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Senate Ag Committee discusses small farms and food safety
Food Safety News
Why is it harder for a small grower to implement food safety standards? The long-running discussion of food safety as it applies to different types and sizes of farms continued Wednesday during Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on nutrition and local food. More
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Vilsack: 'Don't pigeonhole' nutrition, other programs
Farm Futures
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack appealed to the Senate Agriculture Committee not to pigeonhole him in the next farm bill in using scarce dollars for nutrition and other programs.

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    Opinion: Privatized meat inspection jeopardizes food safety
    Food and Water Watch via Kolb Net Works
    The national consumer group Food & Water Watch released an analysis of the USDA's HACCP-based Inspection Models Project that reveals large numbers of defects routinely are being missed when inspection tasks are performed by company employees instead of USDA inspectors.

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    Romney campaign urges rivals to back out
    The Washington Post
    On Wednesday, the famously genial Mitt Romney sent his fellow Republican candidates a steel-hard message: Give up, the message went. Resistance is futile.

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  • Romney lags in small donors as big givers hit limits (The New York Times)
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    Super PAC takes aim at incumbents of any party
    The Washington Post
    In two Ohio congressional primaries Tuesday, a Texas-based group spent almost $190,000 supporting a pair of candidates who could not be more different: a tea party conservative and a liberal icon, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich,D-Ohio. The group's enemy is incumbency — of any ideological stripe, anywhere in the country.

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    Senate to tackle highway bill amendments as House struggles
    Reuters
    U.S. Senate leaders struck a deal Wednesday to move forward on stalled transportation legislation that now will include votes on a string of amendments, some controversial and unrelated to highway and transit construction.

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    Ensuring food stamp integrity
    USDA Blog
    Despite a rash of recent stories about food stamp fraud, the facts are that the Agriculture Department has a zero-tolerance policy on this. USDA aggressively pursues those trying to take advantage of America's compassion for people in need. More
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    'Infodemiology' on rise to tackle foodborne illness outbreaks
    Food Production Daily
    Analyzing the distribution, or epidemiology, of foodborne illnesses is a standard tool in controlling outbreaks, but infodemiology — the analysis of information distributed on the Internet — could help minimize the impact of outbreaks in the future. More
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    'Supersize me' generation takes over at McDonald's
    The Wall Street Journal
    When Travis Heriaud decided to spend $40,000 on the grand opening of a new McDonald's in Arizona, his father — an owner of 12 McDonald's restaurants — balked. But first-year revenue at Heriaud's franchise is on track to beat McDonald's projections by 50 percent.

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    Heinz increases focus on TGI Friday's frozen snacks, appetizers
    The Financial
    H.J. Heinz Co. is significantly strengthening its focus on the T.G.I. Friday's line of frozen snacks and appetizers by increasing its investment in marketing and product development in fiscal year 2013. More
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    Maersk Line brings Flagship import service to North America
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Containerized shipping carrier Maersk Line announces a reliable new Flagship import service direct from Asia to five key markets in North America: Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Memphis, Tenn., and northwest Ohio. More
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    Cambpell Soup to phase out BPA before 2015
    Food Production Daily
    Campbell Soup Company will complete the phase out of bisphenol A from all its food cans before 2015, an industry insider has claimed. More
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    Smithfield Foods delivers near-record third quarter
    Globe Newswire via MarketWatch
    Smithfield Foods Inc., one of the largest pork producers in the world, today reported the second-best third-quarter results in company history. More
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    Target remodels 100 stores to expand food selections
    The Street
    Later this month, Target Corp. will complete remodels at more than 100 stores, and beginning March 25, these stores will offer a full selection of fresh foods. More
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    Key Technology introduces record keeping tool for FSMA
    Thomas Net
    Key Technology introduces FoodSafetyPRO™ for food processors looking to improve their record keeping in accordance with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act , Safe Quality Food certification and/or Global Food Safety Initiative certification. More
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    Oregon trying to lure California food firms
    The Register-Guard
    Oregon state and local officials are on a quest: They want to lure California food processors north to Oregon. "Oregon is an attractive environment for food processors," said Tim McCabe, director of Business Oregon, the state agency responsible for creating, and keeping, jobs in Oregon. More
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    Chicken processors hold line on Salmonella
    meatingplace
    In spite of the still slow economy, chicken processors have managed to turn in a solid record on keeping Salmonella under control, according to a study by RTI International and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. More
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    EU: Salmonella cases fall, Campylobacter increasing
    ThePoultrySite
    Salmonella cases in humans fell by almost 9 percent in 2010, marking a decrease for the sixth consecutive year, according to the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control annual report on zoonoses and foodborne outbreaks in the European Union for 2010. More
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