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Taylor: Food safety collaboration in a global food system
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods, spoke yesterday at the Global Food Safety Conference, telling attendees about FSMA developments and the need for collaboration in the food industry. The text of his speech is presented in its entirety. More
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Consumer prices edge up in January on food, fuel
The Associated Press via NPR
The Labor Department said today the consumer price index increased 0.2 percent in January after a flat reading in December. Consumer prices rose in January for only the second time in four months as food, gas, rent and clothing costs all increased. More
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Wal-Mart food safety head outlines challenges
MeatPoultry.com
Noting that 2011 brought two of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in decades, Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., told attendees at the Global Food Safety Conference that food safety has reached a crossroads. More
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Obama campaign weighs Santorum
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has begun discussing whether to attack Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and try to define him for a general-election audience, potentially breaking from its focus on Mitt Romney. More
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Newt Gingrich's risky Super Tuesday strategy
The Washington Post
Newt Gingrich is handing Rick Santorum a golden opportunity to prove himself as the true anti-Romney conservative before Super Tuesday. So far, the former House speaker's campaign has shown little inclination to play in the three states that will hold their contests before March 6, a risky strategy that could backfire. More
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Obama camp pulls in $29 million in January
The Hill
President Barack Obama raised $29.1 million in January for his re-election campaign and the Democratic Party, his campaign announced Friday while Obama was on a West Coast fundraising swing.

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    Poll: Scott Brown opens 9-point lead over Elizabeth Warren
    The Hill
    A new poll of the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race shows incumbent Sen. Scott Brown with a lead over Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, a strong showing in what is expected to be among the most hotly contested 2012 races.

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    Obama bypasses Congress again on climate change
    USA Today
    President Barack Obama, who said last month that divisions in Congress are "too deep" to tackle climate change, bypassed Capitol Hill again this week with another effort to reduce climate-warming emissions. More
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    FSIS official: Plan now for stepped-up E. coli enforcement
    meatingplace
    Don't plan on USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service pushing back the start of its sampling program for six strains of non-O157 shiga toxin-producing E. coli again, warned Ken Petersen, FSIS assistant administrator for Field Operations, in comments to processors at the National Meat Association's annual convention. More
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    New York legislator asks fast food for antibiotics disclosure
    Office of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter
    Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., ranking member of the House Rules Committee and the only microbiologist in Congress, sent a letter Thursday to more than 60 fast food companies, producers, processors and grocery chains asking them to disclose their policies on antibiotic use in meat and poultry production. More
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    China, US talk food trade in Iowa
    Reuters
    China's leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, gathered with U.S. agricultural officials in America's grain belt Thursday and stressed their shared interests in fostering increased food security and trade in farm goods.

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  • Obama, eyeing China, to boost export financing (Reuters)
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    FSIS pledges to reduce foodborne illness despite funding cuts
    Food Quality News
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service intends to continue its goal of reducing the number of foodborne illnesses related to its inspected products, despite the looming $9 million cut to its budget. More
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    Nestle puts new items out front
    The Wall Street Journal
    Nestle said it will use new products to attract customers during what it expects to be a tough year. More
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    Patterson frozen food plant to stay open — for now
    The Modesto Bee
    The second-biggest employer in Patterson, Calif., apparently won't shut down next week, despite a warning last month that it planned to do so. Patterson Vegetable Company employees are reporting to work Monday, local economic development officials said. More
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    Harvard scientist: Edible food packaging is the future
    Food Production Daily
    U.S. scientists have developed a food packaging technology that could eliminate the need for plastic containers, and the lead developer says it could hit the market within 12 months. More
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    Wal-Mart calls report of Russian food retail purchase 'hoax'
    Bloomberg News
    Speculation that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. may acquire a Russian hypermarket chain is a "hoax," said Lev Khasis, a senior vice president and chief leverage officer at the U.S. retailer. More
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    China egg producer to set up US biofuel project with Smithfield
    Bloomberg News
    Beijing DQY Agriculture Technology, a Chinese egg producer, will cooperate with a unit of U.S. meat supplier Smithfield Foods Inc. on a biofuel joint venture, the Chinese company said in a statement today. More
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    Cold storage facility to add 140,000 square feet of capacity
    Indianapolis Star
    Interstate Warehousing Inc. in Franklin, Ind., is investing $26 million in the facility and adding 140,000 square feet to the company's 428,000-square-foot warehouse. More
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    Chili Station recalls 1.5 tons of product not inspected
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The Chili Station has issued a recall for 3,800 pounds of chili that might have been produced without undergoing federal inspection.

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    The next incarnation of March's Frozen Food Month
    MagicKitchen.com via Your-Story.org
    Originally created to celebrate the myriad frozen food options at the nation's supermarkets, Frozen Food Month observances now celebrates the next incarnation of frozen meals: healthier, better-quality products delivered direct to the home, according to MagicKitchen.com CEO Greg Miller. More
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    Sanitation management: Auditing for prevention
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    In the past, it was enough for a food or beverage manufacturer to pass the sanitation portion of an inspection through a primarily visual assessment. But now, with FSMA, plants not only must pass sanitary checks, but also they must verify preventive measures have been put in place to ensure that sanitation. More
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    Food distribution center to get 85 percent of power from sun
    Refrigerated Transporter
    US Foods says nearly 85 percent of its Metro New York Division's annual energy will come from solar power by July 2012, as a major rooftop solar panel installation is underway. More
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