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Industry: Obama fee for food processors would raise food prices
Bloomberg News
An Obama administration plan to raise $220 million for food safety programs through fees on processing plants, warehouses and other facilities would hit consumers with higher food prices, industry groups said.

Editor's note: This story lists the American Frozen Food Institute as a member of a food group coalition urging Congress to reject new food regulatory fees.
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FDA's Taylor makes case for facility registration fees
Food Chemical News
The Food and Drug Administration will be able to write the regulations required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, but to implement the law the way it was intended, some additional resources are going to be needed, stresses Michael Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for foods.

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  • FDA launches survey of state, local food safety abilities (Federal Register)
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    Heinz to strengthen frozen business
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    H.J. Heinz Company is promising to heat up innovation at its frozen food business, which includes such brands as Ore-Ida potatoes and Smart Ones frozen entrees. That was just one of the pledges from CEO William R. Johnson, who spoke to the annual conference of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York. More
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    Romney taps Bush hands to shape economic policies
    The Wall Street Journal
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is tapping experts in the moderate camp of GOP economics to help him craft a meatier campaign message. More
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    Long, damaging primary has GOP considering rules changes
    The Hill
    Republicans are weighing a change to the party's presidential primary rules amid fears this year's prolonged nomination process is hurting the GOP's chances of retaking the White House. More
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    Romney struggles to connect in Michigan
    POLITICO
    Some Republicans are worried that the same issue that has plagued Mitt Romney from state to state is even more pronounced in his native state of Michigan: his inability to connect on a human, personal level. More
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    Senators back ambitious trade agenda with Europe
    The Hill
    A bipartisan group of senators wants more trade barriers dropped between the United States and Europe. In a letter to President Barack Obama Thursday, 18 senators, led by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, called on the removal of "unnecessary barriers to trans-Atlantic commerce and investment."

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  • Kirk set to talk trade on Capitol Hill (The Hill)
  • Groups support US-EU trade agreement (National Pork Producers Council)
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    Japan completes first round of talks with all 9 TPP countries
    The Mainichi Daily News
    Japan held preliminary talks with New Zealand Thursday over bid to join negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative, completing the first round of such talks with all nine TPP countries. More
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    Boehner may scale back highway bill amid Republican opposition
    The Hill
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, may scale back his signature transportation bill significantly in the face of opposition from conservative and centrist members of his own party. More
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    Final rule defines 'small business' in transportation, warehousing
    Federal Register
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the small business size standards for 22 industries in the transportation and warehousing sector while retaining current standards for the remaining 37 industries of the sector. More
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    FDA reports to Congress on foreign offices
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    In keeping with the Food Safety Modernization Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has worked to establish foreign posts to enhance cooperation with regulatory arms of other governments. This progress report outlines key accomplishments and goals related to global food safety efforts. More
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    Codex task force tackles hazards in animal feed
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Codex Task Force on Animal Feeding concluded its sixth session in Switzerland Friday, taking steps forward in its effort to identify hazards in animal food and establish guidelines for governments to use in managing those risks. More
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    FDA to study consumer response to whole grain labels
    Office of the Federal Register
    The FDA wants to analyze how various whole grain food labels — such as "Made with whole grain" — influence consumers and how well consumers understand the different types of labeling on food packages. More
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    Food stamp program's quality control reviews to be updated
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Food and Nutrition Service has proposed changes to the Negative Case Action Review Schedule associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The changes are meant to ease the burden associated with the rising SNAP participation. More
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    Proposed rule sets baseline for fruit, vegetable push in schools
    Federal Register
    The Food and Nutrition Service has proposed basic requirements for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to comply with the school lunch law and encourage children to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. More
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    Ben & Jerry's launches new line of Greek frozen yogurt
    Los Angeles Times
    Ben & Jerry's has graduated from Schweddy Balls and other ice cream flavors to a new line of icy sweets: Greek frozen yogurt. More
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    The simple way Stonyfield Farm cut $18 million in expenses
    Business Insider
    Few companies are as deeply invested in protecting the environment as Stonyfield Farm, a New Hampshire-based organic yogurt company born from a mission to help family farms achieve sustainable agricultural practices. More
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    Kellogg's unveils 2012 product lineup
    Drug Store News
    Kellogg's announced the launch of nearly two dozen products in the United States, including new additions to its cereals, snacks and frozen foods portfolios. More
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    Food poison detector coming to your smartphone?
    LA Weekly
    Want to check that if that meat really is spoiled or just smells strange? UCLA reports that a new attachment for smartphones may be able to detect E. coli and Salmonella contamination and save you from a trip to the emergency room. More
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    Back to basics to tackle coming shortage of food safety auditors
    Food Production Daily
    There could be an impending shortage of food safety auditors in the United States, rooted in a lack of food safety emphasis in the U.S. education system, according to Kathleen Wybourn, director of food safety solutions at DNV Business Assurance. More
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    Dollar Tree beefing up frozen, refrigerated presence
    Supermarket News
    Dollar Tree said Wednesday it plans to continue to install freezers and coolers at additional stores this year "because frozen and refrigerated product drives traffic into our stores." More
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    National Pork Board reacts to McDonald's animal welfare policy
    Agri-View
    McDonald's Corp. announced Monday that it will transition its pork supply away from farmers who use conventional sow gestation stalls. The National Pork Board recognizes that food companies make decisions in the best interests of their businesses. At the same time, the National Pork Board maintains the position that there are numerous ways, including sow gestation stalls, to provide proper care for sows. More
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    Procter & Gamble to cut 5,700 jobs
    Reuters
    Procter & Gamble Co. plans to cut a total of 5,700 jobs as part of a new plan to reduce costs by $10 billion before the end of fiscal 2016, CEO Bob McDonald said Thursday. More
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    Testa Produce first LEED platinum food distributor
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Testa Produce is the first food distribution company in the nation to gain LEED platinum certification, the highest level available. More
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    Robotic palletizing for food manufacturers
    Manufacturing.net
    Robotic palletizing is an effective way for food manufacturers to ensure proper palletization when preparing pallets of varying shapes and sizes. More
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    UK: Call for more tests after research links BPA, heart disease
    Food Production Daily
    Scientists in the U.K. have called on the government to carry out drug-style safety trials of bisphenol A in humans after research suggested exposure to the chemical is linked to increased levels of heart disease. More
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