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Food industry worries about federal dioxin risk report
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
Food and agricultural groups are worried the release of a long-awaited federal study on the health effects of dioxins will lead to new regulations from the Obama administration on what Americans can eat.

Editor's note: A letter to the White House signed by various food groups, including the American Frozen Food Institute, is referenced in this story.
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Highway bill stalled; Chamber campaigns outside Beltway
The Hill
Lawmakers can expect to hear about the stalled surface transportation bill from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during the congressional recess.

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    Taco Bell comes out of its shell to ring in a new menu
    USA Today
    Taco Bell is about to rub salt — make that orange Doritos dust — into its own wounds. It may just be the cure as the brand goes on the offensive to turn its 50th anniversary year into one for the fast food record books. More
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    Justices suggest Citizens United ruling should be reconsidered
    The Washington Post
    Two Supreme Court justices suggested Friday that the court reconsider its controversial 2010 decision that allowed unlimited corporate and union spending in elections. More
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    Opinion: The super PAC confusion
    The Washington Post
    The emergence of super PACs again shows that "campaign finance reform" has failed abysmally.

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    Obama's January haul short of 2008 pace
    The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama raised $29 million for his 2012 re-election bid in January, a significant falloff from his haul in the comparable month four years ago and a sign of potential weaknesses in the president's fundraising. More
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    Romney adviser: Michigan not a 'must-win' for campaign
    The Hill
    A senior adviser to the Mitt Romney campaign said he didn't consider the Feb. 28 Michigan primary to be a "must-win" for the former Massachusetts governor.

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    Poll: Obama struggling in Iowa
    USA Today
    Iowa launched Barack Obama's winning presidential campaign in 2008, and a new poll reflects how difficult his re-election might be. More
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    Sprouts growers say they need FDA to set new safety rules
    NPR
    Another week, another outbreak of illness caused by sprouts. The latest troubles come to people who ate sandwiches from Jimmy John's restaurants in five Midwestern states. More
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    Study: Nutrition label law lowered nutrition, improved taste
    Medical Xpress
    In the nearly two decades since regulations required food products to contain a "Nutrition Facts" label, the overall nutritional quality of branded food products in supermarkets has decreased while the taste of these same products has improved, according to researchers at Duke University and the University of Maryland. More
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    Californians petition to get GMO labels for November ballot
    San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center
    Thousands of volunteers worked Saturday to launch a petition drive to get the "California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act" on the ballot in November. More
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    Opinion: Labeling the modified foods
    Philadelphia Inquirer
    Since GMOs now are in much of the food we eat, some people want to see that information on a label. More
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    Kraft names sales heads, leadership teams
    Progressive Grocer
    As part of Kraft Foods' endeavor to build two powerful sales organizations, the Illinois-based food giant has named the U.S. heads of sales for both its grocery and snack businesses, as well as their leadership teams. More
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    Wal-Mart ups stake in China e-commerce
    The Wall Street Journal
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it plans to buy a majority stake in Chinese e-commerce company Yihaodian, a move to boost its online efforts as consumers there flock to the Internet to shop. More
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    First 'test tube' hamburger ready this fall
    Discovery News
    The world's first "test tube" meat, a hamburger made from a cow's stem cells, will be produced this fall, Dutch scientist Mark Post told a major science conference Sunday. More
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    Vieth: Economy improving, driver shortage looming
    Truckinginfo
    The good news is there's a capacity shortage in the trucking industry, so you should be making money. The bad news is finding drivers is going to cost you some of that money. That was the message of Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst with ACT Research, during a recent presentation at the 2012 Recruiting and Retention Conference hosted by the Truckload Carriers Association and ACS in Nashville, Tenn. More
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    Thermo Fisher puts 'global' carbendazim issue to the test
    Beverage Daily
    Thermo Fisher Scientific says it has internally validated a faster and more accurate new method for detecting residue levels of carbendazim in oranges and orange juice than one technique now being used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test Brazilian imports. More
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    Heinz reports higher profit on growth in emerging markets
    Food Ingredients First
    H.J. Heinz Company reported a third-quarter sales growth of 7.2 percent, led by dynamic growth in emerging markets and higher global ketchup sales. More
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    Campaign urges consumers to 'be happy' with seafood choices
    Progressive Grocer
    Eight North American ocean conservation organizations have joined forces to roll out "Be Happy," an online community for seafood-loving families to find out more about sustainable seafood. More
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    Cold chain technology more than temperature monitoring
    Food Logistics
    We often hear how the food chain needs to synchronize more than ever to improve the accuracy of their business data and the efficiency of their processes. In cold chains, a bit more specificity is needed; data must be absolutely accurate in terms of product condition and shelf life considerations. This requires a combination of science, process and technology. More
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    Cargill helps customers deliver healthier products children like
    USAgNet
    Cargill solutions enable school nutrition professionals to prepare meals with more servings of whole grains, less sodium, fats and oils with no or low saturated fat and zero grams of trans fat per serving. More
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    Partnership aims to improve supply chain visibility for food
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Leavitt Partners, a health care and food safety consulting firm, and Park City Group have teamed up to improve supply chain visibility for food and drug safety. More
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    Unifrutti launches 5 new products at Gulf Food 2012
    Zawya
    Unifrutti has launched five new products during the Gulf Food Show 2012, rolling out organic fresh produce items that include frozen sorbets, a frozen food line under its Delizia brand, vegetable crisps and new fruit juices. More
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    From man to machine: Robotics in food facilities
    Food Logistics
    According to industry experts, the robotics market in the food industry is growing steadily. One of the most recent causes for this growth is the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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