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FDA plans experimental study of nutrition label changes
Federal Register
The Food and Drug Administration plans to conduct an experimental study of how consumers react to various changes in food nutrition labels. The action comes after research showed a lack of understanding about Percent Daily Value. Also notable: The FDA is contemplating requiring the amount of added sugars to be declared with a double indention format — the first time such a format would be required for a mandatory declaration of a nutrient. More
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Retailers adjust marketing as more men take over grocery duty
Los Angeles Times
The food industry, which has focused on women and particularly mothers as its primary customers, is taking notice as more men become the primary grocery shoppers in their households. More
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Study: 'Flexitarians' will increase in 2012
MeatPoultry.com
Among the top consumer health trends expected to make headlines in 2012 is the rise of flexitarians: people who reduce their meat intake for health reasons but occasionally still consume animal protein, according to a leading national research group studying health-related attitudes and behavior in America. More
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Romney, Santorum surge as Iowa caucuses near
The Washington Post
For months, the fight for the Republican presidential nomination has been cast as a tough choice: a true conservative vs. someone who can beat President Barack Obama in the fall. More
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Energy not there in Iowa
POLITICO
Ethanol and wind are getting the bum's rush in the Iowa primary. Energy issues — historically ethanol but increasingly wind — used to be a centerpiece of the first-in-the-nation caucuses, providing a national platform for a state that prides itself on excelling in renewable energy. More
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Donations flowed to Gingrich's nonprofit after he shifted on energy issues in 2008
The Washington Post
A month after joining Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in a televised call to fight climate change in 2008, Newt Gingrich pivoted to a much different message: Increase domestic drilling and block legislation aimed at implementing a "cap-and-trade" system to curb carbon pollution. More
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Weekly jobless claims at lowest level in more than 3 years
The Associated Press via USA Today
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week after three straight weeks of declines to a level consistent with a modest increase in hiring. More
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Seattle schools consider easing 'junk food' ban
Vending Times
The Seattle School Board is re-examining its healthy vending policy in high schools amid complaints from student governments that say they have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding during the past seven years. More
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FSIS updates new technologies information table
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service reviews new technologies that companies employ to ensure the use is consistent with agency regulations and will not adversely affect product safety, inspection procedures or the safety of FSIS inspectors. FSIS recently updated its new technologies information table. More
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Opinion: Top 6 food politics lessons learned in 2011
The Huffington Post
This hasn't been a banner year for improving America's food system, food environment or food policies. A look back demonstrates that not only have we failed to make any new progress in food and nutrition policy, but also we actually appear to be moving backward in some instances. More
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Lempert: Boomers, men will shape food trends
MediaPost
The buying power of baby boomers and the increasing roles of men in food preparation and shopping are among the trends that will most affect food makers and retailers in 2012, according to "Supermarket Guru" Phil Lempert. More
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'Great Big Idaho Potato' truck ready to peel out
Land Line
A 6-ton, 28-foot potato on wheels will make its way across America in 2012 to draw attention to the Idaho Potato Commission's 75th anniversary — and to promote the potato. More
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Cheese recalled over Listeria concerns
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Green Cedar Dairy has recalled its All Natural Ackawi Cheese and All Natural Chives Cheese because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. More
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Diet patterns could keep brain from shrinking
Neurology via Science Codex
People with diets high in several vitamins or in omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease than people whose diets are not high in those nutrients, according to a new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. More
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Wendy's opens first joint venture in Japan
Food Product Design
Wendy's opened its first joint venture Wendy's® restaurant in Japan Dec. 26. Located in Tokyo's upscale Omotesando area, the restaurant's menu features signature Wendy's products and innovative new menu options created exclusively for the Japanese market. More
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Restaurants expect boost in business in 2012
Restaurant News
A December trends survey from the National Restaurant Association shows many restaurant operators are expecting a better year in 2012. For the first time in four months, operators reported a net positive outlook for the economy. More
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Cooler 1 off the market in lawsuit settlement
Business Wire via MarketWatch
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. has agreed to stop making or selling its Cooler 1 products as part of a settlement to a patent infringement lawsuit brought against IFF by V. Mane Fils, which holds patents covering the use of the main ingredient in Cooler 1 as a cooling additive in food and beverage products. More
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Canada Beef plans to beef up exports to Russia
FBR
Canada Beef, a national organization handling marketing and promotion of the Canadian cattle and beef industry worldwide, plans to increase its exports to Russia. More
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Breathing room: Sealed air solutions in meat, poultry packages
MeatPoultry.com
As anyone who has opened a package of prepared, processed or case-ready meat and cringed at the smell or sight knows, a little fresh air isn't always a good thing. More
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