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FDA expected to extend deadline for FSMA facility registration
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
FDA will soon announce an extension of the registration deadline for food facilities under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act following a three-week delay in ramping up the online system that resulted in food companies having a shorter window to renew, industry sources claim. More
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CSPI: Sugary drink tax should be on table during fiscal cliff
Food Ingredients First
As lawmakers seek to avoid pushing America off the fiscal cliff at year's end, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging Congress to consider a sugary drink tax. More
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Acrylamide: A scandal in the making
Food Navigator
Acrylamide is a recognized carcinogen that we've known is in our food at dangerous levels for a decade. Today, the food industry has tools to mitigate it, but uptake is slow. Industry, beware. This is how scandals are made. More
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Fiscal cliff talks at a stalemate over tax hikes
The Washington Post
As the White House and Republican leaders enter the final month of negotiations to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff, both sides struck an uncompromising tone Sunday, as warnings mounted that they will be unable to forge an agreement to stop an automatic series of deep spending cuts and large tax hikes that could push the economy into recession.

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    2016 contenders court mega-donors
    POLITICO
    A week after Election Day, three Republican governors mentioned as 2016 presidential candidates — Bobby Jindal, John Kasich and Bob McDonnell — each stopped by the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino to meet privately with owner Sheldon Adelson, a man who could singlehandedly underwrite their White House ambitions. More
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    Emerson to resign from House for trade group job
    The Hill
    Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., will retire from the House in February, cutting her tenure short to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. More
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    Wasted food a worry for schools
    The Wichita Eagle
    Lunchroom supervisors will tell you a significant amount of the food they serve ends up in the trash. As long as children have been picky eaters, wasted food has been part of the deal. But there is a nationwide concern that new federal regulations that require increased servings of fruits and vegetables this fall are leading to even more food being thrown away by students. More
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    Why obese children can't resist some food ads
    eMaxHealth
    When children who are obese see food ads, they're more likely to want it, finds a new study. Researchers mapped brain activity among obese and normal-weight children to uncover what spurs overweight kids to want to eat even more. More
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    Leahy takes feedback on new school lunch regulations
    Bennington Banner
    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and other lawmakers are weighing the impact of federal school lunch requirements that took effect this fall and looking to make improvements in the wake of mixed reviews across the nation. More
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    Lucas gives farm bill update
    WHOtv.com
    House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas has been saying for months that if a big agreement is made to address the national deficit, there have to be savings elsewhere to make those adjustments. He says agriculture — $35 billion in savings in the House Committee's version of the farm bill — is ready to do its part. More
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    USDA seeks to extend COOL rule
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is asking the Office of Management and Budget to extend the current information collection that provides for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for covered commodities. More
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    Promise of decision in Chesapeake Bay poultry case this year
    Food Safety News
    A federal judge in Baltimore has promised to issue his written decision, which could determine the future of the entire poultry industry on Maryland's eastern shore, by year's end. More
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    Unilever CEO: More food disposals to come
    Bloomberg
    Unilever, the world's second-biggest consumer goods company, will sell more parts of its food business as it focuses on faster-growing personal care products and emerging markets, CEO Paul Polman said. More
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    Analysts expect meat prices to rise in 2013
    The Associated Press via Manufacturing.net
    Consumers can expect to pay 5 percent to 8 percent more at the meat counter next year regardless of whether they put beef, pork or chicken into their grocery carts, a market analyst said Friday. More
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    Teamsters eye wage hike in ABF talks
    The Journal of Commerce
    The Teamsters union is considering a two-year contract with a $1 per hour wage hike in each year as the starting point for contract talks with ABF Freight System. The union's initial bargaining points were distributed at a meeting with officers from freight locals in Kansas City and obtained by The Journal of Commerce. More
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    PwC: Collaborate to deal with high food prices
    Food Navigator
    Greater collaboration along the food and drink supply chain from supplier to retailer could help manage ongoing price volatility, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. More
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    Saputo to buy Morningstar from Dean Foods for $1.45 billion
    Reuters
    Canadian dairy products maker Saputo Inc. said it had agreed to buy Dean Foods Co.'s Morningstar dairy division for $1.45 billion to widen its manufacturing and distribution footprint and product offerings in the United States. More
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    Product shortages impact United Natural Foods
    Supermarket News
    Reduced inflation and some unexpected product shortages pressured sales growth at United Natural Foods Inc. in the first fiscal quarter, but net income still grew by 42 percent over year-ago results. More
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    Containerized grain exports to plummet
    The Journal of Commerce
    Containerized volumes of grains and soybeans from the U.S. will see double-digit declines in the coming months as agricultural exports are affected by this year's drought, which has decimated crop yields, according to one leading analyst. More
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    Fruit, organics, value-added drive Q3 produce sales
    Progressive Grocer
    Fresh produce maintained sales figures from the previous year in Q3 of 2012, driven by fruits and other produce. Decreases in average retail price boosted volume sales, especially for fruit categories. Organic and value-added fruits and vegetables continued with a strong sales performance, according to the latest edition of FreshFacts on Retail, the quarterly retail research report of the United Fresh Foundation. More
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    Veggie Patch recalls products on Listeria fears
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    VEGGIE PATCH® is voluntarily recalling two products — The Ultimate Meatless Burger and Falafel — due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

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    Tons of frozen butter chicken from Canada being recalled
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is alerting the public of a recall being conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Aliya's Foods Ltd. for approximately 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice products imported from Canada that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. More
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