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Vilsack: Smartphone app could solve GMO labeling wars
Firstpost
Consumers using smartphones to scan special codes or symbols on food packages could head off the debate between the food industry and those pushing for labels identifying genetically modified organisms, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
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IFSAC reveals food source for top pathogens
Food Quality News
More than 80 percent of E.coli illnesses were traced to beef and vegetable row crops, according to a method to analyze outbreak data.

Related: Antimicrobial-resistant foodborne bacteria levels rising (The Pig Site)

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Can frozen food be better than fresh food?
Metroland News
In the past 20 years, the acceptance of frozen food has leapt forward to 21st century standards, all thanks to modern-day freezing methods and our learning curve as it applies to those methods.
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POLITICS


GOP's 2016 hopefuls test their messages on conservative activists
The Washington Post
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, seeking to sustain his momentum in the early race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, made a muscular appeal Thursday to the party's conservative base, touting his blue-collar roots and casting himself as a leader tough enough to take on the world's biggest challenges.

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  • Rivals Christie, Walker find fortunes reversed as CPAC opens (The New York Times)
  • Is Ben Carson the most popular man at CPAC? (Bloomberg)

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    Bush in the conservative hot seat
    The Hill
    Jeb Bush's likely presidential candidacy will face its first major test Friday when he addresses a rowdy group of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    Related: Facing skepticism, Jeb Bush begins outreach to conservatives (The Washington Post)

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    DHS shutdown threat dimming as House GOP proposes stopgap plan
    The Washington Post
    House Republicans on Thursday presented a plan for a stopgap bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks, raising hopes of averting a looming shutdown of the agency.
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    POLICY


    Opinion: Government food cops are out to lunch
    The Wall Street Journal
    Dr. Cheryl Achterberg, a professor of nutrition and dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University, served on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The most recent proposal, she says, ignores how U.S. citizens really eat and what is achievable for working families under immense economic and time pressure.
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    POM Wonderful, Bayer cases to shape FTC's policy for advertisement claims
    Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
    Food law experts agree the recent POM Wonderful decision is likely to have an impact on future Federal Trade Commission orders.
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    USDA may speed up timeline for labeling mechanically tenderized beef
    Food Safety News
    While appearing before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA will work to introduce labels for mechanically tenderized beef within the next two years.
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    NAFTA report shows impact of first 20 years on produce
    The Packer
    The first two decades of NAFTA has had a huge impact on the fresh produce industry, with Americans now consuming twice the fruit and three times the vegetables from Mexico and Canada as they did before 1994.
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    FDA releases enhanced version of FDA-iRISK for food safety
    Food Safety Magazine
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an enhanced version of a free, Web-based tool that helps users to conduct quantitative risk assessments related to food safety.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Sprouts on online delivery: We haven't found a model that works for us yet
    Food Navigator-USA
    Sprouts Farmers Market is exploring online delivery options but hasn't found a model that works yet, chief financial officer Amin Maredia said this week.
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    Buffett cooling on America?
    Reuters
    Warren Buffett, in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders last year, called America "the mother lode of opportunity." This year, his 50th at Berkshire's helm, the world's third-richest person could write something quite different.
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    Trends in meat and poultry safety
    Food Safety Magazine
    In a day and age when consumers and foodservice experts are increasingly aware of food labels and seeking out better-for-you products with fewer artificial flavors or additives, the issue of phosphates should be brought to the table.
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    43,000 pounds of sausage recalled because of undeclared allergen
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Georgia-based Sunset Farm Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 42,669 pounds of link sausage products that contain hydrolyzed soy protein, which is not listed on the label.

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    Ex-Sainsbury's chief takes role at food giant
    Sky News via Yahoo Finance
    The former chief executive of J Sainsbury is returning to the food industry in a role at 2 Sisters, a privately held company that is one of the biggest suppliers to British supermarkets.
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    Pilgrim's Pride wins appeal of $29.7 million tax bill
    Meatingplace
    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a U.S. Tax Court decision against Pilgrim's Pride stemming from a securities loss, ruling the poultry producer doesn't owe $29.7 million in back taxes, according to court documents.
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