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Sweeping rules raise more concerns about FDA funding
Food Safety News
As stakeholders review the landmark draft food safety rules the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released Friday — which may take a while, given that the two rules come to more than 1,000 pages with another couple hundred pages of supporting documents — there are renewed concerns about the agency's ability to actually enforce the sweeping measures.

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    Farm Bureau sees food prices rising by up to 4 percent in 2013
    Argus Leader
    Food prices in the United States are expected to climb 3 percent to 4 percent in 2013, the nation's largest farm group said Friday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also sees food prices rising 3 to 4 percent this year after increasing about 2.5 percent in 2012.

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    Greens on the run in debate over genetically modified food
    Bloomberg
    Mark Lynas, an environmentalist and award-winning science author, has just publicly apologized "for having spent several years ripping up GM crops" and for his role in helping to spearhead the anti-GMO movement in the 1990s. "You are more likely to get hit by an asteroid than to get hurt by GM food," Lynas said. More
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    What the fiscal cliff deal cost John Boehner (and what he gained)
    The Washington Post
    A slim majority of Republican voters disapprove of how House Speaker John Boehner handled the negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Overall, 44 percent of all registered voters say they approve of the deal, struck on New Year's day, with about as many — 42 percent — disapproving. More
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    Obama looks to fill out Cabinet
    The Hill
    With nominations for a new defense and foreign policy team set, President Barack Obama can now focus on revamping the rest of his second-term Cabinet. Major changes are in store for Obama's economic and energy teams as well as a host of other Cabinet-level positions, with more announcements coming as early as this week. More
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    Poll: 77 percent say Washington is hurting the nation
    POLITICO
    More than three-quarters of Americans believe the way politics works in Washington, D.C., is actively harming the country, according to a new poll. Democrats, Republicans and independents all believe politics is causing "serious harm to the country," according to the Gallup Poll released Monday. More
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    Washington legislature gets 350,000-name GM label petition
    Feedstuffs
    A group representing natural and organic food interests in the state of Washington has successfully carried a petition to the state's legislature asking the body to consider legislation this year that would require labels for foods containing genetically modified organisms. Filed as Initiative 522, the petition collected 350,000 voter signatures — 100,000 more than required. More
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    Commercial drivers asked to weigh in on hours-of-service rule
    Truckinginfo
    The American Transportation Research Institute has released a second survey to collect data on the effects that may accrue from changes to the 34-hour restart rule. This survey seeks the input of commercial drivers on potential operational impacts from the changes. More
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    FDA reinstates Sunland's registration
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    The FDA has reinstated the food facility registration of Sunland Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of peanut products linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney last fall, after a federal judge entered a consent decree of permanent injunction imposing requirements on the firm. More
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    FSIS sets new directives, no-objections to non-O157 STEC testing
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a series of new directives this week, including:
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    McDonald's expands test flight for chicken wings
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    First there were McNuggets. Then there were Chicken McBites. Now McDonald's could be adding "Mighty Wings" to its chicken menu. The world's biggest hamburger chain is set to expand its test of chicken wings to Chicago this week, after a successful run in Atlanta last year. More
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    Yum Brands says KFC having rough times in China
    The Wall Street Journal
    In an SEC filing Monday, Yum Brands said it expects lower sales of KFC in China as the brand faces the publicity from a government review of its poultry supply. More
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    Hostess expects up to six stalking-horse bidders
    Food Navigator-USA
    Bankrupt Twinkies and Wonder Bread maker Hostess Brands says it expects to establish up to six "stalking horse" bidders for its iconic bakery brands when bids are presented to the bankruptcy court. Flowers Foods and Grupo Bimbo SAB have been reported as front-runners in the process. More
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    Online food games may prompt high calorie snacking
    Food Navigator
    Online games promoting food items prompt children to consume more energy-dense foods — regardless of the kind of food the games promote, suggests new research from the Netherlands. More
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    Monell gets $1 million to tackle salt taste perception
    Food Navigator
    A $1 million gift to the Monell Chemical Senses Center from food chemistry consultant Louise Slade, Ph.D., is aiming to deepen our understanding of salt taste detection and perception, while helping the food industry achieve success with reduced sodium products. More
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    Koch Foods delays $45 million poultry plant expansion
    Hamilton Journal News
    The expansion of Koch Foods, which was expected to add nearly 390 jobs to Fairfield, Ohio, this year, has been delayed indefinitely. Greg Kathman, the city's economic development manager , said the expansion would still take place sometime this year, but rising food prices, courtesy of the 2012 drought, threw a wrench in the works. More
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