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AFFI Frozen Food Convention matches attendance record
Business Wire via MarketWatch
The American Frozen Food Institute is pleased to announce that the 2012 AFFI Frozen Food Convention in San Diego has matched the convention's all-time attendance record set two years ago, with more than 1,400 members of the frozen food industry participating in the conference. More
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New rules planned for school vending machines
The New York Times
The government's attempt to reduce childhood obesity is moving from the school cafeteria to the vending machines as the Obama administration works to set nutritional standards for foods children can buy outside the cafeteria. More
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More than 400 take part in Frozen Food Foundation fun run
Business Wire via MarketWatch
The Frozen Food Foundation is pleased to announce it exceeded its participation goal for the Frozen Food Foundation 5K Fun Run & Walk presented by Green Giant® yesterday along the San Diego Embarcadero. More
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GOP primary heads into decisive phase as Super Tuesday looms
The Washington Post
The battle for the Republican presidential nomination heads into a potentially decisive phase during the next two weeks, with contests in 13 states that finally could answer some of the questions that have defined the race. More
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Obama seeks to build momentum for economic agenda
The Washington Post
With new signs that the economy is getting stronger, President Barack Obama sought to build political momentum Tuesday for his economic agenda, demanding that Congress continue to support his initiatives after it approved an extension of the payroll tax cut last week. More
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January fundraising winners and losers
The Washington Post
January fundraising reports were due by midnight Monday, which made Monday the highest of political nerd holidays: FEC Day. And you can find all the numbers here.

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    New districts upend California politics
    The Wall Street Journal
    Only one congressional seat in California changed parties in the past decade. Now, an independent redistricting process has turned the Golden State into a battleground where Democrats hope to pick up House seats this fall. More
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    Vilsack: Government to buy more biobased products
    USA Today
    To buoy America's farmers and cut the nation's dependence on oil, President Barack Obama is expected to issue rules today to expand the emerging market for biobased products that are just starting to appear on store shelves with a U.S.-approved label. More
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    US, South Korea say free trade pact will take effect in March
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    In an announcement Tuesday, the United States and South Korea say their long-stalled free trade agreement will take effect March 15. The deal is America's biggest since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. More
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    EPA: California rules in force for mobile cargo handling equipment
    Federal Register
    The Environmental Protection Agency has granted a full waiver to the California Air Resources Board, allowing California's state regulations to supersede federal pollution guidelines in relation to mobile cargo handling equipment at ports and intermodal rail yards. More
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    Taiwan: Beef importers risk losing permits over ractopamine
    Focus Taiwan
    Importers found selling beef that contains residues of ractopamine, a livestock feed additive that is banned in Taiwan, may have their import licenses revoked, Taiwan Premier Sean Chen said Tuesday. More
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    Comment period extended for NAFTA certificate proposal
    Federal Register
    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added another 30 days to the comment period for feedback on its request to extend the expiration date for the NAFTA Certificate of Origin form currently being used. More
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    FDA updates Structured Product Labeling resources
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA Data Standards Council's online SPL resources were updated Friday to include an updated SPL schema, SPL Release Five. More
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    National Potato Promotion Board gains 33 new members
    USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed 33 representatives to serve on the National Potato Promotion Board. More
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    Wal-Mart shows rebounding US business, squeezed profit margins
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s business offers insight into how Americans are reacting in the slow economic recovery: They will spend, but only if they believe they're getting the lowest prices. More
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    Whole Foods up, Wal-Mart down in customer satisfaction poll
    MSNBC
    A new survey finds that even though food prices are going up, Americans are more satisfied than they were a year ago with upscale grocer Whole Foods and less satisfied with discount giant Wal-Mart. More
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    Heinz: 'Hope for best, plan for worst' in US market
    Food Navigator-USA.com
    Improving economic data notwithstanding, the U.S. market will remain challenging for packaged food companies for some time, according to bosses at Heinz. More
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    Report: Fructose not linked to extra weight gain
    Reuters Health
    A little extra simple sugar in your diet probably won't make you pack on the pounds — as long as you cut down on other carbs to make up for it, a new analysis of past studies suggests. More
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    Families eating only fresh, natural, 'real' food boast better health
    The Commercial Appeal
    As access to fresh, seasonal foods expands, many people — including some residents of Memphis, Tenn. — are taking a new approach to mealtime and grocery shopping that benefits not only their families, but also the community. Ditching processed, packaged and refined foods, they are seeking to serve only wholesome, natural foods, dairy and whole grains prepared from scratch. More
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    Seeking the right recipe for food labels
    Los Angeles Times
    With few consumers actually reading the nutrition facts on food products, several ideas are floated for front-of-package labels that have clearer information. More
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    Research: Chlorine dioxide gas fights Listeria on RTE equipment
    Food Production Daily
    Chlorine dioxide gas has the capacity to inactivate Listeria monocytogenes completely on ready-to-eat meat processing equipment, according to new research published in the journal "Food Control" by scientists from Purdue University and Ohio State University. More
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    Cutting 'unperceived' salt could slash sodium in snacks
    BakeryAndSnacks.com
    Altering the release profile of salt in snacks could help to lower levels of "unperceived" sodium without affecting taste, say researchers. More
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    Feedyard margins: Wow! Packer margins: Ouch
    Drovers Cattle Network
    Cattle feeders saw profit margins jump an astonishing $137 per head last week as cash fed cattle prices gained $6 per hundredweight, reaching new records. But when the dust settled, packers were staring at another week of declining margins, with per-head losses nearing $80, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. More
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    The right thing
    CampdenFB
    For the chairman of one of the largest privately owned frozen food companies in North America, there was only one option when faced with corrupt officials — no matter how important the market might be. More
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    Emerging risk management metrics in food safety
    Food Control
    An article to be published in the June edition of the journal "Food Control" focuses on risk management issues applied to mycotoxins and, in particular, the Codex Alimentarius recommendations for microbiological hazards. More
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