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Delays raise uncertainties in food safety compliance
Compliance Week
Food companies are preparing for compliance with the most sweeping industry safety reforms since 1938 — except, as compliance officers hear often these days, delays in adopting final rules are leaving them unsure how to proceed. More
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FDA to release post-FSMA guidance for record keeping
Office of the Federal Register
The Food and Drug Administration will announce, in tomorrow's Federal Register, the fifth edition of its industry guidance on record keeping for the food supply chain. This is the first update to the guidance since the Food Safety Modernization Act was adopted. More
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Pig-to-human 'superbug' possibly linked to animal antibiotics
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Researchers who traced the evolution of a potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria strain that can jump from livestock to humans say their findings highlight the dangers of widespread antibiotic use in animal food production.

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  • Applegate responds to senator's question of 'what's in the beef' (PR Newswire via MarketWatch)
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    Obama to propose lowering corporate tax rate to 28 percent
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama today plans to propose a major overhaul of the nation's corporate tax code, an election year gambit that likely will draw a contrast on a key policy issue with the Republicans vying to replace him. More
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    Poll: Obama tops 50 percent against all in field
    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama is topping 50 percent support in match-ups against each of the four Republican presidential candidates, a new poll finds. More
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    Republican presidential contest moves to Arizona, Michigan
    The Washington Post
    Front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum opened one of the most crucial periods in the Republican presidential campaign Tuesday, with Romney going on the attack while suddenly claiming the mantle of underdog as he seeks to avoid potentially devastating losses in next Tuesday's primaries in Arizona and Michigan. More
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    Romney has large share of 'maxed out' donors
    The Wall Street Journal
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is drawing a disproportionately high amount of campaign funds from people who have given him the legal maximum, weakening his ability to raise money from such proven donors as the GOP nomination fight drags on.

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  • 25 percent of super PAC money coming from 5 rich donors (USA Today)
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    Driver distraction guidelines target in-vehicle electronics
    Office of the Federal Register
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released the first phase of its voluntary NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines, which aim to reduce distraction caused by drivers' use of electronic devices. The guidelines recommend certain in-vehicle devices be designed so they cannot be used while driving. More
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    Connecticut bill looks to add labels to engineered food
    The Associated Press via Newsday
    Connecticut lawmakers will review legislation requiring genetically engineered foods to be clearly labeled as such. The Environment Committee will review the bill during a public hearing Wednesday morning. More
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    FDA seeks broader access to food records
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration is seeking comment on its interim final rule that expands the FDA's access to food records, in keeping with the Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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    USDA extends comment period for Dow GM corn
    Federal Register
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will extend by two months its public comment period for a new genetically modified corn by Dow Chemical Co. that is opposed by environmental groups. More
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    White House accused of shielding biotech industry strategy memo
    Food Chemical News
    Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, on Friday filed a 33-page legal brief seeking immediate release of documents, including a biotech industry strategy memo, that PEER says reveal White House efforts to push for approval of genetically engineered crops. More
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    UK: Kellogg welcomes advertising authority's Facebook ruling
    FoodManufacture-UK.com
    Cereal manufacturer Kellogg has welcomed a ruling from the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority allowing it to continue using a superhero-themed Facebook game to market a product opponents claim contains too much sugar for children. More
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    GFSI announces new board chairman
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    The Global Food Safety Initiative has announced the appointment of Yves Rey, corporate quality general manager at Danone, to succeed Jurgen Matern as GFSI board chairman, effective immediately. More
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    'Power of Meat' research: Price matters most
    PR Newswire via Virtual Press Office
    The seventh annual Power of Meat study shows price has taken on an ever greater role in the meat purchasing decision process, as price per pound was cited as the most important decision factor for consumers, while total package cost is now the second consideration, surpassing product appearance. More
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    Bon Appetit announces animal welfare reforms
    The Washington Post
    Hoping to set a standard for others in the industry to follow, food service giant Bon Appetit Management Co. announced Tuesday it will purchase pork, liquid eggs and veal only from producers who follow more humane animal agricultural practices. The company also intends to eliminate foie gras and veal from calves confined in grates from its menus. More
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    Snacks over staples as ConAgra enters 'phase 2' growth
    Omaha World-Herald
    In the near future, ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to invest more in foods that consumers want, rather than foods consumers need, CEO and President Gary Rodkin told analysts and investors Tuesday, saying the company has entered "phase two" of its long-term growth plan. More
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    Kraft Foods' chief touts opportunities from split
    Chicago Tribune
    Executives of Kraft Foods Inc. worked a crowd of Wall Street analysts Tuesday, looking to convince the group that the two companies it plans to create when it splits later this year will be more competitive than the larger company is today. More
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    Arizona group offers multilanguage food safety poster for workers
    The Packer
    A dual-language poster outlining 15 safety precautions for field workers has been developed by the Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Committee. More
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    From farm to fork: ISO recipe for successful food supply chains
    The Financial
    ISO's solutions for ensuring quality and safety in the food industry are the subject of a new brochure, "ISO & Food," that provides a concise overview of international standards that are available and how they can help. More
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    Expert: Use celebrities, personalized messages for food safety
    FoodNavigator-USA.com
    Food safety experts need to do a better job of communicating the consumer's role in keeping food safe, and a good way to do that is by using personalized messages and the example of celebrity kitchen role models, says a consumer food marketing specialist. More
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    Algae-based flour cuts fat in EU market
    FoodNavigator.com
    An algae-based flour targeted at fat reduction in foods, the first product to emerge from a joint venture between French food ingredients giant Roquette and Californian microalgae expert Solazyme, has been released for the European market. More
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    The quest for wellness continues
    Supermarket News
    According to a study conducted by Catalina Marketing and the Food Marketing Institute, "More than 40 percent of shoppers are interested in supermarkets providing recipes and information for specific health concerns, health screening services, nutritional counseling and personalized wellness plans." More
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    Turning commercial food waste into energy
    The Plymouth Herald via Waste Management World
    Two leading U.K. businesses have joined together to launch an eco-friendly project to dispose of companies' food waste. The newly announced Food:Logic scheme has been created by waste management specialists Alpha:Logic and Langage Farm's anaerobic digestion plant. More
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    'Talking' packaging is the future
    Food Production Daily
    Food packaging could "talk" to consumers in the next few years courtesy of a mobile phone application, according to a Finnish research center. More
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