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Food safety battle rages over funding
Western Farm Press
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg is warning the food industry that foodborne illnesses threaten their operations because the public reacts negatively to outbreaks of food-related health issues. More
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Election year complicates farm bill's fate
Philadelphia Inquirer
On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will convene its third hearing in the nation's capital on the federal 2012 farm bill. Should you care? More
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Trucker fatigue rule faces detour through courts
POLITICO
Nobody is happy with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new rule governing how long truckers can drive and when they must rest. A safety group has gone to court against the agency, calling the rule too lax, while the trucking industry has filed a suit calling it too strict. And both sides point to the same data to back their claims. More
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Romney's rivals have scant hope of closing the delegate gap
The Washington Post
Though Mitt Romney's opponents continue to insist there is a road to the Republican presidential nomination for them after the Super Tuesday contests, the arithmetic suggests otherwise.

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    Ohio win boosts Rob Portman as Mitt Romney VP choice
    POLITICO
    The mood at Mitt Romney's victory party at a slightly dive-like local bar and grill, Jimmy V's, wavered through the evening, as early reports from smaller rural counties gave Rick Santorum a lead with more than half of the votes counted. More
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    Obama campaign: Long GOP primary hurts president's fundraising
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama's re-election campaign said Wednesday the prolonged Republican primary is hurting its fundraising. Obama's campaign team said the GOP fight in general is good for Obama, but chief strategist David Axelrod said it isn't the best for filling Obama's coffers. More
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    Highway bill fails to clear hurdle in Senate
    The Associated Press via Minnesota Public Radio
    Lawmakers are under pressure to find a way to keep federal aid flowing to highway and transit programs beyond the end of this month after a transportation bill failed Tuesday to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate. More
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    NACMPI to discuss HIMP poultry inspection expansion
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has set a March 21 meeting for the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection to discuss the proposal to expand its HACCP-based Inspection Models Project. More
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    FSIS offers advice in choosing third-party lab testing facilities
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has developed guidelines for meat, poultry and egg processors to use when selecting commercial or private microbiological testing labs in order to get accurate, reliable results. More
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    FDA issues guidance on Salmonella testing in food, animal feed
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidance for all companies in the supply chain for human food or animal food, addressing testing procedures for Salmonella species. More
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    Truckload Carriers Association backs mandatory speed limiters
    Truckinginfo
    The Truckload Carriers Association board of directors this week approved a policy supporting a federal mandate of speed limiters on commercial trucks that would not allow them to exceed 65 mph. More
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    EU requires additional residue testing for meat, poultry
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The European Union has implemented additional screening requirements for meat and poultry products being exported to any EU member state. Residue testing will focus on various chemicals — including ractopamine — in a range of meat and poultry. More
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    Russia to ban cattle imports from all EU states
    BioScholar
    Russia's food safety and sanitary watchdog will ban cattle imports from all EU countries from March 20 following the spread of the Schmallenberg and Bluetongue viruses. More
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    Shoppers can save with store-brand items
    The Augusta Chronicle
    Kathy Hayes likes buying store-brand goods; she saves about 20 percent on her grocery bill that way. Store brands soon might not be so cheap, though: Those goods could increase in price to compensate for the costs of packaging and improvements, said Sue Perry, the deputy editor at "ShopSmart Magazine." More
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    FDA to decide BPA ban in food packaging by end of March
    FBR
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to ban the use of Bisphenol-A in all food packaging by March 31. More
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    ConAgra Foods completes purchase of Del Monte Canada
    4-traders
    ConAgra Foods Inc. announced it has completed its acquisition of Del Monte Canada, based in Toronto, from an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners. The purchase includes Del Monte branded packaged fruit, fruit snacks and vegetable products in Canada. More
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    White Castle, Wal-Mart to give away 10,000 burgers
    CSP Daily News
    White Castle Food Products LLC is teaming up with Wal-Mart to bring the Original White Castle Slider to Panama City Beach, Fla., during spring break, hosting a one-day giveaway of 10,000 burgers March 10. More
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    Vegetarian food pioneer launches urban gardening campaign
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Refrigerated meat alternatives leader Lightlife® and the nonprofit organization Urban Farming have teamed up in an effort to build healthier communities and end hunger by helping people become self-sustainable through the simple act of gardening. More
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    Tyson Prepared Foods recalls misbranded pizza toppings
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Tyson Prepared Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 12,060 pounds of pizza topping products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. More
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    UK's 2 Sisters adds to frozen pizza range as sales slump
    just-food
    U.K.-based 2 Sisters Food Group has launched a "light" Goodfella's pizza as it looks to arrest a slump in the brand's sales during the past year. More
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    Mayor's frozen food collection warms hearts
    Daily Herald
    The Midwest Frozen & Refrigerated Food Association organized a frozen food giveaway race as part of National Frozen Food Month, allowing the mayor of Naperville, Ill., to race the clock in gathering free items for a local food pantry. More
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    Food production operations waking up to breakfast trends
    Food Processing
    Why should a plant manager care about the trendy new food he saw on a cable show last night? Because it could end up in the R&D lab tomorrow and in his own plant's machinery shortly thereafter. More
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