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FDA official signals further delay in FSMA implementation
Food Chemical News
FDA hopes to get out the first three or four major regulations under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in the next several months, not days, and there's no guarantee when they'll publish, Michael Landa, director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told a group of food regulation attorneys in Washington, D.C. More
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Panel: Acrylamide in food unlikely to pose health risk
Food Safety News
Dietary levels of acrylamide, the chemical compound and known carcinogen naturally produced from cooking food, cannot be shown to pose any health risk to humans, according to an expert panel organized by the International Food Information Council for a Web presentation Thursday. More
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Boxer optimistic about highway bill
The Hill
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said Thursday that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has had a change of heart about the prospects of Congress passing a new federal highway bill this year. More
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Romney boosted in Florida by new poll numbers, strong debate
The Washington Post
A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Mitt Romney back on top in Florida's high-stakes Republican primary, adding to the momentum for the former Massachusetts governor following a strong debate performance Thursday night. More
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Santorum, short on cash, fights uphill battle
The Washington Post
Republican presidential candidate Rick San­torum faces a new reality in Florida: He is short on cash, and he is the odd man out in what is shaping up to be a two-man contest. More
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Poll: Obama leads Romney and Gingrich
The Hill
President Barack Obama leads both Republican presidential front-runners in a new poll released Friday. More
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Both sides in labor fight point to Oklahoma
The Wall Street Journal
As Indiana moves closer to adopting a right-to-work law, both sides in the debate are zeroing in on the experience of Oklahoma, the most recent state to ease union dues requirements under a similar law. More
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EPA seeks more public input on emission standards
Office of the Federal Register
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking further input on certain emission standards after receiving a petition to reconsider its final rule. A deadline for comment will be established after the EPA action is published in an upcoming edition of the Federal Register. More
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New York uses altered photo to combat obesity, diabetes
USA Today
The picture is shocking and the message clear: In new posters plastered in New York City subways, a heavy man who appears to be missing part of one leg is shown with three increasingly supersized sodas. "Portions have grown. So has Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to amputations," the poster says. "Cut your portions. Cut your risk." What the poster doesn't say: The man in the picture is a model who has two healthy legs. More
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FMCSA gets more time to respond to EOBR petition
The Trucker News Services
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has set a Feb. 21 deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to respond to a motion filed this month by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, asking the court to order FMCSA to stop promoting the voluntary use of electronic on-board recorders to track Hours of Service compliance. More
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AMI to protest electronic paperwork proposal for exports
USAgNet
The American Meat Institute will file comments objecting to a proposed rule to charge a user fee for an electronic export application and certification system. More
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WHO debates industry's role in child nutrition plan
Food Navigator
The involvement of the private sector in child nutrition proved contentious at a recent meeting of the World Health Organization's executive board. More
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Calls for GMO labeling keep cropping up
Food Safety News
Like a persistent mosquito that keeps coming back no matter how many times you bat it away, the controversial issue of mandated labeling for genetically engineered foods in the United States just won't go away.

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    Norfolk Southern Railway seeks release of waybill data
    Federal Register
    The Surface Transportation Board has received a request from Sidley Austin LLP on behalf of Norfolk Southern Railway Company for permission to use certain data from the 2000-2010 Carload Waybill Samples, which contain confidential railroad and shipper data. Objections must be filed within 14 days. More
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    OSHA's aerial lift standards submitted to OMB for approval
    Federal Register
    The Department of Labor has submitted OSHA's Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating Work Platforms Standard to the Office of Management and Budget for approval. The rule, commonly called the aerial lift standard, requires written certification of any field modifications made to aerial lifts. More
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    New Hampshire can't opt out of federal food safety laws
    The Packer
    A bill that sought to exempt foods produced and sold in New Hampshire from federal food safety laws was defeated in a state legislature committee vote Thursday. More
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    FDA makes minor adjustments to animal drug regulations
    Federal Register
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is amending its animal drug regulations to accommodate a new soluble powder for medicated drinking water in swine, approve an additional dosage regimen of to treat bovine respiratory disease in beef cattle, extend the slaughter interval for male swine following certain injections and approve free-choice feeds for cattle. More
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    Detailed USDA retail food inflation forecasts for 2012
    Bloomberg
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has offered detailed forecasts for percentage changes in annual food prices in 2012. More
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    Procter & Gamble profit drops 49 percent
    The Wall Street Journal
    Procter & Gamble Co. posted a sharply lower profit for its fiscal second quarter, reflecting higher commodity costs, increased tax rates and a hefty write-down for past acquisitions, including its $57 billion megadeal for Gillette. More
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    Friendly's, Burger King test combining shops
    The Boston Globe
    It's a marriage fast foodies have only dreamed of: Fribble meets Whopper. Friendly's Ice Cream has teamed up with Burger King to feature both chains' offerings under one roof at a new location in New Jersey. More
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    Cargill CEO named chair of US-Brazil Business Council
    Twin Cities Business
    Cargill CEO Greg Page — whose company has production facilities, warehouses and branch offices in roughly 80 Brazilian cities — has been named chairman of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, a group charged with promoting trade between the two countries.

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    Dawn Food Products closes California processing plants
    The Modesto Bee
    Dawn Food Products will close its three Modesto, Calif., manufacturing plants in March, which will cost 265 workers their jobs as the frozen bakery products supply maker moves most of its operations to Georgia. More
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    Technomic research: Fast casual trend leads industry
    PR Newswire
    The lackluster economy may have dampened growth for the restaurant industry at large, but fast casual restaurants continue to stand out as one notable exception. With $27 billion in annual sales, food industry consultants Technomic point out that fast casual restaurants now represent 14 percent of all quick service restaurant sales, compared to 5 percent just 10 years ago. More
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    Better burger's recipe for success
    Reuters
    As the fast casual restaurant buzz whets appetites throughout the nation, the recipe for success is anyone's guess, from Five Guys Burger and Fries to Chipotle and Panera Bread. But the quickly expanding Smashburger chain appears to be on to something: a model that translates well to different regions and customer bases. More
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    MREs change to reflect troop preferences
    Armed Forces Press Service
    For a sense of what's ahead for combat rations, check out offerings at one of the many chain restaurants that have sprung up like mushrooms outside many military bases. More
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    Mobile poultry processing unit sold to Vermont business
    VTDigger.org
    The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announced Thursday that Tangletown Farm has purchased a mobile poultry processing unit intended to help other small farms process poultry on-site under state inspection. More
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    Sealed Air, Ecovative focus on new sustainable packaging
    EON
    Sealed Air Corporation and Ecovative Design LLC are working together to accelerate the production, sales and distribution of Ecovative's EcoCradle® Mushroom™ Packaging, a new technology for sustainable packaging materials made from agricultural byproducts and mycelium, or mushroom roots. More
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    Wakefern Food to supply Food Bazaar locations
    PerishableNews.com
    Wakefern Food Corp. announced it has been chosen by New York City-based Food Bazaar Supermarkets to fulfill its dairy, frozen food, grocery, health and beauty, non-foods and specialty grocery product needs for its 16 locations throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. More
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    Cold chain experts launch Modality Solutions
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Five cold chain subject-matter experts have partnered to launch Modality Solutions LLC, a privately held company that delivers integrated cold chain management systems to define, minimize or possibly eliminate transportation environmental hazards in the supply chain. More
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    Low-power reefer containers snag first worldwide client
    Refrigerated Transporter
    The Cronos Group has become the first client worldwide for ZESTIA, the new low-power, high-performance container refrigeration machine from Daikin Reefer. More
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    Refrigerated warehouse looks to sustainability with solar
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    White Rose Inc. has partnered with KDC Solar to install the second-largest rooftop solar system in New Jersey, targetings its Carteret, N.J., refrigerated and frozen warehouse for the project in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint and its utility bill. More
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    Quality code reduces reefer cargo damage
    Fruitnet.com
    The South Africa to U.K./Europe perishables trade saw a significant reduction in refrigerated cargo damage last year because of 360 Quality Association efforts, the group said in its January newsletter. More
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