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Vilsack: Meat inspections face cuts without sequester deal
Bloomberg
The U.S. will need to reduce the number of inspections at meatpacking plants unless Congress can avoid threatened across-the-board spending cuts set to take affect in March, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The cuts, totaling $1.2 trillion, are more serious than a normal spending reduction because of the tighter time frame involved in meeting targets for a fiscal year that would be almost half over, Vilsack said Monday after a speech in Washington.
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Opinion: Will federal compromise on GMO labeling trump state law?
Food Safety News
Recent reports of secret meetings among industry reps and the Food and Drug Administration over GMO labeling have piqued interest, mostly because this critical aspect was missing: Any effort to label GE foods at the federal level could bring the current grass-roots movement to a grinding halt by preventing any stronger local laws from ever being enacted.

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  • Supporters claim ag-business lobby killed New Mexico GMO labeling bill (Food Navigator)
  • FAO: New GMOs rising in developing countries; public sector key (Intellectual Property Watch)

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    Pink slime lawsuit moved to federal court
    The Associated Press via The Daily Republic
    A lawsuit a former Beef Products Inc. worker filed against ABC News and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver over the use of the term "pink slime" has been moved to federal district court.
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    Obama to Congress: Pass spending cuts, tax changes to delay sequester
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday will call on Congress to pass a small package of spending cuts and tax changes to delay deep reductions in domestic and defense spending from starting next month, a White House official said.

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    Democrats seek to repeat Latino success in 2014
    POLITICO
    To win the House in 2014, Democrats need to figure out how to get Hispanic voters to the polls — if not in the numbers that helped propel President Barack Obama to victory in November, then not too far off.

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    Conservatives wary of Rove super PAC
    The Hill
    Tea Pparty leaders are balking at the creation of a Karl Rove-backed group they consider to be a GOP establishment effort to protect incumbent Republicans against the will of the party's grassroots — and warn they could back "alternative" candidates in response.
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    Obama seeks $5 trillion European trade deal
    The Hill
    The Obama administration is poised to launch trade talks with the European Union that would form a $5 trillion trans-Atlantic free trade zone. EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht will meet with Obama administration officials Tuesday and Wednesday to work toward announcing the talks, which many observers expect could happen this week.
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    Canada: Food companies can't sue government over mistaken recalls
    National Post
    In the final act of a drawn-out legal battle, a British Columbia court ruled last week that food companies cannot sue the federal government over mistaken recalls, saying CFIA inspectors owe a legal duty to the public, not the food producers they might wrongly accuse.
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    Oregon school districts use $189,000 in grants for local food sourcing
    The Lund Report
    The Oregon Department of Education has announced that 11 school districts won competitive Farm to School and School Garden grants totaling $189,140. The majority of the funds (87.5 percent) will be spent on purchasing Oregon food products, with a smaller portion dedicated to food-, agriculture- and garden-based education activities.
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    New guidance aims to harmonize EU allergen management
    Food Navigator
    European industry trade body FoodDrinkEurope has released guidance intended to harmonize management of food allergens in prepackaged foods across the European food industry.
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    NIZO food research develops technology to hear what the tongue feels
    Food Ingredients First
    Creaminess or astringency of new foods can be determined by measuring the sound generated by the food interacting with the tongue during consumption. This new technology, developed by NIZO food research, records and analyzes the sound and can be used to predict the sensory effects of food innovations.
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    Yum stumbles badly in China, warns on profit
    Reuters
    KFC parent Yum Brands Inc. warned Monday that it expects 2013 earnings to shrink rather than grow as it struggles to manage a food safety scare in China, and Yum officials see no return to growth in restaurant sales there until the fourth quarter.
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    Hillshire CEO: Promotion of old Sara Lee business was 'light'
    Food Navigator-USA
    Increased spending on marketing, advertising and promotions is paying off for Jimmy Dean sausage maker Hillshire Brands, which has raised its outlook for the full year on the back of strong second-quarter results.
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    Pizza slider arrives, provides hope for the future
    The Wall Street Journal
    Last year, Taco Bell brought hope to a nation in a period of deep reflection, releasing the Doritos Locos taco, a product so beloved that it sold 100 million of them in 10 weeks. This year, another Yum Brands subsidiary is keeping the flame alive, with Pizza Hut releasing the pizza slider, a new fast food and/or freedom metaphor at the intersection of two beloved things: sliders and pizza.
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    Kellogg heats up frozen food segment with ongoing innovations
    Melodika
    From smart breakfast selections to family favorites to flavorful veggie options, Kellogg Company continues to introduce delicious, on-trend frozen food options.
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    Food processing focus: How Salmonella enters the beef food chain
    Meatingplace
    Government testing of ground beef indicates Salmonella contamination averages around 2.1 percent, and little improvement in contamination has been achieved over the past decade, even while the prevalence of E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef has declined more than 70 percent. Why? Recent studies have identified a potential source of S. enterica in the beef food chain as fat trim containing contaminated lymph nodes.
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    Researchers aim to debunk common obesity myth
    Food Navigator
    Most people trying to lose weight will have heard they should aim for a gradual loss in order to avoid regaining weight and that they should not skip breakfast — but these commonly held beliefs have not been proven, according to a new paper in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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    Annie's to reboot pizza shipments next week
    Food Business News
    A few weeks after initiating a voluntary recall of its rising crust frozen pizzas, Annie's Inc. said it will resume shipping the products to stores nationwide on Feb. 11.
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    Kraft Foods sues Cracker Barrel over plans to sell in groceries
    The Tennessean
    Consumer foods giant Kraft Foods is suing to block Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores Inc. from selling a new line of branded products in grocery stores, a move that legal experts say could seriously threaten the restaurant chain's brand expansion efforts if a resolution isn't reached.
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    Newly Weds Foods to build plant in Kentucky
    Food Business News
    Newly Weds Foods Inc. has selected Erlanger, Ky., as the location for a new 325,000-square-foot plant. The facility will feature production lines for sheeted breaders, Japanese style bread crumbs and American style bread crumbs, as well as blending capabilities for food coating systems. It also will house a complete research and development laboratory.
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    Hospitals face food price increase in 2013
    Healthcare Finance News
    Hospitals and health care organizations should brace for a 3 to 4 percent food price increase projected by both USDA and the American Farm Bureau Federation. Despite one of the worst droughts on record in the Midwest, food prices remained relatively flat last year. But the impacts of the drought will likely be felt this year since the transition of commodity prices into retail prices typically takes several months to occur.
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    Misbranding leads to recall of 4,400 pounds of liver paté
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Wisconsin-based Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats is recalling approximately 4,454 pounds of liver paté products because they are misbranded in that they contain the milk protein sodium caseinate, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

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    FFE introduces guaranteed services for temp-controlled LTL
    4-traders
    FFE Transportation Services Inc. launched its new guaranteed service for temperature-controlled less than truckload shipments Monday, guaranteeing that time-sensitive shipments will deliver within its service schedule on the day promised.
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