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2012 election: Where do GOP candidates stand on food safety?
Food Safety News
Though food regulatory issues tend to fall behind top-of-mind policy concerns — such as the overall health of the economy, unemployment, ongoing war in the Middle East and the price of gas — on the campaign trail, the GOP presidential candidates have given hints about where they stand. More
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Ag groups call for broad US-EU trade agreement
USAgNet
Negotiators should work toward a comprehensive U.S.-EU free trade agreement that addresses agricultural barriers, the National Association of Wheat Growers, U.S. Wheat Associates and nearly 40 other agriculture groups wrote this week in an open letter.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a signatory on the letter referenced in this story.
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Los Angeles considers chain store moratorium
Supermarket News
The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to discuss an emergency moratorium Friday dealing with the entry of chain stores in the Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles. The proposal comes in the wake of the announcement a month ago that Wal-Mart Stores intends to open a Neighborhood Market in the area. More
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On health care, Supreme Court loss could be electoral win
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's biggest legislative victory in 2010 was his health care bill, which in turn wound up being his party's biggest electoral liability. History could repeat itself in 2012, except in reverse. More
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Republican National Committee won't wait for presidential nominee
POLITICO
Even with the GOP presidential primary still very much in progress, the Republican National Committee is moving full speed ahead with its ground game in key battleground states — a marked departure from 2008, when it didn't initiate its efforts in earnest until after John McCain was the likely nominee. More
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Poll: Santorum has wide lead over Romney in Louisiana
USA Today
Rick Santorum appears poised for victory tomorrow in Louisiana, according to a final preliminary poll. Santorum leads Mitt Romney 42 percent to 28 percent among likely Republican primary voters in the survey by Public Policy Polling.

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  • Santorum's end game — and why it matters (The Washington Post)
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    Hagen: Setting the record straight on LFTB
    USDA Blog
    Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, under secretary for Food Safety, writes, "As the head of USDA's public health agency, I am responsible for ensuring the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe for American families. I approach this role not only as a food safety expert and a physician, but also as a mother. And I want to address the national conversation over the last few weeks about the safety of LFTB, Lean Finely Textured Beef."

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  • Kroger, Stop & Shop join 'pink slime' exodus (The Associated Press via WCMH-TV)
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    Produce Traceability Initiative survey to measure industry progress
    The Packer
    An online survey is available to all produce businesses to help measure adoption of Produce Traceability Initiative milestones. The survey will end April 5, according to a news release from PTI sponsors. More
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    New rules on cattle from Mexico call for meetings with processors
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food inspectors are following updated guidelines that oversee the immediate slaughter and processing of cattle imported from Mexico. The new protocol from the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service calls for inspectors to meet with all establishments that intend to receive Mexican cattle for immediate processing. More
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    Utah adopts 'ag gag' law
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Utahns who take unauthorized video or photos of agricultural operations could face up to a year in jail under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gary Herbert, although the bill could face a legal challenge. More
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    Can McDonald's keep up the pace?
    The Wall Street Journal
    Times are good at McDonald's Corp., but it isn't necessarily a good time to step in as CEO. Don Thompson, who will succeed Jim Skinner as chief executive in July, is ascending at a time when McDonald's has been doing so well for so long that it is hard to see how it can keep growing so robustly. More
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    Grocers putting a premium on in-house product sales
    The Detroit News
    Once stigmatized as a second-rate alternative, store brands are taking on their name-brand counterparts with splashier packaging and a growing number of organic, all-natural and higher-end products. More
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    Natural Food Show 2012: Organic takes the stage
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    The Natural Food Show at Natural & Organic Products Europe returns to London April 1-2, with more than 300 exhibitors showcasing their latest product developments. New offerings range from gluten-free snacks to frozen meals to energy products. More
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    Brasil Foods fourth-quarter profit drops more than expected
    Reuters
    Brasil Foods, the world's largest poultry exporter, reported a 66 percent drop in fourth-quarter net income as rising feed costs and a one-time tax provision eroded profit. More
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    Canada beef recall continues to grow
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    As a result of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's ongoing investigation, the list of products being recalled because of potential E. coli contamination continues to grow, with more than 135 products now under suspicion. More
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    Dutch firm eyes global market for EFSA-backed Listeria solution
    Food Production Daily
    Listex P100 manufacturer Micreos moved a step closer to its goal of worldwide approval for use of the Listeria-combating agent with raw fish after it received the green light from European authorities. More
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    Healthy fast food company LYFE gains speed in fast lane
    San Francisco Business Times
    LYFE Kitchen is taking its healthy fast food concept from restaurant tables to grocery shelves. The Palo Alto, Calif., health food eatery has developed a line of heat-and-serve soups and refrigerated entrees — all less than 500 calories per serving — that will be sold at 20 Northern California Costco stores starting this month. More
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    Hip Chick Farms introduces natural frozen line
    PR Newswire via Retail Digital
    Chef Jen Johnson has announced the launch of her new company, Hip Chick Farms, creating hand-crafted, delicious frozen chicken fingers, chicken meatballs, chicken wings and chicken stock, made with all-natural, sustainable ingredients and practices. More
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    Storax out in the cold!
    Materials Handling World
    Storax, a supplier of racking systems for cold storage facilities, showed its support of the frozen food sector while attending the British Frozen Food Federation's annual business conference. More
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