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Food trends: Is this the year of the potato?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the year of the dragon. But according to the crystal balls of more than one watcher of food trends, it also will be the year of the potato. More
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FSIS updates list of products acceptable in meat, poultry, egg production and processing
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has updated the list of substances that can be used in the production of meat, poultry and egg products. More
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Organic agriculture might be outgrowing its ideals
The New York Times
Clamshell containers on supermarket shelves in the United States may depict verdant fields, tangles of vines and ruby tomatoes. But at this time of year, the tomatoes, peppers and basil certified as organic by the Agriculture Department often hail from the Mexican desert and are nurtured with intensive irrigation. More
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The 5 key questions of the Republican presidential race
The Washington Post
The Iowa caucuses answered some questions — no, Michele Bachmann isn't going to be president — but raised lots and lots of others. More
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New Hampshire next, but South Carolina key
POLITICO
The Republican presidential candidates have swept into New Hampshire so swiftly, you might be tricked into thinking next Tuesday's primary really matters. More
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Obama defies lawmakers with recess appointments to labor board
The Hill
President Barack Obama will recess-appoint his nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, bypassing a likely filibuster from Senate Republicans to keep the controversial agency operating in 2012. More
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Food Safety Modernization Act: The first year
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its progress report for the first year of initiatives in the wake of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law Jan. 4, 2011.

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    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is organizing a series of instructional food safety webinars with leading experts to examine topics and issues related to implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The next webinar takes place Feb. 8. To register, or for more information, please click here.
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    FDA to limit antibiotics for livestock to prevent 'superbugs'
    The Washington Post
    The Food and Drug Administration plans to restrict a family of antibiotics commonly used to treat livestock, citing concerns that overuse might promote the development of drug-resistant bacteria that can infect people.

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  • AVMA letter urges caution on antibiotic restrictions (Pork Network)
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    Label foods, not children: US states grapple with obesity
    brandchannel
    With the new year comes new resolve to tighten belts, literally, by shedding unwanted pounds accumulated during the holidays (if not earlier). But what about childhood obesity?

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  • Bite-size labels make children eat smarter (Tribune Newspapers via Chicago Tribune)
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    Cleveland sues Ohio for blocking trans fat ban
    Food Navigator-USA
    The city of Cleveland has sued the state of Ohio for its attempt to block a proposed ban on the sale of certain products containing artificial trans fats. More
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    EPA issues exemptions that could affect food makers
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747 in or on all food commodities when used in accordance with good practices. More
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    EPA seeks public comment on pesticide use for apples
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comment after the Michigan Department of Agriculture has asked for an emergency exemption in order to use the pesticide Kasugamycin to treat up to 10,000 acres of apples for fire blight. More
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    New probiotics quality standards in Food Chemicals Codex
    EurekAlert
    With strong consumer interest in probiotics — and new manufacturer innovations for incorporating these ingredients into a broader array of food products — new quality standards for probiotic food ingredients are being included in the Food Chemicals Codex. More
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    Will EU cage ban increase risk of Salmonella?
    ThePoultrySite
    Egg producers in the European Union may struggle to control Salmonella with the EU ban on battery cages coming into force this month. More
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    Growing problem: Tough immigration laws tough on harvests
    Supermarket News
    Laws intended to crack down on undocumented immigration have continued to disrupt fruit and vegetable harvests. More
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    Opinion: Foodborne outbreaks highlight need for intensive surveillance efforts
    Infectious Diseases in Children via Pediatric SuperSite
    Several high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks in recent years — including the Escherichia coli outbreak in Germany earlier this year — have highlighted how important timely reporting can be in quelling outbreaks. More
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    Corn seed shortage sows farm belt woes
    The Wall Street Journal
    As farmers in the U.S. prepare to plant this year's corn crop, they are running up against an unexpected obstacle: a lack of seed. More
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    Kraft Foods lends its flavors to SodaStream
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Kraft Foods Inc. and SodaStream International Ltd. are entering a strategic partnership for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Kraft Foods branded flavors for use with the SodaStream soda making system. More
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    Unique Pizza and Subs to begin selling frozen pizza in China
    BakingBuyer.com
    Unique Pizza and Subs Corp. is in the secondary stage of selling frozen Unique Pizza products in China, aiming to enter that market via grocery stores before expanding to mobile carts and franchises. More
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    Pilgrim's Pride announces terms for rights offering
    MeatPoultry.com
    Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said Wednesday that they have set the terms for a previously announced rights offering that could garner approximately $200 million. More
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    JBS to close beef processing plant in Argentina
    meatingplace
    JBS will close its beef processing plant based in the city of Venado Tuerto, Argentina, and will either relocate or compensate its 540 workers, according to reports. More
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    New tool detects toxic elements in food matrices
    Laboratory Equipment
    New equipment and technology has been introduced to allow better determination of toxic, trace and essential elements in simple and complex food matrices. More
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    Scientists unveil device to reduce livestock emissions
    The Engineer
    Researchers from North Carolina State University and West Virginia University have incorporated a biofilter and a heat exchanger into a single unit to reduce ammonia emissions from livestock barns, while also tempering — or heating up — the fresh air pumped into the barns. More
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    Shredded cheese recalled over Listeria contamination
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Wisconsin's Bekkum Family Farms LLC is recalling its Grumpy Goat Shreds, marketed under the Nordic Creamery brand name, because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. More
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