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Food groups urge administration to reject new food taxes
Business Wire via MarketWatch
The American Frozen Food Institute and a coalition of more than 30 food groups today urged senior administration leaders to develop a fiscal year 2013 budget request that fully funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety programs without saddling consumers and food makers with burdensome new taxes or fees. More
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FDA seizes nearly 14 percent of imported orange juice
Los Angeles Times
Nearly 14 percent of orange juice imported to the U.S. since early January has been seized by the Food and Drug Administration because it contained trace amounts of a fungicide, carbendazim, according to the agency. More
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FSMA means updates for trucking industry
Food Safety News
The trucking industry is gearing up to invest in new technologies and tighten shipping procedures in order to meet the Obama administration's new food safety regulations.

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Obama: The most polarizing president — ever
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama ran — and won — in 2008 on the idea of uniting the country. But each of his first three years in office has marked historic highs in political polarization, with Democrats largely approving of him and Republicans deeply disapproving. More
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Poll: Romney surges in Florida; Gingrich looks ahead
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney opened a double-digit lead over Newt Gingrich in a new poll ahead of Tuesday's Florida Republican primary, but the Gingrich campaign insisted the former House speaker is staying in the GOP nomination race for the long haul and remains the only conservative able to beat President Barack Obama in November. More
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Super PACs target congressional races
The Washington Post
The powerful political groups known as super PACs, whose heavy spending has become a significant factor in the presidential race, also are beginning to play a role in congressional races throughout the country. More
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Gingrich predicts 'straight-out contest' for months
The Wall Street Journal
A pugnacious Newt Gingrich reiterated his intention to stay in the Republican presidential primary "all the way to the convention," telling reporters Sunday morning that he believed "this is going to be a straight-out contest for the next four or five months" between him and Mitt Romney. More
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Food stamp bills seek to restrict junk food
Los Angeles Times
Florida legislation is the latest to prohibit shoppers from buying "nonstaple, unhealthy foods" with federal aid. It's a trend driven by health concerns but also by tight budgets. More
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FSIS will set its sights on mechanically separated chicken
meatingplace
Meatingplace has learned USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service plans to target mechanically separated poultry in its efforts to control the spread of Salmonella. More
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New York bill seeks 17 percent hike in state's minimum wage
The New York Times
New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, is introducing a bill to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, a 17 percent increase over the current rate. The bill also calls for the minimum wage to be adjusted every year for inflation. More
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Kansas asks DHS to OK undocumented immigrant farm labor
The Daily Caller
Faced with a shortage of hired hands, Kansas ranchers and farmers are appealing to their state's secretary of agriculture for a solution. And he says he has one: hiring undocumented immigrants. It's an idea that's unorthodox enough to turn heads but practical enough to justify a series of meetings with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. More
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EPA penalty system allows some to exceed emission standards
Office of the Federal Register
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an interim final rule allowing makers of some heavy heavy-duty diesel engines to pay a penalty and be exempt from emission standards. EPA is issuing a similar proposed rule for makers of heavy-duty diesel engines. More
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Differences over meat threaten US-Philippines trade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
American meat associations are said to be preparing a petition to exclude the Philippines from the list of developing countries benefiting from duty-free shipments of selected products to the United States. More
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China: High failure rate on food and packaging inspections
Packaging Digest
AsiaInspection figures show in 2011, 51 percent of food inspections conducted in China failed, while food packaging inspections ended the year with a failure rate of 57 percent. More
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US cattle inventory at lowest since 1952; price hikes could follow
Bloomberg
U.S. cattle inventories have fallen to the lowest in 60 years after a drought in the South scorched pastures, prompting ranchers to shrink herds. More
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Wendy's reports strongest sales growth since 2004
Business Wire via MarketWatch
The Wendy's Co. today reported preliminary results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Jan. 1, highlighted by the strongest same-store sales growth since 2004. More
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Birds Eye shifts marketing to highlight frozen food benefits
MarketingWeek
Birds Eye is using consumer data to shift from product-based to occasion-based marketing in a bid to change consumer perceptions of the frozen food sector. More
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Meat processor going out of business after 122 years
Hartford Courant
Grote & Weigel has called itself one of the oldest meat companies in the U.S., but the longtime New England staple of sausages, hot dogs and delicatessen favorites apparently is closing. The company, founded in 1890, isn't commenting, but an auction is scheduled for the property and equipment. More
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Insight: The great northern migration — of US cattle
Reuters
As the worst drought in a century stretches into its second year, Texas ranchers are herding their animals in record numbers to points north, in search of grazing land that is not parched — a shift that is fueling a dramatic economic and cultural reshaping of the U.S. livestock industry. More
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Advances on interventions for beef processing
meatingplace
The need to control bacteria on the surface of fresh meat is becoming increasingly important — particularly because recent events have proven that relying on carcass interventions as the primary method of pathogen control may be inadequate in some systems. More
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Food fraud: Greater public health risk than pathogens?
Food Production Daily
Criminality, the global supply chain and the unpredictable nature of food adulteration for financial gain can pose a greater public health risk than traditional safety threats such as pathogen contamination, according to new research. More
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Sara Lee closing Mississippi plant
WTVA-TV
Sara Lee announced Thursday that its manufacturing plant in Shannon, Miss., will shut down for good March 30, ending more than 150 jobs. More
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More than a ton of beef recalled because of label mix-up
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Minnesota's J&B Group Inc. is recalling more than 2,600 pounds of beef sirloin products after the wrong ingredient statement was entered into the company's labeling system.

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Frozen pancakes recalled on undeclared allergen
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC is recalling certain Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes because the product may contain soy protein, an undeclared allergen. More
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Salad recalled for possible Listeria contamination
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
18th Street Deli Inc., a Hamtramck, Mich., establishment, is recalling approximately 118 pounds of julienne salad products with turkey, ham and hard-boiled eggs because of possible Listeria contamination. More
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Vietnam set to be largest seafood exporter in the world
Saigon GP Daily
Although exports of aqua products faced many difficulties in 2011, export revenues touched $6.1 billion, ranking Vietnam at fourth place in aqua exports as the country expects to reach $6.5 billion this year to become the largest seafood exporter globally. More
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