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FSMA prevention control proposal would skip product, environmental testing
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Food safety experts will gauge FDA's new 680-page preventive controls for food facilities proposal not just by what it requires, but also by the types of facilities, food types, rule provisions and other components that it would leave out.

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    Poll: Fight obesity crisis but keep the junk food
    The Associated Press via The Daily News
    Americans call obesity a national health crisis and blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling it. But a new poll finds people are split on how much the government should do to help — and most draw the line at attempts to force healthier eating.

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    13 ways to do more with less in 2013
    Progressive Grocer
    With slow growth predicted for many industries in 2013, organizations are taking a minute to review their current material-handling strategies and operations, asking themselves, "How do we do more with less?" More
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    Gallup: More identify with Democrats
    POLITICO
    According to a Gallup Poll released Wednesday, 47 percent of those surveyed last year identified either as Democrats or as Democratic-leaning independents, while 42 percent called themselves Republican or leaned toward the GOP. In 2010 and 2011, the parties ran neck and neck when it came to party affiliation. More
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    Why things might not be as bad as they look for Republicans
    The Washington Post
    Republicans are having a tough time. Losing an election isn't fun (especially when you thought you had a good chance) and the party now has to deal with some demographic challenges that could determine its long-term viability. But it could be worse.

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    Few counties switched party support in Election 2012
    USA Today
    The nation seems stuck in some of its political ways. Consider this factoid from Election 2012: Of more than 3,100 counties in the United States, only 208 shifted their support between the Democratic and Republican candidates — less than 7 percent. More
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    Norm Coleman won't seek rematch with Sen. Al Franken
    USA Today
    Former Minnesota senator Norm Coleman won't challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken and try to get his old job back in 2014, according to published reports. More
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    Report highlights costs of tax code's complexity
    The Wall Street Journal
    The federal Taxpayer Advocate ranks complexity as the No. 1 problem facing the tax system and offers an eye-opening estimate of Americans' cost of complying: $168 billion in 2010, or about 15 percent of total income tax receipts. More
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    For exports, the spoils go to the biggest
    The Washington Post
    In the effort to boost U.S. exports, Commerce Department officials often note that fewer than 1 percent of businesses in the country sell overseas. Conclusion: To raise exports, expand the number of exporters. More
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    EFSA opens public consultation on aspartame review
    Food Navigator
    The European Food Safety Authority has opened a public consultation on its safety assessment of aspartame, prompted by studies that linked the sweetener to increased risk of cancer and pre-term births. More
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    Cowboy food safety courses putting public health at risk
    The Grocer
    The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has warned of a growing number of cowboy online food safety courses and exams. The institute says some trainers and companies are providing poor advice and guidance. More
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    CFIA plans new centers to focus on food issues
    Food Quality News
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency plans to create 16 centers with specific expertise to provide industry and inspectors with better access to expert advice. The centers, expected to roll out during the next few years, will consolidate expertise for specific programs. More
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    Wendy's tests 'pretzel burger' in focus on breads
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    In its latest push to establish itself as a purveyor of premium burgers, Wendy's is testing a pretzel bun. The Dublin, Ohio-based chain has started selling a bacon cheeseburger in select locations made with a slightly heartier, pretzel-like bun. More
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    Using text, color makes food labels easier to understand
    Food Product Design
    Using colorful and graphic nutrition information on food and beverage packaging can help consumers better understand the information and make more informed nutrition decisions, according to a new literature review published in the journal Nutrition Reviews. More
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    Iglo Group boss to step down
    Food Manufacture
    Martin Glenn has announced his intention to step down as CEO of the Iglo Group having "achieved the objectives he set out" when he took up the role in 2006. More
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    Is this safe to eat? That's the question
    China Daily
    While a single television documentary, "A Bite of China," lifted hearts warmed by thoughts of mother's cooking, several issues brought the Chinese diners back to earth in a year pockmarked by various food safety scares. More
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    Functional food seen as healthy — but taste, pleasure matter
    Health Canal
    Health benefits are the key message of functional foods bearing health claims. Actual food choice, however, is influenced by various other motives. Scientists from the University of Belgrade and IPSOS Strategic Marketing researched the effect of food choice motives, nutritional knowledge and the use of food labels on consumer attitude towards foods with health claims. More
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    Study links carbonated drinks to depression
    Food Navigator
    Fizzy drinks and fruit squashes are linked to an increased risk of depression, according to new research that also suggests coffee could reduce risk. More
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    EFSA: Non-animal food causes nearly half of food illness deaths
    Food Quality News
    Germs from food of non-animal origin were responsible for almost half the number of deaths caused by food-transmitted pathogens, according to European Food Safety Authority analysis. More
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