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New FSIS inspection guidelines take effect this week
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has reminded its inspectors to meet with food business establishments and explain the new policy and procedures that take effect Friday, establishing a waiting period between inspecting a product and applying the mark of inspection, pending certain test results.

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    Where are the sales? Check the warehouse
    CPGmatters
    Consumer packaged goods executives believe most of their sales growth will not come from the usual suspects (grocery and mass merchandise). Nor will it be from upstart channels such as dollar stores and e-commerce. The highest growth will come from warehouse clubs, new research predicts. Nine out of 10 of CPG executives surveyed by Deloitte expect their company's sales through the warehouse club channel to increase over the next three years. More
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    In revamped cafeterias, USDA gets a taste of its own medicine
    The Washington Post
    The Agriculture Department — the agency tasked with, among other things, improving public health — made a groundbreaking decision last year when soliciting bids for cafeteria vendors at its headquarters: USDA would go fryer-less. And that’s just the most obvious change at the revamped USDA cafeterias, which debut today. More
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    Obama to meet with labor, CEOs on immigration
    USA Today
    President Barack Obama will seek to build support for another ambitious agenda item — a major immigration bill — Tuesday when he meets with labor and business leaders at the White House. Monday, Obama is visiting Minneapolis to discuss his plan to battle gun violence.

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    Reid: New revenue vital in a budget deal
    The Wall Street Journal
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drew a red line in the budget showdown with Republicans, saying Democrats will demand additional revenue as part of any deal to alter the mandatory spending cuts set to hit at the beginning of next month. More
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    McConnell: 'They want to take me out'
    The Hill
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., opened his campaign headquarters to a few dozen supporters Saturday, telling those assembled that his was the only race "with any national significance" and he's expecting a fight.

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    GMO food labeling bill voted down in New Mexico
    Albuquerque Business First
    A New Mexico Senate bill that would have changed food labeling practices has died on the senate floor. Senate Bill 18, which would have required companies to label genetically-modified food as such, was voted down Thursday when the Senate voted not to adopt a committee report.

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    FDA announces final rule on administrative detention of food
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a final rule amending the criteria for administrative detention to prevent potentially unsafe food from reaching the marketplace. This action makes the criteria consistent with changes to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act under the FSMA. The final rule adopts the interim final rule "Criteria Used to Order Administrative Detention of Food for Human or Animal Consumption," published in May 2011, without change. More
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    Chinese authorities detain 350 people in food safety check
    Global Times
    Chinese police have seized 350 suspects involved in 120 food-related criminal cases since a crackdown on food-related crimes began last month. More
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    Senators call on administration to uphold COOL intent
    USAgNet
    Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Friday called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk to uphold mandatory Country of Origin Labeling as they develop corrective measures required by the World Trade Organization. Johnson led a bipartisan group of 31 senators in fighting to ensure that no changes are made to the program that contradict the intent of Congress. More
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    EPA raises biofuel estimate
    USAgNet
    Days after a federal appeals court said the Obama administration is setting overly optimistic production quotas for the struggling biofuels industry, the government issued new standards that raise production estimates for 2013. More
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    CFIA declares infected salmon fit for human consumption
    The Star
    For the first time, Canada's food safety regulator is allowing Nova Scotia salmon infected with a flu-like virus to be processed for supermarkets and restaurants. More
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    UK food safety watchdog outlines priorities
    Food Manufacture
    Microbiological food safety — including Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria and Norovirus — tops the list of five priorities for 2013 identified by the Food Standards Agency. More
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    McDonald's puts 'Fish McBites' in Happy Meals
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    McDonald's says it is offering its first new Happy Meal in a decade: Fish McBites. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Fish McBites will be widely available at U.S. restaurants starting this week through March, to coincide with Lent. More
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    Top chefs forecast food trends
    Forbes
    It's no secret that fashion industry trends come and go, but trends are also a big part of the culinary world, especially in fine dining. When the Startle.com team set out to uncover the top foods, ingredients and cooking methods we can look forward to this year, they went straight to the source: some of the best chefs across the country. More
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    Olam CEO: Blame population growth for higher food prices
    Bloomberg
    Food prices that doubled in the past 10 years are more the result of population growth and increased demand for protein-based diets than any cyclical reasons, according to Sunny Verghese, chief executive officer at Olam International Ltd. More
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    Pabst parent a lead bidder for Twinkies
    Los Angeles Times via Mail Tribune
    The dismantling of Hostess Brands Inc. continued last week as bidders, including the owner of Pabst Brewing Co., emerged to buy the bankrupt company's bread and cake brands. More
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    Pizza Industry Council holds inaugural meeting
    Pizza Marketplace
    The National Restaurant Association has officially launched the Pizza Industry Council. The council's inaugural meeting was held last week in Chicago and consisted of 15 steering committee members representing a number of brands in the pizza segment. More
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    Food safety violations lead to permanent injunction
    Food Quality News
    Green Hope LLC, doing business as Rosewood Products, has agreed to a permanent injunction after FDA inspectors found food safety violations at its facility. Green Hope must cease operations until the FDA approves the steps taken to bring its facilities and processes into full compliance. More
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    Chickens to be 'superfrozen' to kill food bug
    The Scotsman
    Food safety experts plan to "superfreeze" chickens to halt the rise of Campylobacter food poisoning. The Food Standards Agency is looking into a procedure that involves exposing the surface of slaughtered chickens to extreme cold, known as rapid surface chilling. The radical process is being considered to help curb the rampant levels of the food poisoning bacteria commonly found in uncooked poultry products. More
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    Food business, FSA meet over pork-tainted halal meat
    The Pig Site
    An emergency meeting of meat processing suppliers, wholesalers and retailers was taking place with the British Food Safety Authority Monday following the discovery of traces of pork in halal meat pies. More
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    Sealed Air president sets food safety priorities
    Food Production Daily
    The food industry should urgently address food access, food safety and food waste as its core priorities, according to Sealed Air Corp. president and chief executive officer Jerome Peribere. More
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    Smart Fog rolls out food safety solutions for produce
    Food Quality News
    Smart Fog has unveiled a range of non-wetting food safety solutions aimed at fruits, nuts and vegetables. More
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    Tropical fish poisoning struck Big Apple in 2010, 2011
    Food Safety News
    Nearly 30 people in New York City were sickened by Ciguatera fish poisoning between August 2011 and July 2012, marking a sharp increase in recorded cases for the area, according to a new government report. More
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