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Burger King debuts thicker fries amid competition
Reuters via Yahoo News
Burger King Corp., the second-largest hamburger chain, has changed its french fries recipe for the first time since 1998 as competition mounts. Burger King said it made the new fries thicker, reduced sodium and added a coating that makes them crisper and keeps them hotter longer. More
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Lines grow long for free school meals, thanks to economy
The New York Times
Millions of American schoolchildren are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time because their parents, many once solidly middle class, have lost jobs or homes during the economic crisis, qualifying their families for the decades-old safety net program. More
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US, EU mull free trade talks, sign secure trade pact
Reuters
The United States and the European Union agreed Tuesday to reduce red tape related to cargo security and pledged to work toward tearing down tariffs and regulatory barriers between the world's largest trading partners. More
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Pennsylvania becomes major battleground for Obama in 2012
The Washington Post
The Obama campaign says it is working on an expanded electoral map in 2012, preparing for battle in so many places that it can afford to lose some of the big, traditional states he won four years ago. Pennsylvania is not one of those states. More
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Can Obama win Arizona in 2012?
USA Today
As they prepare for what is expected to be a tight election, top Obama campaign officials have pointed to the traditionally red-leaning Arizona as a place where they could steal 11 electoral seats. More
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Contenders' campaigns gain a new urgency
The Washington Post
The up-in-the-air Republican presidential contest edged into a new phase Tuesday as the candidates returned to the campaign trail with the kind of urgency that accompanies this reality: In just five weeks, voters will begin to have their say. More
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A new Newt?
The Washington Post
Newt Gingrich isn't the most likely candidate for a political transformation. He has been in and out of elected office for more than three decades, building a reputation as a gifted but often undisciplined politician. More
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Democrats to push campaign finance reform legislation
The Hill
House Democrats will use the month of December to push legislation overhauling the way elections are funded, the chairman of the House Democratic caucus announced Wednesday. More
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Medicare to pay for obesity prevention
USA Today
Medicare announced Tuesday it will pay for screenings and preventive services to help recipients curb obesity and the medical ailments associated with it, primarily heart disease, strokes and diabetes. More
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NLRB votes on pro-union rule today; will Hayes resign?
Investor's Business Daily
National Labor Relations Board Chairman Mark Pearce released a more limited plan Tuesday to speed up union organizing elections, in an apparent bid to keep the lone Republican member, Brian Hayes, from resigning and leaving the NLRB without a quorum. The Republican-led House plans a Wednesday vote on legislation that would bar the NLRB from shortening the election process.

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    FDA apple juice arsenic guidelines expected
    Food Production Daily
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could be poised to create new guidelines for the levels of inorganic arsenic in apple juice, a letter sent to consumer groups has revealed.

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    Food safety certification label expected in time for 2012
    The Packer
    The February freeze that cut sharply into Mexico's vegetable production also put off implementation of the Eleven Rivers Growers food safety and quality assurance label. But with the new winter deal approaching, the long-awaited launch is expected in December. More
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    EFSA investigates meat inspection in Europe
    Food Processing
    The European Food Safety Authority has commenced assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the EU's current meat inspection methodology so it can provide a scientific basis for the modernization of meat inspection throughout the EU. It has released its first reports covering the inspection of swine. More
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    Food firms have 5 years to meet new EU label rules
    Packaging Digest
    Food companies have five years to implement the mandatory nutrition labeling rules of the European Union's Food Information to Consumers Regulation, according to international policy experts EAS. More
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    Meal-deal trend: Catch a (6-inch) Subway for only $2
    USA Today
    The wacky world of $2 eats is getting a serious player: Subway. Wednesday, the nation's largest sandwich chain will announce plans for a $2, 6-inch sandwich promotion during the month of December. More
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    Chinese customs agents uncover frozen food smuggling
    People's Daily Online
    Customs officials in the Chinese city Nanjing say they have solved four major frozen food smuggling cases, arresting 12 people suspected of illegally importing frozen chicken from the U.S. in order to avoid the 70 percent to 100 percent tariffs charged on the products. More
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    New cold warehouse could help import perishables
    Food Logistics
    A new refrigerated warehouse east of Los Angeles International Airport may help the region grab a bigger — and fresher — slice of the business of transporting items with a limited shelf life. More
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    Chicken sausage recalled because of misbranding, allergen
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    A California food maker has recalled roughly 450 pounds of chicken sausages because the packaging did not declare the presence of walnuts, a known allergen.

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    Heating up: Prepared meals vs. restaurants
    Supermarket News
    In 2010, the average American purchased 195 restaurant meals, including takeout and on-premise eating. It was the lowest number of per capita restaurant visits in at least a decade as Americans dined out less and turned to prepared food as they stayed home. But restaurants now are turning up the competition by offering aggressive deals. More
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    New safety protocol keeps refrigerated containers moving
    Food Logistics
    A safety protocol approved by the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association on behalf of terminal operators has improved the flow of information about refrigerated shipping containers at all West Coast ports. The step was taken after exploding containers caused several deaths and led to a temporary shutdown recently at the Port of Oakland in California. More
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    Government accuses Cargill Meat Solutions of discrimination
    The Meat Site
    The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has filed an administrative complaint against federal contractor Cargill Meat Solutions, alleging the company systematically discriminated against 4,069 qualified female, white, black, Hispanic and Native American applicants. More
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