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World food prices up, raising inflation concern
Reuters
Inflation concerns emerged Thursday as global food prices rose for a second straight month in February, the United Nation's food index showed. World food prices were up one percent month on month in February, driven by gains in cereals, vegetable oils and sugar, but were still some 10 percent off a record high hit in February 2011, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization said. More
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Whistle-blower: 'Pink slime' in 70 percent of grocery ground beef
Supermarket News
Gerald Zirnstein, a former U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist, has told ABC News that 70 percent of ground beef sold at supermarkets contains filler called "pink slime," a phrase he coined while working at USDA.

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    Indiana toughens food safety laws after 'hot truck' incidents
    WTHR-TV
    State lawmakers in Indiana have passed a tough new law that will help keep dangerous food out of grocery stores and restaurants. The measure is in response to a string of incidents in which food trailers were found to be hauling spoiled or contaminated food supplies. More
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    Republican voters not in love with Romney, Santorum
    The Washington Post
    The Ohio presidential primary revealed one key thing about the Republican electorate: They haven't fallen head over heels for either of the two front-running candidates.

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    Mitt Romney money machine calls in cavalry
    POLITICO
    Mitt Romney's money machine is sending a message to the Washington establishment: Help. GOP operatives thought it would cost Romney about $50 million to secure the nomination, but coming off a bruising few months and with a slog still ahead, some say it could cost closer to $75 million. More
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    Poll: Concern over gas prices on the rise; could hurt Obama, Congress in fall
    The Hill
    Concern over the price of fuel has taken on an increasingly important role in the campaign cycle, and a new poll shows 65 percent of Americans hold President Barack Obama and Congress responsible for rising gas prices. More
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    House panel debates new poultry inspection rule
    Food Safety News
    A proposal to reform poultry inspection that would shift quality and deflect oversight away from USDA inspectors toward the companies processing the birds has come under heavy criticism by Food & Water Watch. On Thursday, the debate spilled over into an agriculture appropriations hearing in the House. More
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    Taiwan considers 14 bills on leanness enhancers, food safety
    Focus Taiwan
    Taiwan's legislature sent 10 draft bills on the use of leanness enhancers Friday to one of its committees, which is set to deliberate each proposal next week. Four other bills already had been submitted as the country continues to debate ractopamine, the sticking point in talks between Taiwan and the U.S. More
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    Study: EPA grossly underestimated emissions systems costs
    Truckinginfo
    A report released yesterday by The National Automobile Dealers Association and American Truck Dealers questions the Environmental Protection Agency's cost analysis of 2004-2010 emissions control mandates. Data collected by ATD shows EPA's cost estimates were off by a factor of 2 to 5. More
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    Opinion: Address junk food marketing to protect children's future
    LiveWell Colorado via Our Colorado News
    From jingles for sugar-loaded cereals to flashy fast food advertisements, unhealthy food is marketed to our children at an alarming rate.

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    Trade deficit hits 3-year record imbalance
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The U.S. trade deficit surged to the widest imbalance in more than three years in January as imports hit an all-time high, reflecting big demand for foreign-made cars, computers and food products. More
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    Bonduelle buys Allens frozen vegetable sites in US
    Reuters
    Bonduelle North America is acquiring three processing plants and a packaging center for frozen vegetables, all owned by Allens. The purchase is expected to be complete by the end of March. More
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    NRA awards 18 food and beverage product awards
    PizzaMarketPlace.com
    The National Restaurant Association has announced the recipients of the 2012 Food and Beverage Product Innovations Awards, which recognize consumable products that deliver restaurant operator benefits ranging from new flavor concepts to better-for-you nutritional profiles and flexibility. More
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    Case study: Anti-idling plug-in connections on the road
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Refrigerated distributor Witte Brothers has made extensive use of anti-idling technologies, opting for electric plug-ins to keep perishable loads cool. More
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    Agribusiness market research report available from IBISWorld
    PR Web via Yahoo News
    Large multinational companies increasingly are getting in on the agribusiness act, encouraging vertical integration and boosting the industry's profitability, according to a new report from research firm IBISWorld. More
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    Air Products launches antibacterial coated cylinder
    gasworld
    In a bid to drive hygiene and safety standards forward in the food packaging industry, Air Products has released a new gas cylinder with built-in barrier technology. Developed specifically for use in Modified Atmosphere Packaging applications, the Freshline® Plus cylinder has an antimicrobial coating designed to minimize the risk of contamination in food processing areas. More
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    Airclic enhances Food Perform product
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Airclic, a global provider of cloud-based mobility software that transforms the accuracy, efficiency and competitiveness of mobile supply chain and logistics operations, has released the latest version of its Food Perform product. More
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