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Food safety eclipses costs as top story of 2011
Marketwire via MarketWatch
Food safety tops the list of an annual survey asking Americans to choose the most significant food story of 2011. Even in a year when global food prices hit record highs and both restaurant menus and retail food labels got a new look, the safety of the American food supply dominated the headlines — and consumers took notice. More
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'Voluntary' food advertising principles raise legal questions
Forbes
The proposed nutrition principles for industry self-regulation of child-directed food marketing have faced withering criticism from affected businesses, legislators and the public. In response, the Interagency Working Group, which issued the draft, has pledged to make changes. But the IWG has shown no inclination to make one critical change that, if unmade, could expose the nutrition principles to a legal challenge.

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    Final cantaloupe Listeria toll: 30 dead
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Federal health authorities say the final death toll from an outbreak of Listeria in cantaloupe is 30. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the final update Thursday and said the outbreak is over. More
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    Sanders offers constitutional amendment to strip corporations of free speech
    The Hill
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Thursday proposed an amendment to the Constitution to exclude corporations from First Amendment rights to spend money on political campaigns. More
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    Poll: 3 of 4 voters say don't re-elect Congress
    POLITICO
    The anti-incumbent sentiment toward members of Congress has reached a 19-year high, with 3 of 4 voters saying most lawmakers do not deserve to win re-election, according to a new Gallup poll Friday. More
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    Super PACs herald a punishing campaign season
    The Washington Post
    Millions of dollars in political advertising from independent groups supporting the Republican presidential candidates are adding another element of unpredictability to an already ­topsy-turvy nomination contest. More
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    Jon Huntsman, conservative alternative?
    The Washington Post
    For the entirety of the Republican presidential race to date, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has been a side story. And yet, with the 2012 primary race now shaping up as a fight between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, some in the conservative community urge a second — or, more accurately, a first — look at Huntsman. More
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    Romney's granite fortress under siege
    POLITICO
    Mitt Romney, whose team has been working New Hampshire for nearly five years, has a coordinator in most of the state's 234 towns. Newt Gingrich, who opened an office in New Hampshire less than a month ago, has a state director who has not worked on a campaign before this one. More
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    US trade deficit shrank in October to lowest this year
    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    The trade deficit narrowed in October to the lowest level of the year, reflecting a drop in imports that will help give the U.S. economy a lift. More
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    Tyson, poultry group: GIPSA rule will boost costs for industry
    Bloomberg
    The National Chicken Council and Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. processor, said a rule issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that regulates processors would boost costs for the industry. More
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    OSHA puts food safety whistle-blower discriminators on notice
    Food Quality News
    U.S. companies that discriminate against food safety whistle-blowers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has promised. More
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    Japan to ease limits on beef imports from US
    MarketWatch
    Japan plans to ease restrictions on beef imports from the U.S., Canada, France and the Netherlands imposed over fears of mad cow disease, farm ministry sources said Friday, the Kyodo news service reported. More
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    Export requirements, eligible plant lists updated
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The lists of cold storage facilities and meat production plants eligible to export beef to Japan and Australia have been updated, while the documentation requirements for exports bound for Mexico and the European Union also have been modified. More
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    CSPI urges FDA to require front-of-label artificial colors listing
    Food Ingredients First
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging the Food and Drug Administration to require food companies to disclose on the front of food labels whether a product is artificially colored. More
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    Consultant: US meat sector vulnerable to COOL backlash
    Food Chemical News
    U.S. meat and poultry producers could face retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico if Congress fails to correct the country-of-origin labeling law to comply with World Trade Organization obligations, warns Steve Meyer, a former National Pork Producers Council economist who now is an independent consultant. More
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    Analysis: Big changes coming for global meat, food processing
    TheMeatSite
    There are some major changes coming for some of the leading global meat and food processing companies, and certainly the economic crisis appears to be biting in some quarters, writes TheMeatSite editor-in-chief Chris Harris. More
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    Supervalu joins farmers behind food stamps at $71.8 billion
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Driven by high unemployment, food stamp use nationally has soared by two-thirds since the end of 2007, now reaching more than 46 million recipients — about a seventh of the U.S. population. More
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    Wal-Mart discloses internal investigation regarding US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Wal-Mart has opened an internal investigation to determine whether its overseas operations have complied with U.S. federal law as it pertains to permitting, licensing and inspections. More
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    Del Monte profit falls 79 percent
    The Wall Street Journal
    Del Monte Foods Co.'s fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 79 percent on expenses tied to its takeover and weakness in its consumer products segment, though revenue grew. More
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    Children's nutrition, local foods to top menu trends
    BakingBusiness.com
    The National Restaurant Association has revealed its "What's Hot in 2012" trend list, which shows children's nutrition and local sourcing will be big on menus in 2012. More
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    Building a proactive food defense strategy
    Food Manufacturing
    The Food Technology & Safety Exchange Show was held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently. Food Manufacturing spoke with Don Hsieh of ADT Security Services about the latest food safety trends from the event, as well as how food processors can take a proactive approach to food safety and defense. More
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    Sara Lee gets $6.5 million to move headquarters to Chicago
    Crain's Chicago Business
    Five years after it left Chicago, Sara Lee Corp. executives and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that the food company is coming back, with its new domestic meats business to be based downtown. More
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    Butterball facility reaches 4 million hours with no lost-time injuries
    The Open Press
    Butterball's Carthage facility has achieved 4 million worker hours without a lost-time injury, marking nearly 4 years of top safety performance. More
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    Frozen ravioli recalled nationwide
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    D'Orazio Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 161,000 pounds of frozen stuffed pasta products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. More
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    Brazil food giant to swap assets with rival
    Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal
    BRF Brasil Food, the largest food processing company in Brazil, said Thursday it agreed to swap asset with rival Marfrig Alimentos as part of its agreement with antitrust regulators. More
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    Canada proceeds with RFID tracking for beef
    RFID World Canada
    The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency has made a decision to begin using RFID technology to identify and collect data on cattle. More
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