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ABC Analysis: 400+ food allergen recalls since March 2009
ABC News
Food labeling in the United States has undergone significant changes in the past 10 years to prevent customers from experiencing allergic reactions, but there's still a long way to go, experts say.

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    School lunch rules bend for more grain, protein — not calories
    Education Week
    Caps on the amount of grain and protein in school meals — put in place just this school year — have been lifted for now. In a letter Friday to Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that because schools have found limits on servings of grains and proteins "the top operational challenge" of new school meal requirements, schools don't have to follow them for the rest of the school year.

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    Fiscal cliff: Agencies who regulate food at risk of cuts
    WKYC-TV
    The safety of your food could be at risk if we fall over the fiscal cliff. That's because the agencies that regulate food safety could suffer budget cuts and it's families who will suffer the consequences. More
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    Boehner calls on Obama to 'get serious' about spending cuts
    The Hill
    Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Tuesday took to the House floor to push President Barack Obama to "get serious" and offer specific spending cuts in the fiscal cliff negotiations. More
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    RNC launches official review on 2012 election
    POLITICO
    The Republican National Committee is rolling out a plan to review what worked and what didn't for the party in the 2012 cycle, appointing five people at the top of a committee that will make recommendations on things like demographics, messaging and fundraising. More
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    South Carolina governor finalizes shortlist for DeMint successor
    The Hill
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has finalized her shortlist of candidates to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., according to a source close to the governor. The list includes five Republican South Carolina politicians who are close to Haley: Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, former first lady Jenny Sanford and Catherine Templeton, a conservative attorney Haley has picked to head the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. More
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    Obesity in young seen as falling in several cities
    The New York Times
    After decades of rising childhood obesity rates, several American cities are reporting their first declines. The trend has emerged in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, as well as smaller places like Anchorage, Alaska, and Kearney, Neb. The state of Mississippi has also registered a drop, but only among white students. More
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    US trade deficit grows to $42.2 billion on fewer exports; deficit with China hits record high
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    The U.S. trade deficit increased in October because exports fell by a larger margin than imports, a sign that slower global growth could weigh on the U.S. economy. The Commerce Department said Tuesday the trade deficit grew 4.8 percent in October from September, to $42.2 billion. More
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    Michigan legislature approves 'right-to-work' law
    The Hill
    The Michigan state legislature approved legislation Tuesday removing the requirement that non-union members pay union dues. The passage of the right-to-work legislation in a 58-51 vote sends the bill to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who has said he will sign it. More
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    FAO urges greater use of 'neglected' grains
    Food Navigator
    The Food and Agriculture Organization has urged greater use of neglected traditional grains, saying there is global over-reliance on just a handful of staple foods. More
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    Russia to halt imports of US beef, pork over ractopamine use
    MeatPoultry.com
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is warning the meat industry that Russia may ban imports of U.S. beef and pork on Moscow's requirement that meat be tested and certified free of ractopamine, a feed additive. More
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    Purac: EC decision on lactic acid will improve meat safety
    Food Ingredients First
    The European Commission received a green light to authorize the use of lactic acid to reduce microbial surface contamination in beef carcasses. This approval follows the positive opinion of the European Food Safety Authority earlier in the year. More
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    EFSA ruling on absorbent materials in food packaging
    PRW
    The European Food Safety Authority's panel on food contact materials, enzymes, flavorings and processing aids has ruled on the safety of plastics additives that act as moisture and liquid absorbers in packaging for foods with a short shelf-life. More
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    Why it matters that small businesses freaked about fiscal cliff
    The Washington Post
    The evidence is mounting that American consumers and businesses are starting to seriously sweat the fiscal cliff. The question now is: Will it matter? The National Federation of Independent Business index of small business optimism plummeted 5.6 points to 87.5, the NFIB said Tuesday morning. That brought the index to near its lowest levels in its 26-year history (the only times it was lower were in the 2008-2009 recession and its immediate aftermath). More
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    Food Channel predicts supermarkets will hire concierges
    Supermarket News
    The Food Channel, in its 10 Top Trends for 2013, predicts supermarkets will be hiring concierges. Pretty far up on the prediction list, at No. 5, is this: "The Rise of the Supermarket Concierge." More
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    Heirloom grains return
    The Wall Street Journal
    You've heard of heirloom tomatoes. Now meet heirloom flours, ground from grains first domesticated thousands of years ago. Also called "heritage" or "ancient," these grains are now in supermarket breads, health-food store pasta and cookies. They are billed as exceptionally nutritious and, in some cases, safe for people who can't tolerate gluten. More
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    Gluten-free tops pizza menu trends in 2012
    Pizza Marketplace
    After experiencing a 114 percent growth rate on menus throughout the past three years, the gluten-free diet broke into the mainstream this year, thanks in large part to the pizza segment. More
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    McDonald's CFO must defend margins from bargains
    The Wall Street Journal
    The biggest threat to McDonald's profitability next year, analysts say, is that the fast food chain might engage in a price war to attract more value-minded customers amid a soft economy. To help make sure the company doesn't go too far, it's CFO Peter Bensen's job to stay focused on margins. More
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    All in the mind? Meal memories may influence feelings of satiety
    Food Navigator
    People who believe they have eaten a large meal feel less hungry for hours after the meal, irrespective of the actual amount they consume, say researchers. More
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    Attitudes about organic food labels depend on values
    Farm and Dairy
    Labeling food as "organic" may not always lead to a positive impression, according to a recent Cornell study. The research flips the notion of a "halo" effect for ethical food labels. More
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    Chilled foods join shelf-life revolution
    Food Manufacture
    Chilled foods look set to benefit from a revolutionary new approach to shelf-life extension, thanks to collaborative U.K. research via the Sustainable Shelf-Life Extension project. More
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    US firm launches high-pressure processing solutions
    Food Production Daily
    Interest in high-pressure processing is growing, with U.S. company All Natural Freshness launching prepackaging end-to-end HPP solutions, which it claims can significantly extend shelf life and cut waste. More
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    Hygienic drainage for food safety
    Food Processing
    Establishing effective hygiene in food processing operations means combining good building design with the effective specification and installation of drains from the outset, says Peter Jennings, Technical Director for ACOBuilding Drainage. More
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