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FDA finds no trace of carbendazim in orange juice
Food Production Daily
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to find any trace of carbendazim in imports of orange juice since promising to block entry to shipments containing the fungicide. More
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Michael Taylor: Implementing FSMA
Food Safety News
Food Safety News offers the first of its conversations with Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on putting the ambitious Food Safety Modernization Act into action. More
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Vilsack, first lady to taste new school lunch standards
Agri-Pulse
First lady Michelle Obama will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday to speak with parents about USDA's new nutrition standards for school lunches. More
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Obama's State of the Union to rest on '4 pillars'
USA Today
President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night will focus on four pillars for "an America built to last," White House press secretary Jay Carney said, outlining the pillars as manufacturing, energy, skills for workers and "American values." More
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Poll watcher: Newt Gingrich surges in national polls
The Washington Post
One week ago, Mitt Romney amassed a record 23-point lead in Gallup tracking polls. But in the latest poll released Monday, the former Massachusetts governor's advantage has evaporated to a single percentage point among Republican-leaning registered voters, as Newt Gingrich has surged yet again. More
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Obama campaign keeps focus on 'weakened' Mitt Romney
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney may not be the clear front-runner in the GOP presidential race any more, but that doesn't mean President Barack Obama's campaign is going to let up on him. More
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Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren: Costliest Senate race ever?
The Washington Post
The Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren has a shot at becoming the most expensive contest in the history of Congress. More
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US appeals WTO ruling in Mexico dolphin-tuna row
AFP
The United States on Friday appealed a World Trade Organization decision that accuses the U.S. government of imposing overly stringent rules on dolphin-safe tuna from Mexico. More
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Trans fat ban proposed for Colorado school lunches
The Associated Press via KUSA-TV
School cafeterias have been taking a turn for the healthy for years. Now a bill before Colorado's state legislature would give Colorado the nation's toughest limits on unhealthy fats in school food. More
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FSIS seeks electronic process for meat, poultry inspections
Federal Register
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to amend the meat and poultry inspection regulations to provide for an electronic export application and certification system. More
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Public meetings slated to discuss Codex agenda, positions
Federal Register
Two public meetings will be held in February to discuss the U.S. priorities and positions for upcoming subcommittee sessions of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a United Nations and World Health Organization initiative. A Feb. 14 meeting will center on pesticide residue limits in food, and a Feb. 28 meeting will focus on methods of analysis and sampling. More
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USDA announces plans to expand HIMP poultry inspection program
Food Chemical News
As many as 200 of the 300 federally inspected poultry processing plants are anticipated to participate in the expanded HACCP-based Inspection Models Project voluntarily if the proposed rule previewed by USDA today is finalized. More
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Mexico confirms unfair pricing on poultry imports
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
The Mexican Ministry of Economy has issued a preliminary ruling confirming unfair poultry practices and price discrimination of chicken leg quarters imported to Mexico from the U.S. More
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UK: Gluten-free ban could save money
NewsQuest Media Group Ltd. via Baking & Snack International
Oxfordshire's health authority is set to be the first in the U.K. to ban gluten-free food from NHS prescriptions to save more than $500,000 per year. If it gets given the go-ahead, it will affect thousands of county residents who get food such as breads, pastas, pizza bases and crackers paid for by the NHS. More
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Study: High MRSA levels in US retail pork products
TheMeatSite
Retail pork products in the United States have a higher prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria than previously identified, according to new research by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. More
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Minnesota firm files complaint against USDA on food stamp issue
Grand Forks Herald
Lakeland Fine Foods of St. Paul, Minn., has filed a complaint in federal court against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a dispute over a food stamp program. Lakeland says USDA wrongly accused the company of improperly using benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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    Taco Bell rolls out 'first meal'
    NACS Online
    Taco Bell is rolling out its new breakfast platform — dubbed "First Meal" — this week in about 750 locations in 10 states, the first wave of what the QSR says will be a year of change and innovation, Nation's Restaurant News reports. More
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    Sustainable seafood swims to big-box store near you
    NPR
    Whole Foods shoppers no longer are the only ones seeking out certified, sustainable seafood. Increasingly, those who shop at big-box retailers such as your local Costco, Target and Wal-Mart are finding a blue label on seafood packages. More
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    Bold Organics offers gluten-, dairy-free frozen pizza
    New Times Broward-Palm Beach
    Bold Organics is inviting members of South Florida's Gluten Intolerance Group to upcoming tastings for its new line of pizzas that contain no gluten, milk, lactose, casein, whey, egg, peanuts or tree nuts. More
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    Free best practices guide available for produce shippers
    Food Logistics
    The North American Produce Transportation Working Group has created best practices guidelines for produce shippers and carriers. More
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    US packaging giants warn of earnings dip on falling demand
    Food Production Daily
    Leading U.S. packaging players Sonoco and MeadWestvaco both caution that earnings for the end of 2011 are likely to fall short of expectations because of weakening demand from Europe and North America. More
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    Price Chopper Supermarkets recalls shredded taco cheese
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on its Coyote Joe's Shredded Taco Cheese because of the possibility of shredded plastic fragments inside the packaging. More
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    Taking advantage of cyclical grocery sales
    Business Insider
    Grocery items go on sale in predictable cycles, thanks to seasonality and weird holidays like National Oatmeal Month. This means you can save tons on your food budget with careful planning — and this guide to grocery sales. More
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    Unhappy fish story: Poison centers warn of rare fish poisoning
    American Association of Poison Control Centers via The Sacramento Bee
    The symptoms can begin like those of a typical food poisoning: body aches, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. But then comes joint pain, numbness, tingling hands, feet or mouth and, strangely, the reversal of hot and cold sensations. These are the effects of a marine toxin disease called Ciguatera. More
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