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World demand pushes meat exports to record levels
TheMeatSite
October net exports of pork, beef, broiler and turkey were the highest month on record at 1.225 billion pounds and also represented the largest percent of total U.S. monthly production at 15.5 percent. More
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Microwaves that heat unevenly can pose food safety problems
Consumer Reports
Undercooking frozen or refrigerated convenience foods could make you sick. And if you use a microwave to prepare packaged foods, as 71 percent of Americans do, according to a recent Food & Health Survey, it's crucial to get one that heats food evenly.

Editor's note: Editor's note: This story references the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Cook it Safe" campaign that was developed in partnership with the American Frozen Food Institute.
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Opinion: Putting food safety first
Progressive Grocer
This holiday season, Progressive Grocer's Bob Whitaker suggests giving the gift of being 100 percent committed to making sure customers have a safe and healthy eating experience — every bite, every time, whatever it takes. More
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Poll: Americans don't like what they see in 2012 race
USA Today
A USA Today/Gallup poll finds a nation more downbeat, more dissatisfied with its political leadership and more concerned about the country's direction than at almost any other point in modern times. More
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It's official: Congress at record low
POLITICO
Congress is closing out a year of dismal approval ratings by sinking to a new low of 11 percent in a new Gallup poll. More
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Poll: Obama's job approval rating highest since summer
The Washington Post
After a difficult summer and a contentious fall, President Barack Obama's job approval ratings are showing signs of improvement — a crucial indicator of his re-election chances as he seeks to overcome voters' doubts about his economic stewardship. More
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Poll: Gingrich, Romney in dead heat nationally
The Washington Post
Two weeks before Iowans cast the first votes of the 2012 election cycle, Republicans nationally are sharply divided over their party's presidential nominee, with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich locked in a dead-even race, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More
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Killer Listeriosis: Canada draws line in sand as union attacks
Food Production Daily
The Canadian government yesterday sought to draw a line under the deadly Listeriosis outbreak that killed 23 people in summer 2008, after publishing a final report into action taken since the incident.

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  • Canadian government to unveil food safety bill (The Vancouver Sun)
  • Strengthening food safety in Canada (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
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    Nexira files food additive petition
    Federal Register
    Nexira has filed a petition proposing that the food additive regulations be amended to provide for the expanded safe use of acacia gum (gum arabic) in food. More
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    FMCSA reminds carriers to update fleet data
    Truckinginfo
    Motor carrier data used to calculate SMS scores, such as Vehicle Miles Traveled and Power Unit information, needs to be updated, FMCSA officials say. More
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    UK heart group slams online junk food advertising to children
    Food Navigator
    Inconsistencies exist in advertising regulations across different media, enabling companies to market high in fat, salt and sugar products to children online, claims a new report from the British Heart Foundation and the Children's Food Campaign.

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  • Food manufacturers deny targeting children online (Food Manufacture)
  • Gender, education play large role in healthy meal choices (Food Navigator)
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    100 million US diners to be served New Year's weekend
    MeatPoultry.com
    This year, 100 million Americans plan to celebrate the New Year by visiting a restaurant or bar or ordering restaurant takeout or delivery, according to a National Restaurant Association survey estimates. More
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    Kraft to launch 70 new products in 2012
    Progressive Grocer
    Responding to consumer demands for simplified meal solutions, robust new flavor combinations and customized taste enhancements, Kraft Foods Inc. is launching more than 70 new targeted product innovations. More
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    General Mills 'on track' with fiscal 2012
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Despite significantly higher input costs, General Mills CEO Ken Powell says the company's second-quarter financial summary for fiscal 2012 shows performance is on track to meet GM's goals for the upcoming year. More
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    ConAgra Foods reaffirms 2012 expectations
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    In reporting its results for the fiscal 2012 second quarter, ConAgra Foods today said it expects to meet its 2012 predictions. More
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    Cargill resumes ground turkey production in Arkansas
    The Associated Press
    An Arkansas meat processing plant that was linked to a salmonella outbreak this year is producing ground turkey again, food giant Cargill Inc. said Monday. More
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    Study: Exercise labels more effective than calorie counts
    Packaging-Gateway.com
    Labels on food and beverage packaging could be more effective than calorie counts in informing consumers about the physical exercise needed to burn off the calories and fat content, a report has claimed. More
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    California woman sues Frito-Lay over GM corn, oils in snacks
    BakeryAndSnacks.com
    PepsiCo's snacks business Frito-Lay has been accused of misleading consumers by making all-natural claims on products that also contain genetically modified corn and vegetable oils. More
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    Cleaning up processed foods
    Food Technology
    Shoppers are paying more attention to what they put into their bodies, and that is driving the development and reformulation of products with cleaner labels. More
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    Study: Campylobacter found in raw poultry packaging
    Food Production Daily
    More than 10 percent of raw poultry packaging is contaminated with Campylobacter, a Scottish study on poultry contamination has found. More
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    Abbott explores brain food with university researchers
    Nutra Ingredients-USA
    Health care giant Abbott has announced a partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to establish a multidisciplinary research center exploring the relationship between diet and cognition. More
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    Lean and green: Maintaining a sustainable supply chain
    Packaging-Gateway.com
    Packaged goods can claim to be lean and green but only when the supply chain is on board from end to end. Packaging-Gateway.com discovers how the entire supply chain has a contribution to make, all the way through to the end consumer. More
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    Food pairing and shared flavor compounds
    Food Processing
    In a search to uncover the patterns and principles people use in choosing ingredient combinations beyond individual taste and recipes, a team looked at the key ingredients of 56,498 online recipes and then analyzed those ingredients for shared flavor compounds. More
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    Fish story: Sustainability from the sea to the shelf
    Progressive Grocer
    Spurred by consumer concerns, more grocers and suppliers are committing to sustainable seafood programs. More
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    Flexible film lid added to packaging lineup
    Food Ingredients First
    Food packaging specialist Nicholl Food Packaging continues to widen its product offering following its appointment as the U.K. and Ireland distributor for Plastopil, a leading manufacturer of multilayer flexible barrier films and advanced packaging solutions for the food industry. More
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