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FDA budget holds steady at $2.5 billion; user fees spike
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's proposed budget includes $2.5 billion for the Food and Drug Administration, basically the same amount enacted by Congress for fiscal 2012. When user fees are added, the agency's budget increases to $4.5 billion, up from $3.8 billion the previous year.

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  • Obama's 2013 budget seeks increased fees to fund FDA (Food Safety News)
  • Proposed budget taps prevention funds, leans on user fees (CIDRAP)
  • FDA: Budget increase would 'strengthen' China food safety (Food Quality News)
  • FDA cites cantaloupe Listeria outbreak as proof of need for more funding (The Denver Post)

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute organized a coalition of food groups that wrote senior administration leaders recently to urge against the creation of new FDA regulatory fees. A copy of the coalition's Jan. 30 letter is available here.
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    Frozen Food Foundation spotlights healthy living with fun run
    Business Wire via Bradenton Herald
    The Frozen Food Foundation will highlight how frozen foods help youth and adults maintain a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle at the 5K Fun Run & Walk presented by Green Giant® Feb. 19 in San Diego, in conjunction with the Frozen Food Convention. More
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    Corn prices fall as USDA predicts highest acreage since 1944
    Bloomberg
    Corn prices fell in Chicago after the U.S. Department of Agriculture said farmers in the world's biggest producer may plant the grain on the most acres since at least 1944, almost doubling domestic stockpiles. More
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    Romney faces major test in Michigan, previously considered to be an easy victory
    The Washington Post
    Previously thought an easy win for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Michigan Republican primary is shaping up to be one of the biggest tests yet for Romney's presidential hopes — and an unexpected opportunity for the surging campaign of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. More
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    Polls show Santorum virtually tied with Romney nationally
    The Washington Post
    With two new polls showing underdog Rick Santorum gaining on front-runner Mitt Romney among Republicans nationally, the contenders for the GOP presidential nomination are taking advantage of a lull between primary contests to stockpile resources and rally supporters for the next phase of the race. More
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    Club for Growth to Lugar: Go home
    The Wall Street Journal
    The conservative Club for Growth has thrown its backing behind the GOP rival of Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, one of the Senate's longest-serving Republicans. Lugar now is caught in a tough primary fight with Richard Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer. More
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    American Heart Association blasts industry over salt claims
    Food Navigator-USA
    In a strongly worded submission to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service as part of the government's probe into sodium reduction, the American Heart Association said there is "overwhelming evidence" that lowering sodium improves cardiovascular outcomes. More
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    Obama's budget calls for major transportation funding
    Truckinginfo
    The White House budget for the fiscal year 2013 includes a $476 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill to invest in highway, bridge and mass transit projects through 2018.

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    China to increase US pork imports
    Pork Network
    U.S. pork exports to China will continue to grow, according to a new report, "China's Volatile Pork Industry," by USDA's Economic Research Service. More
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    Ethanol groups push back on court challenge
    USAgNet
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral argument in a lawsuit brought by the National Chicken Council, National Meat Association and National Turkey Federation challenging EPA's Renewable Fuels Standard regulations. However, environmental advocacy groups who had joined the meat industry in fighting the rules have withdrawn from the case. More
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    McDonald's set to phase out suppliers' use of sow crates
    The New York Times
    The McDonald's Corp. said Monday it would begin working with its pork suppliers to phase out the use of so-called gestational crates, the tiny stalls in which sows are housed while pregnant. More
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    EU forum discusses way to measure health effects of fat tax
    Food Navigator
    The complexity of measuring the effect of food taxes on health and a call for a reduction in taxes on healthier food groups was raised at the recent plenary session of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. More
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    Study: UV, hydrogen peroxide reduce Listeria in chill brine
    Food Production Daily
    A combination of ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide is the best treatment to reduce Listeria during brining, according to a study in the Journal of Food Safety. More
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    Sealed Air subsidiaries closing in New York
    Rochester Business Journal
    Sealed Air is closing two plants in New York and laying off up to 250 workers as part of its global strategy to focus on cost efficiency. More
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    Video campaign promotes frozen vegetable line
    PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
    Garden Lites, The Delicious Vegetable Company, today announced the launch of a new interactive video campaign featuring its wide array of souffles and other frozen vegetable dishes. More
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