are confused by expiration dates and don't know the difference between the "best before" date and the "use by" date on foods. More
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    GRI: Popularity of convenience, health food drives additives
    PRWeb via Digital Journal
    Food additives represent a global, multibillion-dollar market dominated by additive categories, including flavor and flavor enhancers, hydrocolloids, acidulants and emulsifiers. Several factors are directly or indirectly driving the global food additives market, according to a report from Global Industry Analysts Inc. More
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    Coca-Cola to invest $1.3 billion in Chile
    Food Ingredients First
    The Coca-Cola Company has announced a new five-year system investment of $1.3 billion in Chile from 2012-2016, including $200 million recently invested to construct a new bottling plant that opened this week. More
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    Kellogg builds snack sector with strong brands, smart innovation
    Food Ingredients First
    Kellogg is an established breakfast leader, and now the acquisition of Pringles and the continued introduction of new products from its other well-known snack brands are giving the company a similar status in the snacks marketplace. More
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    Rescuing wasted food to fight hunger
    CBS News
    There are no hard-and-fast rules for food expiration dating. Most people don't want to take chances, so once food hits the printed expiration date, they simply toss it out. But tossing it out has become a problem in itself. More
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    Researchers: Food may be source of C. diff infections
    Farmers Advance
    The increasing incidence of a difficult-to-control bacterial illness is leading researchers to suspect that contaminated foods might be contributing to the problem. Clostridium difficile, known as "C. diff," can cause a serious infection that is responsible for 14,000 American deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More
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    Transparent PP grade developed for frozen food applications
    Plasteurope
    Chemicals and plastics producer Borealis has launched a transparent PP grade, "Borpact" SH950MO, for the frozen food packaging sector. The new material brings a combination of transparency and good drop impact properties at low temperatures and its performance is enhanced by higher flow and processability with improved stiffness compared to its predecessor "Borpact" SG930MO. More
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    London's fast food restaurants told to get healthy
    Fresh Business Thinking
    London Mayor Boris Johnson is calling on local authorities to help combat rising obesity by working with independent fast food takeaways to make their food healthier. The mayor is backing the Takeaways Toolkit, a new guide published by the London Food Board in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health that sets out a range of ways local authorities can tackle the impact of fast food on Londoners' health. More
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