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Consumer group to Obama: Stop stalling food safety rules
Consumer Federation of America
Consumer Federation of America on Monday announced that as part of CFA's annual meeting held last week, its members voted to support a resolution urging the Obama administration to issue four proposed food safety rules that have been delayed for more than two months. More
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Q-and-A with Elisabeth Hagen: USDA's Non-0157 STEC policy
Food Safety News
"Food Safety News" presents a conversation with Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about the agency's landmark new policy on non-O157 STECs. More
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Study of the day: Why calorie counts on menus aren't useful
The Atlantic
Research from Columbia University suggests restaurants need better guidelines on communicating information to their customers. More
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Political wisdom: Illinois showdown
The Wall Street Journal
The quest for the Republican nomination continues, this time in Illinois, where 54 delegates are at stake. Latest polling shows front-runner Mitt Romney leading former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 45 percent to 30 percent. What might the primary tell us about Romney's future? More
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New York gets more competitive under new congressional map
The Washington Post
New York again will be one of the most competitive states in the country when it comes to congressional races. Under a map approved by a three-judge panel Monday, upwards of a dozen of the state's 27 House seats will be ripe for competition in 2012, including some previously safe seats. More
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NRCC math: Democrats need 34 seats to take over House
The Wall Street Journal
Democrats' magic number to take over the House actually is 34, not the 25 seats by which they currently trail Republicans, according to the committee that helps finance GOP House races. More
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GOP budget plan cuts deeply into domestic programs, reshapes Medicare, Medicaid
The Washington Post
House Republicans laid down a bold but risky election-year marker Tuesday, unveiling a budget proposal that aims to tame the national debt by reshaping Medicare and cutting deeply into Medicaid, food stamps and other programs for the poor, while reshuffling the tax code to sharply lower rates. More
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House sidesteps Senate's highway bill for short-term version
The Hill
The House will consider a short-term extension of the current highway funding bill instead of a $109 billion Senate bill approved in a bipartisan vote, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said Tuesday. More
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Comments sought on school lunch program
Office of the Federal Register
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service will publish, in Wednesday's "Federal Register," a proposal to make slight adjustments to the record-keeping portion of the National School Lunch Program, with comments being sought on the proposed changes.

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    Largest federal employee union pushes back against privatization
    Federal News Radio
    The senior lobbyist for Food & Water Watch joins other panelists from the American Federation of Government Employees in a discussion that disputes privatization of government jobs, including the proposed overhaul of poultry inspections. More
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    Philippines to lift pork import barrier
    Pork Magazine
    The United States and the Philippines have resolved details that limited U.S. poultry and meat products. The Philippine Department of Agriculture has agreed to eliminate the requirement for prewrapping and thawing of frozen meat prior to sale, to make meat temperature (rather than the temperature inside the container) the complying factor for sale. The country also will allow meat to be cut and portioned outside of the container. More
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    Vermont GE food label bill saved from procedural death
    VTDigger
    A Vermont bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered food was given further life in the state legislature even though the House Agriculture Committee missed Friday's "crossover day" deadline. More
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    FDA finalizes rule for cGMP labeling controls
    Federal Register
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is amending the packaging and labeling control provisions of the current good manufacturing practice regulations for human and veterinary drug products. The action is intended to prevent mislabeling. More
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    Agilent partners with FDA in research agreement
    The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
    Scientific instrument maker Agilent Technologies Inc. announced Monday that it is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop new tools for tracking food pathogens and identifying seafood. More
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    Global food safety laws demand reliable product inspection
    Packaging Europe
    Mettler-Toledo Safeline has launched its new test samples, offering manufacturers robust samples to ensure their metal detection and X-ray inspection systems comply with increasingly stringent global food safety legislation. More
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    More resources requested for National Poultry Improvement Plan
    ThePoultrySite
    To better assure the continued success of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, the National Chicken Council sent a letter March 16 to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, strongly encouraging APHIS to secure increased NPIP resources in both staffing and funding. More
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    UPS to buy European package company TNT Express
    Truckinginfo
    UPS announced plans to acquire Dutch package company TNT Express for $6.8 billion. The transaction will create a global logistics operation with more than $60 billion in annual revenues and an enhanced, integrated global network. More
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    Canadian pork recalled because of inspection snafu
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Lawson Foods LLC is recalling approximately 84,587 pounds of pork product, as it includes product imported from Canada that was not properly presented for re-inspection upon entry into the United States. More
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    Firefly chemical to be used in food safety testing device
    BBC News
    A chemical that lights up fireflies is to be used to develop a device for detecting Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria in contaminated food. Cardiff University's "Bioluminescent Assay in Real-Time" tests quickly and simply for bacteria, something normally carried out in a laboratory. More
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    Australian consultant: Get ready for more ready meals
    ABC Rural
    A food industry consultant says manufacturers have to embrace the era of ready meals and convenient food. Steve Spence of Fresh Logic, who analyzes consumer spending and advises food processing companies, says shoppers will continue to look for value in their weekly shopping while seeking convenience. More
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    How big is a portion?
    The Seattle Times
    Whether you're eating at home or dining out, you are likely to navigate a sea of confusing and misleading information about what's an appropriate food portion size. More
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    NMA, NAMP form North American Meat Association
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    The combination of the National Meat Association, based in Oakland, Calif., and the North American Meat Processors Association of Reston, Va., will be a new organization named the North American Meat Association. More
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