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AFFI applauds inclusion of truck weight increase in highway bill
Business Wire via MarketWatch
American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz applauded House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., Tuesday for including the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act in a broader highway bill that provides long-term funding to support the nation's surface transportation infrastructure.

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    FSIS extends comment period on generic label expansion
    Food Chemical News
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is giving interested parties an additional month to submit comments on a proposed rule that would expand the kind of product labels that can be approved generically.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute petitioned FSIS to extend the comment period for its generic label proposal.
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    Agencies offer plan for foodborne illness source attribution
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration, a joint effort by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, released its strategic plan for foodborne illness source attribution.

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    After big Florida victory, Romney heads to Minnesota, Nevada
    The Washington Post
    Buoyed by his decisive primary victory in Florida, presidential candidate Mitt Romney headed to Minnesota and Nevada to campaign Wednesday, declaring the Sunshine State results should put to rest charges he is not conservative enough to lead the Republican party. More
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    For Romney camp, race unfolds almost precisely as predicted
    The Washington Post
    No one would deny the Republican presidential race has had more than its share of surprises and unexpected twists. But there has been a curious predictability to it as well, one that conforms closely to the expectations and preparations established months ago at the Boston headquarters of Mitt Romney's campaign. More
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    Super PACs helping Republican candidates close in on Obama
    The Washington Post
    Conservative super PACs and other outside groups are helping Republicans close a yawning fundraising gap with President Barack Obama, giving the eventual GOP presidential nominee a better chance at winning the money race by November, according to new disclosures Tuesday. More
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    2012: The year of the big donor
    POLITICO
    For all the talk of the year of small donors in 2008, it's a lot easier just to have someone like Harold Simmons around in 2012: The Texas billionaire cut three checks worth $8.5 million to conservative groups. More
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    USDA sets reimbursement rates for summer food program
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Food and Nutrition Service has set 2012 reimbursement rates for the Summer Food Service Program for Children. The new rates are outlined in this document and will be published in an upcoming edition of the Federal Register. More
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    Ingredients added to meat, poultry subject to RTE guidelines
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Several meat and poultry recalls associated with the addition of ingredients, spices or sauce after the lethality process step has made FSIS aware that establishments may have assumed certain ingredients and spices are ready to eat. Consequently, FSIS is reissuing a notice to inspectors to ensure an establishment's food safety system addresses all potential food safety hazards associated with the production of their products, especially hazards from ingredients added to the product after the lethality step. More
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    USDA, HHS, Ad Council promote critical food safety message
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Health & Human Services and the Ad Council are seeking help promoting a critical food safety message in advance of the second-largest food consumption day of the year in the U.S.: Super Bowl Sunday. More
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    Mexico updates list of approved US meat, poultry exporters
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Mexico has updated the list of establishments allowed to export meat and poultry products from the U.S. into Mexico. More
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    Range of countries revise US export requirements
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Export requirements and eligible plant lists for products being exported from the U.S. to other countries have been updated, including egg products being shipped to Japan, red meat exported to Japan, beef byproducts going to Chile, poultry exporters for Russia and United Arab Emirates rules for meat and poultry being used in the Gulfood Show. More
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    Organic farmers, groups sue Monsanto
    Voice of America
    Scores of farmers and their supporters gathered Tuesday in New York City, where a federal district court heard arguments in a class action lawsuit brought against Monsanto by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. More
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    FDA seeks to shut down New York cheese factory
    The New York Times
    The Food and Drug Administration is trying to shutter permanently a cheese factory in Queens whose owners failed to clean up the plant after a potentially deadly bacteria was discovered on more than one occasion, according to the government. More
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    UK ad watchdog dismisses complaint against Kellogg
    Food Navigator
    The U.K. advertising watchdog has ruled in favor of breakfast cereal giant Kellogg's in relation to a complaint that a TV commercial for a cereal was misleading in relation to its nutritional content. More
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    Opinion: Childhood obesity answers begin at home
    USA Today
    With child obesity, the focus always is on things outside the home that are seen as "victimizing" children. Putting blame aside, the solutions can be startlingly simple, albeit not always easy: It starts with parents. More
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    Best practice guideline for plastic food packaging
    SPI
    The Society of the Plastics Industry has published its good manufacturing practice guidelines for the plastic food packaging supply chain. More
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    Food safety: Are we getting better or worse?
    SA Instrumentation & Control
    With the risk of food contamination increasing, producers, manufacturers, retailers, regulators and the consuming public all continually raise the bar for food safety. But the variety of potential contaminants that must be detected throughout the food supply chain complicates screening procedures. More
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    Packaging delivers food, drink aromas
    Food Production Daily
    An "invisible technology" that allows food and beverage processors to add the product aroma to its packaging has been developed. More
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    New portable scales focus on safety considerations
    SA Instrumentation & Control
    Mettler Toledo has introduced ICS4-9 and ICS6-9, a new family of portable weighing scales designed with food safety controls in mind. More
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    Study: Produce imports present pesticide risk
    Globalization and Health
    In a new study analyzing pesticide residue levels on produce, researchers have found there is a critical information gap regarding pesticide residues on produce imported into the country. More
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    Bill Gates defends high-tech farming
    The Associated Press via The Seattle Times
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent almost $2 billion during the past five years to fight poverty and hunger in Africa and Asia, and much of that money has gone toward improving agricultural productivity — including genetically modified foods. More
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    Cono Italiano adds empanadas to frozen line
    GlobeNewswire via MarketWatch
    Frozen food maker Cono Italiano Inc., known for its cone-shaped pizza, has added empanadas to its family of food products. More
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    Cool expansion for Cold Star
    Times Colonist
    Cold Star Freight Systems Inc. has acquired the largest public freezer warehouse business on Canada's Vancouver Island, adding storage and distribution to its already bustling food transportation line. More
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    Social media: A new tool for tracking foodborne illness?
    Food Production Daily
    A new study by U.S. researchers points to rich data sources such as Twitter and Facebook as tools in the surveillance of foodborne illness outbreaks. More
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