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Beef processor shuts plants over 'pink slime'
Reuters
Beef Products Inc., the top producer of ammonia-treated beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics, said Monday it had halted production at three of its four plants for 60 days from Monday. Rich Jochum, corporate administrator for the South Dakota-based company, said the temporary closure could become "a permanent suspension," affecting 650 jobs.

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    Some see 'low calorie' in fair trade labels
    UPI
    Consumers who see food labeled as organic, locally produced or fair trade often assume the food is low in calories, U.S. and French researchers say. More
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    FSIS outreach expands food safety knowledge
    Occupational Health & Safety
    The USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone makes the second stop on its Spring 2012 tour Wednesday with a two-hour visit to FDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The first appearance of the mobile food safety attraction, March 21 at Baltimore's B'More Healthy Expo, drew 5,000 visitors. More
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    The next 5 things that will happen in the presidential race
    The Washington Post
    The Republican presidential primary race has reached — or at the very least is well on its way to reaching — its conclusion. But with every political death comes political birth, and the end of the primary signals the official start of the general election. More
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    Romney attacks Obama for new business rules, taxes
    The Wall Street Journal
    Mitt Romney said regulations adopted by the Obama administration, particularly those carrying out the 2010 health care law, are costing jobs and crushing dreams. More
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    Obama sends out fundraising plea
    USA Today
    As President Barack Obama flies home today from a nuclear security summit in South Korea, campaign politics resumes. The president's re-election team sent out a fundraising email under Obama's name, warning donors that his agenda will be gutted if the Republicans win in November. More
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    House to attempt 60-day highway bill
    The Hill
    House Republican leaders will attempt Tuesday to extend funding for federal highway programs for 60 days. The House had sought earlier this week to extend the current legislation that authorizes funding for road and transit projects for 90 days, through June 30. More
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    Canada, Japan agree to launch free trade talks
    The Journal of Commerce
    Japan and Canada have formally agreed to launch negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement to eliminate import tariffs on most products and strengthen overall economic relations. More
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    Obama suspends trade benefits for Argentina
    Economy Watch
    President Barack Obama has suspended duty-free Argentine imports into America amid a trade dispute involving U.S. investors, saying Argentina has failed to pay more than $300 million in compensation awards to U.S. companies. More
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    APHIS seeks more information for export user fees
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will collect additional details in conjunction with export fees that are intended to cover the cost of inspecting plants or plant products offered for export, according to a document scheduled to be published in Wednesday's "Federal Register." More
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    GAO: FMCSA could step up efforts against 'chameleon' carriers
    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration could step up its effort to catch reincarnated carriers by making better use of the data it has, according to the Government Accountability Office. In analysis requested by congressional leaders, the watchdog agency found that while FMCSA's resources are limited it could take steps to identify more "chameleon" carriers that try to get back into the business after being sanctioned for safety violations. More
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    Alabama ag leader: State budget imperils jobs, food production
    Montgomery Advertiser
    Worried food industry workers met with leaders of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries after a fifth straight year of budget cuts was announced March 16. They can't sell their products without inspection and approval from the department, but the department may not be able to make ends meet. More
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    Smucker spreads into China market
    Akron Beacon Journal
    J.M. Smucker Co., the Orrville, Ohio-based food company with such brands as Folgers and Jif and its namesake jelly products, said Monday it is expanding into China. The company announced it has acquired a minority interest in Guilin Seamild Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd., a privately owned manufacturer and marketer of oats products. More
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    McDonald's launches program to support UK farmers
    USAgNet
    McDonald's is set to launch a long-term program to support British and Irish farming. Developed in response to major challenges facing European agriculture, Farm Forward aims to help secure a sustainable future for British and Irish farming by supporting existing farmers and helping young farmers into the industry. More
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    Carrols to become largest Burger King franchisee in world
    Reuters
    Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. has agreed to buy 278 Burger King restaurants in a cash-and-stock deal that will make the company the biggest Burger King franchisee in the world. More
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    Wendy's COO to retire; no plans to replace him
    Nation's Restaurant News
    The Wendy's Co. said Friday that chief operating officer Steve Farrar will retire April 20. The company does not plan to replace him, but John Peters, senior vice president of North American operations, will assume Farrar's responsibilities for operations and business activities for company-owned and franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. More
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    Misbranding forces recall of 32 tons of sausage
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    J Bar B Foods is recalling approximately 64,020 pounds of a smoked sausage product because it contains whey and casein, known allergens that are not declared on the label. The product — smoked sausage made with pork and beef — is sold under the Eckrich brand name.

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    Kelsius launches wireless food hygiene management system
    Big Hospitality
    Kelsius, a provider of Web-based food service solutions, has launched FoodCheck, a wireless system to control and monitor food hygiene and safety standards to comply with the U.K. Food Standards Agency's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point processes. More
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    Rich's acquires frozen dessert maker Dorgel
    PR Newswire via Manufacturing Digital
    Rich Products of Canada Ltd. has acquired Dorgel Ltd. & Elistan Foods, a leading manufacturer and marketer of frozen desserts and ice cream cakes in Canada. The acquisition includes all aspects of the business, including the entire Dorgel product portfolio, manufacturing operations, research and development capabilities. More
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    US halal market opportunities largely untapped
    Food Navigator-USA
    Halal consumers spend $20 billion on food in the United States each year but few manufacturers are tapping into this affluent market segment, according to Asma Ahad, director of halal market development at IFANCA. More
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