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OMB delays 4 FSMA provisions
Food Chemical News
The delay of four significant FDA Food Safety Modernization Act provisions at the White House Office of Management and Budget is official. OMB today published "review extended" notices for the following FDA proposed rules:
  • The hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls, submitted to OMB on Nov. 22.
  • The foreign supplier verification program, submitted to OMB on Nov. 28.
  • The current good manufacturing practice and hazard analysis and risk-benefit preventive controls for food for animals, submitted to OMB on Dec. 5.
  • The produce safety regulation, submitted to OMB on Dec. 9.
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Food industry continues to oppose fees to fund FDA
Food Safety News
There seems to be no disagreement that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will require more funding to fully implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, but the Obama administration plan to collect $220 million in fees for food safety oversight has industry groups warning those fees would be passed on to consumers via increased food prices.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute's efforts to prevent imposition of new FDA food regulatory fees are highlighted in this story.

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  • Food industry rejects proposed food tax in Obama budget (The Hill)
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    GAO: 'Virtually all' agencies may have overlapping programs
    Fderal News Radio
    From food safety to economic development, federal programs are filled with areas of potential duplication, fragmentation and overlap, according to the Government Accountability Office. The agency is releasing its second annual report on duplicative programs at a congressional hearing Tuesday.

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  • Will budget cuts be easier on heels of GAO report? (Federal News Radio)
  • Overlapping government programs cost billions (The Washington Post)
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    Romney, Santorum hurtle to photo finish
    The Hill
    Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum blanketed Michigan Monday, hoping to seal the deal ahead of a neck-and-neck primary that could have enormous implications for the GOP presidential race. More
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    Romney won't 'light my hair on fire' to win conservatives
    The Washington Post
    As Michigan voters head to the polls in a primary that could alter the contours of the Republican presidential race, Mitt Romney acknowledged Tuesday that he personally had made "mistakes" and said he was not willing to "light my hair on fire" to win over conservative voters who have been hostile to his candidacy.

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  • Conservatives take dimmer view of Romney ahead of voting (The Washington Post)
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    Fight for Senate majority headed for deadlock
    The Washington Post
    Despite the extraordinary amounts of time, money and political energy being expended by both sides, the 2012 elections are not likely to resolve the partisan gridlock and paralysis that have defined Capitol Hill during the past year. More
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    Obama to sign executive order creating trade enforcement panel
    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order today creating a U.S. panel to investigate unfair trade practices by nations including China, according to a statement from the White House. More
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    Inspectors advised on meat, poultry label enforcement
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    As final rules that affect meat and poultry labeling take effect Thursday, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued enforcement guidelines for inspectors and compliance officers. More
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    FMCSA posts new HOS examples
    Truckinginfo
    While a pending lawsuit challenges the new hours of service rules scheduled to take effect in July 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a new document illustrating 20 logbook examples. More
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    Jamaica bans US pork
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Jamaica has declared U.S. pork and pork products ineligible for export into its country, while beef and fresh or frozen poultry and poultry products are allowed. More
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    Meet face of food safety: Jeremy 'Todd' Reed
    USDA Blog
    With degrees in Chinese and political science, advanced credentials in mathematics and co-authorship of a book titled "The ETIM: China's Islamic Militants and the Global Terrorist Threat," Jeremy "Todd" Reed sounds more like the lead character in a spy movie than what he is: chief of the Analytical Design Branch, Office of Data Integration and Food Protection at USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. More
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    USDA projects temporary rise in chicken prices
    Fast Casual
    A shortage of poultry is expected to drive up chicken prices for consumers, according to the recently released USDA Agricultural Projections to 2021 report, which was featured in the February issue of "Food Nutrition & Science." More
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    Finding food allergy allies
    The Wall Street Journal
    Many parents of children with life-threatening allergies say they are seeing changes at schools, day care centers and restaurants after years of being dismissed as overbearing or overprotective in their efforts to ensure school lunches and play date snacks didn't expose their children to danger. More
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    Junk food still king, despite Indiana school health law
    WISH-TV
    Six years ago, Indiana lawmakers approved new guidelines aimed at cracking down on the availability of junk food in schools. But analysis shows most students still have easy access to all sorts of sweet and salty snacks. More
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    Mexican meat exports jumped 41 percent in 2011
    ThePoultrySite
    During 2011 Mexican producers from 19 states exported more than 210,325 tons of meat, worth an estimated $937 million, the National Health Service, Food Safety and Food Quality reported, which meant an increase of 41 percent relative to 2010. The largest buyers were Japan, the U.S., Russia and Korea. More
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    Commentary: How to get a read on truckload prices
    Logistics Viewpoints
    Everyone wants to know where truckload prices are headed in 2012. To get closer to an answer, there are several factors to consider that may — or may not — affect pricing this year. More
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    How much added sugar in food? Consumers have right to know
    Environmental Working Group
    A coalition of public health organizations is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require that food labels display information on added sugar. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, 14 groups banded together to seek the labeling requirement. More
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    Japanese company to buy 12th-largest flour processor in US
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Nisshin Flour Milling Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nisshin Seifun Group Inc., has reached an agreement to acquire Minnesota-based Miller Milling Co., which operates flour mills in Fresno, Calif., and Winchester, Va. More
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    E. coli: Good, bad and deadly
    American Academy of Microbiology
    News headlines often paint E. coli as a vicious bacterium, capable of causing disease and death to those unfortunate enough to ingest it. But that is only a tiny minority of E. coli and a very small part of the story of this remarkable bacterium. In this report the larger story of E. coli is told. More
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    Cloverleaf Cold Storage to build new processing facility
    meatingplace
    Cloverleaf Cold Storage Co. of Sioux City, Iowa, will begin offering custom processing and packaging operations through its Farmers Produce facility in Sanford, N.C. More
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    Labeling oversight leads to sausage recall
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    London Meat Company, a New York-based establishment, is recalling approximately 200 pounds of country breakfast sausage because it contains monosodium glutamate that is not declared on the label.

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    Monsanto wins dismissal of organic growers' lawsuit
    Bloomberg
    Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, won the dismissal of a lawsuit by growers of organic crops seeking to have its patents for genetically altered seeds invalidated. More
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    Soft demand, high feed prices dampen Sanderson profits
    4 -traders
    Sanderson Farms today reported results for the first fiscal quarter of 2012, showing improvement over last year but profitability tempered by weak consumer demand and high prices for animal feed. More
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    SunOpta cutting 6 percent of workforce, restructuring business
    The Associated Press via CBS MoneyWatch
    SunOpta Inc. said Monday that it will cut 6 percent of its workforce and reorganize some of the underperforming parts of its business. The company, based in Toronto, processes products for natural, organic and specialty foods. More
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    Meat processing equipment company bought by employees
    MeatPoultry.com
    LeFiell Co., which provides meat processing equipment ranging from slaughterhouse equipment to overhead rail systems, in January was purchased by one current and one former employee. More
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    Why portable DNA device could yield better data
    MIT Technology Review
    Oxford Nanopore Technologies has developed two products capable of sequencing DNA by reading DNA molecules directly — a "total game-changer," according to one expert from the National Institutes of Health. The products could be used for food safety monitoring in addition to the many health care applications. More
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    Lab blender used in E. coli rapid testing study
    Labmate-Online
    Seward highlights the recent use of the Stomacher® 400 Circulator in a study of E.coli rapid testing protocols recently published by Sapienza University of Rome. More
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