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FDA halts orange juice imports over fungicide concern
USA Today
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has halted all imported orange juice and will destroy or ban foreign shipments if an unapproved fungicide is detected.

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    Volatile dioxin debate rages, Markey attacks EPA silence
    Food Production Daily
    A senior congressman has hit back at what he claims is industry pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency and also attacked it for two decades of perceived foot-dragging over its health reassessment of dioxin.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute's efforts urging the administration to amend EPA's proposed dioxin regulation are referenced in this story."
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    Potato industry eyes acrylamide
    AgInfo.net
    The potato industry is behind a unified effort to learn more about acrylamide, a potential carcinogen discovered by the Food and Drug Administration approximately 10 years ago. Potatoes account for almost 40 percent of the acrylamide in the average U.S. diet. More
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    Obama raised $68 million in fourth quarter
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama's campaign announced Thursday that it raised $42 million for his re-election campaign and another $24 million for the Democratic National Committee during the final three months of 2011.

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    House GOP struggles with how to legislate
    USA Today
    Republicans worked last year to change the debate in Washington from one about spending money to one about cutting spending, but as the GOP enters the second year of its House majority, it is grappling with how to legislate in the face of Democratic opposition and division within their own ranks. More
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    Poll: Romney slipping in South Carolina
    The Hill
    Despite a historic sweep of the first two nominating contests in the GOP field, Mitt Romney holds a lead of just 2 percentage points in South Carolina, his smallest lead of 2012. More
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    3 billionaires who will drag out the race
    POLITICO
    Meet the three billionaires who could drag out the GOP presidential primary, beat up front-runner Mitt Romney and weaken the odds of defeating President Barack Obama: Sheldon Adelson, Foster Friess and Jon Huntsman Sr. More
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    Obama weighs proposals to reward firms for returning jobs to US
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he plans to put forward a series of tax proposals to "reward companies that choose to bring jobs home" and eliminate tax breaks "for companies that are moving jobs overseas." More
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    FDA clears Canadian orange juice, holds other imports for tests
    Reuters via MSNBC
    U.S. health regulators soon will release a batch of orange juice imports from Canada, the first supplies to enter the country since authorities began testing for an illegal fungicide widely used by top supplier Brazil. More
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    HACCP validation guidance under OMB review
    Food Chemical News
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has sent its long-awaited compliance guidance on HACCP validation to the Office of Management and Budget for review. More
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    Japanese opponents of TPP make their case
    iPolitics
    Half a dozen Japanese politicians are in Washington, D.C., this week explaining to senior officials and Congress their concerns about Japan’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Former Minister of Agriculture Masahiko Yamada is part of the delegation. More
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    Utah lawmaker wants to criminalize enforcing FSMA
    KSL-TV
    A state senator in Utah wants to make it a crime to enforce federal regulation of food grown and sold in the state. Sen. Casey Anderson, R-Cedar City, is proposing a bill that would prohibit federal regulation of agricultural products such as vegetables and meats that remain in Utah after they are made, grown or produced. More
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    Survey: Obesity in US dropped in 2011
    Medical Daily
    Gallup poll results released Wednesday show fewer Americans were obese in 2011 than the year prior, albeit by a slim margin. More
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    Low-voltage alternating current can eradicate E. coli on beef
    News-Medical.net
    A short burst of low-voltage alternating current effectively eradicates E. coli bacteria growing on the surface of even heavily contaminated beef, according to a study published in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health. The technique offers an inexpensive and easy-to-implement approach to reducing the risk of food poisoning. More
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    ADM to cut global workforce by 3 percent
    BakingBusiness.com
    Archer Daniels Midland Co. has unveiled plans to streamline its organizational structure, including reducing its global workforce by approximately 3 percent to enhance the cost structure of the company. More
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    Tennessee Pride introduces healthier breakfast options
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    Tennessee Pride has introduced a full line of premium sausage patties, which includes two healthier options: turkey and reduced sodium. More
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    Maine blueberries threatened by damaging fruit fly
    Food News
    A damaging fruit fly has been found in five monitoring locations in Maine, threatening the state's wild blueberries. More
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    Global food preservatives market on the rise
    Food Navigator-USA
    The global food preservative market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 2.5 percent during the next five years, according to a new report from Markets and Markets. More
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    Freight shipments rise slightly
    Truckinginfo
    From October to November, the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index. More
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    Manufacturing software: How well do you know your system?
    Food Processing
    Those in charge of food and beverage plants need to consider their software system options the same way they measure the value of a pump, a mixer or a fleet of delivery trucks. More
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    Talking sustainability with organic monitor
    Food Product Design
    Most major food manufacturers have established at least the rudimentary beginnings of a corporate sustainability policy — and if you haven't, face the unavoidable fact that in order to conduct business effectively today and in the future, a clearly outlined sustainability analysis will be required reading. More
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