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Food prices rise in December
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Lower gas costs offset more expensive food and higher rents to keep a measure of U.S. consumer prices flat last month. The Labor Department says food prices increased 0.2 percent in December from November.

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    New York soda ban has three-month grace period for fines
    Reuters
    New York City will give restaurants and food outlets a three-month grace period before imposing fines for serving the large sugary drinks that will be banned, city officials said Tuesday. More
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    School breakfast participation hits two major milestones
    Food Research and Action Center
    School breakfast hit key milestones in school and student participation during the 2011-2012 school year. The Food Research and Action Center's School Breakfast Scorecard found that, for the first time nationally, more than half of all low-income students who participated in school lunch also participated in school breakfast, and more than 90 percent of schools that operate the National School Lunch Program also offered the School Breakfast Program. More
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    Most see Obama as 'strong leader,' say debt ceiling deal does not require cuts
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama heads into his second term with political momentum on his side, and leads congressional Republicans when it comes to dealing with the country's debt limit according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More
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    Conservatives shift focus away from Senate GOP incumbents
    The Hill
    The threat of conservative primary challengers against incumbent Republican senators has begun to subside as activists who want to remake the upper chamber are turning their attention to Democratic-held seats. More
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    Bickering to bipartisanship: Long road for lawmakers?
    USA Today
    Democrats and Republicans don't know each other, never sit down together and nothing happens unless there's a crisis, said a dozen members of Congress speaking at a conference organized by No Labels, a group seeking to encourage bipartisanship. More
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    Chamber, union leaders mull alliance for immigration reform
    The Hill
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is in discussions with the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union about shared principles for reforming the immigration system, officials involved with the talks said. More
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    Court denies rehearing of E15 case
    Farm Futures
    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions Tuesday for rehearing in a case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to permit the commercial use of E15. More
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    Group claims COOL labeling costs Canada hog farmers $2 billion
    Reuters
    U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling rules have directly cost Canada's hog and pork industry more than $2 billion, according to a report that could help determine retaliation against U.S. exports if Washington does not change its requirements. More
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    Opinion: Could Maine food stamps ban on soda, candy be easy?
    Bangor Daily News
    Maine Democrats should agree to bar food stamp recipients from using their benefits to purchase soft drinks and snack foods. Though the state would need federal permission, agreeing with Gov. Paul LePage's proposed legislation is a way for Democrats to step across the aisle to help Republicans in their quest for welfare reform. More
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    Vermont to study federal food safety law
    The Barre Montpelier Times Argus
    Vermont lawmakers will meet today at the Statehouse to figure out how a new federal food safety law, the Food Safety Modernization Act, will apply to Vermont farmers. More
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    Colorado takes lead on food safety efforts
    The Denver Post
    The 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes grown in Colorado became the deadliest in our nation's history, sickening at least 147 people in 28 states and killing 31. In the aftermath of this tragedy, leading national authorities recognized that quick and effective action by responders at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment saved lives. More
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    California renews bid to list styrene on Prop 65 carcinogen list
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    California state officials have revived their bid to add styrene to the list of substances known to cause cancer under Proposition 65, a move that could result in the state requiring warning labels on products containing the widely used chemical. More
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    EU: EFSA study on pesticides harming bees worrisome
    Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business
    The report of the European Food Safety Agency on the damages to bees from a commonly used pesticide is ,and the European Commission will write to the companies producing it to request further information, a spokesman said Wednesday. More
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    Giving new meaning to 'fruit snacks'
    Progressive Grocer
    Given that the end-all/be-all name of the food retailing game is the endless pursuit to sell the whole store, grocers have a promising reason to ring up healthy sales in 2013 with abundant storewide cross-promotions featuring fresh fruit. More
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    Wendy's profit tops analyst expectations
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Wendy's fiscal fourth-quarter earnings topped Wall Street's view, even as a key indicator of sales at North American restaurants dipped slightly. The hamburger chain also maintained its fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings forecast above analysts' estimates. More
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    Neogen's Salmonella detection method gains food expansion
    Food Quality News
    Neogen Corp. has received a matrix extension to cover foods in the bakery, confectionery and dairy industry for one of its Salmonella detection methods. More
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    Taco Bell tests new $1 value menu
    NACS
    Taco Bell has begun testing a value menu that directly competes with McDonald's Dollar Menu, The Associated Press reports. Taco Bell's $1 Cravings Menu launched in October in Fresno, Calif., and Knoxville, Tenn., and includes nine items, including three new offerings.

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  • Fast food dollar menus shrinking (WCPO-TV)
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    NPD: Boomers eating out more while millennials cut back
    Meatingplace
    Baby boomers and their seniors, called "Mature Traditionalists," are making more visits to every segment of the restaurant industry than prior to the recession, a recently released NPD foodservice market research report found. More
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    Fast food chains slash worker hours, blame Obamacare
    MSNBC
    Some Wendy's and Taco Bell franchises are cutting back employee hours in order to avoid having to pay for their health care under a new provision in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act set to go into effect in 2014. More
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    McCain eyes Sara Lee frozen pastries business
    The Chronicle Herald
    Frozen food giant McCain Foods Ltd. is set to gobble up the kitchens of Sara Lee frozen bakery business in Australia and New Zealand from Hillshire Brands. The proposed $85 million share purchase agreement would see New Brunswick-based McCain take over all shares and the licensing rights to the Sara Lee trademark in the two Pacific Rim countries. More
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    Chilled approach that's not dicey for diced product
    Food Production Daily
    U.S. firm Praxair has launched a system for rapid chilling of cooked and hot diced product, which it claims provides a cleaner cut with less moisture loss. More
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    Urschel plans to build new manufacturing site
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Urschel Laboratories Inc., a leading producer of food processing equipment, has announced plans to construct a new 350,000-plus-square-foot, 160-acre, state-of-the-art facility in Chesterton, Ind. More
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    Tesco recalls 10 million beef burgers as horse, pig DNA found
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Tesco Plc., the U.K.'s largest grocer, said it withdrew some beef products after tests by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found both horse and pig DNA in the products.

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    Wisconsin firm recalls ground beef after E. coli illnesses reported
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Wisconsin-based Glenn's Market and Catering is recalling approximately 2,532 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. At least three people have been sickened, and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health is continuing an investigation.

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    CSM slashes fat content in doughnuts by 40 percent
    Food Production Daily
    CSM has developed and filed a patent for a method to slash fat content in doughnuts by a minimum of 40 percent, and end products are preferred by consumers, it says. More
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    BMJ: Cutting sugar has small but important effect on body weight
    Food Navigator
    Sugar reduction in foods should form part of strategies to reduce overweight and obesity, according to researchers who argue that cutting sugar intake has a "small but significant" effect on weight. More
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