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Manufacturing trends: Labor, not energy, the concern in 2013
Food Processing
Labor issues are of greater concern to food manufacturers as they enter 2013 — but not as important as cost control and food safety — while worries about energy cost escalation have all but disappeared. More
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FAO food price index down 7 percent in 2012
Feedstuffs
The U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization announced Jan. 10 that its Food Price Index dropped for the third consecutive month in December 2012, edging down 1.1 percent. More
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Editorial: Late better than never for food safety rules
The Inquirer
The changes being made under the Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law in 2011, are long overdue and should be implemented as soon as possible. More
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Conservative group targets McConnell over fiscal cliff deal
The Hill
A conservative group has begun running online ads in Kentucky targeting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who is up for re-election in 2014, because of the fiscal cliff deal he brokered. More
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Observers see 2016 in Andrew Cuomo speech
POLITICO
New York governor and likely 2016 presidential aspirant Andrew Cuomo used his State of the State address Wednesday to call for new gun controls, press Congress for post-Hurricane Sandy aid and propose a historic "women's equality act" in the Empire State. That latter proposal was seen by many observers as a nod to an important segment of the 2012 electorate for Democrats as well as Hillary Clinton's political base. More
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Ryan asks if Obama will meet deadline to submit a budget request this year
The Hill
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday asked the White House if it will once again miss the legal deadline for submitting an annual budget to Congress. Under the law, President Barack Obama must submit a budget by the first Monday in February, but he has met the deadline only once. More
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David Plouffe: After 2 wins for Obama, no more campaigns
USA Today
David Plouffe, the hard-driving strategist who played critical roles in two national campaigns for President Obama, says he's leaving the White House soon. And in what may be a disappointing note to Democratic hopefuls for 2016 and beyond, he doesn't plan to run another presidential campaign. More
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GAO suggests mileage fees for trucks
Truckinginfo
Congress might want to consider a mileage fee for trucks and electric vehicles when it looks for ways to strengthen highway funding, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while privacy concerns and other issues limit the usefulness of such fees for automobiles, Congress should consider a pilot program to test them for trucks and electric cars. More
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Pew asks FDA to consider broader range of chemical exposure sources
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The FDA should consider all possible ways in which consumers are exposed to chemicals that are also found in food, including pesticides, drinking water and dietary supplements, the Pew Health Group suggests in a 30-page report published Friday. More
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Survey: Majority of UK consumers back GM labeling
Food Navigator
Two-thirds of U.K. consumers think it is important that genetically modified foods are labeled, although only 2 percent actively look for GM content when buying foods for the first time, according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency. More
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A look behind Chuck E. Cheese's gluten-free rollout
Nation's Restaurant News
Chuck E. Cheese's rollout late last year of gluten-free menu items was the result of a three-year effort, the family dining and arcade game chain's head of research and development said. More
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Schools taste-testing foods for school lunches
WSYR-TV
On Wednesday, school representatives from across New York state came to Liverpool to taste-test hundreds of new products catered for school lunch programs. More
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Packing, eating and reheating: Food safety from store to table
Indianapolis Recorder
The Institute of Food Technologists has a plethora of information for consumers about how to prevent foodborne illness throughout the year. More
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Scientists challenge BPA links to heart, kidney disease
Food Production Daily
Scientists have disputed a study associating food contact material Bisphenol A consumption to higher risk of heart and kidney disease in children and adolescents. More
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It's official: Steak is always better with potatoes
Food Navigator
New research from a New Zealand commercial institute has suggested a beneficial link between red meat and potatoes in terms of digestive health. More
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