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Examining foodborne illness numbers for 2009-2010
Food Safety News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has analyzed data on all foodborne illness outbreaks that occurred in 2009 and 2010, pinpointing the pathogens and foods that were most frequently the source of outbreaks. More
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Processors share insights into handling recalls
Meatingplace
Just one of the challenges for processors during a product recall is getting enough information from regulatory and health agencies quickly enough to make informed recall decisions, Michael Robach, Cargill's vice president, corporate food safety and regulatory affairs, told attendees at the International Production and Processing Show.

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Study: Ethanol mandate causing spiraling US food prices
The Heartland Institute
After more than 50 years of declining food prices, ethanol subsidies and mandates have caused a dramatic rise in U.S. food prices since 2005, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show. The data were pulled together in a new study by FarmEcon LLC, an agriculture and food industry consulting firm. More
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President seeks to balance bully pulpit with negotiations in immigration debate
The Washington Post
When President Barack Obama visited Las Vegas in October 2011, he was embarking on a strategy that would endure through the presidential campaign and beyond: publicly pressure Congress to act, and promise to move unilaterally if it refused.

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    Sequestration no longer 'bad policy' bogeyman for Congress
    The Hill
    The defense industry has now stared down the prospect of across-the-board spending cuts under sequestration for nearly 18 months — and they look more likely now than ever as the March 1 deadline approaches for the automatic cuts to occur. More
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    Mitch McConnell support weak in poll
    POLITICO
    Fewer than 1 in 5 Kentucky voters are firmly committed to vote for Mitch McConnell next year, according to a poll released Monday afternoon by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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  • Ex-Georgia governor to skip 2014 Senate race (USA Today)
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    LaHood to leave Transportation Department
    The New York Times
    Ray LaHood, the former Republican congressman from Illinois who has run the nation's Transportation Department under President Barack Obama, will not serve a second term, he told department employees in a letter Tuesday. As transportation secretary, LaHood was at the center of efforts to reduce fatigue among pilots and called for greater investment in high-speed rail. He also pushed for large fines against Toyota for safety problems and for a new transportation bill in Congress. More
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    Emulsifying Protein Enhances Frozen Sauces
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    Growing number of states look at minimum wage hikes
    USA Today
    Nearly half the states have increased their minimum wage this year or are considering plans to hike it as the economy transitions from recession to a stronger recovery. More
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    Junk food ban lowered revenue in district's school cafeterias
    The Berkshire Eagle
    The Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee in Sheffield, Mass., is evaluating its school lunch program, which has run up a deficit of $37,780 halfway through the school year — in part because its schools no longer sell profitable "junk food." More
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    California keen to include BPA on Prop 65 warning list
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    California state regulators are poised to add bisphenol A to the state's list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm, a move that could result in warning labels for some products that contain the controversial chemical. More
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    UK report urges tax on sugary drinks
    Food Navigator
    The U.K. government should consider taxing unhealthy foods and sugary drinks in an effort to improve children's health and combat diet-related illness, according to a new report from food and farming campaign group Sustain.

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    National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods resumes work, with 22 new members and renewed charter
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the re-chartering of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods and welcomed the addition of new members Monday. More
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    Commentary: Making our food safer
    The Huffington Post
    Deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses have been all too common in recent years, from Salmonella-tainted peanut butter to E. coli in the vegetables we eat. We now have a real opportunity to reverse this disturbing trend, if we do it the right way. More
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    NuVal adds attributes
    Supermarket News
    Nutrition has a lot of moving parts, especially when it comes to supermarket retailing. The science is improving, opinions are changing and that makes the need for consistent, reliable information all the more important. The nutrition rating system known as NuVal is hoping to meet that need by expanding beyond its 1-100 scoring range to include product qualities. More
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    Apollo-Metropoulos team near deal to buy Twinkies, other cakes
    The Wall Street Journal
    Hostess Brands Inc. is nearing a deal to sell its Twinkie brand and other cakes to private-equity firms Apollo Global Management LLC and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. for more than $400 million, said people familiar with the discussions. The deal could be disclosed as soon as Tuesday and would serve as the opening bid in a coming bankruptcy-court auction for the assets, which include Dolly Madison and other brands. More
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    In Wal-Mart and fast food, unions scaling up 'strike first' strategy
    Center for Research on Globalization
    Small but highly publicized strikes by Wal-Mart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labor movement abuzz and gained new respect for organizing methods once regarded skeptically. Wal-Mart is a particularly rich target because the company is so large that it sets wages and prices among suppliers and competitors. More
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    Deloitte Center for the Global Food Value Chain debuts
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    The Deloitte Center for the Global Food Value Chain debuted Monday and issued a series of research papers to help companies comprehend and comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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    Study evaluates school lunchroom plate waste
    Texas A&M University via Medical Xpress
    Even though schoolchildren are served a healthy lunch, researchers are tracking how much of their entrees are actually being eaten or pushed aside, as well as the cost associated with serving daily meals in a study being conducted by Texas A&M University System researchers.

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    Super Bowl snack research shows online food orders growing
    Business Wire via EON
    More than two-thirds of mobile users have placed online food orders via their smartphone or tablet, with half downloading restaurant-specific apps, according to new research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and Viggle. More
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    Michele Payn-Knoper and the food fight
    Ag Professional
    Michele Payn-Knoper is taking a first step toward rational dialogue about the food industry with her book "No More Food Fights!" One of North America's leading farm and food advocates and a resource for people interested in agriculture and food, she has been a leader in introducing the ag community to the power of social media. More
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    Snacking between meals linked to lower childhood obesity
    Food Navigator
    More frequent meals and snacks among primary school children may be associated with a lower risk of obesity, according to new research published in Public Health Nutrition. More
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    Taco Bell pulls ad that mocked vegetables as party food
    The Associated Press via Star Tribune
    Taco Bell is pulling a TV ad after receiving complaints that it discouraged people from eating vegetables. The ad by the fast-food chain was touting its variety 12-pack of tacos, with a voiceover saying that bringing a vegetable tray to a party is "like punting on fourth and one" and that people secretly hate guests who bring vegetables to parties. More
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    Fakin' it: Fighting Listeria through simulation
    Food Production Daily
    Manufacturers can test the Listeria-killing potential of heat treatments in factories by using the enzyme amylase to simulate the behavior of the pathogen, scientists have discovered. More
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    Study: Pathogens, viruses, pesticide residue affect produce safety
    Food Production Daily
    Pathogens, foodborne viruses and pesticide residues are the three most important concerns for the safety of fresh produce, according to the results of a European workshop. More
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    Exploring the food justice movement on a micro level
    Politic365
    A grass-roots movement is under way to lessen the gap between the have's and have not's when it comes to food, as well as re-instituting power in the hands of the people, so they have the resources to lead a healthier lifestyle. More
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    EFSA: Aspartame is not toxic
    Food Processing
    Aspartame has been accused of causing a seemingly endless list of health conditions, including multiple sclerosis, headaches, hearing loss and blindness. But a recent assessment by the European Food Safety Authority suggests the sweetener is not toxic at current levels of exposure. More
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    Poland confirmed as source of contamination in horse meat scandal
    Retail Week
    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has confirmed that horse DNA found in beef burgers sold in U.K. supermarkets originated in Poland. The FSAI confirmed "significant amounts" of equine DNA was found in raw materials imported from Poland, which formed the base for burgers produced at Silvercrest. More
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