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Global food prices up in January, may continue to rise
Reuters
Global food prices rose in January for the first time in six months and may show another rise for February, as concern about bad weather in main growing regions boosted grain and vegetable oil values, the United Nations' food agency said Thursday.

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    Expanded E. coli testing on hold until June 4
    Bloomberg
    A March deadline for companies to start tests for six strains of potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has been pushed to June 4 so meat-packers can make sure their methods work, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Wednesday. More
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    Pittsburgh school does trial run of looming lunch regulations
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    The Environmental Charter School in Pittsburgh, which contracts with local restaurants to serve their students healthy and often organic, locally sourced food, Wednesday tested the new school lunch regulations announced by first lady Michelle Obama in January. More
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    Mitt Romney and the enthusiasm gap
    The Washington Post
    In the aftermath of Rick Santorum's clean sweep of Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Mitt Romney still, in fact, is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. But the lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy among conservatives foreshadows a potentially ugly road ahead. More
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    Congress finds a new home in the doghouse
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama may be getting a little bump from some improved economic numbers. Congress? Not so much. It's still setting records for how unpopular it is. More
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    Senate GOP mulls 2012 strategy
    POLITICO
    Senate Republican leaders sought to allay concerns from their rank and file over their political strategy heading into the November elections, seeking to project a more assertive posture toward President Barack Obama and tighten ties with House Republicans. More
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    Senate committee clears highway funding measure
    Truckinginfo
    The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday evening passed a bill to provide funding for a two-year highway program. The measure is a $9.6 billion bundle of transfers and revenue offsets that no one on the committee particularly liked as a solution to the highway funding shortfall but a majority accepted because failure to act would doom the highway bill. More
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    Customs agency seeks to extend country of origin markings
    Federal Register
    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is taking comments until April 9 on its proposal to extend, without changing, the country of origin marking requirements for containers or holders. More
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    USDA considers new grading for some fruits, vegetables
    Federal Register
    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is reviewing the fresh fruit and vegetable grade standards and has proposed changes to the grading system for cauliflower, eggplant, grapefruit juice and okra. Most of the changes reflect advances in processing and variant strains. More
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    FDA promises closer ties with states as FSMA looms
    Food Chemical News
    At the National Association of State Directors of Agriculture winter policy meeting Wednesday, FDA senior adviser Joe Reardon promised a closer relationship between states and the federal agency as it implements the Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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    Set 25 Toxicological Profiles to be updated in October
    Federal Register
    The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is updating four of its Set 25 Toxicological Profiles, two of which mainly apply to chemicals used in pesticides and one of which applies to a chemical used as a degreaser, among other applications. The updates will be made available Oct. 17, with a 90-day window for public feedback. More
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    Taiwan cabinet: Nothing final on US beef issue
    Focus Taiwan
    Taiwan's Executive Yuan spokesman Philip Yang said Thursday that nothing has been determined yet on the thorny U.S. beef import issue. Yang declined to confirm the veracity of a United Daily News report that the government soon will lift its ban on U.S. beef under certain conditions, including that warnings be carried on packaging telling consumers the product might contain residue of the leanness-enhancing feed additive ractopamine. More
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    China renews food safety campaign with harsher penalties
    China Daily
    Stiffer financial penalties will be imposed on those found guilty of contaminating food in China, and supervision of food safety will be increased, Vice Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday. More
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    EU: Carbendazim in OJ shipments of 'no particular concern'
    Food Quality News
    The presence of carbendazim in imported orange juice and concentrate is of "no particular concern" to health officials in Europe, despite continued measures in the U.S. More
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    New social network for foodies offers marketing opportunity
    Reuters
    Lifestyle publisher Glam Media today is launching Foodie.com, a social network devoted entirely to the gastronomic crowd. The move represents an important expansion into the advertising-friendly world of food-related media. More
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    Report: Canada food industry should 'think big'
    Better Farming
    A just-released report on Canada's food processing industry urges companies in the nation's $89 billion food sector to become bigger, better, more competitive and more innovative soon — or risk losing market share on a local, national and global scale.
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    Washington's Port of Quincy added to railroad intermodal map
    The Packer
    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad has added the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal in Washington state to its national intermodal map after its cold train refrigerated intermodal container rail and distribution service proved more popular than expected. More
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    Multipronged fight against zebra chip disease in potatoes
    Agricultural Research
    Researchers have identified the pathogen and insect responsible for outbreaks of the tuber disease known as "zebra chip," which has caused millions of dollars in production and processing losses since it first appeared in 2000. More
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    Pennsylvania town eyes fees for chilled, frozen foods
    The Times Leader
    The city council in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., is considering an ordinance to create a tax for every "person, firm, corporation or association" operating a place that stores milk, eggs or other refrigerated or frozen foods. The new tax is meant to cover the costs of inspections and licenses for those establishments. More
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    Sealed Air sees record growth
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Sealed Air, which provides food safety solutions, has announced its fourth-quarter and full year results for 2011, showing record growth and accelerated debt repayment. More
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