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Expert urges farmers to take lead on food safety
The Associated Press via USA Today
A food safety expert told Colorado farmers Thursday that last year's deadly Listeria outbreak traced to Colorado cantaloupe proved they cannot rely on third-party inspections to guarantee their produce is safe.

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FDA: Most carbendazim-tested orange juice enters US
Food Quality News
Almost three-quarters of all orange juice and concentrate shipments attempting to enter the U.S. have tested negative for carbendazim, U.S. food safety officials have confirmed. More
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Mexican trucks needed for US cross-border pilot program
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Concerned about low participation in a cross-border pilot program for Mexican long-haul trucks, U.S. Department of Transportation officials on Friday urged more Mexican companies to apply, saying their enrollment is critical to the success of the three-year demonstration project. More
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Battleground Poll: GOP president's race takes toll; Obama up
POLITICO
A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll reveals the prolonged nominating battle is taking a toll on the GOP candidates and finds the president's standing significantly improved since late last year. More
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Polls: Michigan primary a toss-up between Romney, Santorum
The Hill
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are knotted atop the polls heading into Tuesday's critical primary in Michigan. More
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Source: Bob Kerrey will run for Senate
The Washington Post
Former senator Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., has changed his mind and plans to run for the open Senate seat in Nebraska, according to a senior Democratic aide. More
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Safety groups go to court over new HOS rule
Truckinginfo
The federal rule for truck driver hours of service still fails to make needed improvements regarding tired truckers and should be subjected to judicial review, according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition and two truck drivers who filed a lawsuit challenging the new rule. More
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EPA air rules head to court
The Wall Street Journal
Republicans on the campaign trail have long bashed President Barack Obama's environmental regulations. This week the battle moves to the courtroom, where several industries and GOP lawmakers are trying to overturn the administration's rules for reducing greenhouse gases. More
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FDA supports industry in 'Facts Up Front' labeling
FoodNavigator-USA.com
The FDA wrote to the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute in December in support of the trade groups' front-of-pack labeling program, saying it would exercise enforcement discretion for certain aspects of the scheme. More
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APHIS seeks to separate meat, poultry import regulations
Federal Register
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has proposed changing import regulations for fresh and frozen pork and pork products, seeking to separate the commodities into individual categories to gain more detailed information about nonfood animal and poultry products versus food products. More
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Opinion: Will there ever be a long-term highway bill?
National Journal
Things aren't looking so good for a comprehensive or long-term surface transportation bill this year. After news broke last week that House Republicans were backing off of a five-year, $260 billion highway/energy bill, the best scenario for legislation lies with the Senate's two-year, $109 billion proposal. More
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EFSA: No adverse effects of GM Amflora potato
PotatoPro
The European Food Safety Authority has published a scientific opinion on the Post-Market Environmental Monitoring report for the 2010 cultivation season of the genetically modified Amflora potato, finding no adverse effects on human and animal health or the environment. More
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Taiwan lawmakers submit US beef proposals
Taipei Times
A total of seven proposals aiming to regulate the use of the feed additive ractopamine have been submitted to Taiwan's legislature, which has earned a say in major policy decisions, at least during this legislative session.

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    USDA releases first-quarter enforcement report
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service's Quarterly Enforcement Report provides a summary of the enforcement actions FSIS has taken to ensure that products that reach consumers are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. In the first fiscal quarter, spanning October through December 2011, FSIS details its inspections, enforcement actions and administrative procedures. More
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    Group sees potential increase in food prices
    USAgNet
    Analysts with Great American Group, a leading provider of asset disposition, valuation and appraisal services, believe continued increases in raw material costs will result in overall higher food prices in the coming months. More
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    Yum Brands CEO takes on world — a bite at a time
    USA Today
    David Novak, 59, chief executive of fast food giant Yum Brands — with 36,000 restaurants in 117 countries under brands such as KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut — talks about growing up with fast food and what he sees as the biggest retail opportunity of the 21st century. More
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    U.S. Grains Council: Rapid rise of Asian middle class likely to revamp global food systems
    Food Ingredients First
    U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Thomas C. Dorr presented a preview of Food 2040 today at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. "Growing affluence in China could change people's diets and the global food system. Consumers will expect more choice, quality, convenience and safety in their food purchases," Dorr said. More
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    Rugged tablets in the food manufacturing industry
    RuggedBook
    With wide temperature ranges and and a wide variety of operating conditions, the food manufacturing industry can greatly benefit from rugged tablet PCs. More
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    Industrial pollutants measured in vegans
    Care2
    The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a long-awaited health report on dioxin, a class of industrial pollutants of Agent Orange infamy. Dubbed "the most toxic compound synthesized by man," dioxin is considered a known human carcinogen. More
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    Ferrero to build Mexico facility
    just-food
    Confectionery giant Ferrero is set to invest $190 million in building a production facility in Mexico to make the firm's Kinder and Nutella products for the local market and for export to North America. More
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    Bimbo poised for largest capital spending in company history
    BSIMagazine.com
    Grupo Bimbo has budgeted $780 million for capital spending in 2012, the largest total in the company's history, according to CEO Daniel Servitje, who said the year will be one of transition as the company integrates its Sara Lee operations and focuses on manufacturing, logistics and expansion. More
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    Arrowhead Potato awarded $300,000 grant
    KMVT-TV
    Arrowhead Potato Co. of Rupert, Idaho, is among the 2012 USDA Value-Added Producer Grants recipients, securing a $300,000 grant to improve traceability and packaging. More
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    Intermodal Terminal brings fast shipping, better quality
    The Chronicle
    Thanks to the far-sightedness of Port of Quincy commissioners, consumers in Chicagoland are receiving produce from farmers in central Washington more quickly and in better condition than ever. More
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    How to reformulate for low sodium, fat in cooked sausage
    meatingplace
    Reducing sodium and fat in product formulations leads to potential quality and yield challenges that are best addressed through ingredient and processing technology. Sodium can be reduced up to 50 percent in a cooked sausage product and still be labeled as a "reduced sodium" product. More
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    Addressing pork industry's integrated market
    ThePigSite
    Canadian Pork Council Chairman Jean-Guy Vincent and Vice Chairman Rick Bergmann joined Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz in Washington, D.C., for an important roundtable discussion with American pork industry representatives on strengthening the North American integrated market for pigs and pork. More
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    A proven approach to promoting frozen foods
    National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association Inc.
    In Frozen Food Month 2012, starting March 4, NFRA is using its "Take a Fresh Look at Frozens" theme to encourage consumers to visit the frozen food aisles. More
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