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Study: Taxing foods not effective in promoting healthier choices
Food Product Design
States or cities that implement sales taxes on unhealthy foods in an effort to promote healthy eating often miss the mark because many consumers are simply unaware of tax differences sold in grocery stores, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. More
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Report: Tough budgetary times weaken public health readiness
Food Safety News
Shrinking budgets continue to make the country ill-prepared to respond to health disasters, including foodborne illness outbreaks, according to the latest analysis by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More
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Vilsack expresses doubt about future of farm bill
USA Today
For the first time, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack publicly expressed concern that Congress would not finish work on a five-year farm bill this year. More
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Obama, Boehner duel on fiscal cliff
POLITICO
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner traded sharp words Wednesday as each leader urged the other to get serious about averting the fiscal cliff — and Boehner revised his strategy on the Hill. More
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Iowa could be key 2014 test for Senate GOP campaign arm
The Washington Post
In its effort to avoid a repeat of 2012 — when Senate Republicans swallowed tough defeats in several red states where GOP nominees ranged from lackluster to disastrous — the Senate GOP's campaign arm could face an early 2014 test in Iowa, where GOP Rep. Steve King is considering a bid. More
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Poll: Brown leads likely competition to replace Kerry in Senate
The Hill
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., is in good shape to win another special election if Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., leaves the Senate to take over at the State Department, according to a poll released Thursday.

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    Mikulski to take gavel of Senate Appropriations Committee
    The Hill
    Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is set to become the chairwoman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, in the wake of Sen. Daniel Inouye's death. More
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    Maryland officials push free school breakfasts
    The Gazette
    Standing next to a tray of breakfast burritos and milk in the Roscoe Nix Elementary School cafeteria in Silver Spring, Md., Wednesday, elected officials in Montgomery and Prince George's counties announced their commitment to seeing that, next year, more children have access to the most important meal of the day. More
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    Congress eyes Vehicle Miles Traveled tax
    Commercial Carrier Journal
    The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that would create a pilot program to research vehicle miles traveled as a new funding source for the Highway Trust Fund. The bill would require the federal treasury conduct studies to demonstrate the viability of a VMT revenue source in every state. More
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    FDA antimicrobial reporting makes animal drug industry nervous
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Animal producers and veterinarians are on edge over a FDA proposal to expand data gathering on antibiotic use in food-producing animals, an issue that is likely to surface when Congress begins debating the animal drug user fee reauthorization next year. More
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    Georgia's new food regulations mean less strict safety control
    Law Firm Newswire
    While many small business bakers and chefs wish they did not have to rent expensive commercial kitchens, food safety regulations stipulate standalone food preparation spaces. This requirement has changed. Georgia's new cottage food regulations took effect September 2012 and allow individuals to prepare items considered "non-potentially hazardous" in their own kitchens. More
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    Green Giant strides into snack aisle as General Mills ramps up
    Advertising Age
    The Jolly Green Giant is about to make a grocery-turf grab. The General Mills-owned brand, synonymous with frozen and canned vegetables for more than 100 years, will in January enter the snack aisle for the first time with the launch of Green Giant veggie chips. More
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    Five supply chain trends that shaped 2012
    Supply Chain Management Review
    Overall IT trends such as the cloud, big data and mobile are impacting the supply chain sector just as they do other sectors, but there are other trends specific to supply chain that came to the forefront in 2012. More
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    Family meals help children eat more fruit and veggies
    MyHealthNewsDaily
    One or two family meals a week may help kids eat more fruits and vegetables, a new study suggests. In the U.K. study, children whose families always ate meals together consumed 4.4 ounces (1.5 portions) more fruits and vegetables a day compared with children whose families never ate together. More
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    Experts predict 2013 restaurant trends
    Pizza Marketplace
    What trends will emerge — or accelerate — in the restaurant industry in 2013? Food, marketing, technology, equipment, whatever? Some trusted experts share their opinions. More
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    ConAgra raises outlook for year after profit rises 17 percent
    Money News
    ConAgra posted a 17 percent rise in net income for the second quarter Thursday after a $5 billion acquisition this year of Ralcorp. The results beat Wall Street predictions and the Omaha, Neb., company, which makes Banquet, Chef Boyardee and Marie Callender's, boosted its profit guidance for the entire year. More
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    Food safety technology New Year's resolutions
    Global Food Safety Resource
    Are your food safety and quality assurance teams working on 2013 budgets? If so, here are five New Year's resolutions, in terms of FSQA technology, to consider during your budgeting process. More
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    Children more likely to be sickened by foodborne illness
    Food Safety News
    Foodborne bacteria cause more illnesses among children than adults, according to new estimates. A study published this week in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal finds that children younger than 5 years old fall ill from intestinal bacteria originating in food more often than adults. More
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    Report available: 2013 frozen food industry capital, expenses
    Research and Markets
    The 2013 U.S. Frozen Food Manufacturing Industry-Capital & Expenses Report, published annually, contains timely and accurate industry statistics, forecasts and demographics. The report features 2013 current and 2014 forecast estimates on the cost of materials, capital expenditures, inventories, rentals and other expenses nationally and for all 50 U.S. States and up to 900 metro areas. More
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    Are all foods linked to cancer? Yes, but don't worry
    Food Navigator
    There is evidence linking almost every food or ingredient to cancer, but don't worry because the evidence for pretty much all of it is very weak, say researchers. More
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    Studies show junk food withdrawal same as drug withdrawal
    The Examiner
    Researchers are finding that junk food withdrawal is the same withdraw you would have if you were a drug addict. Eating a high-fat diet and then changing it to a healthier means of eating not only can make people aggressive, they have a chemical change that happens in their brain as well. More
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    Inherited colon cancer risk tied to certain foods
    Reuters via Chicago Tribune
    Among people who have a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer, those whose diets are heavy in junk food have an even higher risk, according to a new study. More
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    Massey to facilitate global food safety initiative
    Massey University
    The World Bank has chosen Massey University in New Zealand to help lead a plan to improve international food safety. The Global Food Safety Partnership is a public-private partnership aimed at increasing food safety capacity. It was launched at a conference in Paris last week. More
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    Crossmark acquired by private equity firm Warburg Pincus
    Progressive Grocer
    National sales and marketing firm Crossmark has been acquired by an affiliate of global private equity firm Warburg Pincus. A leading solution provider for some of the most powerful brands in the world, Crossmark helps its manufacturer partners achieve business objectives across a wide range of retail channels. More
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