Frozen Express
Jan. 19, 2012

The pressure to make fast food healthier
FoodBev
Pressure to improve the healthfulness of children's meals and restaurant fare in general, along with the influence of the growing Asian, Hispanic, boomer and millennial population groups, are among the factors that will shape the restaurant industry in 2012 and beyond, according to The NPD Group.More

Opinion: The many benefits of a single food safety agency
The Atlantic
According to the latest rumors, the Office of Management and Budget wants to merge some agencies, including the FDA and USDA. Could this action ultimately improve food safety standards?

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    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum edged Republican front-runner Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses by 34 votes but can't be declared the winner because votes from eight precincts are missing, officials said Thursday.More

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