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Social media turns up heat on food industry
Chicago Tribune
Americans enjoy the cheapest food supply in the world, spending the smallest share of their income on groceries of any country. But as activist groups continue to pull back the curtain on the techniques that make this cheap food possible, Americans are raising their eyebrows and voicing their concerns to surprisingly powerful effect. More
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Point-of-sale pop-ups grab 48 percent more sales
Quick Frozen Foods International
People are used to pop-up ads on their computers. Now they're seeing pop-up ads on freezer doors at supermarkets — and buying. A trial run of the program from November through January showed a 48 percent gain in advertised product sales, according to Visual Ice Inc., which created the technology for the new kind of point-of-sale promotion. More
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Consumer groups seek labeling of GMO foods
Reuters via MSNBC
Critics of genetically modified crops are making new demands for government-mandated labeling to identify foods on grocery shelves that contain ingredients from transgenic corn, soybeans and other crops.

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    Romney far behind Obama on test of basic popularity
    The Washington Post
    Half of all Americans now express unfavorable views of Mitt Romney, a new high for the GOP presidential hopeful in Washington Post-ABC News polling. The deteriorating public impressions of the former Massachusetts governor foreshadow a significant obstacle for him as he tries to shift the focus of his campaign toward a potential run against President Barack Obama. More
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    Poll: Santorum's Pennsylvania lead vanishes
    The Wall Street Journal
    Support for Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania is crumbling, according to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll of the state he represented in Congress for 16 years. More
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    Newt Gingrich scales back campaign
    The Washington Post
    Newt Gingrich, who at one time led the Republican presidential field but saw his standing diminished after a string of losses, will reduce his campaign schedule and lay off a third of his staff in a strategy shift that underscores his fading chances of claiming the party's nomination. More
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    USDA launches Web-based map to track local food systems
    FBR
    The US Department of Agriculture has launched KYF2 Compass Map, an interactive, Web-based map that provides information about the local and regional food systems, making it easier for consumers to find information about where food is grown — and where it's available. More
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    House takes up GOP budget, tries (again) on highway bill
    The Hill
    The House meets at noon today for legislative work, and at some point will begin four hours of debate on the Republican budget resolution for 2013. Also up in the House is a third attempt to pass a short-term extension of federal highway programs. On Monday, Republicans pulled a 90-day extension. On Tuesday, they pulled a 60-day extension, again under pressure from Democrats to take up the Senate-passed bill. More
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    Mexico will defend WTO meat labeling decision
    MarketWatch
    Mexico plans to defend a World Trade Organization ruling against meat labeling requirements after the U.S. appealed the decision Friday, Mexico's Economy Ministry said.

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    Motor carriers can preview first package of SMS enhancements
    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is pleased to announce that motor carriers can now preview the first package of changes to the Safety Measurement System. FMCSA is providing a preview period for motor carriers and enforcement personnel before it uses the SMS changes to prioritize motor carriers for safety interventions and before it makes those changes available to the public. More
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    China: America's third-largest and fastest-growing export market
    Daily Markets
    The U.S.-China Business Council recently released its report, "U.S. Exports to China: 2000-2011," showing a 542 percent explosive growth in the market during the past decade. More
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    NAFTA trade up 11.5 percent year-over-year
    Commercial Carrier Journal
    Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 11.5 percent higher in January than in January 2011, totaling $75.5 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. More
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    Food and beverage industry most at risk for cyber attacks
    @Risk
    Any business is vulnerable to a data breach. However, for the second year in a row, the information security firm Trustwave has found companies in the food and beverage industry are the most at risk from cybercriminals. More
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    US exporters shine at Asia's largest food trade show
    USDA Blog
    Helping U.S. exporters tap into Japan's $670 billion food market is a top priority for the Foreign Agricultural Service's Agricultural Trade Office in Japan. The USA Pavilion at FOODEX Japan, the largest food and beverage trade show in Asia, offered U.S. exporters a platform to interact with the 74,000 attendees from several Asian markets. More
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    Interstate Warehousing expands Indiana facility again
    meatingplace
    Interstate Warehousing's operations are continuing to grow, opening the door for another expansion of the Franklin, Ind., cold storage facility. More
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    Positives, challenges recognized at Beef Industry Safety Summit
    Drovers CattleNetwork
    When about 230 food safety experts gathered in Tampa, Fla., for the 10th anniversary of the Beef Industry Safety Summit in early March, they heard about the beef industry's success in improving beef safety and increasing consumer confidence in the product. But they also acknowledged more can be done to address pathogen issues. More
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    OSHA fines Georgia poultry processor
    MeatPoultry.com
    Poultry processor KD Acquisition I LLC, doing business as Coleman Natural Foods, was cited with 11 safety violations and faces potential fines of $187,000, according to the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. More
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