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Mintel: Frozen entree sales continue to cool
Food Business News (free registration required)
Frozen entrees have lost steam over the past five years, as sales have stagnated or declined, according to research from Mintel International, Chicago. While some companies, such as H.J. Heinz Co., are reconsidering their strategy within the North American frozen food aisle, other companies, such as Nestle S.A. and ConAgra Foods Inc., are accelerating efforts to reinvigorate the slumping segment. More
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Food service vulnerable to food allergy lawsuits
The Associated Press via USA Today
People with severe food allergies have a new tool in their attempt to find menus that fit their diet: federal disabilities law. And that could leave schools, restaurants and anyplace else that serves food more vulnerable to legal challenges over food sensitivities. More
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Kellogg, General Mills respond to January anti-GMO campaign
Bakery and Snacks
Cereal giants Kellogg and General Mills have both defended the use of genetically modified organisms in their breakfast cereals in response to a January anti-GMO campaign against them. More
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Obama's liberal shift vs. reality
The Washington Post
Liberals were jazzed by President Barack Obama's inaugural address Monday. But in the Senate are a half-dozen Democrats who were likely not so thrilled. More
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Harry Reid: Senate will pass House debt ceiling bill
POLITICO
Declaring victory, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday the Senate will pass the House Republican debt ceiling proposal without changes. "We're going to move to work on this legislation," Reid told reporters. He also said the Senate will move through the regular process to approve a budget. More
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Senate budget panel to craft a spending plan, chairman says
The Washington Post
The Senate Budget Committee will draft a budget blueprint this year, chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced Wednesday, the initial step toward the first adoption of a Senate budget in four years. More
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Reid reintroduces Senate farm bill
USAgNet
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., reintroduced the Senate-passed version of the five-year farm bill Tuesday. Speaking on the Senate floor, the Nevada Democrat said he plans to take up the bill, but he did not give a timetable. More
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Kirk's departure leaves questions about Obama trade policies
The Dallas Morning News
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced Thursday he will leave the job by the end of February. Kirk's departure leaves the administration with two crucial Cabinet-rank openings on trade (the Commerce Department has been without a secretary since June) while the European Union and much of Asia are looking to strengthen U.S. economic ties to counter Chinese influence. More
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Proposal to label mechanically tenderized meat still at OMB
Food Safety News
A proposed rule by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to label mechanically tenderized beef products is now under extended review at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Food safety advocates, the meat industry and FSIS said they do not know details about the status of the review or when the rule might be released. More
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FSIS to continue import, transport controls on meat, poultry
Federal Register
FSIS is asking the Office of Management and Budget to extend its program for verifying that meat and poultry products are properly handled, labeled and transported. The current program is set to expire March 31. More
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Missouri mulls GM meat, fish labeling law
The Missouri Senate Blog
In its second week of the year, the Missouri Senate introduced Senate Bill 155, legislation that would require all genetically modified meat and fish raised and sold in Missouri to be labeled as genetically modified. More
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USDA to re-establish group on microbiological criteria for food
Federal Register
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is seeking to re-establish the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, in cooperation with the Department of Health and Human Services. More
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California trucking groups continue legal battle against CARB, EPA
Truckinginfo
The California Construction Trucking Association has filed a Notice of Appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in its nearly two-year-long legal case against the California Air Resources Board's heavy-duty, on-road truck and bus regulation. More
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Restaurant labeling rule deadline draws near
Greener Ideal
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has stated the deadline for nutrition labeling of standard menu items in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments is April 2013. The rule, "Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments (72 FR 19192)," is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More
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Apollo, Metropoulos may make Hostess bid
The Wall Street Journal
A team of private-equity firms, Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos, has emerged as a leading contender to make an opening bid for most of Hostess Brands Inc. More
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McDonald's launches consumer app for food traceability
Fox Business News
McDonald's Australia has launched a new app that will allow diners to track where the ingredients to their meal came from — down to the farm, bakery or ranch. More
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How do pathogens get into produce?
Food Safety News
Leafy greens, lettuce, cantaloupes, mangoes and strawberries: These are just some of the foods that have sickened or even killed people when they were contaminated with foodborne pathogens such as E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella. Amidst the confusing swirl of information about these and other produce outbreaks, the question arises: Were some of these pathogens inside the produce? More
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Bringing better data management to food industry
Labmate
Eliot Randle, principal analyst at IDBS, explains how Electronic Laboratory Notebooks benefit the food industry: driving productivity, improving quality and supporting collaboration in new product development. More
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Technology allows faster screening for bacteria on food
Food Quality News
Australian researchers have claimed a breakthrough that will allow them to use DNA amplification on "microspheres" to rapidly detect and identify large numbers of different bacteria at once. More
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Could algae be the next big thing in the protein market?
Food Navigator-USA
Much has been written about the potential of proteins such as pea and canola as firms seek alternatives to dairy and other carbon-intensive — and increasingly pricey — animal proteins. But what about microalgae? More
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Research: Rules, vaccines lead to drop in UK Salmonella infections
Food Quality News
Legislation and mass poultry vaccination programs have led to a decline in Salmonella cases since the 1990s, according to a U.K.-based researcher. More
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Frozen pizza recalled after equipment malfunction
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Annie's Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of Annie's Homegrown Frozen Pizza due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh caused by a faulty screen at a third-party flour mill. All varieties of the line's rising crust frozen pizza were affected; the products are distributed at grocery, mass and natural food stores throughout the United States.

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Misbranding forces broad recall of pork, poultry
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
C & H Meat Company, a Vernon, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 79,400 pounds of marinated pork and chicken products because they are misbranded, containing monosodium glutamate that is not declared on the label. More
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Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement still gaining support
Farm and Dairy
They've been talking about it for the past six years, and now Ohio produce growers could be just a few months away from having a new state-specific produce marketing agreement. More
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Ohio private equity firm acquires Alchemy Systems
Austin American-Statesman
Ohio-based private equity firm the Riverside Company has purchased Austin, Texas-based Alchemy Systems, which sells software-based food and workplace safety training. More
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