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'Right-sizing' fast food meals
The Associated Press via Lansing State Journal
Researchers infiltrated a fast food Chinese restaurant and found up to a third of diners jumped at the offer of a half-size of the usual pile of rice or noodles — even when the smaller amount cost the same. More
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Maker of Snickers to put chocolate on a diet
Reuters
Mars Inc., the maker of Snickers and Twix candy bars, will stop selling chocolate products with more than 250 calories by the end of next year, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. More
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Researchers identify process to increase product launch success
Food Navigator-USA
Kansas State University researchers have developed a procedure to predict the success of new flavored snack product launches, accurately predicting the success or failure of about 70 percent of the launches they surveyed, according to a manuscript in Food Quality and Preference. More
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Will Mitt Romney have enough money for primaries ahead?
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney is scrambling to shore up his coffers for a grueling run of primaries during the upcoming month, contests that could go a long way toward deciding the outcome of a nomination fight that has become much tougher, and more expensive, than anticipated.

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  • Romney's working-class problem (The Washington Post)
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    Obama up in polls, despite high pessimism
    POLITICO
    There's not a lot of confidence in the direction of the country or what President Barack Obama has done to help the economy — but he's gaining in popularity nonetheless.

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  • Poll: Obama leads GOP field in swing states (The Hill)
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    Campaign finance watchdog seeks Justice probe of super PACs
    The Washington Post
    A watchdog group Wednesday asked the Justice Department to investigate two super PACs helping President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney, alleging the groups are "engaged in illegal activities" by coordinating too closely with the presidential campaigns. More
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    Boxer: 'No path forward' on $109 billion Senate transportation bill
    The Hill
    Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., the sponsor of the Senate's $109 billion transportation bill, said Wednesday that she did not see a path forward for the measure in the upper chamber.

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  • Pelosi blasts GOP transportation bill from House floor (The Hill)
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    Payroll deal spares EPA boiler rules
    The Hill
    The compromise agreement to extend the payroll tax cut does not include a provision to delay and soften Environmental Protection Agency boiler pollution regulations, according to a Capitol Hill aide familiar with the final deal.
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    Obama's budget axes program that tests bacteria in produce
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama's proposed budget would eliminate the nation's only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks. More
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    As Xi charms Iowa, China hedges corn ties with US
    The Wall Street Journal
    While Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Iowa this week pushed U.S. farms to the forefront of the bilateral agenda, a separate Chinese visit farther south could end up delivering a blow to the U.S. farmers who have been praising the jobs that China helped them create. More
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    Connecticut pushes for healthful school lunch, breakfast
    The Associated Press via The Middletown Press
    Connecticut advocates for school nutrition are kicking up lobbying efforts to expand children's access to healthy foods, mandate daily physical education and grow the state's school breakfast program. More
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    Community Food Projects given $4.8 million to fight hunger
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded 27 grants totaling $4.8 million to participants of the Community Food Projects program. The funded initiatives battle hunger and food insecurity in low-income U.S. populations. More
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    EPA sets limits on air toxins from PVC production
    Environmental Protection Agency
    The Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule Monday to tighten emissions limits for air toxins from polyvinyl chloride and copolymers production. More
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    New technologies approved for meat, poultry processing
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    New technologies recently approved for use in meat and poultry processing include:
  • Canola protein and hydrolyzed canolo protein as a binder in ground meat;
  • Hypobromous acid as an antimicrobial agent for poultry processing;
  • Sulfuric acid and sodium sulfate as an acidifier or antimicrobial agent for meat and poultry.
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    UK study: Children exposed to junk food ads despite regulation
    Healthcare Today
    A study by Newcastle University in the U.K. suggests that regulations on junk food advertising on TV are having little effect. More
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    Canada: Doctors want junk food in same category as E. coli
    National Post
    Junk food and its ingredients are such major health hazards that products with excessive amounts of sugar, salt and saturated fats should be labeled as "pathogens," suggest three Canadian experts in a provocative new commentary. More
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    Food risk conference eyes challenges of global food market
    Food Standards Agency
    The Food Standards Agency is bringing together a range of experts March 13 to explore the future risks threatening food safety and the plans in place to tackle them. More
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    West Coast berry groups band together for food safety training
    The Grower
    Commissions representing berry growers in Oregon, Washington and California have banded together to promote good food safety practices. More
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    Climate-friendly freezer cabinets coming soon
    RAC
    Unilever and Ben & Jerry's have announced plans to roll out climate-friendly ice cream freezer cabinets in the United States in 2012. More
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    Year's worth of meat, poultry recalled for lack of inspection
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    JAA Meat Products Corp. is recalling a wide range of meat and poultry items produced since January 2011 because federal inspections might not have taken place.

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    Retail container traffic expected to pick up
    Truckinginfo
    Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be down 6.8 percent in February from a year ago, but it should show year-over-year increases through most of the remaining first half of 2012, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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    China's trademark system baffles foreign firms
    Reuters
    China's trademark system is a minefield of murky rules and opportunistic "trademark squatters" that even the world's biggest companies and their highly paid lawyers find hard to navigate. More
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    Market research: China agriculture, food processing industry
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue. "China agriculture and sideline occupation food processing equipment manufacturing industry, 2012" offers insight for investors, producers and others who might be affected by China's food production sectors. More
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    Expanded tracking provides market insight for produce
    USDA Blog
    More than 13 billion pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables cross the U.S.-Mexican border each year. Accurate tracking of the food being imported across our southern border is important for a variety of reasons, including the ability to accurately assess the market price of incoming goods and the growing importance of specific ports of entry. More
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    Frozen vegetable company: 'We're not closing anything'
    Americus Times-Recorder
    The Allens Inc. frozen vegetable processing plants in Montezuma, Ga., are not closing, a company official has said in response to rumors. More
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    Study links BPA to obesity, diabetes
    The Huffington Post
    Exposure to even minuscule amounts of synthesized substances used in everything from pesticides to water bottles can scramble hormone signals and lead to greater risk of obesity and diabetes, scientists say. More
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