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Putting a price tag on safe food
Los Angeles Times
It has been only a couple of weeks since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released an overdue but worthy set of rules to implement the 2-year-old Food Safety Modernization Act. The regulations aren't complete — a third set on imported food is still due — but it's already clear that the associated expense, even though it's a blip on the chart compared with the cost of contaminated food, faces adamant opposition. More
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Corn crop took hardest hit from drought
The Associated Press via USA Today
For farmers like Earl Williams, last year couldn't have started out better or ended much worse as a warm, sunny spring that let him plant early gave way to record heat and drought that devastated his corn. More
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Datassential: Consumers crave more potato products
QSR Magazine
Recent consumer potato consumption trends point to significant growth opportunities for the U.S. potato industry, according to new research unveiled at Potato Expo 2013. More
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Double trouble: House GOP eyes default, shutdown
POLITICO
House Republicans are seriously entertaining dramatic steps, including default or shutting down the government, to force President Barack Obama to finally cut spending by the end of March. The idea of allowing the country to default by refusing to increase the debt limit is getting more widespread and serious traction among House Republicans than people realize, though GOP leaders think shutting down the government is the much more likely outcome of the spending fights this winter. More
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Obama: No negotiations with GOP over debt ceiling
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama vowed Monday that he would not negotiate with Republicans over the federal debt ceiling, warning that Social Security checks would be delayed and the nation could enter a new recession if Republicans do not agree to raise the limit on government borrowing. More
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House GOP freshmen present new challenges for Boehner
The Washington Post
After two difficult years of trying to manage the tea party class of freshmen that made him Speaker of the House in 2011, Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, now faces a new challenge: a new freshman class potentially as rebellious as the last. More
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White House tells Paul Ryan it won't meet budget deadline
The Hill
The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress. More
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School lunch: Are students or trash getting more fruits, veggies?
The Bangor Daily News
Students in school districts across Maine have had varied responses to the new school nutrition regulations since they were implemented. Most school officials said students are adapting to the changes, but some are also decrying the amount of food being wasted every day. More
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Supreme Court to hear case on Clean Truck program
Los Angeles Times
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the trucking industry's challenge to the Clean Truck Program at the Port of Los Angeles in a case testing whether cities and states have any authority to limit pollution from trucks that help move long-haul cargo. More
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HOS suit to be heard March 15
The Trucker
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has set March 15 as the date for oral arguments in the case seeking to overturn the Hours of Service rule scheduled to be implemented July 1. More
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GMO labeling signed into law in India
Digital Journal
The new year started in India with a new law. From Jan. 1, all packaged foods containing any genetically modified organisms must be labeled as such.

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    GMOs, school lunch and food as lawns to trend in 2013
    Current
    Each new year brings new trends in food, eating and politics. Just what will dominate the American consciousness and be on trend this new year? More
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    EFSA releases all data on Monsanto's GM maize
    Food Navigator
    The European Food Safety Authority has made all data on Monsanto's genetically modified NK603 maize publicly available via its website, following a high level of public interest. More
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    China urged to drop zero pathogen standard for meat and poultry
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    A coalition of U.S. trade associations has called on the Chinese government to abandon plans for a zero-tolerance policy for pathogens in both raw and cooked meat and poultry. More
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    Russia bans US, Canadian pork over ractopamine
    The Pig Site
    Russia has banned meat from processing plants in the U.S. and Canada because veterinary authorities have detected traces of the beta-agonist growth promoter ractopamine. More
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    Food ad budgets won't fall as prices rise — at least in short term
    Advertising Age
    The news last week that 2012 was the hottest year on record was no surprise to food marketers who weathered a crop-scorching drought that might soon be felt at the supermarket, where commodity costs are expected to boost prices. But will this cost pressure force marketers to find savings in ad budgets? The short answer is: maybe. More
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    Food industry faces structural challenge
    just-food
    Last week, a number of the challenges facing food manufacturers and retailers were once again thrown into sharp relief. The industry continued to grapple with the cyclical difficulties of a down global economy and weak consumer sentiment. However, a number of structural issues that, in some respects, represent the greater threat are also becoming increasingly evident. More
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    Lawsuit claims 'pink slime' killed man
    New York Daily News
    Minnesota health officials suspect that E. coli-tainted lean finely textured beef made by Beef Products Inc. sickened at least five people in the state in 2009, killing one of them. Now, as BPI pursues a lawsuit against ABC News and two former USDA microbiologists who raised objections about their product, the company must defend itself from accusations that treating beef trim with ammonia did not kill deadly pathogens. More
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    Food prices will be affected by drought, farm bill
    Belleville News-Democrat
    Consumers will see higher food prices in 2013, while likely facing a harder time finding organic and locally grown food — all thanks to the drought gripping the Midwest and the nine-month extension to the federal farm bill passed Jan. 1 as part of the "fiscal cliff" deal between the White House and the U.S. Congress.

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    Flowers bids for Hostess bread brands
    Supermarket News
    Flowers Foods has bid to acquire several of the bread brands and baking facilities from Hostess Brands for up to $390 million. The company said it has offered $355 million for the Wonder, Butternut, Home Pride, Merita and Nature's Price bread brands, along with 20 bakeries, 38 depots and other assets. More
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    Study: Restaurants avoiding menu price increases
    Pizza Marketplace
    Chain restaurants, tasked with navigating both value-hungry customers and rising commodity prices, are showing little interest in significant menu price increases, according to a new survey of industry executives conducted by SpenDifference, a supply chain co-op that helps restaurants save money. More
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    Can the leafy greens industry learn from sprouted seeds?
    Food Safety News
    It is generally acknowledged that there are increasing concerns about the microbiological safety of leafy greens, especially bagged salad. One only has to review the growing list of recalls and outbreaks linked to leafy greens in 2012 to see that the industry in heading for a crisis. More
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    Shipper coalition attempts to avert East, Gulf Coast port strike
    Material Handling & Logistics
    The customers, American workers and logistical networks relying on the East Coast and Gulf Coast ports cannot afford the continued uncertainty the threat of a port shutdown creates. That was the message sent by a diverse coalition of more than 120 local, state and national stakeholders, ranging from farmers and manufacturers to retailers and wholesalers in a letter to the International Longshoremen's Association and United States Maritime Alliance Ltd. More
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    Food ingredients manufacturing plant eyes Washington area
    Columbia Basin Herald
    A food ingredient manufacturing facility is expected to come to Moses Lake, Wash., within a year. The Grant County commissioners approved a $100,000 grant and a $60,000 loan to help build a sewer line needed for the facility. Details about the company aren't available, and it's listed as "Project Jackson." More
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    Strategies for advancing sustainability, safety of US poultry
    The Poultry Site
    The February issue of Poultry Science brings to a wider audience a selection of eight important papers highlighting recent advancements in U.S. poultry sustainability, food safety and other challenges presented at PSA's 2012 annual meeting at the University of Georgia in July. More
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    US Cold Storage to build massive public refrigerated warehouse
    Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer
    United States Cold Storage is constructing a 5.5 million-cubic-foot, public refrigerated warehouse in Dallas. Scheduled for completion this June, a first-phase project will replace most of the original warehouse, built in 1965. More
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    VION to sell Oerlemans Foods to Baltussen
    Food Ingredients First
    VION has agreed to sell its company, Oerlemans Foods, to Baltussen Holdings as Baltussen moves to increase its frozen vegetables, fruits and potatoes business. More
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    Examining the cost of a high-sodium winter diet
    The Columbus Dispatch
    This time of year, millions of tons of salt are spread across roads and highways to keep cars and trucks from slipping. Where does all that salt go? More
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