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Global drive aims to make food safer
BBC
The Global Food Safety partnership, comprising 70 countries and international organizations, looks at how food is traded across borders.

Related: Food safety: a global view (International Supermarket News)

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Upscale, frozen-only food store to open in New York City
All Media NY
Babeth's Feast, the creation of Le Pain Quotiden investor Elisabeth de Kergorlay, is her vision of the frozen food stores that already exist in her native France — a haute cuisine service that she feels is necessary for American audiences.
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Kraft defends 'natural' labels as CSPI threatens legal action
Food Navigator-USA
Kraft Foods has vigorously defended the way it labels its Crystal Light lemonade and iced tea mixes after receiving a letter from the Center for Science in the Public Interest threatening legal action if it does not stop promoting them as "natural."
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Beware: More congressional rancor ahead
Politico
Despite ending the year with a glimmer of bipartisanship after passing a budget agreement and defense bill, lawmakers and aides are predicting this year will be filled mostly with show votes and partisan bickering unlikely to abate until the midterm elections.
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Christie has problems, but still atop the 2016 GOP presidential field — for now
The Washington Post
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just endured the worst week of his five years in elected office, battered by a scandal involving traffic jams as political payback and implicating several top — and now former — aides. Yet, Christie still holds down the top spot in our rankings of the 2016 Republican field.

Related: Veteran Democrat George Miller to retire (Politico)

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Obama to huddle with Senate Democrats
The Hill
President Barack Obama has invited the Senate Democratic caucus to the White House on Wednesday evening, according to a White House official who said they will "talk about their shared priorities for 2014."
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Recess appointments appear in jeopardy
The Hill
Three of President Barack Obama's recess appointments appeared in jeopardy Monday of being deemed unconstitutional, as the U.S. Supreme Court took up a case that could help define the limits of executive power.
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A 'save' for supermarket menu labeling?
Facts, Figures & the Future
A proposed bill introduced last month by Senators Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Angus King, I-Maine, is calling on the FDA to adjust the calorie disclosure requirements enacted under the Affordable Care Act to exclude grocery stores and other related businesses.
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The GMO labeling battle is heating up — and here's why
National Geographic
The food industry wants Congress to pass federal legislation that will keep labeling voluntary.

Related: Agrochemical companies sue to block anti-GMO law in Hawaii (Reuters)

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Vilsack: A new food, farm and jobs bill to fight hunger here at home
USDA
America's food insecure families are just one group of Americans counting on Congress to finish the work of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that adequately invests in America's nutrition safety net.
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FSIS compliance guide addresses Listeria control in processing plants
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A new compliance guideline from USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service provides specific recommendations that establishments producing post-lethality exposed ready-to-eat meat and poultry product may follow to meet the requirements of 9 CFR part 430, the Listeria Rule.
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California's humane-chicken act complicates US farm law
Bloomberg
First, California voters said chickens need more space to live. Now California lawmakers say the state's stores can only sell eggs next year from hens raised in roomier quarters, and that's got producers nationwide worried the law will cut into their profits. This chicken-and-egg dilemma could pose a risk to the rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs.
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Meat and poultry inspection fees changing soon
Federal Register
FSIS rates for providing voluntary, overtime and holiday inspections will change within the upcoming month, per the 2014 fee schedule for meat and poultry establishments, egg product plants and importers/exporters.
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Opinion: Free trade bill could help bolster economy
The Washington Post
A bipartisan group in Congress is pressing ahead with at least one measure that could help the U.S. economy grow and create employment: legislation to strengthen President Barack Obama's hand in negotiations for expanded free trade with Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Related: How the new 2014 trade bill will change everything (Streetwise Media)

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Absent immigration reform, companies face increased enforcement
Law360 (subscription required)
U.S. officials are opening more investigations and imposing stiffer fines over immigration-related offenses by employers, and if Congress lets another year go by without passing immigration reform legislation, the government is expected to continue ramping up enforcement efforts, according to employment lawyers.
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Michigan cherries could help treat brain diseases
USA Today
Michigan's tart cherries could unlock a key to improving brain function and reducing symptoms of diseases such as Alzheimer's and Huntington's, according to studies by a neuroscientist at Central Michigan University.

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High-capacity sorter ensures gentle handling of delicate fruit
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Curt Maberry Farm wanted to remove foreign material and defects like mold in raspberries or stems in blueberries, color blemishes or damaged items prior to packing.

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Listeria lawsuits question food safety audits
Albuquerque Journal
Lawsuits filed by victims of a 2011 Listeria outbreak that killed four New Mexicans and severely sickened a fifth raise questions about the effectiveness of food safety inspections required by many retailers.

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Foster Farms plant resumes operations, closes 1 day later
The Associated Press via KMJ-AM/FM
A California chicken farm that was shut because of a cockroach infestation last week says it's "voluntarily and temporarily" suspending operations a day after calling employees back to work.

Related: Foster Farms faces an incredibly difficult task (The Sacramento Bee)

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Lab wants Jensen Farms lawsuit dumped
The Pueblo Chieftain
A food safety company wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit Jensen Farms filed in the wake of deaths and sickness stemming from Jensen's contaminated cantaloupes in 2011.
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Tyson recalls 34,000 pounds of chicken on Salmonella Heidelberg contamination
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 33,840 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a Salmonella Heidelberg strain. It was discovered after a cluster of illnesses in a Tennessee correctional facility.

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Hain Celestial acquires rice company Tilda for $357 million
Bloomberg
Hain Celestial Group Inc., a U.S. organic food company, said it will buy Tilda Ltd., which produces Basmati rice, for about $357 million, including cash and shares to expand its business.
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Sugar: The No. 1 enemy in the Western diet
The Guardian via Business Insider
What component of the Western diet should be targeted in order to meet public health goals? The evidence suggesting that added sugar should be the target is now overwhelming.
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US carton recycling leaps 160 percent in four years
Food Production Daily
Recycling of carton packaging is on an upward tick in the U.S., with nearly half (48 percent) of households enjoying access to container recycling.
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Food irradiation: facts and figures
Food Safety News
Increasingly in recent years, more spices consumed in the U.S. are undergoing irradiation treatment to eliminate risks associated with microbial contamination.
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Key food safety factors driving equipment upgrades
Packaging World
Many factors are driving change in the food industry, not the least of which is impending new regulatory requirements that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Americans want to eat healthier, but many still can't resist indulgences, survey finds
Drug Store News
Everything from lack of motivation to stress can cause people to find maintaining a healthy diet difficult, according to a new survey by a company that makes stevia-based sweeteners.
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Advances in rapid pathogen detection
Meatingplace
To safeguard our food supplies, rapid pathogen detection and identification is critical to detect the presence of pathogens in food products and along the production chain, which is essential for determining intervention and control strategies.
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Small group of health category 'superusers' spend $161 billion per year
Food Navigator-USA
Despite that they comprise just 26 percent of the population, Americans who spend more than 40 percent of their food and beverage budgets on health and wellness-related products account for 61 percent of total spending for the sector, or more than $161 billion annually, according to consulting firm AlixPartners.
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