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Brazil trade group questions carbendazim 'double standards'
Food Navigator-USA
A Brazilian orange juice trade body has called for a stop to "double standard" carbendazim measures after U.S. officials declined to take action against U.S.-manufactured orange juice containing the banned fungicide. More
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Opinion: The cost of cutting food safety
Food Safety News
Food safety protections are being slashed systematically across the board. While this might achieve some short-term savings, the long-term costs could be catastrophic. More
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Opinion: Efforts for nutritious school lunches face challenges
The Washington Post
Healthier food for school lunches is a nice change. But it is vulnerable to powerful forces that often affect schools but rarely are mentioned, particularly in the upbeat stories hailing the new school food standards.

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    Poll: Obama holds edge over Romney
    The Washington Post
    Boosted by improved public confidence in his economic stewardship, President Barack Obama for the first time holds a clear edge over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a hypothetical general election matchup, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More
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    Romney leads big in poll as GOP base splinters
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney holds a wide lead over other GOP contenders in a new Washington Post-ABC News national poll, but his support continues to lag among core Republican constituencies, and he faces an uphill battle appealing to those not already backing his candidacy. More
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    In Senate races, money isn't everything
    POLITICO
    Republicans are losing the money battle in four crucial, majority-making Senate races. But they might win the war anyway. More
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    'Secret money' funding more election ads
    The Washington Post
    More than a third of the advertising tied to the presidential race has been funded by nonprofit groups that never will have to reveal their donors, suggesting that a significant portion of the 2012 elections will be wrapped in a vast cloak of secrecy. More
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    Farm bill on the move as Senate hearings set
    Southeast Farm Press
    The agriculture community took a number of important steps toward a 2012 farm bill recently, with commodity groups meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the issues while the Senate Agriculture Committee announced a hearing schedule. More
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    GOP pushes highway bill opposed by some conservatives
    The Hill
    Republicans used their weekly address on Saturday to push a highway bill that is being opposed on the right by the Club for Growth. More
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    Research shows smaller plate won't help curb eating
    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    A smaller plate won't help you eat less, according to a new study that challenges a widely held belief. More
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    Beyond rulemaking: Building scientific infrastructure for food safety under FSMA
    FDA Voice
    Michael Taylor offers insight on the future of food safety as the Food Safety Modernization Act moves forward. More
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    NCBA board urges COOL rewrite
    Feedstuffs
    The board of directors of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has agreed to urge the U.S. Trade Representative not to appeal the World Trade Organization's ruling that the U.S. Country of Original Labeling rule violates international trade standards. Instead, NCBA wants to work with Congress to rewrite COOL, bringing it into WTO compliance. More
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    Proposed legislation could ease food safety process in Hawaii
    The Maui News
    Bills pending in Hawaii's state legislature could make it easier to get fresh, local produce into public school cafeterias. One proposal also could help local farms comply with federal food safety auditing standards, easing the burden on small farmers facing excessive paperwork, an advocate said. More
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    Opinion: Should government require fast food disclosures?
    PolicyMic
    Recent news that McDonald's hamburgers used to be processed with a chemical mixture of ammonia hydroxide begs the question: Do consumers really know what they are getting in their food products, and should the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture require food manufacturers to notify consumers of their practices? More
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    US-China group to hold public hearing
    Federal Register
    The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will hold a public hearing Feb. 15 to address China's state-owned and state-controlled enterprises. The commission is charged with evaluating the national security implications of the economic relationship between the U.S. and China. More
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    Europe to use universal gluten-free symbol for food packaging
    Celiac.com
    Coeliac UK, Britain's leading celiac disease organization, has finalized an agreement for all European countries to use a single, universal gluten-free symbol on the front of all packaging for gluten-free products. More
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    British Columbia to implement new meat inspection program
    The Boundary Sentinel
    As the Canadian Food Inspection Agency prepares to turn meat inspection in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan over to regional authorities in 2013, officials in British Columbia have devised new meat inspection processes. More
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    Lower limits of methionine proposed for organic poultry
    Federal Register
    Acting on a recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board, the Agriculture Marketing Service has proposed lowering the levels of synthetic methionine allowed in feed for organic poultry. Comments on the proposed rule change are due April 6. More
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    Cargill: Food prices stop falling as population grows
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    The era of falling food prices has come to an end with the world population set to add another 2 billion people, according to Cargill Inc., the U.S. farm commodities trader. More
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    Study: Chickpea flour boosts fiber, lowers salt in chicken nuggets
    Asian-Australian Journal of Animal Science
    A study in the February edition of the Asian-Australian Journal of Animal Science has found that using chickpea flour in chicken nuggets can increase fiber, decrease total cholesterol content and help lower the amount of sodium needed. More
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    City keeps close tabs on Butterball's plans for empty plant
    Longmont Times-Call
    Officials in Longmont, Colo., said one food manufacturer has expressed interest in the recently closed Butterball turkey processing plant in town. More
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    Sustainable Food Summit: Industry needs to do better
    Food Ingredients First
    About 180 executives met recently in San Francisco to discuss key sustainability issues in the food industry. They agreed the industry must do a better job of addressing social inequalities in food supply chains and must provide greater authenticity. More
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    Tainted egg supply continues to prompt recalls
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Additional companies have issued recalls because their products contain eggs supplied by Michael Foods Inc., which recalled hard-cooked eggs because of possible Listeria contamination. GH Foods CA now has recalled sandwiches, as has Greencore USA, while F&S Produce Co. Inc. has recalled its Cobb, chef and spinach salads, along with GH Foods SW and Greencore USA.

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    Study: Specific irradiation reduces foodborne virus risks
    PhysOrg.com
    A team of Texas A&M University scientists has found electron-beam irradiation was able to inactivate foodborne viruses on iceberg lettuce and spinach, according to results published in the February issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. More
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    Bakers seek open process in New York sodium push
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    A more open and cooperative process is necessary to bring the baking industry broadly into the fold in a New York City initiative to spearhead a national reduction of salt content in the food supply, according to the American Bakers Association, which sent a letter to government officials urging caution when implementing sodium regulations. More
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    Best practices: Preserving appearance of fresh meat
    meatingplace
    The color of meat drives consumer perception of quality and freshness — and ultimately drives purchasing decisions. Even small discolorations will result in rejection of meat in the retail display case. More
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    UK: Morrisons drops out of Iceland bid
    International Supermarket News
    In an unexpected move, U.K. retailer Morrisons did not lodge a final-round bid to acquire Iceland Foods, the frozen food chain up for sale. More
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    Bernatello's buys Five Star Frozen Foods
    Star Tribune
    Minnesota-based frozen pizza maker Bernatello's Pizza Inc. has acquired the assets of a Wisconsin competitor, Five Star Frozen Foods. More
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    Perspective: Global food safety changes
    Baking & Snack International
    Rebeca Lopez-Garcia, Ph.D., of International Food Science Consulting in Mexico City, discusses how food poisoning outbreaks throughout the world, as well as the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act, have wrought changes in global food safety processes and regulations. More
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