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California farmers feel pain
The Wall Street Journal
Sharp cutbacks in water for farmers threaten to trigger renewed layoffs in a large swath of California, eating into the state's $40 billion-a-year agriculture industry and damping its nascent economic recovery. More
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Processing aids, labeling and 'pink slime'
Food Safety News
Since early March, the product notoriously known as "pink slime," Beef Products Inc.'s lean finely textured beef, has come under an unprecedented amount of scrutiny, prompting many to question the labeling on ground beef packages. Which elements of food production get labeled, and which go incognito — and why?

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    Court: FDA must act to remove antibiotics from animal feed
    Reuters
    A federal judge on March 22 ordered regulators to start proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, citing concerns that overuse is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." More
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    Stakes hard to ignore as Supreme Court reviews health care law
    The Washington Post
    The Supreme Court on Monday joins the nation's vitriolic debate over the landmark health care law and the limits of federal power. And though thousands of pages of legal arguments about the Constitution's history and the court's precedents have landed on justices' desks, the outcome also may hinge on less tangible factors. More
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    GOP race nears tipping point
    POLITICO
    The Republican primary is transitioning from hard-fought campaign to its next stage, a reckoning that Mitt Romney will be the nominee. More
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    Wisconsin governor's recall: Big money fuels fight
    The Washington Post
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican heralded as a tea party hero, is at the center of a recall election petition that pits wealthy donors and labor unions against grass-roots campaigners determined to support Walker's push for smaller government. More
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    The week ahead: Highway bill endgame
    The Hill
    Fractious congressional negotiations about a new federal transportation bill likely will come to an end this week — at least for now. The current legislation that authorizes road and transit spending is set to expire March 31, but the House has said it will take up a three-month extension of the bill this week that would last until June 30. More
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    US to appeal WTO ruling against meat labels
    Reuters
    The United States said Friday it will appeal a World Trade Organization ruling against a law requiring country-of-origin labels on all meat sold in grocery stores, a move that disappointed Canada and Mexico, both of which want the law changed. More
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    WIC-authorized food database to undergo changes
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Food and Nutrition Service has adopted a plan to expand the number of data elements contained in the existing National Universal Product Code database while reducing the burden of manual data entry currently borne by Women, Infants and Children state agency employees tasked with populating the NUPC database. More
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    EPA amends rule for motor vehicle air conditioning
    Federal Register
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking direct final action to revise one of the use conditions required for use of hydrofluoroolefin, a substitute for ozone-depleting substances in motor vehicle air conditioning end-use within the refrigeration and air conditioning sector. More
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    Foreign Agricultural Service expands network to promote products
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, through the Office of Trade Program, is expanding the contact information it collects for businesses and people who are food and agriculture buyers or sellers. The intent is to broaden the market for American agricultural goods. More
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    EFSA renews 7 guidances; changes ahead for feed additives
    AllAboutFeed.net
    EFSA has renewed seven guidances. Although not a fundamental revision, some of the changes have an important effect on the requirements to register a feed additive, leading to potential big differences in costs. Therefore, the new guidances should be studied carefully when registering a feed additive in the European Union. More
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    Company mascots flock to Facebook
    The Wall Street Journal
    Executives say consumers on Facebook are more likely to bond with a character than the traditional company page on the social media website. Look for an ever-growing cast of corporate mascots and characters coming soon. More
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    Tests link Salmonella outbreak to school lunch caterer
    Ottawa Citizen
    Lab tests indicate an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened 46 children in Ottawa, Canada, likely originated with food served by a lunch caterer that primarily serves schools, according to the city's health department. Samples of frozen ground beef and raw chicken taken from a kitchen belonging to a Lunch Lady franchise tested positive for the stomach bug detected in the children and four adults who have sought medical attention. More
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    Tesco, Coca-Cola to cut calories in UK obesity fight
    Bloomberg
    Tesco, Coca-Cola Co. and Asda, the U.K. supermarket chain owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., have pledged to cut portions and reformulate products as part of a U.K. government drive to curb obesity. More
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    Massive beef recall grows as company prepares to call it quits
    The Vancouver Sun
    A month-old recall of beef products that might contain E. coli from a company that has gone into receivership and stopped operations was expanded to include two additional products Saturday. More
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    Washington firm recalls beef from Canada on E. coli concern
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Sysco Seattle Inc., a Seattle-based firm, is recalling approximately 16,800 pounds of ground beef patties imported from Canada because they may have been contaminated with E. coli.

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    Birds Eye Iglo put up for sale
    The Financial Times
    Birds Eye Iglo, the frozen foods business bought out of Unilever by Permira, is joining the shopping trolley of food assets up for sale. As Europe's largest frozen food company, Iglo is expected to carry a price tag of up to $3.96 billion. More
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    Pork industry moves to group pens — at great cost
    The Associated Press via Post-Bulletin
    As pork producers build new barns and retrofit old ones to give hogs more space, they say consumers opposed to keeping pregnant sows in tight cages can expect to pay for their clearer consciences with higher food prices. More
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    Carrier readies Tier 4 reefers for EPA 2013 compliance
    Truckinginfo
    Carrier Transicold says its next-generation transport refrigeration units will use a familiar diesel with enhanced controls and more efficient components to meet 2013 exhaust emissions limits. The units will meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Tier 4 emissions standards starting in January, as well as California Air Resources Board emissions requirements. More
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    Tackling temperature ambiguities in produce supply chain
    FreshFruitPortal.com
    No one wants to hear the term "food safety" followed by "scare," as governments up the ante on fresh produce inspections. No logistics system can be perfect, but FreshFruitPortal.com caught up with carriers and a cold chain technology consultant to discuss minimizing liability risks and the gaping holes in temperature control in the supply chain. More
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    Worker safety 101: Ergonomics to minimize injuries
    meatingplace
    In addition to regulatory pressures, the cost of workers' compensation has skyrocketed during the past decade because of higher medical costs and the ever-increasing cost of employee temporary and total disabilities. Proactive companies utilize ergonomics improvements. More
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    Former food executive pleads guilty in price-fixing scheme
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    A former California food company owner has pleaded guilty to racketeering in a tomato price-fixing plot that authorities said drove up costs to consumers throughout the nation. More
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