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No, Congress did not declare pizza a vegetable
The Washington Post
There are many ways for Congress to frustrate the American people. A high-profile failure to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit, for example. But declaring pizza sauce a vegetable? That, it turns out, might work even better. There's just one little problem: Congress didn't declare pizza to be a vegetable. More
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Big G backs Stop & Shop child wellness promotion
Progressive Grocer
General Mills raised $20,000 for the GENYOUth Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating childhood obesity, by sponsoring a promotion at Stop & Shop supermarkets. More
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Meat producers seek a supply balance
The Wall Street Journal
The largest U.S. meat producers struggled during the summer grilling season, and now two closely followed earnings reports this week likely will help investors gauge whether the industry will be successful as it tries to pass higher costs along to consumers. More
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Obama's base of support remains solid heading into 2012
The Washington Post
Everyone knows President Barack Obama has a problem with his political base heading into 2012. Except he doesn't. More
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Romney bets big on New Hampshire
The Wall Street Journal
Mitt Romney watched his double-digit lead in New Hampshire disappear in the final weeks four years ago, landing him in second place in the Republican presidential primary. Now, with Newt Gingrich's candidacy showing new signs of life, Romney is working to avoid a similar collapse. More
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Debt supercommittee members brace for failure
The Washington Post
The congressional supercommittee stumbled its way toward failure Sunday, with final staff-level discussions focusing mostly on how the panel should admit to the public that lawmakers could not meet their mandate of shaving $1.2 trillion from the federal debt. More
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USDA targets food stamp misuse
The Tennessean
A criminal swindle of the nation's $64.7 billion food stamp program is playing out at small neighborhood stores throughout the country, where thousands of retailers are suspected of trading deals with customers, exchanging lesser amounts of cash for their stamps. More
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World Trade Organization rules against country-of-origin labels
Bloomberg Businessweek
The World Trade Organization judges ruled Friday that U.S. country-of-origin labeling provisions violate global trade rules and unjustly harm agricultural commerce.

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    Public teleconference to be held on E. coli regulations
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After extending the comment period on its proposed new rules for E. coli testing, the Food Safety and Inspection Service has scheduled a public teleconference to allow interested parties to voice their opinions. The teleconference takes place Dec. 1, and preregistration is required. More
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    Poultry, egg product export requirements revised
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Export requirements for poultry and egg products have been revised for shipments bound for Singapore, Mexico and Japan. More
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    New guidelines for printing inks in European food packaging
    Food Production Daily
    The European Printing Ink Association has issued updated guidelines relating to the non-food contact surface of food packaging materials and articles. The new guidelines accommodate recent EU regulatory changes. More
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    McDonald's drops egg supplier
    Food & Drink
    With seven processing plants, 33 production sites and customers in 26 states, Sparboe Farms touts itself as the "fifth-largest shell egg producer and marketer in the United States." But McDonald's has cut ties with the producer after multiple FDA citations and national news reports. More
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    Top trends for 2012: Pure, authentic, sustainable
    FoodBev
    Innova Market Insights has identified 10 key trends that will affect the food and beverage market through 2012 and beyond. The top trends relate to purity, authenticity and sustainability as consumers continue to look for products with added value, despite ongoing economic uncertainty. More
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    Cornell researchers: Food choice just an illusion
    Food Navigator
    The food environment in which most Americans live makes it "almost impossible" to lose weight — and willpower is not enough to counter it, according to a new paper published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. More
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    Ginger Beef recall expanded
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Ginger Beef Choice Ltd. have expanded a previous recall of the Ginger Beef Special Combo, adding several more product lines to the warning list over fears the food could be contaminated by Listeria. More
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    Daikin has breakthrough in low-energy, high-performance reefer
    Food Logistics
    Daikin Reefer unveiled a new container refrigeration technology that meets carrier and shipper demands for low energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while providing precise cooling performance for chilled and frozen cargo. More
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    Developers claim new test will detect pathogens in minutes
    Food Production Daily
    A testing method for the detection of foodborne pathogens will cut waiting time from hours to just a few minutes, said its Israel-based developers. More
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    Antibiotics in agriculture remain hot topic
    Food Safety News
    Public health advocates are ramping up efforts to reform how antibiotics are used in animal agriculture after two petitions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were denied last week. The push coincides with "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" in the United States and comes as the European Union launches a new strategy to tackle antibiotic resistance. More
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    Fructose raises risk for kidney disease, hypertension
    foodconsumer.org
    Eating too much fructose could cause a series of diseases, including fatty liver, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and kidney disease, according to a report in the November issue of International Journal of Nephrology. More
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