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AFFI urges quick passage of trade pacts

Business Wire
American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz on Monday urged the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to move quickly in approving the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia the White House has sent to Congress for final passage.

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  • White House submits trade bills for Congressional approval (The Washington Post)

    Editor's note: Members of the frozen food community can urge their elected officials to support passage of the trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama through the Friends of Frozen Food grassroots platform, accessed by clicking here. More
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    California lettuce recall expands to 19 states, Canada

    The Associated Press via USA Today
    A California farm that issued a voluntary lettuce recall because of Listeria contamination concerns says its notice has gone out to 19 states and Canada. More
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    Study: Frozen foods help in portion control

    Packaging Digest
    ConAgra Foods Inc., one of North America's leading food makers, presented research findings this week suggesting frozen meals eaten as part of a reduced-calorie eating plan helped participants learn proper portions. More
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    Chris Christie not running for president in 2012

    The Washington Post
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won't run for president in 2012, citing his desire to continue his work in the Garden State in a press conference Tuesday. More
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    Poll: Perry slips, Cain rises in bid for GOP nomination

    The Washington Post
    After a quick rise in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has experienced an almost equally dramatic decline, losing about half of his support during the past month, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More
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    Democrats prep for American Crossroads onslaught

    POLITICO
    In elections across the map, nervous Democrats are steeling themselves for an expected 2012 onslaught. But it's not their Republican opponents who worry them. More
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    Obama says he's 2012 'underdog'

    The Hill
    President Barack Obama on Monday took the extraordinary step of declaring himself the underdog in the 2012 race for the White House. More
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    House GOP freshmen have no safe seats

    POLITICO
    The 87 House freshmen who helped the GOP seize the majority by capitalizing on a deep reservoir of anti-establishment resentment are discovering that anger hasn't gone away — and it could threaten their fledgling careers. More
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    FDA: New transparency report outlines proposals, seeks input

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA on Monday released eight new draft proposals focused on making its compliance and enforcement data more accessible and user friendly. Public comment is being accepted until Dec. 2. More
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    Senate votes to proceed on China currency bill

    The Washington Post
    The Senate on Monday voted to proceed on a measure that would up the pressure on China to allow its currency to appreciate, clearing the way for a final vote later this week on the bill, which has received a cool reception from both the House and the Obama administration.

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  • House leader against pushing China on currency (The Associated Press via USA Today)
  • China rips US Senate vote on yuan (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Congress taking aim at China over currency valuation (The Washington Post) More
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    US touts fruits, vegetables while subsidizing animals that become meat

    The Washington Post
    On Myplate, the federal food diagram published in June to show Americans a healthful diet, half of the plate contains fruits and vegetables, while roughly a third is made of grains and about a fifth is reserved for protein: meat, eggs, beans and nuts. A separate, smaller circle is designated dairy. More
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    GOP tries to roll back regulations

    POLITICO
    House Republicans are moving ahead on two bills aimed at cutting what they consider harmful regulation, a move they're positioning as an olive branch to President Barack Obama weeks after he rolled out his jobs proposal. More
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    Democrats call for congressional hearings on Listeria

    The Denver Post
    U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Henry Waxman, D-Calif., on Monday called for congressional hearings into the Colorado Listeria outbreak, seeking detailed records from Jensen Farms about past inspections and their list of retail customers.

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  • Opinion: Tracking your lunch (The Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Opinion: Bureaucracy won't improve safety (The Arizona Republic) More
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    Flood of food imported to US; only 2 percent inspected

    News21 via MSNBC
    The FDA expects 24 million shipments of FDA-regulated goods to pass through the nation's ports of entry this year, up from 6 million a decade ago. Are its 1,800 investigators enough to handle the task? More
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    Coalition petitions FDA to require GE labeling

    USA Today
    Today, a coalition of 300 companies, organizations and doctors will announce it has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require that all genetically engineered foods include a label advising consumers they're eating food that has been altered. More
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    Is taxing unhealthy food the answer to public health?

    KNXV-TV
    Is taxing fatty foods the answer to public health? Lawmakers in Denmark think it's at least part of the solution.

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  • Fat tax in Denmark: Why they have it; could it happen in US? (Los Angeles Times) More
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    EFSA completes first stage in meat inspection project

    IEWY
    The European Food Safety Authority has completed the first stage of a major piece of work that will provide the scientific basis for the modernization of meat inspection across the EU. More
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    European Council avoids COOL controversy

    Food Manufacture
    The European Council has kicked into the long grass a number of the more contentious parts of the Food Information Regulation, which covers the labeling of food and drink, according to a legal expert. More
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    Frontier of frugality: The new consumer

    The Wall Street Journal
    Retailers are coming to terms with a new reality: the consumer who traded down during the recession and never came back. More
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    Real Mex Restaurants files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    The Wall Street Journal
    Mexican-themed casual dining chain Real Mex Restaurants Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday with plans to look for a buyer. More
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    Berkshire unit considers new venture in India

    Reuters
    India's Reliance Retail is in talks with international frozen food retailer Dairy Queen Inc., owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathway, for a joint venture in India, the Times of India reported Tuesday.

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  • Buffett company talks to Reliance Retail for India foray (The Times of India) More
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    Ralcorp acquires Sara Lee's refrigerated dough business

    FBR
    Ralcorp Holdings, a U.S.-based manufacturer of cereals, has completed its acquisition of the North American private brand refrigerated dough business of Sara Lee for $545 million. More
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    Turkey recall forces layoffs at Cargill plant

    KFSM-TV
    A Cargill official confirmed Monday about 130 workers will be laid off from the Springdale, Ark., plant — and a recent turkey recall is to blame.

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  • Cargill responds to CDC report (MeatPoultry.com) More
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    Heinen's Foods launches new meat labeling system

    FoodBev
    Heinen's Fine Foods, a regional retailer with 17 locations in Northeast Ohio, has launched WhereFoodComesFrom, a labeling program for meat. More
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    GEA sells 'non-core' food packaging materials division

    Food Production Daily
    GEA Group has sold its food packaging materials division, CFS Kempten, to fellow German firm Conflex Packaging. More
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    Dole Food settles lawsuit filed by farm workers

    Food Ingredients First
    Dole Food Co. Inc. has signed a definitive settlement agreement, ending a spate of lawsuits filed by U.S. and foreign farm workers. More
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    New potato clone touted as potential boon

    Agweek
    Will a newly discovered russet potato variety make the Red River Valley a yield contender with the Pacific Northwest? More
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    Recall ordered for pork products made by Canadian firm

    The Canadian Press via Winnipeg Free Press
    A recall has been issued for meat products made by a company in British Columbia's central interior because some of the food could be contaminated with botulism or E. coli. More
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    Revised 'acrylamide toolbox' more applicable to high-risk foods

    Food Navigator
    To improve its user friendliness, trade body FoodDrinkEurope has restructured its "acrylamide toolbox" around the three main ingredient types — potatoes, cereals and coffee — that are more commonly associated with the risk of higher formation of the chemical. More
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    New guide outlines best practices in making food cartons

    Packaging Europe
    The new European Carton Makers Association Guide, released in September, is relevant to all companies that manufacture cartons intended to come into contact with food. More
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    Leaders seek unity to grow beef industry

    Agweek
    The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is walking the halls of Congress and regulatory agencies, working to make sure government doesn't shove beef off the center of the food plate, two of the organization's top leaders said. More
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