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USDA develops conventional, organic produce price comparison tool
Supermarket News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Services is developing a new report to help consumers compare the cost per serving of promoted organic and conventional fruits and vegetables. More
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Americans know more about fat, yet eat more of it
Star Tribune
U.S. consumers know surprisingly more about the fat content of the foods they buy than their French counterparts. Paradoxically, the obesity rate is nearly three times higher in the United States (35 percent) than it is in France (12 percent). More
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US farmers to plant most corn in 75 years
Reuters via msnbc
U.S. farmers will expand their corn plantings by 4 percent this spring to the largest in 75 years, topping expectations because of surprise reductions in soybeans and spring wheat, according to a government survey released Friday. More
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Obama approval ratings near milestone
POLITICO
President Barack Obama's approval ratings are nearing right-side-up for the first time in nearly a year. His approval rate polling average reached 47.3 percent while his disapproval average sunk to 47.9 percent — the closest the two ratings have come to each other since Osama bin Laden's death. More
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Biden not worried about Republicans
USA Today
Vice President Joe Biden says he isn't worried about any of the Republican presidential candidates this re-election year and suggested that only a foreign military or financial crisis can beat him and President Barack Obama in the fall. More
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Marist poll: Mitt Romney leads by 7 in Wisconsin
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum by 7 percentage points heading into Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, according to a new poll from NBC News and Marist College. Wisconsin is one of three contests on Tuesday, but because it's the one state where Santorum appears to have a chance of beating Romney, most of the attention and money have been focused there. More
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Tough math for Santorum set to get tougher
The Wall Street Journal
Mitt Romney is sailing toward the first election day of April not only favored to win all three of Tuesday's contests but also highly likely to emerge from the day with his delegate lead greatly widened over the rest of the field. More
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Obama signs highway bill extension
The Hill
President Barack Obama has signed the 90-day extension of federal transportation funding that was passed by Congress this week, averting an interruption that would have begun on Saturday. More
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Senators unveil major components of new farm bill
Federal Information & News Dispatch Inc. via InsuranceNewsNet.com
Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Max Baucus, D-Mont., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., today unveiled the "Revenue Loss Assistance and Crop Insurance Enhancement Act of 2012," bipartisan legislation that reduces farm program complexity and duplication, strengthens the federal crop insurance program, permanently extends livestock disaster assistance and serves as a major component of a new farm bill.

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    FDA response to BPA ban petition expected today
    American Chemistry Council via The Sacramento Bee
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to respond by the close of business today to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from food contact materials. More
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    Shipper group enters trucker hours-of-service battle
    The Journal of Commerce
    Shipper association NASSTRAC joined the legal battle over truck driver hours-of-service rules, challenging a lawsuit seeking shorter daily hours for truckers. The group intervened in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington by consumer advocate Public Citizen, which wants the daily driving limit reduced to 10 hours. More
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    FSIS update on upcoming E. coli testing program
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is preparing its inspectors for the June 4 implementation of non-0157 STEC testing. The agency is finalizing instructions on its HACCP verification testing program for beef manufacturing trimmings, with new material posted online as it becomes available. More
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    Cool judgment to protect California farm workers
    Human Resources Journal
    California Assemblywoman Betsy Butler introduced a bill Wednesday in the state legislature requiring agricultural employers to provide water and shade for workers — and allowing workers to initiate legal action against noncompliant employers. The United Farm Workers has supported the measure. More
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    Food poisoning's hidden legacy
    Scientific American
    Most people think of foodborne illness as an unpleasant few days of fever and diarrhea, but for some there may be lifelong consequences. More
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    Canada: Government won't police food labels in future
    The Vancouver Sun
    Canada's federal government is getting out of the business of policing nutrition claims on food labels as part of cost-cutting at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The move, outlined in the budget, will help the agency cut $56.1 million from its overall budget by the next fiscal year. More
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    Citing botulism risk, FDA seeks injunction against fish processor
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Food and Drug administration is seeking an injunction against a California seafood company, Fujino Enterprises Inc., because of a risk of botulism and other food hazards in its fish and fish products. More
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    Mother who lost son to E.coli fiercely defends BPI
    KCAU-TV
    On Thursday, Nancy Donley showed her unwavering support for BPI's ammonium hydroxide-treated lean, finely textured beef — also called 'pink slime.' As the mother of a 6-year-old who died after contracting E. coli from tainted ground beef, Donley is determined to prevent other parents from sharing her pain. More
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    Sharing information key to successful supply chain collaboration
    Supply Management
    Buyers and suppliers agree that when it comes to collaboration the sharing of information is key to supply chain success. More
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    Halal beef products recalled on Listeria worries
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Mosul Kubba of Chicago is recalling approximately 1,100 pounds of stuffed, layered beef products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The fully cooked, ready-to-eat, halal beef products were produced March 20 and shipped to a single distributor in Detroit. More
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    Smithfield Packing to cut jobs in Maryland
    The Baltimore Sun
    The Smithfield Packing Co. told Maryland regulators Thursday that it will lay off 76 workers at the company's Landover facility next week. The company, which produces pork, bacon, ham and other meat products, gave April 6 as the layoff date, according to the state of Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. More
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    Maple Leaf to lease distribution center for prepared meats hub
    MeatPoultry.com
    Canada's Maple Leaf Foods plans to lease a 282,000-square-foot distribution center that will serve as the company's prepared meats hub for central and eastern Canada. More
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    Uncertainty continues on health claims wording in Europe
    Food Manufacture-UK
    Manufacturers still are not sure how much flexibility they have in wording health claims because guidance from the European Commission is not yet available. More
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