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FSIS adds tasks to workday of meat, poultry inspectors
Federal Register
The Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed adding tasks to the defined workday of meat and poultry inspectors to ensure adequate time for them to prepare the inspection station, retrieve and return lot tally sheets, sharpen knives and conduct administrative activities related to the inspections. More
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Q-and-A with FSIS's Dan Engeljohn
meatingplace
On the sidelines of the North American Meat Processors Association's Meat Industry Management Conference in Chicago, Dan Engeljohn, assistant administrator of FSIS's Office of Policy & Program Development, discusses the agency's approach to foodborne pathogens in poultry. More
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Study: Consumers continue to seek value in 2012
Drug Store News
While consumers will continue to define value based on price, other key trends — including new product development, technology, store layouts and shopping patterns — will drive the market in 2012, according to SymphonyIRI research. More
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Obama raises $45 million in February
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama raised $45 million in February, an impressive joint effort by his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee that shows his continued fundraising dominance. More
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Poll: Voter gloom about Obama's jobs, gas, debt policies
The Hill
Half of likely voters expect the Supreme Court to strike down President Barack Obama's signature health care law, and strong majorities see other major policies coming from the White House making life more difficult for themselves and the country, according to this week's The Hill Poll.

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    Romney looking stronger ahead of Illinois primary
    The Wall Street Journal
    Mitt Romney's team is biting its nails over Illinois, which holds its presidential primary Tuesday and where most indications are the race remains tight between Romney and Rick Santorum. More
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    Democratic poll: Lugar in trouble in Indiana primary
    The Hill
    Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., is in danger of losing his primary against tea party-backed Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, according to a new poll conducted for the Senate campaign of Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. More
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    USDA warns of fraudulent letters
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    USDA officials learned late Friday that fraudulent letters are being sent by fax to individuals and businesses in at least four states. The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information. These letters are false, and under no circumstances should a person respond with personal or financial information. More
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    China-US free trade agreement talks suggested
    China Daily
    China should propose the initiation of talks on a free trade agreement with the United States to reduce trade frictions and create benefits for both, a former senior Chinese commerce official has said. More
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    Business coalition urges legislation to compete in Russia
    PR Newswire
    The U.S. business community, organized under the umbrella of the Coalition for U.S.-Russia Trade, a group of more than 150 U.S. corporations, trade associations and small businesses, on Wednesday released a letter urging Congress to take action on legislation to ensure U.S. manufacturers, farmers and service providers can continue to increase their exports and maintain their international competitiveness by accessing commercial opportunities in the Russian market. More
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    Waybill data released in 3-benchmark rail rate challenges
    Federal Register
    The Surface Transportation Board has finalized its rules for the three-benchmark procedure used when a shipper files a formal complaint that a railroad's rate is too high. The new rule makes the most recent four years' worth of confidential railroad fees available to parties involved in a rate dispute. More
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    California food policies on the table
    The Sacramento Bee
    State lawmakers in California are set to consider a handful of food policy proposals that could shape what goods Californians keep in their pantries and what they know about what's on their plates. More
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    Colorado adopts 'cottage foods' law to aid local producers
    Northern Colorado Business Report
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a bill that seeks to give small, local food producers greater access to markets and consumers. Known as the Colorado Cottage Foods Act, the measure creates alternative methods for producers to sell homemade, value-added goods. The law will allow small growers to sell products directly to consumers. More
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    US customs officials host 2012 West Coast Trade Symposium
    Federal Register
    This year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will hold two trade symposia. The first, the 2012 West Coast Trade Symposium: Harmonizing Trade for a Stronger Economy, is schedule May 10 in Long Beach, Calif. The second symposium will be held on the East Coast later this year. More
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    Nestle CEO: Global food price rally will drive investment
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Rising agricultural prices may spur increased investment in research and infrastructure, helping lift farm yields and output to feed a larger and richer global population, according to Nestle, the biggest food company. More
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    Wendy's — not Burger King — No. 2 in sales
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Wendy's edged out Burger King in U.S. sales volume for the first time last year since Wendy's was founded in 1969, according to a report by the food industry research firm Technomic that's set to be released April 13. That makes Wendy's the second-largest hamburger chain. More
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    Spike in orange juice prices? It's pulp fiction
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Orange juice drinkers can relax. Fears of a spike in the price of the breakfast favorite appear overblown. More
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    Canada recalls 7 months' worth of Best Value ground beef
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    A recall issued March 13 warning Canadian consumers of potential E. coli contamination in Best Value frozen beef products continues to expand. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency now has recalled all Best Value ground beef produced between July 1, 2011, and Feb. 15 because of possible contamination. More
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    Misbranding, undeclared allergens forces chicken wrap recall
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    LSG Sky Chefs is recalling approximately 1,784 pounds of grilled chicken Caesar wraps because the Caesar dressing used in the wrap products contains egg, a known allergen not declared on the wrap product label.

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    The next generation of gluten detection technology
    Laboratorytalk
    Romer Labs, a food safety diagnostic company, has launched two new test kits for gluten, expanding its product portfolio for food allergens. More
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    Controlling yield loss in second processing
    meatingplace
    Yield is important to processors because small changes can have a significant effect on the economics of processing. Controlling yield loss helps maximize returns. More
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    Can high-power ultrasound protect produce from pathogens?
    Scientific American
    A litany of food scares — and rules for organic produce — have pushed the industry to seek new solutions for food safety. One of the most promising: high-power ultrasound. More
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    Controlling Toxoplasma in beef
    meatingplace
    Using CDC and USDA data, researchers at the University of Florida's Emerging Pathogens Institute identified — for the first time — which pathogens and which foods cause the most illness in the United States. In the third of this five-part series, "meatingplace" examines Toxoplasma in beef. More
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