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FDA: Major FSMA rollout in January, labeling rules in February
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
If FDA's semi-annual regulatory plan is to be trusted, January should be the month the agency rolls out five FDA Food Safety Modernization Act rules, followed by key food label changes in February.

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    Fiscal deal's passage ends standoff
    The New York Times
    Ending a climactic fiscal showdown in the final hours of the 112th Congress, the House late Tuesday passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation to avert big income tax increases on most Americans and prevent large cuts in spending for the Pentagon and other government programs.

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    Prediction: Top five industry drivers in 2013
    FoodNavigator
    As the New Year dawns, FoodNavigator predicts the top five factors likely to be the biggest drivers of the European food industry in the year ahead. Rising food prices, collaborative innovation and ethics are among the factors that will shape business in 2013. More
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    112th Congress legacy: Unfinished business
    POLITICO
    The 112th Congress came in with a bang, but it is crawling out with the soft whimper of failure. For two years, President Barack Obama and Congress ignored virtually every other pressing matter to engage in an ideological war over the size of government and who should foot the bill for it. More
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    Enjoy the fiscal cliff debate? Just wait for the debt ceiling
    POLITICO
    The fiscal cliff has consumed Washington for months, but it may end up being the long opening act for a fiscal drama with even higher stakes: the debt ceiling. Even as senators breathed a sigh of relief and overwhelmingly passed a historic tax deal to avert the much-feared fiscal cliff early Jan. 1, Congress was already lurching right into the new round of brinksmanship. More
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    Poll: 2013 a year of fiscal 'difficulty'
    POLITICO
    Half of all Americans, including nearly three-quarters of Republicans and 55 percent of independents, believe the United States' best days are behind us, according to a poll released Wednesday. The finding from Gallup fits in with other recent data showing Republicans in a gloomy, pessimistic mood after an election that saw President Barack Obama return for four more years in office and Democrats maintain control of the Senate.

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    Fiscal cliff deal includes farm bill extension
    POLITICO
    The giant New Year's tax package rushed through Congress Tuesday includes a nine-month farm bill extension that forestalls any immediate spike in milk prices but also represents a bitter blow for farmers who had hoped for long-sought changes in the dairy support program.

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    China to crack down on food safety violations
    China Daily
    Chinese government will take strong measures against companies that break food safety regulations to ensure "healthy" New Year holiday and the Spring Festival that falls in mid-February. The authorities will implement harsher punishments for food producers that make counterfeit products and sell adulterated or expired food, according to an announcement released Sunday by the food safety office under the State Council, or China's Cabinet. More
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    New meat and poultry labeling regulations set for 2016
    Federal Register
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service is establishing Jan. 1, 2016, as the uniform compliance date for new meat and poultry product labeling regulations that are issued between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2014. FSIS periodically announces uniform compliance dates for new meat and poultry product labeling regulations to minimize the economic impact of label changes. More
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    USDA OIG: FSIS, AMS still fall short on shell egg safety
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and Agriculture Marketing Service still need to work more closely with each other and FDA to regulate and inspect shell egg facilities, and eliminate gaps in the "farm to table" approach to food safety that resulted in the massive recall of half a billion eggs more than a year ago, USDA's Office of Inspector General says in a new 50-page report. More
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    School cafeterias join fight against childhood obesity
    Kaiser Health News
    Increasingly, the movement to reduce childhood obesity by improving what students eat in school has changed the game. It means schools are now required to serve more fresh fruits and vegetables. And there's a movement within the movement that promotes the retro notion of cooking meals from scratch. More
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    USDA proposes industry-funded research on paper packaging
    Federal Register
    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is accepting feedback on its proposal to tax domestic manufacturers and importers in order to finance a program intended to maintain and expand markets for paper and paper-based packaging. More
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    Three food and technology trends that went mainstream in 2012
    Forbes
    Three food issues of great importance made it into mainstream American consciousness in 2012, offering a glimpse of real change in the food system. Food waste, humane animal treatment (including antibiotic use) and food labeling all took the leap and are now common household topics. More
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    Frozen pizza segment suffers as consumers return to restaurants
    Pizza Marketplace
    According to new research from IBISWorld, the frozen pizza production industry experienced solid revenue growth during the recession, but struggled in 2011 and 2012 as consumers returned to eating at restaurants. During the recession, consumers tightened budgets and bought frozen pizza as a cheaper, convenient meal to eat at home. As the economy recovered and consumers gained confidence to dine out more, demand waned. More
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    ConAgra raises fiscal 2013 expectations
    Food Ingredients First
    ConAgra Foods Inc. posted double-digit sales increases in its consumer foods segment for the second fiscal quarter, raising expectations for fiscal 2013. More
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    Whole Foods top food retail stock in 2012
    Supermarket News
    Whole Foods Market led the field of food-retailing stocks again in 2012, with a gain of nearly 35 percent for the year, to close at $91.16 on Dec. 31. It marked the fourth straight year the natural and organic product specialist led the list of food retailers and wholesalers tracked by Supermarket News. More
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    Hormel executive to join food safety task force
    Austin Daily Herald via Equities.com
    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced in December that Kevin Myers, director in research and development at Hormel Foods Corp., was appointed to the state's Food Safety and Defense Task Force. More
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