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FDA chief cites food safety risk
The Associated Press via The Inquirer
Fewer food safety inspections and an increased risk to consumers will result from the lack of a new 2013 budget from Congress and the impending across-the-board spending cuts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday.

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    Food imports from unregistered foreign facilities face entry denial
    PR Newswire via International Business Times
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection warned food importers Thursday that it is prepared to refuse admission to a significant number of food shipments manufactured, prepared and/or packaged in foreign food facilities that have failed to meet new FDA re-registration requirements imposed by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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    McDonald's cutting menu items
    CNN via WTVR-TV
    McDonald's is clearing some space on its menu, perhaps to make room for new items. The company says it will stop offering its fruit and walnut salad and Chicken Selects. It's also considering getting rid of the Angus Third Pounder.
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    Obama, congressional leaders fail to reach deal on sequester
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of congressional leaders failed to reach agreement Friday to avoid the steep budget cuts known as the sequester, reductions Obama denounced as "arbitrary" and "dumb."

    Related: Sequester deadline day: What's next? (The Washington Post)

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    Murray girds for budget battle
    The Wall Street Journal
    With the battle over across the first installment of across-the-board spending cuts all but over, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., Friday sent a memo to fellow Democrats girding for the next battle, launching a preemptive attack on House Republicans' budget for 2014.
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    Congress turns to next crisis: Shutdown
    POLITICO
    The $85 billion, across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester are almost certainly going to occur effective 11:59 p.m. Friday after the Senate rejected two last-minute measures to stave them off on Thursday. The votes usher in what could be months of turmoil.
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    Iowa Senate panel advances bill on healthier cafeteria food choices
    The Associated Press via Omaha World-Herald
    Iowa state Sen. Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, wants diners in state buildings, public universities and community colleges to have healthier choices, with nutritional facts displayed on menus and foods that meet American Heart Association guidelines. A Senate subcommittee on Wednesday approved a Petersen bill to do just that, sending the measure to a full committee.
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    ATA: Not delaying hours-of-service rule will cost trucking $320 million
    Transport Topics
    American Trucking Associations said Thursday the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's decision not to delay implementation of FMCSA's hours-of-service rule will cost the trucking industry about $320 million between now and July 1.
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    FDA to take another look at mad cow restrictions
    Office of the Federal Register
    Following several years of research, the Food and Drug Administration is reopening a 2004 interim final rule governing the use of cattle organs in food and cosmetics, based on the risk of infection with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.
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    Sensenbrenner bill to require EPA to study effects of E15
    USAgNet
    As expected, Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is moving forward in sponsoring a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the use of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol until its effects on vehicles are further investigated.
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    Snack trends 2013: Health and indulgence square off
    Food Processing
    According to research group Global Industry Analysts Inc., world snack food sales will top a third of a trillion dollars by 2015. "The main factors fueling the market are income levels and consumer perceptions and demographics," reports the group's analysts.
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    Consumer spending up, income posts largest drop in 20 years
    Reuters
    U.S. consumer spending rose in January as Americans spent more on services, with savings providing a cushion after income recorded its biggest drop in 20 years. The Commerce Department said Friday consumer spending increased 0.2 percent in January after a revised 0.1 percent rise the prior month.
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    Wendy's keeps 2013 view even as taxes, costs squeeze diners
    Reuters via CNBC
    The Wendy's Co., the second-largest U.S. hamburger chain, reported higher quarterly profit and stuck by its 2013 profit forecast Thursday, even as yearly earnings declined and its customers face new financial pressures from higher taxes and gasoline costs.

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    Pizza Hut names new chief operations officer
    Pizza Marketplace
    Pizza Hut Inc. has named Joe Kim as its new chief operations officer. Kim will be responsible for all aspects of the company's operations, including speed to market, management of operations and emphasis on restaurant excellence.
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    Maria Shriver moving into the fast food business
    The Express
    Former California first lady Maria Shriver is giving fast food a boost by investing in a healthy pizza venture in the state.
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    Inventure Foods makes strong gain on frozen fruit sales
    Seeking Alpha
    In a conference call Thursday, Inventure Foods reported fourth-quarter results that show promise, particularly in its frozen fruit segment.
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    Food executives plead innocent in Salmonella outbreak case
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    Four executives from Peanut Corp. of America, each charged in connection with a 2009 Salmonella outbreak in peanuts that killed nine and sickened hundreds, pleaded not guilty Thursday to all charges.
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    Pre-FDA food safety meeting generates 'passion'
    The Packer
    The Food and Drug Administration's first meeting on proposed food safety rules will be Feb. 28-March 1, and a closer look at the proposed regulations has generated plenty of passion, one industry leader said.
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    Food imports from unregistered foreign facilities face denial
    International Business Times
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection warned food importers Thursday that it is prepared to refuse admission to a significant number of food shipments if facilities have failed to meet FSMA requirements.

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    AFFI advocates for duty-free access for frozen broccoli
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    AFFI is urging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to approve permanent duty-free access for frozen broccoli from Ecuador, saying that without such action, U.S. food makers could face significant supply disruptions and higher costs.

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    First lady: The business case for healthier food
    The Wall Street Journal
    For years, America's childhood obesity crisis was viewed as an insurmountable problem, one that was too complicated and too entrenched to ever really solve. But thanks to businesses across the country, today we are proving the conventional wisdom wrong.

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    Registrar Corp launches mock FDA inspection service
    PRWeb via Houston Chronicle
    Registrar Corp.'s Food Safety Department is in Europe, India and Asia this week to conduct mock inspections in advance of formal U.S. Food and Drug Administration food facility inspections. The Food Safety Modernization Act requires FDA to double the number of food facility inspections each year for the next five years. Now nearly every facility that supplies food to the United States should expect an eventual FDA inspection.
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    North Carolina report reveals unstable ag workforce
    USAgNet
    North Carolina Farm Bureau released its Agriculture Workforce Report revealing evidence of an unstable agriculture workforce and the urgent need to reform a broken system.
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    Mexico slaughters 1.2 million chickens to contain bird flu outbreak
    CNN
    Mexican authorities say they've slaughtered more than a million chickens infected with bird flu. Nearly 2 million chickens have been vaccinated against the virus since the outbreak began.
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