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UN: World food prices hit lowest level since June
MarketWatch
World Food prices fell in November to their lowest level since June, but the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization warned the outlook for wheat and corn supplies is tightening.

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    Ag chair is open to more food stamp cuts
    The Associated Press via The Lawton Constitution
    The Democratic chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee says she is willing to consider higher cuts to the food stamp program in an effort to include a massive five-year farm bill in negotiations on the so-called fiscal cliff. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said cuts to the food stamp program beyond the $4 billion over 10 years included in a Senate-passed farm bill "are something I am willing to talk about."

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    Attorney: Prevention is hallmark of FSMA
    Food Product Design
    The Food Safety Modernization Act is about the size of a short novel, a whopping 89 pages and roughly 40,000 words, points out James William Woodlee, an associate attorney with Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker, a firm concentrating on the regulation of products subject to FDA jurisdiction. More
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    Obama-friendly business group gains access to White House
    The Hill
    A business group considered friendly to President Barack Obama has been granted high-level access to senior White House officials as fiscal cliff negotiations have gripped Washington. More
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    Poll: More voters trust Obama to avoid fiscal cliff
    The Wall Street Journal
    American voters trust President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats by a far greater margin than they do Republicans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, according to a new poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University. More
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    DeMint resigning from Senate to head conservative think tank
    The Washington Post
    Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., a leading conservative voice in the Senate, will resign his seat in January to become the next president of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, a sudden move with far-reaching implications.

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    Poll: Michelle Obama leads Sen. Kirk in 2016 race
    USA Today
    We know President Barack Obama's second term hasn't even begun, but what will Michelle Obama do when they leave the White House? Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, released a survey Wednesday that suggests the first lady could follow in the footsteps of Hillary Rodham Clinton and run for the U.S. Senate. More
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    FDA's Veneziano suggests FSMA will hold 'importer of record' responsible for FSVP, VQIP
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    FDA appears to be leaning towards defining "importer" under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act as the "importer of record," consistent with a term used by Customs, based on the comments of one top FDA official. More
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    Senate passes Russia trade bill in 92-4 vote
    The Hill
    The Senate voted to grant Russia permanent normal trade relations status Thursday. On a 92-4 vote, the Senate approved the Russia trade bill with broad bipartisan support. More
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    FSIS updates research priorities for emerging food safety issues
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has updated its research priorities to keep pace with ever-changing issues and opportunities in food safety and public health related to the meat, poultry and egg products FSIS regulates. More
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    GMO corn, genetic prioritization the key to food in climate change?
    Science 2.0
    If we will need climate-resistant corn and other food production plants sooner rather than later, applying a genetic-analysis method used to study and prioritize the genes in humans could improved the likelihood of finding critical genes in food production plants. More
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    Custom brand maker boosts Web presence
    Progressive Grocer
    Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Little Lady Foods will launch a state-of-the-art website in January, detailing its products and how the company works in partnership with clients. More
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    For soda makers, restaurants facing ban, size does matter
    Reuters
    Soda makers and restaurants say they will face daunting logistical hurdles such as needing to retool manufacturing, change distribution systems and even introduce new plastic cups if New York's ban on large-size sweet drinks in food outlets survives a legal challenge. More
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    KFC, Pizza Hut move into China's smaller cities
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The owner of KFC and Pizza Hut is bringing its fast-food menus to new parts of China, with plans to set up shop in smaller cities throughout the country. More
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    Temple Grandin talks ag gag, pink slime
    Des Moines Register
    Animal rights authority Temple Grandin told the Iowa Farm Bureau Wednesday that laws restricting or banning underground videos in animal feedlots and confinements "are the dumbest thing." She also spoke against sow gestation crates and in favor of pink slime. More
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    Scientists urge food safety sector not to dismiss social media
    Phys.Org
    With an estimated 2 billion people using the Internet worldwide, a new report in the journal Trends in Food Science and Technology has outlined why food safety professionals cannot afford to dismiss the use of social media as a communication tool. More
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    Domino's Pizza expanding in Asia
    The Wall Street Journal
    Facing sluggish growth prospects in a weak U.S. economy, Domino's Pizza Inc. is increasingly looking at Asia to expand with a plan to open about 200 stores annually as the appeal of Western fast food rises across the region. More
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    Food jobs: Who's on the move in winter 2012?
    Food Navigator-USA
    With changes at the top at PepsiCo, Coke, Mondelez International and Campbell Soup, plus new appointments at snacks specialist Diamond Foods, flavors experts Takasago Flavors and Bell Flavors & Fragrances, bakery ingredients giant Puratos and rice ingredients expert RiceBran Technologies, we have an action-packed roundup of new hires this winter. More
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    Leading global food maker seeks novel anti-obesity agent
    Food Navigator-USA
    A leading global food manufacturer is looking for potential partners to pitch novel food ingredients with an anti-obesity effect, in order to create supplements or food additives that enable weight loss. On the website NineSights, open innovation expert NineSigma says it represents a global food maker interested in using ingredients that promote the feeling of fullness/satiety, delay gastric emptying and/or boost metabolism. More
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    California food company buys cold storage center in Texas
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Don Lee Farms, a food company based in California, has acquired a 140,000-square-foot food production and distribution facility in Mansfield, Texas, outside of Dallas. The facility will provide additional cold storage and distribution capabilities. More
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    Guide shows how signage protects food plant workers
    PRWeb via Midland Daily News
    To help protect food processing plant workers from potential pitfalls, Graphic Products has released the 10-page guide, "Keeping Food Processing Workers Safe," which emphasizes how OSHA-compliant signs and labels help prevent problems with ammonia refrigeration system leakage, food conveyor hazards and equipment contamination. More
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    NASA: 20 years away from food that survives trip to Mars
    Food Navigator-USA
    The quest to have food to survive a five-year mission to Mars is at least two decades away, but "we'll get there," says Dr. Michele Perchonok, advanced food technology project scientist at NASA in Houston. More
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