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Tomatoes, frozen foods first to be tested in FSMA tracing pilots
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Traceability is a key component of the safeguards built into the Food Safety Modernization Act, and the FDA has worked with the Institute of Food Technology to develop product tracing pilot programs. The first pilot projects will focus on tomatoes, frozen Kung Pao-style dishes and jarred peanut butter and dry, packaged peanut/spice.

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    CDC: Food illness linked to imported products on the rise
    The Wall Street Journal
    Outbreaks of illness linked to imported food have risen since the late 1990s, casting a spotlight on federal inspection standards for fish, produce and other foods brought in from abroad. There were 39 outbreaks from imported food reported between 2005 and 2010, according to a Wednesday report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the rise in imported-food outbreaks — mostly from fish and spices — highlights gaps in the food safety system that a sweeping new law is intended to address. More
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    USDA offers more choices for beef in school lunch
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    In response to requests from school districts throughout the country, USDA announced today that it will offer more choices to schools in the National School Lunch Program when it comes to purchases of ground beef products.

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    Romney, GOP rivals face difficult path to 1,144 delegates
    The Hill
    Mitt Romney repeatedly has argued that no rival can catch up to him in the delegate race, making him the inevitable Republican nominee. But in the convoluted delegate soup candidates must navigate, another potential outcome has emerged: Romney himself will fall short of securing enough delegates to earn the nomination.

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    Obama may have a turnout problem, too
    The Washington Post
    Much has been written about how turnout in Republican presidential contests has been down from four years ago, but what about Democrats? A review of the states that also held Democratic contests this year shows turnout is down sharply from the last time a Democratic president was running largely unopposed for renomination — 1996. More
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    Hatch's fate on the line in Utah caucuses
    The Hill
    Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has his political career on the line in Thursday's GOP caucuses in Utah. More
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    At long last, South Korean trade pact kicks in
    McClatchy Newspapers via The Sacramento Bee
    Pop the corks: After years of talk and delay, a historic trade pact between the United States and South Korea kicks in Thursday, and officials predict it will increase wine exports from Washington state by up to 50 percent in the first year alone. More
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    EU vote ends hormone-treated beef dispute
    Reuters
    The European Parliament approved a deal between the EU and both the United States and Canada on hormone-treated beef Wednesday, ending one of the trading powers' oldest disputes. More
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    UK's Labour Party seeks junk food advertising blackout
    Campaign
    The advertising and food industries face another battle in the U.K. after the launch of a campaign to ban junk food commercials before 9 p.m.

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    China: Government set to establish food safety program
    ThePigSite
    When customers in China buy food in the near future, they will be able to know immediately where it comes from, what company made it and even how it was produced, according to Sun Pishu, politician and CEO of the Chinese information technology company Inspur Group Co. Ltd. More
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    Pig health affects carcass contamination, food safety
    National Hog Farmer
    An Iowa State University study quantitatively demonstrates the link between food animal production practices — including the use of antibiotics — and human health implications for food safety. More
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    Food safety professionals essential in protecting consumers
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    As the world's food production systems modernize and become more global, properly trained and certified food safety professionals play an increasingly critical role in preventing foodborne illnesses. More
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    Food safety laws spur huge boost in biotech, IT markets
    SBWire
    New research from RNCOS, "Global Food Safety Testing Market Analysis," indicates the food safety testing market will reach $11.4 billion by 2015, spurred by stricter laws in many countries. More
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    Fair trade food market sees 75 percent sales growth
    The Huffington Post
    These days, companies that sell fair trade-certified food are doing much better than "fair." Sales of products with Fair Trade USA's seal of approval for ethics and sustainability rose 75 percent during the past year, according to a recent report by retail research company SPINS. More
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    Greening within supply chain still a work in progress
    IndustryWeek
    Although manufacturers have stepped up their efforts aimed at reducing their own carbon footprints, they have yet to widen those efforts significantly throughout their supply chains, according to a recent study conducted by the Carbon Disclosure Project and Accenture. More
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    PepsiCo potato chip brands top $10 billion in global sales
    PotatoPro
    PepsiCo, Inc. announced Wednesday that its global "Banner Sun" potato chip portfolio has grown to more than $10 billion in annual retail sales, anchored by Lay's, the world's largest food brand and the No. 1 potato chip brand globally. More
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    Former Tyson poultry plant to be back in business soon
    Arkansas Business
    A California investment group announced Tuesday it has acquired a former Tyson Foods plant in Pine Bluff, Ark., and will reopen it for poultry processing by the end of May. More
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    Columbia Fruit finds growth through technology
    Food & Drink Digital
    Berries have received a tech upgrade at Washington-based Columbia Fruit LLC, a family-owned fruit farm and processor that has turned to upgraded freezing techniques and new technology to remain competitive in the global market. More
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    Canada: Beef recall expanded after E. coli illness reported
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded a recall originally issued Tuesday, citing possible E. coli contamination in Best Value brand hamburgers and steakettes distributed by New Food Classics. One illness has been linked to the food. More
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    High Liner Foods launches new food service brand strategy
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Less than three months after its acquisition of Icelandic Group's U.S. and Asian operations, seafood supplier High Liner Foods is moving forward with a consolidated U.S. food service sales and marketing organization and a new brand architecture. More
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    SmartWatt expands with cold storage, food processing markets
    PRWeb via Digital Journal
    In response to an increased demand for large-scale energy efficiency upgrades for cold storage, food processing and distribution facilities, SmartWatt Energy Inc. has created new jobs. More
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    Retail trends and what they mean for trucking
    Truckinginfo
    Changes in the retail supply chain could spell benefits for some kinds of trucking, according to experts at the 2012 Stifel Nicolaus Consumer Conference last week in New York. More
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    Rail, truckload rates could jump 6 percent this year
    Supply Chain Digest
    The always interesting "State of the Freight" report from the Wall Street analysts at Wolfe Trahan is out, with the headline news being that most U.S. shippers see truckload capacity continuing to tighten and predict rail shipping rates will rise the fastest in 2012. More
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    Iotron Industries expands in US, eyes food safety applications
    PRWeb via Digital Journal
    Iotron Industries is expanding in the U.S. market with the opening of its state-of-the-art IMPELA® electron beam processing facility in northeast Indiana today. Already a supplier for orthopedic companies, Iotron expects growth in agribusiness and food safety applications in the U.S. More
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    Study: Antibiotic treatment could lessen effects of E. coli illness
    ScienceDaily
    A study in the March 14 edition of the "Journal of the American Medical Association" shows the antibiotic azithromycin could ease the severity and shorten the duration of illness caused by some E. coli strains. More
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    Targeted antibacterial agent could become rapid-response star
    EurekAlert
    A highly targeted bactericidal protein that fights E. coli was rapidly created using AvidBiotics' antibacterial Purocin™ protein technology — offering a potential new tool for rapid-response strategies in combating pathogens in food safety platforms. More
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