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Food prices on the rise, could triple
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Produce like lettuce, green onions and broccoli have nearly doubled in the past two weeks. Nationwide, the average cost of gas has jumped $0.08 over last month, and freezing temperatures on the West Coast are ruining crops. Those are the same crops that were already suffering from drought that forced growers in California, Arizona and Mexico to harvest early — which created a surplus that led to great losses in revenue. Now, freezing temperatures are ruining their second chance at a successful year.

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    New York school district dumps federal lunch program
    Times Union
    The Niskayuna, N.Y., school district has decided to not participate in the National School Lunch program, saying recent changes requiring more fruits and vegetables on each tray has resulted in students throwing the lunches away. More
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    McDonald's Filet-O-Fish to carry 'sustainable' labeling
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    McDonald's says it will be the first national restaurant chain to carry a label from a group that certifies sustainable fishing practices. The blue "ecolabel" from the Marine Stewardship Council certifies that the Alaskan Pollock used in McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches come from suppliers with sustainable fishing practices.

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    GOP in Virginia, other states seeking electoral college changes
    The Washington Post
    Republicans in Virginia and a handful of other battleground states are pushing for far-reaching changes to the electoral college in an attempt to counter recent success by Democrats. More
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    Field for Chambliss seat could grow crowded
    The Washington Post
    Even before Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., decided to retire at the end of his current term, a handful of conservative names were already being bandied about as possible challengers. And that could mean a potentially crowded field to replace him. More
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    Liberals irate as Senate passes watered-down filibuster reform
    The Hill
    The Senate enacted modest reforms to its filibuster rules with votes Thursday evening that kept bipartisan relations intact but left disappointed liberal groups fuming. The reforms are the biggest changes to the Senate's filibuster rules in decades but fell well short of drastic reforms demanded by labor unions and liberal-leaning advocacy groups. More
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    Appeals court strikes down Obama recess appointments
    USA Today
    A federal appeals court said Friday that President Barack Obama overstepped his authority with a series of recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The case may wind up in the Supreme Court and determine how far the president can go in appointing people whose nominations would be filibustered in the Senate. More
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    Republicans shift gears on immigration ahead of reform debate
    The Hill
    House Republicans have reshuffled their troops ahead of a high-stakes clash with President Barack Obama over immigration reform, leaving reform advocates with a new glimmer of hope that an elusive resolution to the thorny issue is within grasp this year. More
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    Sanitation, employee training explored in FSMA proposal
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    To comply with FDA's proposed new preventive control standards, food companies would be required to meet mandatory sanitation controls that address specific hazards that are reasonably likely to occur, rather than the generic controls usually found in a company's prerequisite program, says Jenny Scott, a senior adviser in FDA's Office of Foods and one of two principal authors of the proposal. More
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    China to expand food contaminant monitoring
    Xinhua Publishing via NZweek
    China has set a goal of equipping at least half of the country's county-level administrative regions to monitor various contaminants and harmful ingredients in food by the end of 2013. A new work plan, released Friday by the Ministry of Health, focuses this year's food safety efforts on grains, vegetables, meat, dairy, baby food products and illegal additives. More
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    Prop 37 advocates vow another GMO labeling initiative in 2014
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    In an email sent Thursday to supporters, the California Right to Know campaign, advocates of the ill-fated Proposition 37 to require biotech food labeling, say they'll be back in 2014 with another ballot initiative for GMO labeling in California. More
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    Retail trends look good for chicken
    Meatingplace
    An analysis of retail meat prices and spreads (a.k.a. retailers' gross profits) indicates the good times will continue to roll for chicken processors, according to Ken Goldman, an equity analyst for JPMorgan. More
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    Dole Fresh Vegetables launches SafetyChain for Food
    Food Product Design
    Dole Fresh Vegetables recently partnered with SafetyChain Software to launch SafetyChain for Food™, a fresh approach to its food safety initiatives through the management and promotion of safety and quality compliance at all points in a consumable goods supply chain. More
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    Poll: Most EU consumers want clearer food origin information
    Food Navigator
    Most European consumers — 70 percent, in fact — think origin is an important factor when making food purchasing decisions, according to a new report from The European Consumer Organization. Conducted in Sweden, France, Poland and Austria, the BEUC-commissioned survey aimed to evaluate consumers' expectations and understanding of origin labeling. More
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    Study: Chase away the winter blues with more fruit, veggies
    Food Navigator
    A high intake of fruit and vegetables could be the key to living a calmer, happier and more energetic life, according to new research in the British Journal of Health Psychology. More
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    Salmonella outbreak leads back to Michigan retailer, recall
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Michigan retailer Jouni Meats Inc. is recalling approximately 500 pounds of ground beef products that health officials suspect could be the source of a cluster of Salmonella illnesses.

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    Hog head cheese blamed for Louisiana Salmonella sicknesses
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Houston-based Stallings Head Cheese Co. Inc. is recalling 4,700 pounds of hog head cheese after Louisiana health officials, working with FSIS, linked a string of six Salmonella Uganda illnesses to the ready-to-eat pork products from Stallings. More
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