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Nielsen: Most people in world don't understand food labels
Business Wire via MarketWatch
Nielsen today released a new report indicating that 59 percent of consumers in the world have difficulty understanding nutritional labels on food packaging — making consumer-friendly nutrition labeling a powerful marketing tool.

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    Michael Taylor: Antibiotics, orange juice and consolidation
    Food Safety News
    Food Safety News continues its conversation with Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More
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    Wal-Mart expert: Food safety a 'shared responsibility'
    Food Navigator-USA
    Today's complex and interdependent food supply chain makes food safety a shared responsibility more than ever before, according to Frank Yiannas, Wal-Mart's vice president of food safety. More
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    Boehner: State of the Union will be 'a rerun' of past 3 years
    The Washington Post
    Congressional Republicans are going on offense ahead of President Barack Obama's third State of the Union address Tuesday, arguing that the question facing the country isn't whether Congress has succeeded or failed, but rather whether Obama's agenda has made the country better or worse. More
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    Wonkbook: What the State of the Union won't do
    The Washington Post
    Tonight, President Barack Obama will answer the question consuming all Americans: Is the state of our union strong? Weak? Confused? Lovelorn? Obsessed with vampire novels? All of the above? More
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    Boehner: GOP will rule House for years
    POLITICO
    Republicans will hold the House next year and for the next decade, House Speaker John Boehner told POLITICO in an exclusive interview. More
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    Democrats fear union cash drain in Wisconsin
    The Hill
    Organized labor's plans to spend heavily to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has sparked angst on the left that the effort will come at the expense of Democrats in other states. More
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    End of era for Japan's exports
    The Wall Street Journal
    For decades, Japan used the combination of manufacturing might and an export-oriented trade policy to shower markets around the world with its cars, consumer electronics and semiconductors. No longer. More
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    California slaughterhouse law struck down by US top court
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a California law requiring slaughterhouses to immediately euthanize animals that are too sick to stand up, delivering a setback to animal rights activists and a victory for the meat industry. More
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    Federal laying hen housing bill ruffles feathers
    Pork Magazine
    On Monday, federal legislation called "Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012" was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. While the Humane Society of the U.S. and the United Egg Producers support the proposal, other groups criticize it. More
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    Inspectors seek 3-year extension for requirements on tomatoes from Central America
    Federal Register
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking a three-year extension of the existing certification process for tomatoes being imported from several Central American countries as part of ongoing efforts to prevent plant pests from being introduced into U.S. agriculture. More
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    Poultry improvement plan meeting canceled
    Federal Register
    The General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan has canceled its meeting scheduled for Wednesday in Atlanta. No new meeting date has been announced. More
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    South Korea lifts ban on Canadian beef
    ICTSD
    The almost decade-long beef trade dispute between Canada and South Korea appears close to its conclusion after Seoul announced it would open its borders immediately to Canadian beef from cattle younger than 30 months old. More
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    Record US beef sales seen as Japan reviews ban
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    U.S. farmers, poised to deliver record beef shipments for a second straight year, may get a further boost as Japan, once their biggest overseas customer, considers easing trade curbs imposed after an outbreak of mad cow disease. More
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    Healthier processed foods in demand in 2012
    Food Navigator-USA
    Processed foods should get a health kick this year, with more whole grains, lean poultry, seafood, vegetables and mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, according to a new report from Packaged Facts. More
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    McDonald's sales stronger than expected
    Reuters via Financial Post
    McDonald's Corp. reported quarterly profit that beat analysts' estimates as sales, which already outpaced competitors, grew stronger in December. More
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    Life under FSMA: Tracing, tracking, brand protection
    Food Navigator-USA
    The ability to track and trace ingredients likely will be a major focus for food manufacturers as the Food Safety Modernization Act is rolled out — but the most important consideration for companies is brand reputation, according to ADT Security Services. More
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    New meat industry formed after association members vote
    meatingplace
    The North American Meat Processors Association announced its membership has voted overwhelmingly to join forces with the National Meat Association to create a new meat industry association. More
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    Nebraska researchers to lead $25 million E. coli study
    Omaha World-Herald
    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been selected for a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to perform research on a specific strain of E. coli found in beef. More
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    Ball Park brand launches new 'guy food' campaign
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Ball Park is launching a new marketing campaign positioning its brand as the quintessential maker of "guy food." Called "Men. Easier Fed Than Understood," the campaign targets women shoppers.

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    Brinker International reports more sales, customers
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Brinker International Inc., parent company of restaurant chains including Chili's and Maggiano's, reported a fourth consecutive quarter of increased sales and traffic at its chains. More
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    FedEx expands SenseAware service to all industries
    Truckinginfo
    FedEx Corp. is expanding its SenseAware service, which gives customers nearly real time tracking, temperature monitoring and increased visibility into their shipments. More
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    New York meat processing plant to break ground this summer
    meatingplace
    More than a year after securing a federal grant covering most of its construction costs, a meat processing plant in Sullivan County, N.Y., will break ground this summer. More
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    Tyson subsidiary to open refrigerated meat processing plant
    The Florida Times-Union
    The Bruss Co., a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, announced Monday that it will open a refrigerated warehouse and meat processing plant in Jacksonville, Fla., this year, bringing 200 jobs to the facility. More
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    Salt-tolerant rice varieties speeding to market
    UPI
    Less than a year after a tsunami inundated fields in Japan with salty water, scientists say they are close to introducing locally adapted, salt-tolerant rice. More
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    Common metal wipes out deadly Shiga toxin
    Futurity
    Manganese, an element commonly found in nature, might offer a way to neutralize the potentially lethal effects of Shiga toxin, according to a study published in the journal Science. More
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    Report: Mafia putting Italian food industry at risk
    Food Navigator
    Mafia involvement in the Italian food industry is rife, with revenue from the agriculture and food sector generating 5.6 percent of the entire organized crime business in the country, finds a new parliamentary report. More
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    Technology's contribution to fight against world hunger
    Packaging Europe
    IPACK-IMA 2012, scheduled Feb. 28-March 3, is focusing on how processing and packaging technology can enhance food safety and increase food security worldwide. More
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    Study: Images of food stimulate appetite
    Food Product Design
    A new study published in the journal Obesity confirms that seeing delicious foods stimulates the appetite. The findings suggest the hormone ghrelin in the blood increases as a result of visual stimulation through images of food. More
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