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The food industry fights back
Food Processing
From obesity to cancer to Taliban terrorism, the food and beverage industry seems to get blamed for all the world's ills. OK, maybe not the Taliban, but for just about everything else, the modern diet and processed foods are fingered as the culprits. What can the food industry do? Be more transparent, marketing experts advise. More
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Arizona bill aims to bypass school lunch standards
The Arizona Republic
A bill that would allow Arizona elementary schools to opt out of new federal requirements to serve more healthful lunches passed the state Senate Thursday and is headed for a vote in the state House. More
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Military food getting nutrition upgrade
The Associated Press via CBS News
Military bases soon will be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards throughout the armed services.

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    US Chamber of Commerce begins multimillion-dollar ad campaign in congressional races
    The Washington Post
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a multimillion-dollar ad blitz in House and Senate races throughout the country on Thursday. The launch marks the earliest start ever to the Chamber's biennial ad campaigns in congressional races.

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    Obama's approval numbers climb
    The Washington Post
    The recent run of positive economic news, modest though it may be, appears to be sinking in with voters and giving President Barack Obama his best approval numbers in a while.

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    Crowd goes wild for Santorum at CPAC
    The Hill
    Rick Santorum gave one of the strongest speeches of his presidential campaign Friday, repeatedly bringing a crowd of influential conservatives to its feet.

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    Obama budget looms over gridlocked Hill
    POLITICO
    Clint Eastwood and Chrysler lit up the blogs with their Super Bowl Sunday spot proclaiming, "It's halftime in America" and a lot more game to play. But to cover Congress these days is to wonder: Will Washington take a knee? More
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    US trade deficit climbed to 6-month high in December
    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    The trade deficit in the U.S. widened in December to a six-month high as a strengthening economy prompted bigger gains in imports than exports.

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    Big spinach recall with no public notice
    Food Safety News
    On New Year's Eve 2011, a Texas company recalled 114 tons of spinach because it tested positive for E. coli. Yet consumers were not informed until an FDA enforcement report was published this week. More
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    FDA warning letter review: The rise of GMPs
    Nutra Ingredients
    GMP violations dominated dietary supplement warning letters issued by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011, from failure to establish product specifications to poor record keeping, reveal FDA legal specialists Ivan Wasserman and La Toya Sutton. More
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    White House backs $109 billion Senate transportation bill
    The Hill
    The White House is backing the Senate's $109 billion surface transportation bill, eschewing a $260 billion measure from the Republican-led House that GOP leaders have offered as their counter to President Barack Obama's call for a jobs bill. More
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    USDA launches Let's Move contest to battle childhood obesity
    Federal Register
    To encourage faith-based, community and other organizations to create inspiring videos about their work to reverse the trend of childhood obesity, USDA is launching the Let's Move Faith and Communities prize competition. More
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    Public meeting set to discuss US stance on Codex agenda
    Federal Register
    USDA will sponsor a public meeting March 28 to discuss the U.S. stance on items that will be addressed by the Codex Committee on General Principles, including Codex general procedures, animal health standards and more. More
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    Japan bans some US poultry products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Japan has enacted a ban on poultry products from South Dakota, denying poultry slaughtered after Jan. 9 and eggs laid after Jan. 9. More
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    Taiwan: Closed-door meeting on US beef to focus on ractopamine
    Focus Taiwan
    Taiwan's first inter-ministerial committee meeting on the issue of beef imports from the United States will offer an initial assessment on the issue, an official said Friday, adding that no conclusions or decisions will be made hastily. More
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    Nestle: Feeding the world will be more difficult
    Bloomberg
    Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke said feeding a swelling world population will be made more difficult by slowing crop yields and scarce resources. More
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    Preventing leap year labeling errors
    Industry Today
    Some labeling systems will not recognize the extra day in February during this leap year, and the date code will have to be adjusted manually — or risk extending the "use by" date, which could have serious consequences for food makers. More
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    New foods in February include frozen omelets, Korean chicken
    Food Processing
    New food and beverage products on the store shelves this month, including gluten-free frozen egg white omelets and Korean-inspired frozen chicken. More
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    PepsiCo cuts jobs, spends more on big brands
    The Wall Street Journal
    PepsiCo Inc. is chopping 8,700 jobs and boosting its marketing budget by as much as $600 million in 2012 as it tries to overhaul a struggling U.S. beverage business that is losing ground to Coca Cola Co.

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    Montana courts Chinese investors for pork processing
    Independent Record
    Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said a trade visit to China could lead to a Chinese-financed, $150 million pork processing plant near Shelby, Mont., that could process 800,000 hogs per year. More
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    Procter & Gamble to terminate Pringles sale
    Bloomberg
    Procter & Gamble Co. has decided it will seek to terminate its sale of the Pringles snack business to Diamond Foods Inc., said three people with knowledge of the situation, following the accounting probe that ousted Diamond's CEO. More
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    NOW Foods plant to open 2 years ahead of schedule
    Nutra Ingredients-USA
    Illinois-based health food and supplements manufacturer NOW Foods is on course to complete its $20 million site in Nevada in the third quarter of this year, almost two years ahead of schedule. More
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    Gordon Food Service acquires broadline distributor Perkins
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Gordon Food Service has acquired Perkins, a leading broadline food service distributor based in Taunton, Mass. More
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    Food safety firm adds new facility, 110 jobs in Florida
    South Florida Business Journals
    Locus Traxx plans to add 110 jobs as it opens a food safety and security facility near Jupiter, Fla., according to an announcement from the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the Workforce Alliance. More
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    Coverage trends in manufacturing's 'big 3' risks: Workers' comp, product recall, supply chains
    Property Casualty 360
    Those who manage and underwrite risks for manufacturers are facing familiar risks — but with some challenging new twists.

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    China investigates 'bouncing' boiled eggs
    Reuters
    Chinese authorities are investigating eggs that bounce after being boiled and may make men sterile, state media reported Friday, in the latest food safety scare to hit the country. More
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    Sainsbury to customers: 'Chill out' about freezing food
    BBC
    U.K. supermarket chain Sainsbury's is removing advice to freeze food "on day of purchase" from its labels and informing customers it can be frozen up until the use-by date. More
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