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FDA: Better food labeling could stem obesity
Business News Daily
Can improved labeling on food products help consumers make healthier choices? A new study by the Food and Drug Administration shows that it can. More
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USP: Food fraud reports up 60 percent since 2010
Food Product Design
Key findings from a report released today by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention reveal the incidences of food adulteration or "food fraud" have risen a staggering 60 percent since 2010. While it rarely causes serious food safety issues, food fraud — often motivated by greed — remains rampant. More
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E. coli lessons learned the hard way
Food Poison Journal
Attorney Bill Marler offers insight from litigation against Odwalla — and the lessons that were ignored but later brought to light when an anonymous tip uncovered corporate emails that affected the outcome of a food safety trial. More
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Senate leaders reach deal modifying filibuster procedures
The Washington Post
Senate leaders reached a deal Thursday that alters some of the chamber's more cumbersome procedures but leaves intact the principle that an entrenched minority can force 60-vote thresholds to overcome a filibuster. More
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Next up: Sequester, budget resolution
POLITICO
Now that the debt ceiling fight has been delayed until May, the next big fiscal drama deadline is March 1, when the spending cuts of the sequester take effect. Or not. More
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McConnell targeted by Kentucky tea partyers
The Courier-Journal via USA Today
More than a dozen tea party groups in Kentucky have united to try to oust Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary, arguing that he is too moderate and has only "paid lip service" to their cause.

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    Inspector general: US school lunch program wasted $1.7 million
    GIMBY
    While a couple of million dollars may be mere crumbs relative to the $11 billion National School Lunch Program, those crumbs should be swept back into the government's coffers, a recent USDA Inspector General report recommended. More
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    Meat groups seek extension on HACCP reassessment
    Meatingplace
    A coalition consisting of six organizations representing the meat industry have sent a letter to USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service Administrator Al Almanza asking that the agency extend the comment period on its HACCP plan reassessment program. More
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    Food retailers press for innovation over regulation
    Supermarket News
    Food retailers are challenging Washington to recognize that regulations aren't the best way to make progress on a host of business issues. On the same day that President Barack Obama was inaugurated for a second term, a panel of retailers at FMI Midwinter emphasized the need to lighten up on regulations on a number of fronts. More
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    FDA denies citizen petition to revoke GRAS status of MSG
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    It's rare that the FDA responds to a citizen's petition about the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status of a food ingredient, but the agency has taken the time to do just that in denying a request to revoke the GRAS status of monosodium glutamate. More
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    Tennessee wins federal grant for food safety center
    The Associated Press via WATE-TV
    Tennessee is one of five states to receive a federal grant to establish an Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. The center will be located at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and operated in cooperation with the state Health Department. More
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    Customs agency clarifies APHIS user fee
    Federal Register
    This document amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations in order to clarify that any applicable Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service user fee for commercial trucks will be collected by CBP upon arrival into the United States at the same time that CBP collects its portion of this user fee. More
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    Russia threatens US meat ban over ractopamine
    just-food
    Russia has threatened to ban imports of chilled meat from the U.S. due to the presence of feed additive ractopamine, in the latest in a series of food safety complaints from the ex-Soviet power. More
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    McDonald's navigates challenging market
    Food Businesss News
    In response to a dreary first-quarter forecast, McDonald's Corp. remains focused on enhancing its menu and expanding its footprint. More
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    Burger King drops burger supplier over horse meat scandal
    The Grocer
    Burger King has dropped ABP Food Group subsidiary Silvercrest Foods — one of the processing plants implicated in the U.K. horse meat scandal — as its burger supplier. More
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    Unilever not done with food unit makeover
    Baking Business
    Selling its frozen meals business last fall and its Skippy peanut butter brand earlier this year is only the tip of the iceberg for Unilever P.L.C. as it reorganizes the makeup of its foods business.

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    It's 'Iron Chef' time for Hostess
    Forbes
    Hostess Brands has final approval from a bankruptcy judge to seek suitors, setting the stage for Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs to find a second life with new owners. Hostess said in court that it's in talks with more than 100 potential buyers for its brands. More
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    Neogen launches 30-day ANSR test program
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    Neogen Corp. has launched a new Test Drive program for its ANSR rapid pathogen detection system. This is a limited-time, risk-free 30-day trial for an on-site evaluation of the ANSR system, the firm reports. More
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    Walmart Canada plans 37 supercenters in 2013
    Supermarket News
    Walmart Canada said Tuesday it plans to complete at least 37 supercenter projects in the company's next fiscal year, which begins Feb. 1. More
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    Startup's high-tech food safety tool attracts attention
    Keystone Edge
    Invisible Sentinel has made a major breakthrough by inventing and commercializing Veriflow, a patented technology that revolutionizes food safety by making testing simple, inexpensive and accurate. More
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    Bidders snap up what's left of Patterson vegetable plant
    The Modesto Bee
    An auctioneer on Wednesday sold off slicers, dicers and other property from the defunct Patterson Vegetable Co. A two-day auction at the plant, founded in 1946 as Patterson Frozen Foods, involved more than 1,500 items. More
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    'Food bullying' could be fatal at school
    KYW-TV
    Bullying has been a topic of conversation among students, parents and school administrators for some time, but there is another form of intimidation being used at school, and the consequences of this type bullying could be fatal: food bullying. More
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    Dutch study: Consumers reducing meat intake
    Food Navigators
    For many Dutch consumers reducing the level of meat they consume is becoming normal practice, according to the findings of new research. While not giving up meat entirely, consumer seem to be embracing a flexitarianism trend that cannot be ignored by the food industry, researchers claim. More
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    Report questions credibility of nutrition association
    Food Business News
    The credibility of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been called into question as part of a new report from Eat Drink Politics, a private consulting firm. More
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    Software simplifies testing for food processors
    PR Newswire via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    CAT Squared has developed the CAT Squared Laboratory Information Management System, software that could help food processors comply with USDA's hold-and-test policy in a more cost-effective manner. More
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    Is a hidden viral gene in commercial GMO crops a problem?
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    Two researchers associated with the European Food Safety Authority have discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial genetically modified crops encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene. Their report states that this viral gene (called Gene VI) "might not be safe for human consumption." More
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