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What makes a facility high-risk under FSMA?
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA has issued a new FSMA Domestic Facility Risk Categorization document explaining how a facility is classified as high risk according to FSMA standards. More
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Still a fast food nation: Schlosser reflects on decade of food
The Daily Beast
Ten years after his seminal book "Fast Food Nation," Eric Schlosser reflects on how little has changed in the production, safety and consumption of fast food in America — but why he's still hopeful. More
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US exports to China boom, despite trade tensions
The Washington Post
While the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to soar, a surge in U.S. exports is emerging as a bright spot in the often-troubled trade ties between the world's largest economy and its largest foreign creditor. More
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Gas prices sink Obama's ratings, level the race for White House
The Washington Post
Disapproval of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy is heading higher — alongside gasoline prices — as a record number of Americans now give the president "strongly" negative reviews on the 2012 presidential campaign's most important issue, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More
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With neither Romney nor Santorum scoring a knockout, GOP race becomes a crawl
The Washington Post
The 2012 Republican presidential race began as a sprint, slowed to a walk and now has transformed itself into a grinding crawl that could last for months more.

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    GOP loses sure grip on some Senate seats
    The Wall Street Journal
    Republicans' campaign to win control of the Senate this year — previously seen as a smooth drive down a broad path — has hit some unexpected speed bumps. More
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    Proposal amends import regulations related to BSE
    Federal Register
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has proposed a revised rule governing import regulations related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease. The new rule could expand the number and types of beef-related imports allowed while tightening some kinds of inspection. Public comment is being accepted. More
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    Hagen: Tenderized steaks should be labeled
    Food Safety News
    Unbeknownst to most consumers, many steaks sold in America are tenderized mechanically, which can transfer bacteria into the center of the steak. Though USDA recommends consumers cook these non-intact steaks to a higher internal temperature to kill bacteria, they don't have to be labeled. That may be about to change. More
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    Greenhouse gas accounting, reporting measures updated
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Council on Environmental Quality has issued a revised draft of the guidance governing federal greenhouse gas accounting and reporting. The new draft will be used by federal agencies to develop their first GHG inventories. More
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    GAO eyes preslaughter interventions to reduce E. coli
    Food Safety News
    Though researchers are familiar with preslaughter E. coli interventions such as probiotics, vaccines, certain chemicals and viruses that kill the bacteria, few manufacturers are seeking approval for these technologies. Government could do more to encourage innovation in this area, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. More
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    Taiwan incinerates imported US beef
    Focus Taiwan
    More than 16,000 pounds of imported U.S. beef was destroyed in suburban Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, marking the first time U.S. beef has been incinerated in Taiwan because of the content of a banned leanness-enhancing drug since the most recent controversy about the issue arose.

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    California petition ongoing for GE food label law
    Capital Public Radio
    Signature gathering is underway for a California measure that would place labeling requirements on food that is genetically engineered. Its supporters are aiming for the November ballot and opposition is gearing up. More
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    Animal activists outraged by 'ag gag' bills
    Weekly Times
    A war has erupted in the U.S. over what animal rights groups label "ag gag" laws while producers call the bills a matter of privacy and operational safety.

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    PepsiCo positions top officials
    The Wall Street Journal
    PepsiCo Inc. is moving to deepen its management bench and line up a potential successor to chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, tapping an outsider to a senior role and an internal candidate to a new post following investor frustration with the company's recent performance. More
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    Iceland Foods CEO purchases frozen food chain for $2.3 billion
    Bloomberg
    Iceland Foods Ltd. CEO Malcolm Walker teamed with investors including DFS Furniture founder Graham Kirkham to acquire the budget U.K. supermarket chain from its Icelandic owners for $2.3 billion after fending off rival bids. More
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    Overseas deal to aid turkey processor's revival
    Omaha World-Herald
    After nearly two years of reconstruction, Nebraska's only turkey processing plant is beginning to increase production as it prepares to ship turkey, pork and eventually beef products overseas. The Midwest Meat Packing Facility in Gibbon, Neb., said it reached a distribution deal with AMSA International that will send Midwest Meat Packing's products to Russia, China and South Korea. More
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    Study: Fast food location not a factor in childhood obesity
    Southern California Public Radio via Prepared Foods
    Are children more likely to get fat if they live near fast food restaurants? A new study says not necessarily. The RAND Corporation interviewed 13,000 California children, comparing each child's diet and weight to the kinds of food available in the neighborhood. The study found no link between what the youngsters ate and how close they lived to fast food restaurants or supermarkets. More
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    Report: Consumers seek ethnic, bold packaged food
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    ReportsnReports, a market research firm, has found that Americans are becoming more adventurous eaters, according to its new report, "Packaged Food in the U.S." More
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    Egg recall rears its head again
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Greencore USA is recalling approximately 550 pounds of egg salad sandwiches because they contain eggs manufactured by Michael Foods Inc. that are the subject of a previous recall due to possible Listeria contamination.

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    Alpina Foods set to open first US facility
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Alpina Foods broke ground on its first North American manufacturing facility, bringing up to 50 jobs and a $15 million investment to Batavia, N.Y. More
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    High Liner Foods: Making progress on sustainability
    PR Newswire
    High Liner Foods Inc., the largest value-added seafood supplier in North America, said today it has made significant progress since the company announced its sustainability commitment in late 2010, when it set a goal of sourcing all of its seafood from certified sustainable or responsible fisheries and aquaculture farms by the end of 2013. More
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    Best physical-chemical interventions for beef slaughter
    meatingplace
    Several interventions currently are used by the beef processor to control pathogens from the time cattle enter the plant until carcasses enter the fabrication room. More
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    Using visual, spatial cues makes healthy food choice easy
    The Atlantic
    Just by marking products with color-coded labels and placing them in easy-to-see spots, we can help consumers pick the best options. More
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