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Low readership for nutrition labels
The Wall Street Journal
A simulated grocery shopping experiment found consumers have a limited attention span for nutrition labels on food packaging, and they read the labels far less frequently than they say they do, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Research. More
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Food groups: White House should review EPA dioxin reassessment
Food Chemical News
Major food producers alerted the White House last week to an EPA risk assessment on dioxin that could have a "chilling" effect on the sales of livestock, dairy, poultry and produce.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a signatory to the food group letter referenced in this story.
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Long-awaited FDA produce safety rules coming in 2012
The Packer
The long-anticipated produce safety regulation from the Food and Drug Administration will be issued soon after the first of the year, FDA officials say. More
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How Obama gets to 270
The Washington Post
On Tuesday morning, the brain trust of President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign gathered a select handful of reporters to make a simple case: The incumbent has a number of different paths — five, to be exact — he can follow to win the 270 electoral votes necessary to secure a second term. More
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Poll watcher: Swing states less friendly to Obama in 2012
The Washington Post
A USA Today/Gallup poll of 12 swing states released Tuesday finds the Republican Party in a stronger position than in 2008, when Barack Obama ran the table in each state contest. More
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Poll: Gingrich leads GOP field, Romney better against Obama
The Hill
Newt Gingrich has a double-digit over the GOP field nationally, but Mitt Romney performs better in a head-to-head match against President Barack Obama, according to an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday. More
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USDA's MyPlate very different from Americans' actual plates
Progressive Grocer
The nutritionally balanced quadrants of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate — the new federal dietary guidelines that depict a healthful daily diet — look quite different from what actually is on the plates of most Americans, according to new research from The NPD Group. More
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What are the next steps for farm bill?
Farm Futures
A former USDA chief of staff is optimistic that Agriculture Committee leaders on Capitol Hill and farm and commodity groups will put their differences aside when work resumes next year on the 2012 farm bill.

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    USDA observes anniversary of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
    USDA
    First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday highlighted the achievements of the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, one year after the legislation was enacted to combat child hunger and obesity and improve the health and nutrition of the nation's youth.

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    Breakfast: An open market
    MeatPoultry.com
    Consumer sales data indicates the breakfast market is not yet saturated and there are plenty of sales opportunities for restaurants, retailers and suppliers in this category. The breakfast segment accounts for 12 percent of the total restaurant industry, generating $42 billion in annual sales, Technomic estimates. More
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    IBM to build pork safety monitoring system in China
    Bloomberg
    IBM, the world's largest computer services company, won a contract to build a food monitoring system in China as the nation toughens supervision of food safety after recent scandals. More
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    Cargill hopes to recall laid-off workers to poultry plant
    KSPR-TV
    Some northwest Arkansas workers at a poultry plant previously linked to a Salmonella outbreak soon could be back to work. Cargill says it hopes to recall some laid-off employees by Christmas. More
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    Research: Blast surface freezing gets same results as fresh, frozen
    U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
    A funded research project at Clemson University to determine the survival of E. coli and Salmonella on the surface of raw poultry products following blast surface freezing showed no differences between fresh and completely frozen treatments. More
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    Stores test market for frozen Vermont vegetables
    WCAX-TV
    The goal of eating local can be tough in the winter when no crops are growing in Vermont's frozen fields, but now those crops can be found in the frozen food section of food cooperatives in the Northeast. More
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    New beef exports record set
    TheMeatSite
    October was another excellent month for U.S. beef exports, which were valued at $452 million for the month, pushing the 2011 total to a new annual record of $4.49 billion. This is 37 percent ahead of the then-record pace established during the first 10 months of 2010. More
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